Talika, a Parisian cosmetics company, is well known for its eyelash growth product that doesn’t seem to be too effective. Copley also reviewed Talika’s Bust Serum and was concerned with the safety of the ingredients in the product. More recently, though, the company has come out with a Nail Regenerator Serum ($37) that promises both efficacy and the use of natural ingredients only.

According to Talika’s website, the Nail Regenerator Serum hydrates cuticles and nails, as well as stimulates growth and heals damage. All you have to do is apply the serum daily for 28 days to see results, and continue applying it 2 days each week for optimal results. As for ingredients, the site lists only three: Myrrh, benzoin, and incense.

Surprisingly, every other source I checked confirmed Talika’s use of only three ingredients in its nail serum. Although, there was no mention of quantities anywhere (which I always find suspicious) and certain retailers including Amazon listed the ingredients as follows: Myrrh Extract (Commiphora Abyssinica), Benzoin Extract (Boswillia Carteril), Olibanum Extract (Styrax Tonkinensis).

A quick Google search of these ingredients brought up the term “anti-inflammatory” quite a lot, which coincides with the nail serum’s description on Talika’s website. While I can see how an anti-inflammatory may help your cuticles, I don’t understand how these ingredients actually cause nail growth or “regeneration” as Talika claims.

In fact, I came across a study that suggests that olibanum extract restricts cell growth and production. While the circumstances of the study were completely unrelated to nail growth and refer to vascular smooth muscle cells in particular, I think the study’s findings are interesting and worthy of keeping in mind when considering Talika’s product. After all, there are only three ingredients in the nail serum, and if one of them actually inhibits cell growth, I have to question its effect on my nails.

Most of the reviews for the Nail Regenerator Serum that I read on various forums were mixed. Regardless, I would confirm the list of ingredients and quantities of each one used before buying this product.  If anyone has already tried the serum and can clarify, feel free to comment below.