Luscious Lashes Eyelash Growth Serum

Luscious Lashes - Eyelash Growth Serum Recipe

Long eyelashes are a classic feminine trait and many women have gone to great lengths (pun intended) for longer eyelashes. Unfortunately, many treatments like eyelash extensions and growth serums can cause allergic reactions, infection or other problems.

Naturally Longer Lashes

Of course, there is a genetic aspect to long eyelashes, but that doesn’t mean that those without the lucky genes can’t increase their eyelash length.

I have a cousin who naturally has super-long dark eyelashes that look like extensions. My eyelashes are decently long but definitely not that dramatic, so I have been experimenting with natural ways to increase my eyelash length and thickness.

There does seem to be a connection between nutrition and hair health, so if a person isn’t getting enough fat soluble vitamins, b-vitamins, vitamin C and collagen, eyelashes (and hair) can suffer.

Overuse of eye products, especially long-lasting mascaras or fake lashes can weaken lashes or lead to lash loss.

Natural Eyelash Extensions?

After publishing my homemade mascara, many people asked if there was a natural way to make fiber lash mascara or eyelash extensions. I’m yet to find a natural version of false eyelashes since most glues contain formaldehyde. Most fiber lash products also contain questionable ingredients.

What I did find, however, was a natural way to make lashes look as long as fake lashes using only natural ingredients.

These natural “eyelash extensions” use:

  • Castor oil– Natural source of Omega-6 fats, proteins and vitamins that helps encourage dramatic hair growth
  • Emu oil– “highly anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, anti-wrinkle, penetrating, a transdermal carrier, promotes skin regeneration, non-comedogenic (does not clog pores), nourishing, anti-aging and bacteriastatic.” (source)
  • Coconut oil
  • Vitamin E oil (optional)

Castor oil alone would give noticeable results, as it has been extremely helpful for lengthening and thickening my hair, but the addition of emu oil, coconut oil and vitamin E give this serum a wider range of fatty acids and nutrients to help speed eyelash growth.

TIP: Christa of The Whole Journey recommends adding 1 drop of lavender essential oil to mascara to speed eyelash growth. I haven’t tried this yet, but it could be added to this serum for additional benefit (just always use caution and do your own research when using essential oils!)

Eyelash Growth Serum Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon castor oil
  • 1 teaspoon emu oil (optional, can use extra castor oil instead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 capsules Vitamin E oil (optional)

Eyelash Growth Serum Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a small dropper bottle.
  2. To use, squeeze one drop on to your finger or a cotton swab and gently massage into lash line. I prefer to do this at night to let it work overnight before washing my face in the morning.
  3. Use daily for best results.

TIP: This can also be used on eyebrows to help with thinning eyebrows.
This will last up to a year as long as it is kept in an air tight container and not contaminated with a liquid since it contains to water, aloe or other liquid ingredients that will spoil.

How do you take care of your lashes?

Here is a natural way to make lashes look as long as fake lashes, using only natural ingredients.

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  1. I use 3 drops of Lavender essential oil in my mascara. I also use lavender oil on my eyebrows at night because I have lost a lot of them.

    • I’ve heard lavender oil should be used on lashes simply because it kills eyelash mites, that can contribute to losing your lashes.

  2. I am wondering if you know how the emu oil is obtained from the animal? Does the animal suffer any harm or ate they farmed for this oil? I am only asking because a few friends of mine are vegan and would love this recipe but I don’t know if they would object to the emu oil!

    • I could be wrong but, I read it comes from dead emu’s. I was researching oils for skin and emu oil kept popping up. I didn’t know what it was at all, so I looked it up and that’s what I read. I also read that it had a unique ability to penetrate deeper into our dermis layers then any other oil. So because of that it’s great to use with other oils to repair skin. Of course I only read about it from the internet so I would encourage you to do your own research.

    • Yes, it’s animal fat. Just omit it and the recipe will still be fine.

