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DIY Lash Lengthening Serum

Lash Lengthening Serum

Did you know you don’t have to be genetically blessed to get gorgeous lashes??  Sure you can pay for a doctor’s visit, get a prescription and pay over $100 bucks for Latisse-which has scary side effect by the way, but why when you can make it yourself??  This serum contains nourishing and easy to find ingredients that will “feed” your hair follicles naturally!  Not only is the serum EASY to make, it also WORKS!  Honestly can you really have lashes that are too long or too thick.  NO!
OK, this is a fun post!  There are actually several DIY recipes floating around the Internet for an Eye Lash lengthening and thickening serum.  I’ve researched all the suggested ingredients, done some tweaking and used the serum on myself.  The results were surprising and I couldn’t be more satisfied!

Castor Oil is the main ingredient in this serum-Castor oil is full of Omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin E and proteins.  It is easily absorbed into the hair shaft and locks in nutrients.  Using Castor Oil for hair growth dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptians!  You can even massage castor oil into your scalp before bed for more hair growth on your head!  Sweet Almond Oil is nourishing and moisturizing to the hair. Vitamin E is moisturizing and also helps to strengthen the hair.  Both Vitamin E and Aloe helps to lengthen the lashes.  From the research I have done, it seems like the more you nourish your lashes and brows, the more they grow and thicken.  Many different oils have worked for different people but Castor oil always stands out in these recipes.

I found my empty mascara tubes HERE.  A small funnel is helpful.  I found mine HERE.

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 Lash Lenghtening Serum

Fill your container 3/4 full with Castor Oil (find it HERE)
Fill 1/8 of your container with Sweet Almond Oil (find it HERE)
Fill 1/8 of your container with Vitamin E Oil (find it HERE)

Use your serum at night before bed.  Wash your face as usual in the morning.   This serum’s result vary from person to person.  Some people see results immediately. I read of one woman’s testimonial that she had to stop using the serum because her bottom lashes got too long!  REALLY!!??  I have been using mine for a couple weeks and can see a difference.  Remember that a little goes a long way-you don’t want the oil running down your face all night so get a minimal amount on your mascara wand before you apply.  You can still see without too much blurriness after you’ve applied, it’s actually very comfortable.

You have nothing to lose with making this serum.  Even if it doesn’t lengthen your lashes, it will nourish your delicate hairs and protect them from falling out.  I don’t think anyone can spare eye lashes!

Be sure to share your results below!!

xx, Jenni

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101 Comments

  1. Amy
    January 22, 2014 / 10:05 am

    You should sell this in your Etsy shop :))

  2. Alyssa
    January 26, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    I make this same recipe but with aloe instead of almond oil it makes it a little thicker going on which is nice. I’ve had AMAZING results! My lashes were not only short but they seemed to fall out easily making them sparse. After only a couple weeks my lashes are completely full and so long! I used to spend forever coating on mascara and separating them to cover gaps now o just swipe it on and go. amazing!!!!

    • January 26, 2014 / 12:59 pm

      I love to hear that! Thanks for sharing about aloe! I keep trying to figure out how to make it thicker-I hate when it runs-I’m going to try that! Thanks!!

    • bekah
      January 31, 2014 / 6:02 pm

      Alyssa did you use liquid aloe or aloe gel?

    • Cat
      February 28, 2018 / 4:04 am

      Thank you for the tip on aloe, that will make it thicker!!

  3. bekah
    January 31, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    what type of aloe was tried? and combine with almond oil or in place of.. cant wait to try this !

    • January 31, 2014 / 4:04 pm

      Bekah-I haven’t tried it with aloe yet-I do know that Mountain Rose Herb-while I trust their products the most-has a very runny aloe. I have also used one from Amazon in other recipes and it was thicker and would work well for this-here is the link for the amazon aloe-http://amzn.to/1lgZTgC
      Thanks!

      • Ashli McMillian
        September 4, 2016 / 12:24 pm

        You can use aloe fresh out of the plant. Scrap the insides into a jar and Stir until all liquefied and then apply with a mascara wand.

  4. February 9, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    I cannot wait to try this! Ordering the ingredients today! Thank you for sharing!!!

    • Donna
      May 8, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      What strength of Vit. E do you use?

      • Jenni
        Author
        May 11, 2016 / 4:39 pm

        Hi Donna! I use Mountain Rose Herb’s Vitamin E. It’s non-GMO and great quality. You can find it HERE.

