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The fact that essential oils belong with your makeup-bag necessities—and not just in your diffuser—is well-known among those who use tea tree oil as a quick zit-zapper, hydrate their skin with rose hip, and mix their own signature scents. And now Sara Panton, CEO and co-founder of essential-oils brand Vitruvi, offers a solid argument for why you should also incorporate lavender and rosemary into your beauty repertoire: On this week’s episode of the podcast That’s So Retrograde, she shared how they can seriously amp up your brow and eyelash game.

Panton’s first trick is to use lavender oil to supercharge your tube of mascara (which, BTW, you should replace every three to four months). “Some of my favorite quick tips are putting two drops of lavender in your mascara tube,” she says. “It extends the shelf life of your mascara, and it also has natural antimicrobial properties, so [it’s] great to use around your eyes.” The expert says adding the dose to your tube should help it outlast its normal throwaway date by at least two weeks.

“Some of my favorite quick tips are putting two drops of lavender in your mascara tube. It extends the shelf life of your mascara, and it also has natural antimicrobial properties, so [it’s] great to use around your eyes.” —Sara Panton, CEO and co-founder of Vitruvi

And if you’re wondering how the oil will impact the health of your lashes, model Joan Smalls recently told Byrdie she swears by a blend of coconut, castor, and lavender oils to quench both the tips of her hair and—you guessed it—her (gorgeous) eyelashes.

Next, Panton suggests using rosemary oil to help you achieve the bold brow everyone’s going for these days. She suggests that you dab a single drop of the oil onto your eyebrows at night, but if your skin tends to be on the sensitive side, she says to combine it with a carrier oil like avocado or jojoba oil to mellow the potency. Rosemary is known for stimulating hair growth, which it’s a common ingredient in hair products anyway.

There you have it: Blending lavender and rosemary oils into your beauty routine is an easy way to care for two of your prominent facial features. Plus, every time you blink, you’ll get a refreshing whiff of garden-scented air.

If you’re an essential-oils newbie, here’s a beginner’s guide for mixing your own aromatic blends. Plus, the 10 everybody needs in their starter kit.

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