    • I have made my own lash oil/face oil for years, and when I wear mascara most people actually think I am wearing fake lashes (I have had people ask multiple times as if I was lying!). A really good container to put it in is also 1) a cleaned out clear mascara gel tube (or empty new one found online), it is easy to clean, and you can see how much oil is left/if you have shaken and mixed it enough or 2) a liquid eyeliner container, either bought new or cleaned out (I would suggest a glitter liner that is a clear base like the mascara so it will be easier to clean than black.

      I just found it easier and less messy than having it in another contain if I want to apply it just on my lashes or lash line. Also, I try not to use cotton swabs if I don’t have to, I hate the waste! Just a suggestion 🙂 Also, I just keep the oil on my lashed before applying makeup in the morning. Helps keep my (non natural) mascara from ruining my lashes.

      • Hi Taylor,

        What’s your recipe? 🙂 x

      • Good tips, taylor. I wish u had given us the recipe too. Pretty please!

      • Any chance you could share your recipe too?

      • Can i have the recipe? Thanks

    • Although it is true that emu oil does come from a dead emu, the meat is eaten. So the animal isn’t discarded after the oil extracted.

    • They kill Emu’s for the oil. I make natural products and I stay away from Emu oil because of that reason. I don’t care how great it is if an animal has to be killed or suffers for the oil I stay away!! Google it and you can find topics on how they kill emu’s for the oil. Hope this helps.

      • They are killed for their meat. The fat of the animal (the parts people don’t eat) are used to make the oil. It shouldn’t matter anyway we kill lots of animals for food but you don’t stop eating food because we kill animals for it.

        • Actually, a lot of people do not eat meat because animals are killed for it.

  3. Question: would you use regular coconut oil (the kind you use for cooking. ..and *everything* else 😉 or FCO?

    Thank you!

      • Do you have to melt the coconut oil?

        • I use fractionated coconut oil. You don’t need to melt it because it is in liquid form. It is very light and non-greasy too.

      • It’s winter where I live (NZ) and all our coconut oil is solid because of the cold. How would you get past this with this mixture?

  4. I love Emu Oil (I use products from and have used it for years. Never thought to use it for my horribly thin eyelashes and eyebrows! Thanks for this recipe! I’m going to give it a try.

  5. Do you need to use the Emu oil? Is there something else I could use?

  6. Black mascara is burdensome. I decided to get real, and grow thick lashes! Do you know any transparent ingredient to add in this recipe so that it can act as a clear mascara (that holds eyelash curls)?.

    • When I first made my own make up, I tried using just oil and charcoal for mascara, but it smeared (especially on my glasses which my lashes touch). Now I use aloe vera gel and charcoal which works really well because the aloe goes on wet, but dries quickly. I’m not sure if it would dry as much mixed with oil, but it could be worth a shot?

    • perhaps aloe vera, it holds well on hair for instance 🙂

  7. Hi Katie. Is store-bought castor oil okay to use?

    • I would make sure that it is urefined, cold-pressed, and hexane-free (You are getting it pretty close to your eyes, so I urge caution).

      • Should also be organic..

  8. I have thin eyelashes so I could definitely start using this recipe. Thanks for the post.

  9. Yes, the addition of lavender oil helps too! I add a few drops to my mascara tube.

  10. Do you have any recommendations for making this vegan? Castor and emu oil both animal oils.

    • Castor oil is from castor beans/seeds and is not from animals. In some languages castor means beaver but the oil is not derived from them. The Emu oil however is not vegan and can just be omitted.

    • Castor oil is from a plant. If you want to make this vegan, just omit the emu oil. Honestly, this would be perfectly fine with just the coconut oil.

  11. Your site is fantastic. In your formula on eyelash serum, does the coconut oil become solid

    • I’ve found that when I mix fluid coconut oil (melted is necessary) with oils that remain fluid more easily, the entire recipe stays fluid if it it well mixed, and the coconut oil is less that a third of the total.

