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13 April, 2015

Musings on biotin efficacy and a brief review of NeoCell Biotin Bursts

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I'll cut to the chase here: I'm still not sure what I think about biotin. I've read numerous conflicting articles and studies regarding the efficacy of biotin in promoting hair growth—some tout it as near-miraculous, others say it gives you expensive pee. (Well, the latter statement is probably true even if it does help your hair grow.) I experienced a lot of hair loss in 2014 due to stress and other factors, so despite the uncertainty, I still find myself drawn to biotin as a potential source of hair happiness. I don't have any conclusive results to share with you because most of them would consist of speculation and guessing, but I can tell you exactly what I thought of the latest biotin supplement to hit my vitamin rotation: NeoCell's Biotin Bursts.

Neocell Biotin Bursts

Here's a quick bit of background: NeoCell is a California-based company that specializes in beauty and heath supplements. They're probably best-known for their line of collagen powders, but they have an enormous selection of products—even some for your pets! Biotin Bursts come in the form of soft chews meant to be consumed once daily. Each chew contains 10,000 mcg of Biotin and natural Acai Berry flavor (25 mg per serving). There are 30 chews per package. Do not eat them all at once. (Seriously, don't.)

Other ingredients:
Dried cane syrup, rice syrup, sunflower lecithin, natural flavors, sunflower oil, glycerin, malic acid, citric acid, fruit and vegetable juice for color, stevia.

Nothing too terrible. Each chew has approximately 20 calories and 3g of sugar, so I guess that's something to consider if you're watching your sugar intake carefully.

This is what the actual chews look like:

Neocell Biotin Bursts

The product label suggests refrigerating these before use and I think that's a good suggestion, because they tend to stick to the wrapper in an annoying way when they're too warm and soft.

So, how to describe the taste and texture... Biotin Bursts kind of remind me of Starburst candy with a slightly less smooth texture. Bizzarobursts. That may not sound incredibly appealing, but honestly, these are one of the best-tasting chewable supplements I've ever tried. A lot of gelatin-free chewables tend to have an unpleasantly gritty or chalky texture, but these do not inspire me to gag whatsoever. The berry flavor is nice too. I didn't dread eating them every day, yay!

As for results... I took Biotin Bursts for 30 consecutive days, but I don't think that's enough time to see any definitive hair growth results, so... I don't know. I will say this though: The biotin supplement I was taking prior to this definitely made my skin break out a bit, but that ceased when I switched to Biotin Bursts. I think that may be because the previous supplement was 20,000 mcg per dose (whereas these are only 10,000 mcg).

So, in conclusion: I still don't know if biotin is actually doing anything for my hair. But Biotin Bursts actually taste palatable and come in a dosage that doesn't make my skin freak out, so I am declaring them my biotin supplement of choice until I figure it out.

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Do you have any experience with biotin and hair growth? If so, do you think it works? Would you prefer a chewable like this or a traditional tablet?

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.


  1. I've been taking 5,000 MCG's of Biotin for about a year now, and I do notice a difference, but it was incredibly slow and gradual- it was hard to tell if it was doing anything at first because I had a hard time thinking back to what my hair/nails were like when I started using it. However, I took it years ago and stopped because I got lazy, and I REALLY noticed a difference. I don't think it will help with hair growing in thicker or anything like that so it's not a miracle (I wish it were) but it definitely helped with the hair growing back stronger so I lost less hair. There's a few other supplements and things I'm testing out for my hair loss, although I'm not sure if ANYTHING works as well as I would like it to! I'm planning on getting my hair cut and lightened for the time being as my dark, long hair only adds to the thin, stringy appearance! :(
    I'm actually interested to try these. They're double the dose I'm used to taking and in a chewable? As someone who eats the gummy vitamins, these are definitely appealing to me LOL ;)

  2. I'm sort of tempted to take before and after photos of my hair to measure the growth, but then I still wouldn't know if it was actually growing more than years than it was healthy, ahhh! Hair growing back stronger is not a bad thing. I don't expect miracles, but if vitamins actually can make my hair slightly stronger, I won't complain. :) Good luck getting your hair done! I do think sparse patches are more noticeable with dark hair (speaking from experience here), so hopefully it helps.

    Anyway, yes, gummies! I take calcium gummies too. Sometimes I just don't feel like swallowing pills, lol.


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