DIY Beauty: Make Your Own Cuticle Oil

When it comes to taking care of our hands, cuticles, the skin immediately around the fingernails, are often neglected. But they too contribute to give hands a beautiful and neat appearance, and, when they are badly damaged, they may put skin at risk of infection. One of the most important things to do to keep your cuticles in great condition, is to use a good moisturizer or cuticle oil. Making your own is really easy. Here’s how:

1. Lemon Cuticle Oil

ingredients:
- 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 2 drop of an essential oil of your choice (I like to use lavender oil)

Warm the olive oil for a few minutes. It doesn’t have to be hot, just warm. Now, add the essential oils and stir. Store the mixture in a dark, opaque bottle away from light. And whenever you need it, just soak your fingertips in the mixture for several minutes to make your cuticles softer.

2. Jojoba and Almond Cuticle Oil

Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon of almond oil
- 2 tablespoon of jojoba oil
- 2 drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)

Mix the ingredients together and apply the mixture to your cuticles. I like to use this one before going to bed and, when I wake up in the mornings, my cuticles are so soft!

3. Simple Cuticle Oil

Ingredients:
- olive oil

Olive oil is a great moisturizer that can be added to other recipes or even used on its own. Just massage it into your nails for a few minutes and it’ll make them softer.

Have you ever made your own cuticle oil?

6 Comment

    • Vonvon, that’s a great habit! I do that too most of the time (although I like to make my own oil every now and then) but when I run out of hand cream, olive oil is very helpful too.

  1. I haven’t bought cuticle oil in ages because it’s just so easy to make. Personally, I don’t care for olive oil; it doesn’t do amazing things for my skin and covering the (to me ^_~) horrible scent would takes insane amounts of essential oils.

    Usually I mix roughly equal parts of sweet almond, jojoba, and rice bran oil, and add a lot of lemon essential oil (sometimes other scents as well), probably more than five drops per tablespoon of oil. I frequently add some Vitamin E, too, which may benefit the skin and definitely extends shelf life (almond oil goes rancid within a year, jojoba lasts three if stored properly!).
    I highly recommend thinking about how to store and apply the oil before mixing. A dropper is the most hygienic option, but if only one person used the cuticle oil with clean hands, other containers will work well, too. I prefer a small roll-on bottle, because it dispenses the perfect amount of cuticle oil, just a thin film, and doesn’t leak when I toss it into a bag or drawer.
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    • CucumPear, I’m sorry olive oil doesn’t work for you. I don’t mind the scent at all but I can see why some people may be put off by it.

      And thanks for sharing your recipe (I’ll definitely try it) and storage tips. You’re absolutely right that, unless you’re making only enough for one application, you need to think how to store it properly if you don’t want it to go bad and waste time and products. Your tips are most helpful.

    • Astrorainfall, thanks for your comment. That sounds lovely. It must smell amazing indeed. And the rollerball is really a nice idea.

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