  12. Hi- my castor oil says avoid contact w/ eyes. Do you just close your eyes & apply lash line?

  13. Can’t wait to try this! Just wondering how you keep the CO liquid in the bottle? Would FCO work just as well?

  14. I’ve been getting eyelash extensions for over 5 years without any problems, but you get what you pay for. Eyelashes range from $20 up to $500 depending on the type you get. Mine are mink, they look and feel exactly like real lashes. Cheap thick plastic lashes are applied with a nasty glue that will burn your eyes and cause multiple problems. Professionals only use surgical glue that does not burn or cause infection. Nothing makes lashes grow thicker or longer than what we were born with. Oils included.

    • You can absolutely still have a reaction to surgical glue. Just because it’s medical grade doesn’t mean it’s hypoallergenic. I’d definitely prefer to try this over having another animals fur glued to my eyes….

      • With proper hygienic care washing daily gently removing any residue that has accumulated durning the night I’ve never once had problems. The key is to find an experienced stylist that can professionally apply them so no damage will be done to the lashes nor the eyelids. I’ve tried Latisse and also my own DIY recipies but nothing comes close to lash extensions in my opinion.

    • Untrue. Latisse absolutely works, and won’t damage your natural lashes. Oils may not work, but Latisse does. The cost of a bottle and the amount of time it lasts would actually be cheaper than extensions, it just doesn’t give immediate results. It takes a minimum of 4 weeks.

    • Actually, this is not true. I have not tried to oils but have used Latisse with GREAT success.

    • Extensions suck is my experience :-\
      Had them once and only after applying them, she told me I shouldnt thoroughly rub my eyes…… Guess what I did the next morning after waking up?

    • I’m glad to see others already corrected the misinformation here that nothing grows longer fuller lashes. I have glaucoma, and the active ingredient in the prescription eye drops I use to regulate my eye pressure is the same active ingredient found in Latisse. One of the (not unpleasant) side effects of my eye drops are longer, fuller eyelashes. 🙂

  15. Thank you for this receipe. I am interested in seeing if this or any other remedies will help regrow eyelashes & eyebrows because of damaged follicles due to Trichotillomania… if anyone has any other helpful suggestions please let me know & i will let you know if it has any benefits for someone with this ocndition.
    Thank you again <3

    • Relly, please do share your experience. I am a behavioral health therapist (and nutrition coach) and I work with people who struggle with trichotillomania and would like to offer this recipe if you find it helpful. I was unsure for my clients who have struggled for years with this if there comes a point when the hair just doesn’t grow back. I am hopeful that is not the case. Thank you so much for sharing so openly 🙂

      • I will pass on any positive benefits we discover – I would like to know any other oils, herbs etc that stimulate hair growth that we can experiment with- any suggestions…?

        • I have heard a lot of people use Rosemary to stimulate hair growth on their head, never heard of eye lashes, not sure how it would work but something to look into. 🙂

          • I make a similar serum for my eyebrows and eyelashes using castor oil, rosemary eo and lavender eo. Despite what Jodie says, I have seen obvious improvement in my lashes and eyebrows in both color (darkness), thickness, and length. I’m naturally blond so obviously I need all the help I can get here. I also think it’s much preferable to Actually have beautiful healthy lashes with out paying hundreds to fake it.

  16. I also suffer from trichotillomania, for a few years now.
    I’ve actually been using a mixture of castor oil and coconut oil with a drop of lavender on my eyelashes for the last month or two and am happy to report that it’s definitely helping to grow them back!! The bald spots are filling in again after having trouble growing back for awhile. Although some of the hair a are blonde, most are growing back fine.

    • Tree, thank you so much for sharing!

    • Thank you so much. My friend who has the same problem will be happy to try this out & I will make her a batch today – many thanks & much love xox

    • Oh goodi!! I’m so glad I found this site and took the tieto read the post.. I also suffer this condition since I was little and have always been extremely embarrassed to go anywhere when it overtakes m.. Don’t even realize it until it’s way too late. I had never been able to put on extensions and cannot afford to have them done professionally. I have used a product in the past by Tarte and it worked to regrow and lengthen but they stoked making it. I’ve tried to others and the most recent one worked to a degree. The Tarte worked so well without needing a doctors visit or Rx . I’ve been looking and stumbled here. I will have to try this but I am happy to know someone like me says it work.. I get really stressed out after and worried I’ve damaged them permanently. Thank you for sharing your success ad thank you to Wellness Mama for the recipe and thanks to all who commented in contribution to this.

