By Angela

I have been using LashFood Natural Eyelash Conditioner with Nano-Peptide Technology ($74) since mid-February and the long and short of it is:  it works.  For the first two weeks I used it twice a day, then once a day for one month, then tapered off to 2-3 times per week since. At this rate, one tube lasts approx. 4-6 months.

After one week of using LashFood I applied mascara (Dr. Hauschka Volumizing), which I normally don’t wear only because I hate removing it, and my lashes had grown. My lashes are naturally black, but the tips are pale, so it was impossible to notice anything until I used the mascara.  Fortunately, I didn’t have Liza Minelli circa 1974/Cabaret lashes - they looked full and long but not crazy - just natural, but better.

My lower lashes have long had little bald spots and eventually the LashFood filled those in so that I now have rows of perfect lower lashes.  My upper lashes also got much fuller, possibly with new growth, and all I need to do is curl them and they look super. I had half-jokingly commented on TIA that I wanted to sample LashFood so that I could bat my eyelashes without needing to use mascara. And those are the results I got.

Now on to the reasons why I won’t buy/replace LashFood. It contains the preservative phenoxyethanol about which Marta has written extensively.  It’s a nasty ingredient and not something I want to use around my eyes for the long-term.

Second, I don’t like using anything nano because I don’t think there’s enough research proving its safety. This is what LashFood’s website says about their Nano-Peptide Complex:  “Revolutionary, natural peptide blend clinically proven to provide longer, thicker stronger lashes.”  Now, the only peptide blend I see in the ingredients is Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, which appears in many other prostaglandin-free eyelash growth products. I didn’t read anything on the LashFood website about the nano aspect, so I’m not sure if it’s a marketing ploy to use the latest technology buzz word or if they are actually using nano-particles. Whichever is the case, they lost me at nano.

Ingredients:

Water, myristoyl pentapeptide-17, glycerin, hydrolized soy protein, niacinamide, paeonia suffruticosa root extract, reehmannia chinensis root extract, aspalathus linearis leaf extract, trehalose, swertia japonica extact, artemisia princeps le, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) flower extract, butylene glycol, acorus calamus root extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, lonicera japonica flower extract, arctium  lappa root extract, lycium barbarum fruit extract, potassium sorbate, maltodextrin, sophora angustifolia root extract, gingko biloba leaf extract, sorbic acid, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, phenoxyethanol, panthenol, biotin, tocopherol, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium chloride, polysorbate 20, citric acid, adenisone