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How to Get Beautiful Eyelashes and Eyebrows With Castor Oil

I have worked as a beauty therapist, a freelance makeup artist, and a retail store manager for a fashion, beauty, and crafts store.

Long, thick lashes can be yours by giving them a coating of castor oil, which is rich in Vitamin E and restores hair naturally.

Long, thick lashes can be yours by giving them a coating of castor oil, which is rich in Vitamin E and restores hair naturally.

How many of us have admired a baby’s long eyelashes enviously and wished for those beautiful, long lashes? Do you get jealous of a friend's perfectly shaped and healthy-looking eyebrows?

Thin or sparse eyelashes can be due to poor diet, age, heredity, over-use of cosmetics, or over-plucking.

Castor oil is a one-stop treatment for healthy eyelashes and eyebrows. Beautiful lashes and shapely, bushy eyebrows are achievable through simple steps you can take at home.

How to Use Castor Oil for Beautiful Eyelashes

You Will Need:

  • Castor oil
  • A clean eyeliner brush, mascara wand, or a Q-tip


  • Cleanse the face and eye area as you normally would.
  • Dip a clean mascara wand lightly into castor oil. Tap off excess.
  • Starting at the inner corner of the eye, coat the lashes from root to tip, working across until all the lashes are coated.
  • Repeat on the other eye.
  • Use a Q-tip under eye area to remove any excess.
  • Leave on overnight and remove in the morning by gently cleansing the eye area (if you don't clean off the oil, makeup won't stay on).

Thicker Eyelashes With Castor Oil

How to Use Castor Oil for Healthy, Beautiful Eyebrows

You Will Need:

  • Castor oil
  • Q-tip or clean eyeliner brush or comb


  • Cleanse the skin as normal, making sure to include the eyebrows. Pat the brows with toner or water to remove any excess oil.
  • Dip the Q-tip into the castor oil. Tap off excess.
  • Apply onto the eyebrow, moving in the direction of hair growth.
  • Use the Q-tip's dry end to remove excess oil around the eyebrow.
  • Leave on overnight.
  • Wash the face as normal in the morning.

Benefits of Castor Oil

Jamaican is the purest and highest quality of castor oil. It is raw and unrefined, so retains all or most of the nutrients.

When deciding to buy castor oil, make sure you look for the words cold-pressed or cold-processed on the label.

This emollient comes from the castor bean or seed. It is a very pale yellow or colourless liquid with an either mild or nonexistent odour. It is used in products including perfume and soap and has health benefits and uses, including:

  • Laxative
  • Helps skin disorders
  • Rich in Vitamin E
  • Rich in essential fatty acids
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Slows hair thinning
  • Treats dry, itchy scalp
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Eases abdominal complaints and muscular pain
  • Acne
  • Headaches
  • Induces Labour (being heavily researched)
  • Sunburn
  • Enhances memory (according to Ayurvedic medicine)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

How to Get Beautiful Eyelashes and Eyebrows with Castor Oil Comments

Sara on December 17, 2019:

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How many times do i need to use it to see results?

margaritta on January 19, 2018:

It's amazing, you are telling about the topic in entertaining + scientific manner, I love that!! I was using castor oil for so many things in my life, - for purifying, improving my skin, hair, and eyelashes too... Just I got tired of it at one moment and started to try smth new... For now I only approved for myself Cherish Lash serum - it's not as chemical as other serums on the market, and extremely resultative. But maybe it's time to return to the old method?? :) Thank you a lot!!

Anna on September 04, 2017:

Thank you so much for such a detailed description - of course I knew about Castor Oil, but you are explaining with more nuances... I actually avoid to use it, because it feels too heavy on my skin and makes my eyes uncomfortable. I don't know what I would do with my short eyelashes, if I didn't find the Cherish Lash balm. I could compare its effect with good oils, but quicker and more intensive. Thanks again for the review!!

sabrina fialho on May 30, 2017:

sabrina fialho

mumbai, india

i apply simple castor oil on my eye brows past one month and its become dark and my eyebrows have grown.