  17. Has anyone ever used this on their head where hair is thinning? or heard about using on the scalp? And if so did you have hair regrowth?

  18. would you recommend using this for over-plucked eyebrows that are taking years to grow back or to use the recipe for hair use? Thanks! 🙂

    • Hm… I am not sure if that would help or not, but it may warrant experimentation. Let me know if you try it!

    • Yes no matter if you’ve over plucked in the past it will still help with hair growth, these essential oils r like a miracle worker they really help with so much stuff! I’ve been doing the castor oil, coconut oil, rosemary oil, & i cud go on lol! I have spent so much $$ on these products but ther worth it in my opinion, good luck with ur adventure, if u have any questions plz let me no I’m here 2 help… ( – :

  19. would love to know what brand mascara you all are adding lavender too because every brand I have tried made it ridiculously flakey. I am definitely trying this recipe. Thanks for the recipe and the idea to clean out old mascara tubes. My daughter and I were just discussing how mascara brands dry out so quickly now, no matter how much you pay for them.

    • You can always use a drop off water in the mascara tubes or a drop of eye drops/contact solution.

    • eye drops can fix dry mascara! i keep my mascaras for months before i get a new one….. im a makeup fanatic so i go through makeup faster than the usual

  20. I had great results getting my brows to grow in using a little castor oil with a few drops of rosemary essential oil. I haven’t tried emu oil yet but it sounds like a good one!

    • Thank you for all the comments and hints. I will also try a recipe with Rosemary oil and when I get feedback on results I will post it in here – thanks again xox

  21. I would like to make this with just the castor oil and coconut oil and add some lavender. If I do it that way, omitting the emu oil, should I adjust the recipe and add 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil to make up the difference?

  22. What am I doing wrong? I have been using a castor oil/evoo mix to remove mascara for about 8 years and never noticed an improvement in my lashes (if any change has taken place, I’d say it’s for worse).
    Can evoo hinder the beneficial effects of CO?

    • Hm, interesting question! I am not sure. Anecdotally it sounds like it… but then your boy may just not be responsive to castor oil. You could try making this serum to see if it helps, then you would probably know for sure if it was the EVOO…

      • Most evoo is not pure. Unless you are sure you are getting a quality product we don’t know what you are putting on your lashes

    • After had my daughter my eye lashes thinned out a lot. Hers off course are long and gorgeous like mine were ( I tell her she stole mine lol) I started to use a mix of about a tablespoon of castor oil about 5 drops of vitamin e oil and about a teaspoon of evoo and I apply it to my lashes every night with a mascara wand after i apply my facial/eye cream of organic shea butter and sweet almond oil and my lashes have gotten so much longer and thicker like they were 3 years ago, before she was born. Everyone is different but I don’t think olive oil would hurt your lashes. Maybe it’s your eye cream or mascara.

  23. I have a quesiton of anyone who has tried this: have you had any reactions to the mixture? I just whipped up a batch following this recipe, but it occurs to me that perhaps I should find out if there have been any allergic or sensitivity reactions to it. Thanks in advance.

  24. Anyone know how much liquid vit e oil one should use in place of the capsules? I have googled without much luck…

  25. I would love to use this recipe, but I have acne and the oil gets on my pillow and then on my face and causes me to break out. Therefore I could only use in during the day and it isn’t as effective. I’ve seen some serums that are made with peptides, but I don’t know if peptides are natural.
    Do you have another recipe that would be oil free?

  26. Great article, thank you so much for sharing this info.

  27. Hi Katie, can i use this serum for hair growth? I’m from Malaysia, I’ve read your recipe for hair growth, but nettle leaf & horsetail leaf is not available In our country. To get it from US or any other country will increase the cost. Thanks

  28. I am going to make and try your eyelash serum. I notice in your hair growth for men recipe you use Black Seed Oil, is there a reason it cannot be used in the eyelash formula?