  5. Dale Baird
    February 9, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    what would you suggest for ocular rosacea, red rimmed swollen eyelids with broken blood vessels, dark circles under eyes and eyelashes falling out. I need a lid cleaner with antibacterial properties and helping lashes not fall out, thank you

    • February 12, 2014 / 3:15 pm

      Hi Dale, I honestly don’t know-my Lash Lengthening Serum is really great at conditioning the lashes so they don’t fall out, but I don’t know if that would further irritate your eyes. Dark Circles under your eyes could be causes from the stress your eyes are going through. I will keep my eyes open for a solution. Good luck!!

    • NM
      January 16, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      I know this is an old post, but this sounds like eyelash mites. You need a serum with tea tree oil or Lavender. Essential oils in your eye is NO BUENO! So use caution when applying

      • Jenni
        Author
        November 9, 2018 / 8:25 am

        Rachel-Thanks for sharing!

  6. arti
    February 21, 2014 / 2:48 pm

    I’m so excited to try this recipe! My sweet boys & husband have the longest thickest lashes…I think my boys took mine! Would I have to use this serum without end to keep the long thick lashes they produce or can I stop without any reversals of lash growth?

      • arti
        May 23, 2014 / 1:40 pm

        Jennifer,
        I tried this serum for about one month before I noticed slightly longer lashes which was very exciting! The only problem I have is it burns my eyes no matter how I apply it so I stopped using it after awhile. My serum is as you listed, but I also added aloe vera (the one you recommended & the same amount as the Vitamin E). Help please! I would love to continue using it!

        • May 24, 2014 / 3:45 pm

          Arti-Huh…. I’m not sure why it would burn-I have very sensitive eyes and it’s ok for me. I don’t use the aloe though. The only thing I can think of is re-make it with out the aloe and see how that goes! I’m glad you saw results, keep me posted!

          • jennifer
            March 31, 2015 / 4:18 pm

            my eyes burn too! I will try it with Almond instead of aloe and see if that helps.

        • Kris
          October 9, 2016 / 2:53 am

          Hi! Just found this post and thread, so maybe you won’t see this, but I just wanted to say that I have been looking for aloe vera that I could use in eyes, but they all have warnings to not use close to eyes, so I wouldn’t dare to use it on the eye lashes. Maybe that’s the issue with your aloe vera as well?

          I just made the serum according to the recipe in this blog post and am hoping for amazing results 🙂 My lashes are sort of long enough, but fall out easily, sometimes 20-30 lashes at the time :'( I hope to fight this with this serum. Crossing my fingers!

  7. May 9, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    I’ve been using this inconsistently for three weeks! Great results. I’ve always had very curly short lashes. You can only see them when I have mascara on. My short spacey lashes have filled in, increased in length, and are more healthy than ever before!

  8. May 14, 2014 / 3:32 am

    I try this and it is really great.

  9. Nicole
    May 22, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Could you use any essential oils to help as well?

    • May 22, 2014 / 4:46 pm

      Nicole-I have seen many posts from other diy bloggers that advocate essential oils, especially lavender. When I tried it, it burned. I wanted something that was going to be comfortable so I didn’t include it, but you could give it a go!

  10. S W
    July 23, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    Do you think that adding rosemary essential oil would be beneficial?

    • July 24, 2014 / 6:38 am

      S W-It would be an amazing thing to add for circulation but it would sting the eye big time. Rosemary is way too strong for that area. Thanks!

      • Jenny
        December 27, 2016 / 5:02 pm

        It’s not too strong as long as it’s diluted in another carrier oil. Rosemary really helps to lengthening my hair. It’s amazing!!!

  11. Elizabeth
    July 29, 2014 / 10:58 am

    I am dying to try this, and already have the castor oil and almond oil. What are your thoughts on simply applying close to the lash line with a q tip? Then I don’t have to bother with the mascara wand.
    Also, I usually just cleanse my face in the morning with a warm washcloth after oil cleansing at night. Do you have any problems with mascara running off from the oil application right on the lashes? I’m afraid just the warm water in the morning won’t get all the oil off.

    • August 2, 2014 / 7:35 pm

      Elizabeth-You for sure could apply close to the lash line with a q-tip.
      I don’t have this issue. I have always cleansed the next morning with a cleanser that has soap in it. Do you have this issue? Do you feel oily in the morning?

      • Elizabeth
        September 4, 2014 / 7:10 am

        Ok, I’m reporting back…it’s been a month and this works! I have actually just used straight castor oil, since I already had a huge bottle. I have applied it faithfully every night with a q-tip. I tried taking pics once a week to document the growth, but my phone is not great so it’s really hard to see. Within two weeks there was a noticeable difference when I put on mascara. Now there is a noticeable difference even without mascara. My lashes were always short and thin, but at least they are dark. They are noticeably longer and thicker. Yes, I still need to wear mascara to look the way I like, but I am getting much better results. Thanks for this great tip!

