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The mystery of my suddenly growing eyelashes.

By July 9, 2014DIY
A picture of my newly grown eyelashes

So listen, y’all, something CRAZY just happened to me and I have to share. I will preface this by saying that I am one of those girls who was NOT blessed with long, luxurious, thick eyelashes. In fact, I have been known to apply THREE different kinds of mascara on a daily basis, (thickening, lengthening, conditioning), just to make it look like I even have eyelashes. So, imagine my surprise when, during my morning makeup routine, I suddenly noticed that I HAVE EYELASHES. Long eyelashes, you guys, gigantic, even, (my daughter says they look like “spider legs”, please see the drawing above for her interpretation). They only required one coat of one kind of mascara. WTF, right?

Artists rendition of new, naturally grown eyelashes

So my mind immediately starts running through the possibilities: is my water radioactive or something? Am I going to start growing hair in all sorts of weird places (please, God, no), have my actual prayers from 10th grade been answered, (not soon enough for prom, but still), did I eat something weird? WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO ME? I went through a list in my head of anything new that I may have added or subtracted from my beauty routine and guess what? I wear approximately 97 layers of mascara and sometimes my regular oil cleansing method doesn’t take it all off. Several weeks ago, I noticed that my already short eyelashes seemed to be breaking off or something, so I started using my eye cream to remove my eye makeup. I thought the combination of shea butter and coconut oil would work together to break down the makeup and then I would be able to gently wipe it off, (and get some bonus moisturizing at the same time). It totally worked! The coconut oil basically liquefied the mascara and made it very easy to remove, and it didn’t irritate my allergy-prone eyes at all. Hey…wait…WAS IT THE COCONUT OIL??? At first, I was skeptical. I mean I LOVE coconut oil. I have touted its benefits here many times, but was it making my eyelashes grow? So, I took to the interwebs to find out and here is what I learned:

There are a billion Pinterest pages devoted to “coconut oil eyelash growth” (why didn’t I know about this?!?!?!) Apparently, castor oil has the same (and possibly even better) effect. In the spirit of full disclosure, I haven’t been able to find any research that definitively says “Coconut oil makes your eyelashes grow longer because science”…but there are pages and pages and pages of testimonials that say it’s so. It has supposedly been used for centuries in India and Egypt, (thank you, ancient goddesses) to promote hair and lash growth. So what I’m saying is, I don’t know why it works, but (at least for me), it appears that it does, (if my new tarantula lashes are any indication). And let’s consider the western medicine alternative, Latisse, a prescription medication for glaucoma that also makes your lashes grow longer. Know what else it can do? Make hair grow anywhere it touches, (OMG, y’all, I seriously spend half my life landscaping, I don’t need to add to that. I know you guys feel me on this). It can also cause red, itchy eyes, darkened skin on the eyelid and in extreme cases, can even alter the color of the iris. Ugh, no thanks. I’ll stick with my all natural, non-science-based, I-have-no-idea-why-this-works-but-it-does, remedy, thank you.

Want to try to make your own Eyelashes Grow? 

If you are super lazy, like me, you can just remove your eye makeup with some Sweet Georgia Sugar Eye Cream, and see what happens, (Rose-Vanilla worked best for me, but Lavender and Unscented also contain coconut oil, if that’s more your jam. Our Rosemary Mint does not contain coconut oil, but it is amazing for de-puffing the eye area).

If you want to go the DIY route, that’s great too. We love Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

If you want to make your own eyelash serum, here’s a recipe that I found that looks pretty good: http://campwander.com/2013/07/diy-eyelash-thickening-serum-with/. Keep in mind with this one that it includes a couple of essential oils, which can irritate the eyes. Here is another one that does not contain any essential oils:

http://www.beautyandtips.com/beauty-2/diy-hair-growth-serum-how-to-grow-your-eyelashes-and-eyebrows/.  I’d love it if y’all reached out and let me know how it works for you! Incidentally, coconut oil is also supposed to help the hair on your head grow. I am trying to grow out a pixie cut, and, consequently, want to shave my whole head approximately 37 times per day. Maybe this will help. I’ll report back! XO

 

18 Comments

  • Jodie says:

    I’ve been using coconut oil on my eyes for years. Not only does it help with eyelash growth but it helps prevent wrinkles too. Another one you can try is vaseline (I personally like the vaseline with cocoa butter in it). Just rub it all over your eyes before bed. It not only works to lock in moisture but to also remove any excess makeup you still have on your eyes. I’ve told so many friends about using vaseline and coconut oil on your eyes and it’s like everytime no one’s got a clue. Haha how do people not know?!

