Make Your Own Cuticle Oil At Home! Easy and Inexpensive!
Hello friends! I’m sitting here struggling to grasp that it’s already mid-April. Time is flying but at the same time it’s not, you know what I mean? It’s crazy. There’s so much going on right now and many of us are just trying to find little nuggets of happiness. I recently talked about self-care and making time for yourself in a previous post. So, I thought today I would share a little self-care “recipe” that’s easy and inexpensive to make. I’m going to show you how to make your own cuticle oil at home!
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With all of the handwashing we’re doing (or should be doing!), our hands and nails are taking a beating! My cuticles have become dry and my nails are beginning to get brittle. And with everything going on, I admit I let my nails go a bit. I joke with my husband that I can’t take my socks off because I don’t want to scare him with my hobbit feet! They’re bad. 🤪 So yesterday I sat down and enjoyed a little pamper sesh with some nail polish, top coat and a bottle of super nourishing cuticle oil I whipped up.
You Will Need:
- 1 oz. GLASS Dropper Bottle (must be glass and amber or cobalt is best so your oils last longer)
- Essential Oils of Choice (50-55 drops total): For this recipe, I used 18 drops EACH of Lavender, Lemon, and Rosemary
- Carrier Oils of Choice: I used Grapeseed Oil (6 tsp.), Jojoba Oil (2 tsp), and Argan Oil (1 tsp)
A Quick Word About Essential Oils
Not all essential oils are created equal. You have to be very careful that the essential oils you put on your body are 100% pure, are responsibly sourced, and do not contain fillers. I’ve seen “essential oils” in big box stores for under $3 a bottle and I would encourage you to avoid them at all cost! There are no regulations when it comes to essential oils and manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients or how they process the oils.
I’ve found a few brands that I think are trustworthy, but you have to be prepared to pay for the quality and safety of the product. I recommend doing some research on your own but brands like doTERRA, Young Living, and Whole Foods are the most reputable. I’ve used doTERRA for over 3 years and I love their oils so much I signed up as a Wellness Advocate, though I don’t really nurture that business. Seriously, I’m just a very good customer! If you’re interested you can check out doTERRA here. There’s no requirement to recruit people which is why I initially signed up with them and their products are by far the best I’ve found.
When making an essential oil blend you need a carrier oil. A carrier oil is a base oil that when blended with essential oils, safely carries the properties of the essential oils into the skin. You always want to dilute your essential oils because they are potent and can irritate the skin. Examples of carrier oils include olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and Argan Oil. There are MANY but most people have olive and coconut oil on hand and those are perfect carrier oils!
Select your carrier oils and two or three of your favorite essential oils. For my blend, I used lavender, lemon, and rosemary essential oils. Some other great options are grapefruit, eucalyptus, geranium, and frankincense. For my carrier oils, I went with grapeseed oil because it’s great for sensitive skin and jojoba oil because they’re great for skin and nails. All you need to do is combine all of the ingredients into your glass dropper bottle and shake well.
You don’t have to go all out and do a full manicure. The great thing about cuticle oils is they can be applied any time and as many times as you want! Sometimes I just need the aromatherapy so I’ll apply a bit in the middle of the day. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use then add a drop to each cuticle and massage into your nails. Enjoy the soothing aroma of the oils while they work to soften and condition your skin and nails!
How have you been pampering yourself during quarantine? I need some new ideas so PLEASE share in the comments!