I was very intrigued to find that Osmotics makes an eyelash and eyebrow growth product. Osmotics is a new find of mine and I have just started trying out the Anti-Radical Age Defense Barrier Longevity Complex, which includes carnosine (supposed to extend the Hayflick Limit) and aldenine (a powerful collagen booster) as well as other potent anti-oxidants.

Given all the controversy over eyelash growth products (Jan Marini, Revitalash and so on) that contain prostaglandins, I am always on the look out for safe, but effective alternatives. Osmotics FNS Nutrilash Lash and Brown Enhancer may live up to that criteria. However, the active ingredients come with clinical trials that suggest they might not work. And there is one extremely surprising (not in a good way) ingredient.

FNS Nutrilash doesn't contain prostaglandins or any chemicals or drugs. The active ingredients are vitamin B and amino acids. This product is chock full of both. I counted eight forms of vitamin B and 18 amino acids. In one case the vitamin B is combined with vitamin H to make biotin. The problem is that (and it is the case for some other forms of vitamin B) there seems to be serious doubts that biotin can be absorbed through the skin.

The nasty surprise that comes with FNS Nutrilash is that it contains a form of vitamin B called PABA. This used to be a common component of sunscreen until a study linked PABA to cancer. It must be said that the study has been criticized for being inconclusive. Nevertheless, I probably wouldn't buy a sunscreen with PABA.

I have just sent off for FNS Nutrilash though. Here is my thinking. Osmotics seems to be an interesting company working on cutting edge ingredients. The combination of all those vitamin Bs and amino acids might just work. The only way to find out is to try. And hope that the PABA gods are smiling down on me.