I have a confession to make…I used to bite my nails when I was younger. Luckily I’ve grown out of that, but then I had gel extension nails for a bit over a year (or two) and boy, what a mistake that was! I was left with paper thin, weak and brittle nails after removing them. It actually took me about 1 year to get my nails back to normal strength…. These days, I use a lot with my hands so I like to take care of my hands and nails, and on occasion spoil them with a nice new colour and a DIY or store bought manicure.
One of the things that my (occasional) manicurist always uses, and tells me to use more, is cuticle cream or cuticle oil. Being experimental as I am, I looked and researched a bit, and found these easy recipes for us to try, at a fraction of the cost of store bought, branded creams or oils. Plus, we also know exactly what goes in them, which I’m sure you absolutely appreciate.
Vitamin E, Eucalyptus & Lavender Homemade Cuticle Oil from FreeBeeFindingMum (full recipe via source)
Take Vitamin E, almond oil, 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil, some drops lavender essential oil and add this all to Small glass bottle with eye dropper. Shake & ready for use.
Coconut & Lavender Cuticle Balm – from Kelsey Albers of Ignite Nourish Thrive. (full recipe via source)
Just add some lavender oil to 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. That’s it! Store the mixture in a small jar.
Lemon & Olive Oil Cuticle Cream – from Youtuber Cooking and Crafting (full recipe via source)
Take a couple teaspoons petroleum jelly and add 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and a touch of freshly squeezed lemon juice and whip it up. Store in a glass jar. If you want to make it extra lemony, add on a drop of essential Lemon or Lime oil.
Argan Oil Cuticle Oil
Add 15ml Argan oil to a roller bottle or a glass bottle with a dropper stop. To this, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, e.g. Lemon, Orange, Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Rose, Vanilla, Patchouli or which one you prefer. Shake, and leave for a few minutes to mix well.
And if you’re out and about and don’t have one of the above delicious mixes on you, just use your Lip Balm – yes, just rub some of your usual lip balm (preferably clear one!) over your dry cuticles, especially after washing your hands.
I wonder which one I’ll make next?