Suzie from Carson City on September 05, 2015:

Suzie...I thought you may like to know that I've done the Castor oil routine with my lashes for quite a while. IT WORKS. My lashes are thicker, even a bit longer and look "healthier"

Thanks for helping out an older grandma to be a Sexy Mama.(?) Now, if you would please, send me a tall, handsome sexy Irishman who wants to watch me bat my lashes......Thank you.

In all fairness, make sure he understands that's about ALL I do. Love you Suzie........Paula

aayushi on September 05, 2015:

hi! density of my eyebrows and eyelashes is very less.

i could not get cold pressed castor oil so i got refiined castor oil.

So, does using refined castor oil on eyebrows harmful in any way .

like can i use it on me eyebrows

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 21, 2015:

Suzie, I'm definitely going to give this try. My lashes aren't what they used to be. Thanx for the tip!

umaima on January 21, 2015:

Hi!can i use thz tip to my baby????

Musu Bangura from Nation's Capital on March 16, 2014:

Another reason for me to use castor oil. I've learned it's also good for hair and sin issues. Thanks for sharing this information! Voted up.

Girly on February 20, 2014:

Hi Suzie

Thank you for sharing. I have heard about Jamaican black castor oil but i can't seem to find it. I tried Boots and most pharmacies. Do you know where I can buy it in Dublin,Ireland? Please help as I really want to give it a try

Lola from London on January 28, 2014:

Interesting. I'll have to give this ago. I had my eyelashes done and they totally ruined them.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 04, 2013:

Cheers Vishakha,

So glad you enjoyed this!

Vishakha Bajaj on November 01, 2013:

Very informative hub. A big thanks for sharing this information.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 06, 2013:

Hi vibesites,

Good to see you are a fan of this and are keen to give it a go, enjoy! Castor oil is marvelous for hair growth. Appreciate your votes greatly!

vibesites from United States on June 06, 2013:

This is really nice! I need to emphasize my eyes with long lashes! Thanks for your tips, I might give it a go. Up, useful. :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 03, 2013:

Hi Irc,

Castor Oil is a super oil for body, hair, face . . . . everywhere! It's been heralded as a great hair thickener so perfect for sparse eyelashes or eyebrows. Hope you find it good, you do need to keep it going for awhile. Many thanks for your interest :-)

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on June 03, 2013:

I was exploring hubs this morning and fell upon this one. It is so well written and organized perfectly that it was an easy read. It was also very informative and I am going to give castor oil a try on my skimpy lashes. Thanks for providing hope and a solution. Great job!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 30, 2013:

Hi Heather,

Castor oil has benefits for hair growth that definitely make a difference so it is a mighty useful oil to have at home for a variety of benefits.Thanks for visit and comment, enjoy trying it out.

HeatherH104 from USA on May 30, 2013:

I've been self conscious with how thin my eye lashes have become with age and definitely think this is worth a try!

Great hub!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 21, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

So happy to know you enjoyed this one, castor oil is a marvelous skin product too so plenty of opportunities to use it! Thanks for your support, always a pleasure to have you visit, comment and support !

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 21, 2013:

Wow! Another great tips again. Thank you Suzie;-) I have to try this.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 10, 2013:

Hi younghopes,

How good of you to comment, so glad you found interesting! Castor Oil is a great oil for many skin care products so it would never go to waste for you. Hope you give it a try sometime! Thanks again!

Shadaan Alam from India on April 10, 2013:

hi Suzie, thanks for sharing this interesting hub here, i have never used castor oil ever, but now after reading your hub i m tempted to try it out

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 04, 2013:

Hi livingsta,

Castor Oil is one of those great products that has so many wonderful uses in beauty care alone. It increases hair growth and takes a little time but thicker lashes and eyebrows are possible with it! Many thanks for your visit, comment, votes and share, you are wonderful!

livingsta from United Kingdom on April 04, 2013:

Hi Suzie, I have used castor oil for my hair, mixed with other oil to make it less viscous. This is the first time, i am reading about it being used for eyelashes and eyebrows. Thank you for sharing this with us. Definitely worth a try!

