A new eyelash growth stimulator, called Cilea, has been advertising itself as a no-prescription no-side effects alternative (presumably to prescription-only Latisse). Unsurprisingly, Cilea's website does not give a full account of the ingredients. However, an email to customer service was promptly replied to with the full list.

Cilea ($69.99) is free of the prostaglandins (a glaucoma drug) that are used by Latisse (made by the makers of Botox), Lilash, Revitalash and others (we have a full list of eyelash growth products and whether they work and are safe). What Cilea does have is peptides, vitamins and botanical extracts. But is there proof that any of them encourage hair growth?

First up is the peptide myristoyl pentapeptide-8. This features in many Jan Marini products (but, interestingly, not her Marini Lash). It seems to be a skin hydrator and collagen booster, but I haven't seen anything that links it to hair. Hesperidin methyl chalcone is a derivative of a flavenoid that is found in citrus fruit and is commonly used in eye creams to treat dark circles. The same is true of dipeptide-2 because its ability to help with lymphatic drainage is thought to reduce puffy eyes and dark circles. The next peptide is a skincare antiager, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, that is one of the ingredients in collagen boosting Matrixyl 3000.

Cilea might be on firmer ground with pumpkin. Although, I couldn't find any research specifically relating pumpkin seed extract to hair growth, they do appear in supplements sold to aid against hair loss. Pumpkins are full of beta-carotene, one of the plant carotenoids that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Pumpkin is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese.

B vitamins are familiar features of eyelash and hair stimulators. However, they come with some baggage. Pyridoxine HCl is vitamin B6 and it is, in particular, associated with photosensitive dermal reactions.

All in all, I find Cilea a little odd. Somehow it doesn't look convincing as an eyelash stimulator and I feel as if there is an eye cream screaming to get out. Still, if anyone wants to try it, it looks relatively harmless.


Aqua (Deionized Water), Glycerin, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Cyclomethicone, Bis-Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, dl-Panthenol, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin-A), Polysorbate-20, Pyridoxine HCl (Vitamin B6), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.