  29. Do all the eyelash serums cause discomfort or only a few? Which one of them is more beneficial – The Natural way or Using a lash serum.. Coz i believe this would take a long time before the results actually are seen. Your suggestion would greatly help.

  30. how fast does it work?

  31. How do you clean an old mascara bottle? & where can I find new clean bottles?

    Thank U

    • Try eBay and amazon for clear bottles.

  32. How soon will you see results?

  33. Hi! I am four months postpartum and I have noticed hair loss that started in my last trimester and I still ongoing (about six months now) I’ve noticed hair shedding more from my head and lashes, but mostly eyebrows. Is this very uncommon? I have been using castor oil and essential oils to help stimulate growth but hairs are visibly falling out of my brows daily. I think it’s most likely due to all the hormonal changes of pregnancy and breastfeeding…should I wait it out and think it’s normal or see a doc?

    • Some hair loss is normal post-pregnancy because of hormones and a change from the latent/resting phase of shedding during pregnancy, but if it is specifically eyebrows, especially the outer half, this can be a sign of thyroid disease (it was for me) and it might help to see a doc who could test for that, especially if it continues.

  34. i have vitamin e oil from mountain rose herb….. instead of the capsules how much vitamin e oil should i put in?

  35. I use this recipe and love it… thank you! Do you have any recipes for an eye cream/serum for the skin? Would love to try it out if so 🙂


  36. I’m still testing it on my eyelashes – it does seem to slow the fallout but I need a few more weeks to see.

    But I do want to thank you for this recipe for my eczema!! I got a serious breakout on my hands from travel/probably gluten contamination. And for 3 weeks after my hands have been itchy and super dry despite better food at home.

    I made your exact recipe and wound up throwing it on my hands overnight and it made a HUGE difference from the first time. 4 nights in, my skin is so much more healed! Now It’s just a bit dry and bumps are disappearing. No other oil alone was helping – but this must be SO nourishing.

    Always love your posts. you share so much with us, thank you!

  37. Is it safe to wear the lash grow while pregnant?

  38. I made this 3 months ago in a well washed mascara tube. I used equal amounts of castor oil and coconut oil, added a good squirt from a bottle of liquid Vitamin E, 1 drop each of lavender and lemon. I shake it well, then apply it every night before bed as though I am applying mascara. A tiny bit does go to the base of my lashes during application. I also apply to my eyebrows because I had a small thin spot on one in a place that I never plucked them. I am 54 and have never been a regular user of any makeup, only for special occasions. My eyelashes have grown dramatically in length, from straight sticks to curling upwards now. My lower lashes are also longer and the thin spot in my brow filled in. I have also noted my lashes and brows seem to be slightly darker than 3 months ago. I’m so glad I read your post. This really works for me, thank you. ps, as a vegetarian, I did not use the emu oil.

  39. Is the essential oil necessary? I haven’t begun using them yet and don’t want to until I learn a lot more..

  40. I would love to see before and after pictures if you have them.

    Also I just wanted to caution everyone if you have never used castor oil in a product before you should test it on your skin before applying it around your eyes. Are used to work with a girl who had a rash all over her face and turned out she’s allergic to Castor oil. You would not want to find out you’re allergic after applying it around your eyes first.

  41. Can you use Jamaican Black Castor Oil in this Eyelash Serum?

  42. I have been using this recipe for 10 weeks and have seen results. The lavender oil is a nice addition if you like the scent. I apply the formula with a q-tip prior to bed to my lashes and eyebrows. If I remember to do it more often, then I do.

    For me, I noticed my eyebrows filling in first. The outer edges have grown whispy as I have gotten older. For my lashes it took another month or so. While others may not notice, I can tell. In fact it has inspired me to wear mascara more often because I actually have something to put it on. Prior to this, it was pretty pitiful. Thank you Wellness Mama.

