If you only associate castor oil with laxatives, it’s time to broaden your scope and consider its many beauty applications, especially this luxurious DIY castor oil eyelash serum.
Derived from the castor plant, castor oil offers a higher dose of vitamin E and fatty acids than many other popular vegetable oils. Its antibacterial and moisturizing properties make it an excellent choice for your natural skin and hair care needs.
Although claims of its eyelash lengthening powers have yet to be scientifically substantiated, castor oil helps lay the foundation for healthy follicle and hair growth, which is, of course, essential. for long and beautiful eyelashes.
What is castor oil?
Castor oil is extracted from the beans or seeds of Ricinus communis plant, a shrub native to parts of Africa and Asia that now grows profusely in tropical climates.
Rich in triglycerides, Castor oil is widely used in the beauty industry for its moisturizing properties, which help remove dirt from the skin and retain moisture. The oil is clear with a slight yellow tint and a mild fragrance.
1 to 2 teaspoons castor oil
1 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil
1 to 3 drops of cedarwood essential oil
1 to 3 drops of vitamin E oil
Combine the ingredients
Pour essential oils and vitamin E oil into a small empty mascara bottle or tube that has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized (see instructions below).
Add castor oil, making sure to leave enough space to insert the chopstick.
To mix together
After replacing the cap, invert it slowly to mix the ingredients well.
Apply to lashes (like you would mascara) every night before bed. Take care to lightly coat the lashes with just one or two brush strokes to avoid getting serum in your eyes.
You can also use castor oil alone to strengthen and moisturize your eyelashes. Pure, organic castor oil without any additives is your best bet.
Simply dip your clean applicator into the oil and apply a light coat to your lashes before going to bed. Start by using a small amount to avoid it coming into contact with your eyes. Be sure to wash it off in the morning.
Castor oil for eyebrows
For a slight departure from eyelash care, you can apply castor oil serum to your eyebrows for a similar effect. Brows treated with castor oil can appear fuller and thicker, perfect for remedying any incidents of over-hairing in the past.
Simply repeat the recipe above, but change the essential oils to differentiate your DIY products. Rosemary and tea tree make a lovely aromatic addition.
Note that some people may have an allergic reaction to castor oil, so be sure to do a skin test before applying this serum to your eyelashes, eyebrows, or skin.
How to clean your mascara tube and brush
If you plan to reuse an old tube and mascara brush to store and apply your serum, remember that they must be thoroughly disinfected. This process will require a lot of dipping and rubbing to remove any remaining mascara. Follow these steps:
- Fill the tube with a water-based makeup remover. Let it soak overnight.
- Use your wand to help clean the inside of the tube. Pump the brush and run it for a few minutes to remove more material. Empty the tube.
- If your mascara tube has a rubber insert or stopper, remove it.
- Dip the mascara tube, brush and rubber insert in warm water with dish soap. Make sure the tube is filled with soapy water. Let them soak for an hour or two.
- Use the wand to scrub the inside of the tube, then rinse with warm water. If the water comes out dirty (with mascara), scrub again with soapy water. If necessary, repeat this process until the water comes out clean.
- Use a soft brush to scrub the wand and bristles and rinse with warm water.
- Once the tube is clean, sterilize it by filling it with rubbing alcohol. Place the brush in the container and close it, shake it a little and pour in the alcohol.
- Allow all parts to air dry completely before reassembling.
Note that this process works best for synthetic material mascara brushes. Alcohol can degrade natural fibers.