Does Vaseline help your eyelashes grow?

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Does Vaseline help your eyelashes grow?

Vaseline, also known as petroleum jelly, has a fascinating history as both a product and an invention. Originally discovered as a quick burn and skin ointment on oil rigs, this product now finds itself in beauty products all over the world. Many people use the product on their eyelashes for growth. But, with so many skeptics in the world (myself included), we are here to answer the pressing question, “Does Vaseline help your eyelashes grow longer?”

Long story short, Vaseline does not help your eyelashes grow any longer. It does, however, help to moisturize them, which could keep them from getting brittle and breaking off. But, a bigger question comes to mind. Is Vaseline (a petrol by-product) sustainable, or even good for your skin?

We will answer all of these questions in this article, plus more. We will cover the history of Vaseline, it’s sustainability factor, if it works for lashes (in short - it doesn’t), its benefits (it has some), and some other, more effective alternatives to Vaseline for your lashes. 

Petroleum Jelly

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Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, was discovered by a  22-year old British chemist, named Robert Augustus Chesebrough as he was living and studying in a town in Pennsylvania where petroleum had recently been discovered. 

Chesebrough was looking to discover other products that could be made from petroleum. While on the oil rig, he noticed something peculiar. If any of the seasoned oilmen were injured or burned, they would reach in the bottom of petroleum barrels and smear the residue over their cuts and burns. 

Chesebrough knew he was on to something, so he spent the next 10 years perfecting the refinery process, eventually landing on a triple-filtered system that no other company was using. He patented the product and called in Vaseline, coming from the German Wasser "water" + Greek έλαιον (elaion) "olive oil". (Vaseline, 2019)

Robert Augustus Chesebrough
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There is no doubt that Vaseline has been a huge influence in the beauty and healthcare industry for hundreds of years. Vaseline was on board the first ship to explore the North Pole because the captain knew it wouldn’t freeze. It was shipped out in hoards during both world wars, and in 2005, one statistic showed that a bottle of Vaseline was bought every 37 seconds around the world. 

It no doubt has helped people around the world. But nowadays, with so much access to research and other products, one must beg the question, “Is Vaseline the most sustainable product on the market?” 

In short, no it’s not. But, Vaseline is also not as terrible as one might think, having the word petroleum in its patented name. See, I am a stickler for sustainability, and this one took me a lot of research to come to this conclusion: 

As long as we live in a world that is using petrol for fuel, the production of the by-product of petroleum jelly is ok in my book. I liken it to the use of petroleum jelly to this: if you must eat a chicken, the most sustainable way to do so is to use the whole chicken, and every last part. It’s not perfect, but it’s also not the worst thing at CVS. We could do a lot more good by reducing our use of palm oil.  

Palm Oil

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Does it Work?

Now, the most important question in my book, “Does Vaseline actually work for growing your lashes”. The answer, of course, is no. There are no properties in Vaseline that promote hair growth. Not only that, but petroleum jelly has very large molecules that can’t even penetrate the skin, let alone the hair follicle. And, ophthalmologists will beg you to not use it around your sensitive eye area. 

The product, however, is great for moisturization.The reason why the myth of hair growth has gone on for so long is probably that when Vaseline is on your lashes, its glossy texture reflects the light, and makes lashes appear bigger. Vaseline can create a full look on your lashes but is only doing so through moisturization. Not a bad thing. 

Castor Oil

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If you are looking to grow your lashes, Castor oil makes a much better oil for promoting hair growth. Even better, if you find an eyelash growth serum that contains Castor Oil, as well as other plant nutrients that are known to support lash growth!


There are some very apparent benefits to using Vaseline. Vaseline has been used for hundreds of years for treating wounds and burns, as well as any other skin inflammation. Vaseline took note and has launched a new social mission to help heal the skin of 5 million people living in crisis or conflict by 2020. Vaseline will be providing dermatological care, medical supplies, Vaseline products, and local health worker training to vulnerable people around the world. (Vaseline, 2019)

“Deeply cracked hands and feet, burns from cooking on gas stoves or using kerosene lamps, and extremely dry skin due to overexposure are just some of the severe skin conditions we found in the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan,” says Kathleen Dunlop, Marketing Director at Unilever. Many people in developing countries can not afford medication to heal their skin ailments, and Vaseline is providing aid and support there. 

So while their product may not be the most sustainable on the market, they are doing a lot of good with the products that they have. Good on you, Vaseline! 


One of the most sustainable and effective products on the market for eyelash growth is ForChics ForLash. It contains Castor Oil, as well as specially-derived plant nutrients that are proven to help boost lash growth. 

Eyelash Enhancing Serum

Not only that, but ForLash is one of the few totally vegan and cruelty-free eyelash growth serums on the market today. The formula is paraben-free, so it is safe to use for anyone undergoing chemo or in remittance. Vaseline, unfortunately, is not paraben-free. 

The formula is also gluten-free, so it can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of allergies or intolerances. 

People everywhere are loving ForLash! ForLash is a natural eyelash growth serum that immediately replaces the need for eyelash extensions, falsies, or eyelash tinting treatments. Using specially-derived plant minerals, this formula nourishes your lashes from the base to the top. 

The results have been incredible. Over 75,000+ women have tried ForLash, and it has been rated at a 4.89 for length and thickness of lashes. 

So, if you are looking for a product that can grow your lashes while moisturizing them at the same time, then click here to learn more information about ForLash.

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