Votes up and sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 04, 2013:

Hi Dorota,

Many thanks for droppin in and for asking this question! Yes, JMCO is great to use for all hair regardless of the color. it will moisturize, thicken and increase hair growth as it increases blood flow to the scalp. Do give it a try i am sure you will love it! Thanks again!!

Dorota on April 04, 2013:

Hi Suzie,

I was thinking to use jamaican black castor oil on my hair to make them a little thicker. Do you think it's safe to use it on my medium blond hair ? It's not a natural hair color though...

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 04, 2013:

Hi lbjnflower,

Many thanks for dropping by, hope you enjoy it!!

Belinda Ferrell from TENN on April 04, 2013:

Hi I will surely try this

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 04, 2013:

Hi adrienne,

There is certainly a wealth of information here on HP, that's for sure. Many thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I hope you find this method successful it does take time. Castor oil is definitely one oil that has many uses cosmetically so will not go to waste! Appreciate your votes greatly!

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on April 03, 2013:

Hi Suzie! I have said it a thousand times HP is the best place on the net for information, and writing. This is an awesome hub I can not wait to try this. My whole life I have wanted those nice thick eyebrow, and lush lashes. Thanks so much for sharing this tip. My brows have always been thin, who knew castor oil was a way to thicken them up! Voted up and awesome!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 03, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Many thanks for your interest, castor oil is full of skin benefits and great for eyelashes and eyebrows. Appreciate your comments greatly!

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 03, 2013:

Fascinating! I have not heard of this simple and cost-effective home remedy. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 03, 2013:

Hi Jeannieinabottle!

Good to have you here, many thanks for dropping by! Castor oil is one of those products that you would not expect in a cosmetic product but it so valuable! Your bottle will not go waste that's for sure. Many thanks for votes and sharing, much appreciated!!

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on April 03, 2013:

I am always looking for new ways to get thicker eyelashes. I will be buying castor oil in the very near future. Thanks for the advice. Voted up and shared!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 30, 2013:

Hi cathie,

great to have you stop by, thanks so much for commenting and delighted to hear you found informative!

Hamza Arshad from Pakistan on March 30, 2013:

I have read the topic its truly informative and i carry some new information from here thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 29, 2013:

Great stuff, Rebecca, enjoy!

Rebecca Furtado from Anderson, Indiana on March 29, 2013:

Will do washing out an old mascara brush as we speak.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 29, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

Many thanks for your comments and input here. I hope you find the castor oil beneficial. I know a number of friends with blonde eyelashes and eyebrows too. Look forward to hearing how you find it. If you need any tips for using color and makeup for blond eyelashes and eyebrows do drop me a mail. Many thanks again :-)

Rebecca Furtado from Anderson, Indiana on March 29, 2013:

I am going to try this. As a very blonde blonde I have very little body hair and no real eyelashes that can be seen or eye brows for that matter. It is not ageing just the way I have always been. Great Hub . I am giving it a shot will report back.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 29, 2013:

Hi Cathie,

Welcome and many thanks for taking time to comment and check this out. Castor Oil is a super ingredient to have at home it is so versatile. You will need to use this for a good period of time to see results. Good luck and enjoy!

Hamza Arshad from Pakistan on March 28, 2013:

i have found it very useful.i am gonna try this for sure:)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 26, 2012:

Hi Vespa,

Delighted to hear you are finding a difference in your skin with my few suggestions! Castor oil is a marvel of an ingredient you wouldn't expect to have so many benefits. Appreciate your lovely positive thumbs up on the series, I will continue to write some new DIY beauty hubs since they are proving popular, thank you so much Vespa! :-)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 26, 2012:

