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Reviewed and rejected: Mavala Eye-Lite Double Lash

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June 11, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments
The other day, someone posted a question about Mavala Eye-Lite Double Lash ($16.99), an eyelash growth product. Our reader explained that eyelashes started to shed if Double Lash wasn't used continuously and asked us if there were any harsh products in it. The answer is that I don't know if any of them are responsible for eyelash loss, but there are enough nasty things in Mavala to warrant tossing it immediately.

The worst thing about this product is that it has 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol. This is a preservative that usually goes by the name of Bronopol. Since the 1980s, most cosmetic companies have phased it out (I must admit that this is the first time I've come across it) because when it decomposes, it can liberate nitrite and low levels of formaldehyde and these can produce significant levels of nitrosamines (due to the toxicity of these substances, the term 'significant' means levels as low as 10s of parts per billion). Bronopol is also an allergan.

There is also propylene glycol. High levels of consumption results in the destruction of red blood cells. Humans exposed to high levels of propylene glycol mist experienced sore throats and eyes, however, in one study of 50 humans known to be sensitive to allergic reactions they showed only mild irritation from contact with it. Parabens can also be irritant. It is also well known that hexamidine can cause contact allergies.

I am very curious about the inclusion of lactococcus ferment, a bacteria that is usually used as a 'starter' for fermented dairy products. However, it can also synthesize folate (vitamin B11) and riboflavin (vitamin B2) and a study on mice suggested that it can reduce hair loss. In addition, Mavala Double Lash contains riboflavin, which is essential for healthy hair. The other active here is the amino acid, proline. I suspect that this combination of actives might have a positive effect on eyelash growth. But at what cost?

Aqua, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat, Xanthan Gum, Lactococcus Ferment, Glycosaminoglycans, Proline, Riboflavin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Hexamidine Diisethionate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol.
  • March 28, 2018

    by Carah

    This product works 100% I have used it multiple times and it always makes my lashes grow superlong, I mean freakishly long. Once I used it on my brows for a couple of weeks, it did jump start the growth on the areas where I have been tweezing them for years (and they didn't stop growing after I stopped using the product), but I stopped using it because my eyebrows grew freakishly long as well and that's something I don't want :) As for some chemicals, Switzerland and EU countries have a list of toxic forbidden substances that could never be in any product, so I wouldn't worry. But than I would never use any US cosmetics because they use stuff that is banned everywhere else in the world.

  • September 8, 2016

    by Dina

    Don't waste your money for this product it has no effect, allergic and the company does not support at all, Swiss company doesn't care customer's satisfaction or any issue.

  • June 12, 2009

    by Junko

    I tried the Double Lash well over a year ago.
    It did nothing positive or negative for my lash's. Moved on to Revitalash. Now I'm trying MD Lash Factor.

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