    • QueenPooch says:

      You may want to research Vaseline – which is a hydrocarbon-based by-product of oil drilled from seabeds. There’s a reason it’s called “petroleum jelly.” Probably not good for use on skin for any reason – and definitely not on the eyes.

    • Katherine says:

      I don’t use Vaseline because it is a petroleum product, a by-product of crude oil refining. This is why I switched to coconut oil.

  • Brianna says:

    This totally works, my good friend has used it on her eyelashes for a month or so and she is so blessed. It was like her eyelashes were craving coco oil, because after the first few days, she could already see a difference. I’ve tried it now and my lashes arent as delicate and they’re very long and thick. This is like a MUST TRY! Hope this comment helps! (:

  • alexis says:

    My eyelashes fall all really easily. Whenever i wash off my mascara at least 3 fall out from each eye and being an everyday thing really sucks . So definitely going to try this

  • Elspeth Merlene Tunney says:

    I can honestly say i have has the biggest shock lately when i was younger i had very long lashes i loved them ,, but as ive got older im 60 this year they have slowly disappeared and my eyebrows had got thinner i thought it was normal aging ,, well ive been using coconut oil on my face everyday now for over 6 mths every morning ,, my eyebrows are now thicker and longer than ever and my eyeleashes are lijke spiders legs long and thick ,, i hardly wear any eye makeup anymore just heaps of mascara im so excitied coconut oil absoloutely works

  • Michelle says:

    I’ve been using coconut oil to remove my eye make up daily for about 7 months! My eyelashes are definitely longer and stronger, along with reduced appearance of fine lines around my eyes. I’ve been asked several times if I’m wearing artificial lashes. It works!! There’s no “scientific” research I can find to support this, but I swear it has significantly increased my lashes.

  • I never knew coconut oil is so good for eyelashes

  • shally says:

    I can’t wait to try This! I’ve always wanted longer lashes.

  • babs says:

    Question: Has the coconut oil given anyone puffy eyes the next morning?

    • QueenPooch says:

      So THAT’S what’s been making my eyes puffy the next morning! I started using coconut oil approx. a week ago, and I’ve been waking up with super-puffy eyelids and under the eyes. And they stay that way all day. (I use pure, organic coconut oil.) Looks like I’ll be returning the coconut oil and looking for something else to grow my stubby, blonde lashes. Someone mentioned castor oil…

      • stephanie says:

        Learn lymph face draining. Two years no sleep with baby, now toddler and completely drained my puffy eyes.

      • Joanne Hancock says:

        Yes I am same way I can’t stand heavy coconut oil on my delicate eye lids it risk for eye bag and clog the sebaceous glands so I use Castro oil and almond oil as carrier

  • Anonymous says:

    Ya’ll — I’ve had darker/thicker lashes my whole life, but after some intestinal issues, they started to fall out (along with my brows). I recently discovered that I have intestinal parasites, they cause a lot of health problems & rob you of all your nutrients. Changes I made most recently: I most recently discovered this amazing coconut oil that I actually like – it’s ‘refined’ coconut oil (365 brand), there are different types. Mine does jot have that strong coconut taste/smell like the ‘unrefined’ one does. The other change is: I’m taking herbs, but I doubt they’re the cause of my hair growth, spider lashes! It’s truly crazy. I am thinking 2 things, or 3! It could be that I’m gaining my strenght/nutrients back from killing these parasites, or, it may be the coconut oil! I’ve been eating a lot of it. It’s known to have antifungal properties …etc. so, if you’ve noticed your brows & eyelashes falling/thinning, fatigue, bloat, etc.
    I advise you to do a cleanse & see what comes out. 80 to 90% of people have them, some never know. It’s not a 3rd world country issue..tap water, contaminated food/veggies, and much more cause them.

  • My eyrlashes are fallingnout each I use coconut oil for everything now I will use it on my eyes thank you

  • Tobi says:

    Does refined coconut oil work too for growing lashes?

  • Christy says:

    Omg I am so going to try this! I’ve never heard about eyelashes being able to grow period! But mine are so short I was once asked if I trimmed them, like- NO AND SHUT UP I LOVE MY LITTLE TINY EYELASHES… but ya, I’d actually love some long ones… haha THANK YOU for posting about this!

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