I'm blown away by this hub. I just read another hub today about the health benefits of castor oil. I definitely need to get some of this stuff! I've never heard of the Jamaican black variety, though. Since my eyebrows are getting sparser and my eyelashes have never been lush and abundant, I'm definitely going to try this one. My skin is really benefiting from all your beauty tips, btw. My skin looks clearer and my pores smaller from the cider vinegar and it's softer from the tomato and other masks. Thanks so much. Please keep pumping out this beauty advice!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 25, 2012:

Hi Sam,

I hope you give this a try, it definitely seems to work on hair growth over time. Thanks so much for your input and comments, much appreciated as always. Delighted to have you stop by and take an interest! :-)

Samantha Harris from New York on November 25, 2012:

Thank you so much! I asked my mom to tweeze my eyebrows when I was pretty young and she always did it so thin. Now that I'm older I prefer fuller, more natural looking eyebrows, but the hair won't grow back in some spots T_T. Now I'm going to use your tips to help my poor eyebrows!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi randomcreative,

I am so pleased you enjoyed this, it is amazing the things that you can use the most unlikeliest ingredients for, like castor oil! Appreciate your comments, thanks so much!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2012:

I had no idea that you could use castor oil on eyelashes and eyebrows! You learn something new everyday. Thanks for the great information here.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi Crystal,

Good to see you again, delighted you enjoyed. I know, many people have had the castor oil in childhood and not been too keen on it! Thanks for thinking of this more positively now, appreciate your votes Crystal!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi elle64,

Appreciate your comment, thanks for taking the interest, and hope you give it a go!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on November 24, 2012:

Very interesting. I had a few doses of castor oil in my childhood and that experience pretty much turned me off from ever using it again, for any purpose! But I'm glad to know that it can have pleasant side effects! Voted up and interesting.

elle64 from Scandinavia on November 24, 2012:

Never heard about castor oil- thanks

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi Paula,

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!! Many thanks for your input and hopefully you will enjoy trying this out! Cheers for the up ++++, you are a star!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi Gypsy,

Good to see you, many thanks for your votes, always great to get!! Hope you enjoy trying this out.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi unknown spy,

That's cool to know, delighted to hear you find it good for both!! Appreciate you reading and leaving a positive comment!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi Jamie!

Yep, another unusual but effective little bottle! Delighted you enjoyed this so much Jamie, appreciate all the votes and sharing!! Cheers!:-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi heavenleigh,

Thanks very much, glad you enjoyed, appreciate your visit and comment!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi Faythef,

Many thanks for stopping by, hope you do give it a try!

Suzie from Carson City on November 23, 2012:

Suz...I definitely will try this....and let you know how it worked......finally, a use for castor oil I can deal with!!!.........Up+++

Gypsy48 on November 23, 2012:

I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing, voted up and useful:)

Life Under Construction from Neverland on November 23, 2012:

hi suzie. i used castor oil for my eyebrows and for my hair. its good.

Jamie Brock from Texas on November 23, 2012:

This is very interesting! I had not heard this but I think it's definitely worth a try... thank you for another great hub! Voting up, useful, sharing :)

Heaven L Burkes from The Invincible Heart of Neverland on November 23, 2012:

Good to know! Thank you for the info. :)

Faythe Payne from USA on November 23, 2012:

Hmmm..I just may have to give this a try.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 23, 2012:

Hi teaches!

Glad you are enjoying these tips so much. Hope you find this helps and I really love hearing your thoughts and comments, many thanks!!

Dianna Mendez on November 22, 2012:

I may do this, Suzie. I could use some thicker lashes. I am very thankful for all your home-made remedy options and the cost-savings it provides.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 22, 2012:

Hi Bill!

LOL, thought you may have have jumped at this one to try, oh well . . . I will find 1 to be your kinda thing someday!!!

Hope you are enjoying thanksgiving, thinking of you and sending lots of good wishes for the holidays your neck of the woods! Appreciate you replying here, you are a rockstar of a follower!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 22, 2012:

LMAO! No! I love you my dear friend, but I am not doing this. :) I have been with you every step of the way with your home concoctions, but I draw the line at making beautiful eyelashes. I'm just happy I still have hair.

Have a wonderful afternoon dear friend!

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