Jan Marini has just launched a new eyelash growth product called Marini Lash (about $150) and I received a sample from her marketing department this morning. I have high hopes for long, sweeping lashes: Marini's products are generally at the leading edge; her Age Intervention Eyelash Conditioner worked with (at least for me) spectacular results; and I can only believe she'd put something out that she was super confident about after all the controversy over her last product.

Marini Lash does not contain any glaucoma drugs, such as bitamoprost, or analogues of prostaglandins. These powerful drugs, meant for a treating a serious ocular condition, do have the remarkable side effect of making eyelashes grow like weeds. Unfortunately, they have other side effects such as changing the color of your eyes or even harming vision. Anyway, after the FDA recalled Age Intervention and Allergan (the makers of Botox) started to claim it owned the patents the active ingredient, the whole thing became a no-go area. So what is in the new Marini Lash and will it work?

The main ingredients are moisturizers, sodium hyaluronate and hydrolized glycosaminoglycans. Next up are three preservatives (two parabens and diazolidynyl urea, which can be an irritant depending on the concentration and the newest formulations are said to be more benign). There are a couple of synthetic peptides, pentapeptide-17, some fatty acids, and vitamin E. Biotin could be promising: the combination of vits H and B7 that are associated with hair growth, although I've seen counterclaims that biotin is not easily absorbed topically. There is also vitamin B12.

Plant extracts include white tea (an anti-oxidant) and horse chestnut (there are claims that this helps stimulate hair growth) and cinnamon (honey and cinnamon is a common hair loss remedy). There is also saccharomyces/copper ferment (this is posh name for the yeast used in fermentation); I couldn't find anything much about its role in skin or hair care. Neither can I work out what the role of sodium phosphate dibasic is.

Anyway, I'm off to give Marini Lash a try and I'll report back in a few weeks.  In the meantime, finger's crossed.