  12. Shweta
    November 8, 2014 / 9:48 pm

    Hi Jenni
    i am new to your website. stumbled across it during a night while i was feeding my baby and got very interested in what you have written and the recipes. I am all set to try the hair rinse and eagerly waiting for the Vitamin C serum ingredients to arrive. Will post the results. Just a quick question regarding the lash lengthening serum, the recipe says Vitamin E oil but the link takes to Aloe Gel page. Is that what you used or is it a link error?
    And also i tried to post the same thing earlier, but could not see my comment so reposting it.

    • November 15, 2014 / 4:57 pm

      Shweta-You have to scroll down past the aloe-There are a lot of products on that page-in alphabetical order! Yes, keep me posted!

      • Shweta
        November 20, 2014 / 6:12 pm

        thanks! Silly Me!!

  13. Melissa
    December 15, 2014 / 10:42 am

    Does this home made lash serum make your eyes turn brown if you have blue eyes?

      • Melissa
        December 15, 2014 / 1:29 pm

        Oh YAY! Thank you for getting back to me 😀

  14. January 13, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Saw your post on Pinterest. Do you somehow clean out an old container from mascara, or can you buy them to fill with your serum at a beauty supply store?

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:55 am

      Denise-I have linked empty mascara tubes on amazon in the post-it’s the only way-I can’t imagine cleaning an old one out, ahhhh!

  15. January 26, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Can you use coconut oil instead? I have plenty of that on hand, but currently none of the others.

    Thanks,

    Denise

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:27 am

      Castor Oil is really the kicker in this recipe-You can add most oils along with the castor oil but I wouldn’t lose the castor oil. However, coconut oil will nourish the lashes and the anti bacterial element will help de-clog hair follicles so it is for sure better then nothing!

      • January 28, 2015 / 11:12 am

        Thanks. Maybe I’ll try a combo of Castor Oil and Coconut Oil and see what happens.

  16. Claudia
    February 13, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Hi Jenni,
    How many batches do you think the list of ingredients from your links will make?

    • February 16, 2015 / 9:07 am

      Claudia-I have no idea but it’s a lot. A LOT. The applicators are very small, under 1 oz. if that helps.

  17. Abby
    February 17, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    I was wondering if gel aloe Vera can me mixed with the ingredients for this syrum? I found a liquid aloe Vera but it’s not 100% pure, it has other ingredients mixed in it and I don’t know if those ingredients can go near the eye so I’d prefer to use the gel wich is pure aloe Vera

    • February 17, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Abby-I wouldn’t use aloe with this recipe because it is water based and it will cause a bacteria/mold issue. Stick to all oils! Thanks!

      • Abby
        February 18, 2015 / 1:29 am

        Ok. Thanks for that

    • March 26, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Stella-Thanks so much for letting me know. She she has copied and pasted at least 2 of my posts! I will email her. I really appreciate you having my back!

  18. Jennifer
    March 29, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    The first time I gave castor oil a shot on my eyelashes, I decided to use it on one eye to be able to compare it to the other. In one week, there was a significant enough of a difference that I had to just apply it on the other eye for a week. That stuff is awesome for anywhere you desire thicker hair. I had been thinking lately that I should buy empty mascara bottles to apply it that way at night and then I saw this post on Pinterest. (Thanks!) 😀 I appreciate the links and I’ll definitely try it out with the Vitamin E and Almond Oil.

  19. gina
    April 19, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Can I use extra virgin olive oil instead of almond oil?

  20. May 18, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    What about using castor oil and fresh aloe straight from the plant ? Would that be ok?

    • May 20, 2015 / 7:41 am

      Shea-You would have a shelf life issue. If you wanted to remake it weekly, these ingredients would be awesome!

  21. Joann
    June 3, 2015 / 8:02 am

    I have a huge bottle of Vitamin E gel caps at home that I bought because I had read that it helped with scarring issues. Anyways I was wondering if I could maybe use those instead of the vitamin E oil….do you think that would work?

