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Homemade Eyelash Growth Serum

I couldn’t believe when those commercials for Latisse started showing up on television. If you aren’t familiar with Latisse – you are missing out on one of modern medicine’s major breakthroughs.  Not a cure for MS or dementia or cancer. But a medication to ‘grow longer, thicker eyelashes.’

Talk about devoting resources to  solve a major problem. But I see where the company is coming from. There’s plenty of money in beauty. So I’m not going to knock it.  But I’m also not going to buy it.

One of my friends actually used Latisse and her lashes were gorgeous! So it got me thinking that I might want to do something about my scrawny eyelashes.  However she paid around $120 for a 30 day supply! No ma’am, not this frugal gal.

Scrawny eyelashes
Don’t mind my bags. It was late. LOL

This got my DIY wheels spinning for a less expensive and of course, natural, way to grow my eyelashes. I know from tips on growing the hair on your head that castor and sweet almond oils are proven natural products that can increase hair growth.  Essential oils like
rosemary and lavender are also know to help with hair growth. But putting essential oils that close to your eye is not a good idea.

The formula I came up with is very simple: mix 1 tsp Castor oil, 1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil and 1 tsp Vitamin E oil.  Apply the serum to lashes each night with a brow brush, leave on overnight and wash off in the morning.

Eyelash Grow Serum Ingredients

Note: Always do a skin test prior to use. Discontinue if any adverse reactions (skin, rash, redness, swelling, eye irritation, etc) occur.

I used Vitamin E oil from capsules. Simply break them and pour the contents out. It took 7 capsules to get 1 tsp of oil.  Store the mixture in a dark glass container in a cool dark place and discard any unused portion after 4 weeks.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and haven’t noticed any change yet. But I am optimistic. I also started applying it to my brows as well. You can see from the above photo they need some help too.  I will post an after photo in a few weeks to see if  it worked. Hopefully I won’t have grown a unibrow or something worse.

Do you use any homemade beauty products?

 

 

Hello I’m Candice the creator of Frugally Fit and Natural. I want to help you live a healthy lifestyle without breaking your budget.
Ubiquitous product samples

My Trip to the Ubiquitous Expo 2016

This past weekend I attended the Ubiquitous Beauty Hair and Health Expo in DC. I went with one of my good friends who is also sporting her natural hair. The event was held Saturday and Sunday, we went on Saturday. The cost of the tickets was very reasonable $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Of course me being the frugal natural that I am, I bought my ticket in advance to save the $5.

Based on other beauty and hair ‘expos’ I have been to, my expectations were not very high. However I was pleasantly surprised by this event. It was in a great venue, well organized and had a lot of vendors. There were also panel discussions, live performers, presenters doing live hair styling demonstrations and my favorite part, plenty of free samples. I even had a celebrity sighting of Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe.

Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe

 

Product Samples

Ubiquitous product samples

 

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils product samples:Aunt Jackie's sample

Renpure Originals and Bella Curls samples:Bella Chic sample

Crème of Nature product samples:Creme of Nature sample

These expos are a good way to discover new hair products. Especially from smaller, independent companies.  Several major brand products were on display including Organic Root Stimulator (ORS), Cantu, Isoplus and Motions. But the majority of the vendors at the expo were smaller lesser known companies.  I find the smaller independent hair products often contain more natural ingredients and are handmade. Compared to being made in large vats in a mega production facility with many synthetic ingredients. Also it always good to support independent entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Check out some of these companies that were at the expo:

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils

Bella Curls

Diva by Cindy

Fran Ngong Organic

Mielle Organics

Oyin Handmade

Renpure Solutions

Uncle Funky’s Daughter

I cannot wait to try these product samples and hopefully add to some my regular hair routine. I will definitely attend next year’s Ubiquitous Beauty Hair and Health Expo.

 

Have you ever attended a health and beauty expo?

Hello I’m Candice the creator of Frugally Fit and Natural. I want to help you live a healthy lifestyle without breaking your budget.