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)
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?