I didn’t get the thick hair gene.
My mother has the thickest, fastest-growing hair on the planet — she shaved her head for charity once and her hair had fully grown back about four months later. My brother has to have his hair thinned.
Me? I can only grow mine to a certain length before the ends start to look limp and straggly. You can see patches of scalp when I tie my hair up too tightly, and it’s so fine that I can wrap a normal-sized hairband around my ponytail three times with room to spare.
Needless to say, I’m a sucker for any product that promises thicker hair, and that extends to brows (mine are sparse and gappy in their natural state). Groomed, filled-in brows play a huge part in defining the face and the difference is especially dramatic when you have dark hair, pale skin, and little rounded cheeks like me.
So when I saw LoveLula were selling Alchemy Oils’ range of products, including their Peppermint Brow Remedy* (v), I jumped at the chance to try it out. I already love their Grapefruit Hair Remedy, which was created especially for fine hair and works wonders on itchy scalps, so I figured it would be worth a shot.
Alchemy Oils Peppermint Brow Remedy costs £21 for 40ml and contains 100% natural ingredients.
1. Fractionated coconut oil (i.e. liquid coconut oil)2. Argan oil3. Organic avocado oil4. Organic rosehip oil5. Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint oil is said to promote new growth, while the argan oil, avocado oil and coconut oil accelerate it. (No word on what the rosehip oil does, but rosehip oil is excellent at moisturising and repairing the skin, so I’m guessing it’s something along those lines, which I’m always here for.) Although the remedy’s main mission is to help your hair grow, it can also be used as a tamer.
I love that the packaging is a glass bottle — it’s much better for the environment, looks good on your bedside table or in your bathroom, and can be reused — but I did have trouble with the cork. It was stuck the first time I tried to remove it, so much so that I ended up pulling the top off so no oil could get out. I sent the bottle back to LoveLula, who very kindly sent another one along free of charge — one which I managed to open this time.
To apply the remedy, you place your index finger over the opening of the bottle, tip the bottle upside down and back, then rub the oil into your brows and leave it to do its thing overnight. It tingles on application, which makes it feel like something is happening. But did it make a difference?
To my surprise, it did. My right eyebrow used to have a little bald patch, but the hair has grown in now I use the peppermint remedy on a regular basis. My brows aren’t thick, but they look fuller and there are more hairs there. They even grow quicker than they used to, which means I’ve been getting the tweezers out more frequently, but for me this is a small price to pay.
Only the most sycophantic of friends would be able to notice the difference (and only if I showed up sans make-up, which would never happen because filling in my brows is the one thing I can always be bothered to do) but I can see it clearly.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Peppermint Brow Remedy works, but the fact remains that you’re paying £21 for a daily eyebrow treatment. And while you only need two drops per day (one for each brow), meaning it will last for a very long time, that’s still a lot of money to shell out at once. So I’d recommend it, but only if you’re happy to invest and are at your wits’ end with your brows (or lack thereof).
Whether you’d consider the remedy an essential or not, it’s refreshing to try a hair growth product which delivers, so top marks to the folks at Alchemy Oils.
Have you ever tried a hair growth treatment before? Would you use one on your brows? Let me know in the comments.
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*Product was sent to me by LoveLula for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.