  22. July 30, 2015 / 11:30 am

    I’ve been using castor oil for years as a natural cleanser and can confirm that it’s an amazing oil! I use it as my under eye cream as well as a make up remover! You idea to put it in a tiny container and use as an eye lash serum is brilliant 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  23. Ruby ahmed
    September 2, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Hi jenni
    Can i use this serum for around my eye ? I develope milia seeds around my eyes esp. Lower eyeled area, i started with castor oil alone but will this cause more milia? Do you have any homemade fantastic recipe -as usual – for milia seeds? Thank you

    • September 8, 2015 / 10:30 am

      Hi Ruby-I deal with milia around my upper cheek area and they are such a pain! It’s so hard to get them out because squeezing in the area is so detrimental-I’ve popped a couple of capillaries! I don’t think this serum will make them worse, everyone is different though. I don’t have any recipes that help with milia-In my own experience, if my skin is well hydrated, my milia goes away on it’s own. It’s only when I let my skin get too dry that I experience them. I also like using THIS exfoliator too-I think it really helps with milia. Hope this helps!!

  24. Ani
    October 6, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Hi Jenni, does this need to be stored in the refrigerator? I’m a little bit paranoid and store practically all my DIY skincare (and ingredients) in the fridge, but it would be nice to be able to store something in my makeup case!

  25. Vatricia
    December 28, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Hi!

    I am currently making this serum and am curious about the vitamin E oil. I have heard t pure tocopheryl acetate (vit e) can actually be too harsh and harmful to use. I just briefly read on this and have always heard otherwise. So is my pure Vitamin e oil 70000 IU ok to use in this serum you think? Thank you!

    • January 1, 2016 / 3:57 pm

      Vatricia-Hi! I’m not sure. Vitamin E confuses me to be honest. Most of the brands on amazon are diluted with another carrier oil and are not non-GMO so I only get my vitamin E oil from Mountain Rose Herb. I’ve had no issues with being sensitive and it’s non-GMO. I will say-I’ve never heard of Vit. E being too harsh or harmful. I’ll look into it.

  26. Amara
    December 29, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    Hello I’m Amara and I’m 20 years old and I have acne around my eyes and I used to take medicine for it and then I stopped for a long time for side affects and then I tried coconut oil. It was really bad! My eyelashes started falling out and my acne almost shut my eyes closed. So, then I started looking for a day eyelash serum and they all had coconut oil! And then I came across yours! I was jumping for joy!!!!!!! It had no coconut oil and I’m glad about that and I thank you for helping me grow my eyelashes! It has been about 6 months and I can now apply makeup ( my doctor said no makeup whatsoever due to my acne and clogging pores) so thanks to you I can apply makeup and my friends aren’t afraid to be around me so, I thank you so so so so so much!!!!!!!

  27. Vyvyan
    January 5, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    I’m allergic to Almond oil. Can I use Coconut oil instead?

    • January 5, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Vyvyan-You could but it’s tricky since coconut oil can solidify. If you have fractionated coconut oil that would work well. The key is the castor oil and then another oil for conditioning so most any oil would work.

  28. Rosa
    February 11, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    What is the shelf life of this product? I want to try it out. Did you add a preservative of any kind? If you didn’t, would that prolong the shelf life?

    BTW, I love your blog!

    • February 14, 2016 / 4:04 pm

      Rosa-Hi! Thank you so much!! The shelf life is anywhere between 3-6 mos. It does not need a preservative because it is made up of only oils, no water! I hate preservatives so I wouldn’t add one to a oil mixture to prolong it past 3-6 mos. Preservatives can be hard on the skin so using one around the eyes is not a good idea.

  29. Lisa
    June 27, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Hi Jenni-

    I’ve tried this and other eyelash serums with moderate success so am looking to bump it up a little… I’ve read the black seed oil promotes hair growth also. Can black seed oil be added to this serum safely?

    Thanks, love your blog!
    Lisa

    • Jenni
      Author
      June 28, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Lisa-I have no idea-I’ve never researched black seed oil but I can’t imagine why it would be a problem. I’ll have to check that oil out! I hadn’t heard that!

      • Lisa
        June 30, 2016 / 7:58 am

        Jenni-

        I think it’s worth a shot! This is what I found on BeautyMunsta.com:

        “Black seed oil has been hailed as a potent hair growth oil. It stimulates hair follicles, thereby promoting hair growth. For thick eyelashes and eyebrows, use your index finger to dab a drop of black seed oil onto your eyebrows and eye lashes before bed. This will sink deep into the follicles and give you luscious thick lashes! Note: Don’t put a lot as it can seep into your eyes and burn.”

        • Jenni
          Author
          July 1, 2016 / 7:20 am

          Lisa-That’s interesting and pretty exciting! Thanks so much for sharing that-I’ll have to try it out! Let me know if you do too!