  43. Katie, thank you for this recipe from a source I know I can trust! I’ve been using products like RapidLash and RapidBrow for about 2 years (which both worked very well for me), but started having concerns about harmful ingredients and chemicals. I am happy to have a natural, healthier alternative. I made a half-batch of this a few days ago (using castor oil, coconut oil, and emu oil, plus a dash of Vit E oil to preserve) and have been applying it nightly; I’ll post again in a few weeks with my results.

    Question about EOs and this serum: although one would not be putting EOs directly “into the eyes,” there is a strong chance of some serum migrating from the lash line into the eyes once applied. I’ve read wonderful things about how Lavender and Rosemary can promote lash/eyebrow growth and I would love to add these to the serum; however, I am concerned about how these would impact overall ocular health. What happens if trace elements of these oils come in direct contact with the eye? Is it safer to skip them altogether? Naturally I want to make this serum as effective as possible while still being safe. 🙂

  44. Will this help men’s hair growth also on their head?

  45. Where can I purchase Emu oil? Is there a certain kind better than others?

  46. Why did my bottles turn solid? I made 2 bottles with castor, melted coconut oil and vitamin E. They were liquid but overnight they turned solid.

    • The coconut oil can solidify in cooler temps. I would try to warm the bottle up in my hands or even leave them on the window sill during a sunny day for a bit to see if that can help you use the bottles you’ve already made.

  47. Has anyone tried this who sleeps in their contact lenses? I’m wondering if it would create a film on them. I’m a voracious used of Rapidlash & it works like a charm, HOWEVER, be aware that they took out the REAL active ingredient in early 2014 so you have to look for older tubes. Each tube is sealed in plastic, so I’m currently am using bottles from 2011 that I got for $3. No air= no spoilage, so I feel it’s perfectly safe. Plus, I’m old enough to remember when A LOT of things didn’t have expiration dates that do now.

  48. Heya! Wanting to try this out but wondering whether, with all the oils, could this give you water line pimples or blocked ducts? Has anyone had any issues with this? Love your work Wellness Mama!!!

  49. Hi would this be OK to use in pregnancy? Including the lavender oil too?

    • I did, but it’s always best to check with your midwife or OB.

  50. Great recipe! I can not wait to try this!

    Is this a safe brand to use for applying castor oil on my eyelashes? I may have missed it, but I can’t find on your blog if castor oil is safe to put on eyelids and around the eye area. I’ve also been hearing alot about using castor oil in place of re-wetting eye drops, and I’d love to know if you recommend this and if this same brand is good for that.

    • Do I have to use castor oild to do this because I have have castor oil

  52. Does anyone know how long till you see results of eyelashe growth?

  53. I use a mixture of castor oil with just a drop or2 of rosemary EO. I have been using it for a few months now, about 3 times a week, and I can definitely see growth in my eyelashes. I don’t wear mascara, so this has been great, I can see that I actually have eyelashes!

  54. Excited to try this! Do you think it’s safe while trying to conceive, pregnant, or nursing?

  55. Hi Katie-
    Can black seed oil be used in this recipe?

  56. I have used coconut oil as a moisturizer on my face and woke up with puffiness on my eyelids and below my eyes. I am not sure if this an allergic reaction because it doesnt seem to have any negative effects anywhere else on my face or body.
    I would rather not use the coconut oil near my eyes, is there something else to use in place of it for this recipe?

  57. Hi, I am trying to grow my eyelashes and eyebrows thicker, am 62 and gradually have seen my eyelashes disappearing! Some of this may be because I have had adrenal fatigue/insufficiency and I know the outer third of your eyebrows thinning out is a sign of thyroid issues (low thyroid)…but some may be due to age. I guess it’s all connected!
    Anyway, am going to try to do the coconut oil and castor oil concoction faithfully. My question is, I am wondering if it’s the same as using Latisse, that once you stop doing the process of applying it to your eyelashes or brows, the thickened effects you’ve achieved go away? Therefore you have to do this forever?
    I definitely would if it works though! 🙂 Thanks for any replies. Love your site!

  58. What strength of Vitamin E? (how many international units?)