Jan Marini has proven that you don't need prostaglandin analogues (associated with eye-altering side effects) to grow a garden of long lashes. With this in mind, a company called Jane Beauty has come out with a plant-based eyelash growth product called LashFood. Can this all-natural eyelash conditioner compete with the big guns, and what precisely makes it work (if at all)?

With no harsh chemicals mucking up its formula, you don't have to worry about stinging or irritation with LashFood. The formula's active ingredients are two names that you'd be more likely to find in a nutritional supplement than a cosmetic: the essential vitamin biotin and the amino acid arginine. Extracts from irises (the flower, not the eye) and a blend of fifteen herbs are included to condition and nourish the eyelashes.

Applied just like an eyeliner twice a day, LashFood promises longer, thicker, stronger lashes in 2-3 weeks. According to the LashFood website, the contents of a single tube will last five months when used as directed. By improving the health of frail and brittle hairs, this water-based product is safe for both eyelash extensions and eyebrows.

It is fairly certain based on the ingredients that LashFood won't produce the adverse side effects of some eyelash growth products (Revitalash, Latisse, etc). The question is, does LashFood actually lengthen lashes in the long-term, or does it only temporarily create the illusion of fuller lashes, in the same way as mascara? Though they are popular inclusions in hair-loss remedies, there is little scientific proof that arginine and biotin actually stimulate hair growth.

But an eyelash grower doesn't necessarily need Jan Marini's hydrolized glycosaminoglycans or Folligen's copper peptides to be effective. Just look at Dermaquest's Dermalash, which for the most part consists of a blend of botanicals. Truth in Aging is enlisting the help of one dedicated reader to decide if LashFood delivers real results.

Here's the deal: We send you a brand-new box of LashFood ($129). You document the progress of your lashes on LashFood from day 1 to day 21. This experiment may require the help of a decent digital camera and a willing partner. If you agree to feed your eyelashes LashFood every day to ensure a proper trial, and you are willing to subject your lashes to the scrutiny of Truth in Aging readers, please leave a comment under this post. A winner will be selected (arbitrarily) on the last day of January.


Water, Arginine, Biotin, Trehalose, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Ephedra Sinica Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Extract, Arctium Lappa Seed Extract, Thuja Orientalis Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Carthamus Tinctirius Flower Extract, Betillia Stritata Root Extract, Rheum Undulatum Extract (root/stalk/stem), Placenta Protein, Erythritol, Carbomer, Copper Tripeptide 1