I tried FNS Nutrilash by Osmotics, an eyelash and eyebrow growth stimulator a couple of years or so ago and I wasn’t hugely impressed. I have a feeling that I wasn’t very diligent with my test and so I decided to give it another go. What prompted me is that FNS Nutrilash is basically the same formula as FNS Follicle Nutrient Serum, a hair growth product that I use with success. After using Nutrilash for a month I can say that it helps eyelashes and brows grow very noticeably.

The FNS formula majors on amino acids. I believe that there are 18 amino acids in human hair and they are all here in this serum. I addition, I wasn’t surprised to find an antioxidant favorite of Osmotics, tetrahydrocurcumin.  It is also big on B vitamins: B6 (pyridoxine), Myo-insitol, which has been shown to strengthen the cells of the hair, helping it to retain moisture, serving as a humectant and anti-static agent, niacinamide, thiamine and riboflavin (B2).

I am in two minds about the packaging and use of Nutrilash. It costs $48 for 28 applications, each of which are in a separate thin-as-a-cocktail stick push-up wand. All of this comes housed in two plastic boxes that open book-like to reveal each application tucked into its own little compartment. That in turn comes in a cardboard box, making it one of the more wasteful items in my bathroom. I think of landfill every time I use Nutrilash. Its all a bit fiddly and the directions, such as keeping the container upright, are a bit a fussy. Nonetheless, I have to admit that each of these little wands were filled with exactly the right amount of product and the sponge tip administered it without mess or mishap.

As with the serum, I didn’t see results immediately. But half way into my test (two and half weeks in) I began to notice that there was a tiny hair sprouting in a long-time gap between two lashes and that by lashes overall, as well as by brows were looking thicker and a little longer. I conducted this test side-by-side with Code.ai. They both worked very well and I’d be hard pushed to say that one really out-performed the other. The real differences that I could detect was that Code.ai may have performed very slightly better on length, while FNS made the tips of my lashes (usually lighter in color) darker.

Both the FNS serum and Nutrilash contain para-amino benzoic acid (PABA), which some of you might recognize as being associated with a sunscreen scare. PABA is another B vitamin and has sun protection capabilities. However, PABA sunscreens caused irritation and scientists in the 1980s found that it could increase the formation of a DNA defect. Hence, PABA sunscreens are no longer commonly available. The safety issues associated with PABA do seem to be dose related. The EU’s safety evaluation concluded it is safe at topical concentrations of 10%.

Ingredients

Purified Water, SDA-40 Alcohol, Nylon-12, Glycerine, Lactic Acid, Glucose, Ascorbic Acid, D-Biotin (Vitamin H), Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Folic Acid, Myo-Inositol, Nicotinic Acid (Niacinamide), Paba, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Alpha-Tocopherol Phosphate, Vitamin B12, L-Alanine, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Cysteine, L-Glutamine, Glycine, L-Histidine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, L-Serine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, L-Valine, Inorganic Salts, Tetrahydrocurcumin, Carbomer, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract (Cinnulin PF®), Oleth-10, Sodium Bicarbonate, Polyquaternium-10, Oleth-10, Nisaplin, Sodium EDTA, Tromethamine.