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Dare to try it: LashFood natural eyelash product

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Reviewed by Copley January 28, 2009 18 Comments
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.

Ingredients:

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

  • November 22, 2013

    by Carrie

    I would like to participate. I'm 24 years old and have a camera with good resolution.

  • January 30, 2011

    by JustD

    Add me to the list, I'm 57 and willing to try anything that has to do with lashes. I have been reading and studying up on everything this site has to offer and I'm really gaining an education. I began using Lilash 2 years ago with great results, but experienced some side effects. Moved on to Revitalash, with no results at all, lost what I had gained, moved on to Hydropeptide after reading Marta's review a over a month and a half ago and have recently added Code:ai to see if that will amp it up. I am learning so much here at TIA, and I'm grateful for all everyone brings to the table here! I've been concerned about the mascaras that I'm using, so I too would jump at the opportunity to participate in testing any of the products here. Currently I'm using Bare Escentuals Buxom mascara, as my lashes are getting long again, but still haven't seen any thicnkess as I originally did with Lilash. My eyes are a huge part of my beauty regimen and anything that I can learn to keep them rating the compliments I receive for a 50ish g-mama, will be greatly appreciated.

  • January 30, 2011

    by Sandra

    I have very short thin lashes and a digital camera.

  • January 29, 2011

    by Pamela Mentzer

    I would be honored to try and document your product. I'm thankful to say I have been cancer free for 5 years now. I'm 45 and breast cancer treatment and menopause have left my eyelashes scares and thin. I have large beautiful eyes and healthy eyelashes would be a wonderful positive thing. Thank you again for this opportunity and for considering me to represent Lash Food.

  • July 16, 2010

    by laila

    I am currently using an eyelash conditioner called revitalash and it is absolutely amazing. After using revitalash for 6 week i noticed a difference i got NO eye irritation and my lashes transformed from short and stubby to absolutely gorgeous!! what more can you ask for, SAFE and EFFECTIVE.

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