          • Lisa
            July 6, 2016 / 10:57 pm

            Jenni-
            I received my black seed oil and couldn’t wait to try it out so I dabbed a little bit on my upper lash line with a q-tip trying not to get it in my eyes (since some say it can burn). I did notice a little burning in the eye I did first as more oil was on the q-tip then. I think I will try mixing a little in your lash lengthening serum rather than using it straight to see if that eliminates the (slight) burning. It wasn’t terrible so I’m not giving up on it yet! I’ll let you know how it goes in the serum 🙂

  30. lisa
    July 12, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Ok, so I tried just a few drops in the serum and so far so good… no burn!! I feel like my lashes have already grown just since last week but that could also be because I’ve nearly stopped using my eyelash curler (I’ve read it’s bad for them). Time will tell…

  31. Nikki
    August 8, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Hi!

    I’ve been using this exact serum (castor oil, almond oil, vitamin E) for 2 weeks faithfully and have not seen noticeable results yet. Do you think I need to give it more time, or might the serum just not work for me?

    Thank you!

    • Jenni
      Author
      August 9, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Nikki-More time for sure. There is a chance it won’t work for you since everyone responds uniquely but 2 weeks is too short to see any improvement for most people!

  32. Mya
    October 3, 2016 / 11:47 pm

    I have a question you have aloe in the sentences as one of the ingredients for the eyelash serum and then you said use almond oil so which one is it? Thank you.

    • Jenni
      Author
      October 4, 2016 / 6:27 am

      Hi Mya-I will correct that now-it’s not aloe. Aloe is a great ingredient to help with lashes but if you add aloe with other oils you will need a preservative. It is almond oil. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

  33. Elizabeth
    December 6, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I have used this for a few nights. I’m sure I will get good results. However, the next morning, I washed my eyelashes off 3 times with ivory soap! My mascara still wouldn’t stay on! What should I do to remove the serum?

    • Jenni
      Author
      December 7, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Elizabeth-I’ve never had this issue! How weird. If Ivory soap wouldn’t do it, I can’t imagine what would. I’m no help on this one-never heard anyone have this problem.

  34. Karen D
    January 28, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Hello, I’d like to try this serum but want to check what type of cleanser I should use on my eyes in the morning to get the oils off my eyelashes? Normally, in the morning I just rinse my face with water, having removed the makeup and cleansed my skin the night before. I assume that if I don’t remove all the oils, I will have problems with my mascara adhering?

    • Jenni
      Author
      January 28, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Karen-I actually do this serum and then oil cleanse in the morning which is not much better then using straight water when it comes to removing all the oil. I actually had never thought that this could be the reason my mascara likes to end up on my under eyes! Duh. I would suggest looking into a cleanser by Eminence (on Amazon) or 100% Pure. I’ve tried many by Eminence and love them all and I love 100% Pure but haven’t tried much of their skin care but they have great deals often. Hope this helps!

  35. January 31, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Thanks for finally talking about >DIY Lash Lenghtening
    Serum <Liked it!

  36. Shelly Devin
    July 4, 2017 / 11:59 am

    One way to keep this from burning your eyes (only at bedtime), is to get a tube of eye lubricant. It is oily, clears by morning and feels great!

  37. Melanie
    July 28, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Jenni- I have a whole book of your awesome recipes and love them all. They work!!
    I just made the eyelash serum, and can’t wait to report back in a few weeks with my results. Like the other few people I saw, I am having a slight burning sensation as well. It does not last long at all, and I am all for a little pain for a nice gain. I made it exactly how you did. I did not use Aloe. I had Lasik about 15 years ago, and wondered if this may be the reason. My eyes are just more sensitive since then. Anyway, I love your recipes and am a huge fan of your site. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    • Jenni
      Author
      August 3, 2017 / 7:28 am

      Hi Melanie! I’m not sure what could be burning your eyes but I have a hunch it’s from lasik. I’ve seen some recipes with lemon and lavender essential oils. It’s very little but I experienced burning and opted out of using them around my eyes. You are so kind-thanks so much! Be sure to share your results!!

  38. Marica
    April 21, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    Thanks, sounds very interesting )) I always try to collect new tips for the appearance especially the eyelashes… I’ve found a very good serum recently though, it’s Cherish Lash. Totally fascinated by the result. I’m glad something is working for you too!!

    • Jenni
      Author
      April 23, 2018 / 12:31 pm

      Marisa-I’ll check it out!

  39. Mia
    September 25, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Im making this serum at home.. Can I use this serum while wearing eyelash extension?
    Please help. Thank you.

    • Jenni
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Mia-I don’t think so. I think the oil will loosen your extensions but maybe your person who applies them would know for sure.

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