Winter is in the air, and with it comes dry skin and nails. I have made several personal care products for winter-weather: lip balm, body butter, lip scrub, sugar scrub, coffee scrub (lots of scrubs 🙂 )… but I have never made anything specifically for nails… at least not until today. So let’s make our own homemade cuticle oil to help moisturize the cuticles and strengthen our nails.
I cannot even tell you how horrible my nails are. They are brittle and they peel. Not only that, every winter I’m “blessed” with these horrible cracks on my fingers from dry skin. I decided it was time to try out a little cuticle oil to see how it might fare again the harsh winter weather. Here’s what I did.
What You’ll Need to Make Homemade Cuticle Oil
- Roller Bottle or Glass Dropper Bottle– Please choose a darker bottle (cobalt or amber) if you plan to store these near sunlight. If you plan to store them in a drawer or cupboard, a clear bottle is fine.
- Essential Oils- I looked up the best essential oils for nail care and I found most places mention Lavender, Lemon, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Rosemary, so that’s what we’ll be adding. (Not sure where to buy essential oils? Check out this post.)
- Vitamin E Oil
- Small Funnel (Optional)- Helps when adding carrier oil to the bottle
- Carrier Oil- While you can use a variety of carrier oils for this, I went with Jojoba Oil because it is the oil that comes closest to the oil our skin naturally produces.
How to Make Homemade Cuticle Oil
The following recipe is for a 10ml bottle, so feel free to double or triple it for larger bottles.
Start by adding your essential oils to your bottle. I went with 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Lemon, 2 Drops Frankincense, 2 drops Myrrh, and 1 Drop Rosemary.
Once you have added your essential oils, go ahead and add in 5 drops of Vitamin E Oil; then give your bottle a little swirl to combine.
Fill the remainder of your bottle with carrier oil. As noted, I went with Jojoba oil. This is where a small funnel comes in handy 🙂
Place your roller ball on the bottle and give it a little shake to combine everything, and you’re done!
To use: Simply roll the oil onto your cuticles and fingernails, massaging it in for 1-2 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a week.
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