The Mother of Invention: Saturday Night

I have a dream to invent something useful for mankind before I get to the age of thirty. This means that it could happen in college. We have the lab time and the materials at hand. We are encouraged to be imaginative which is the key to new discovery. It just depends on what you want to do to help humanity. Of course, college students aren’t going to find a cure for cancer or heart disease. They aren’t going to clone rats. They may not find a treatment for baldness which affects about half the male population. So, I have set my sights a little lower. I will do something for the cosmetics industry which is huge and still growing. There is a lot of money to be made if you innovate an old product or create a new one. I decided to go to the local drugstore and look at the vast array of skin care and makeup products. I can’t try them out, but I will talk to other students and find out what women need the most.

After doing my little survey, I hit on an eyelash growth serum. So many ladies complain about thin and pale lashes. They say that traditional mascara doesn’t even help. They want to grow their lashes naturally and permanently to look better. While lipstick is the number one best-selling beauty product, mascara is next. Attention is always on the eyes. Without dark lashes, most women look naked. They are plain Janes indeed. Cosmetics are amazing. So, I am going to set about finding a lash-growing serum. I set out some ingredients. I can’t use anything medical that would require a prescription. I don’t want to use Vaseline either as it is already patented. It does claim to be an eyelash moisturizer and mine will be more pleasing to apply. This means giving my serum a scent from essential oils.

I need a base for the serum and one Saturday night I hit on lanolin. It is cheap and easy to procure. I will work with it until it is less oily but still has its basic properties. I try different oils so that I can see what is overpowering and what is lighter as a scent. I don’t want the eyelash growing serum to be perfumy and too strong. It has to be just right. I also put in some vegetable dye that is safe for the eye although it has not been tested. I won’t try it on animals, even rats. I just assume it from reading the label. Of course, no one has ever put it in the eyes. I see that the ingredients are safe and there are no chemicals. It is all organic and natural. This is how I want my serum to be. It will be sold in health food stores alongside the vials of vitamin C liquid that you apply to the face. For the growth factor, I am thinking about pulverized vitamin E. It is said to heal the skin, which in a way means the growth of new cells. Let’s give this the old college try.