June 25, 2014

Homemade Nail & Cuticle Oil

Welcome to the second post of my three part series on The Perfect Manicure At Home!

Say Hello to a Simple DIY Cuticle Oil

So, like I told you before here are a few reasons why doing my nails at home is important to me...
  • Creative/Fun
  • Money Saving (compared to salon visits)
  • Quality Control (using homemade & natural essentials)
  • Time Saving
  • Challenging/Mindful
  • It's my Girly Obsession!

Okay, let's get started on how to make your own cuticle oil... First, gather your ingredients and tools.

Ingredients, Empty Nail Polish Bottles, Dropper & Mini Funnel

"Quench" Cuticle Oil

2 Tsp Jojoba Oil
1 Tsp Avocado Oil
1 Tsp Cucumber Oil
1/2 Tsp Vitamin E

5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
2 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Measure out the carrier oils into a measuring cup...
Warm in microwave for 20 seconds or so... just enough to help the oils blend.

Remove from microwave and stir gently. Now, add the vitamin E and essential oils and stir again.

Place the mini funnel in the empty nail polish bottles and pour the oils in.
If you're wondering where to find empty nail polish bottles or those nifty mini funnels go here and there...

Cap the bottles and you're good to go! It's that simple! :)

Maybe share one with a friend...

This recipe makes 1 ounce. And the empty nail polish bottles hold a half ounce each.

I chose the ingredients based on two important credentials. First, everything in this recipe is great at softening and protecting the cuticles and nail. And second, when using a UV light to cure Shellac/Gel or even dry a regular manicure, the ingredients in this cuticle oil aid in UV protection.

Plus! If you're using it daily this cuticle oil will encourage strong, healthy nail growth.

The one thing I particularly wanted out of a cuticle oil is something that didn't cause my cuticles and the skin around my nails to peel. I opt to stay away from those nasty products known as cuticle erasers... Seriously, all you need to remove the excess cuticle is a hydrating, nourishing & healing blend of oils, a warm hand soak and cuticle clippers.

Here's my nails soon after using the cuticle oil. Plus, I've been using my "Easy Peasy" Hand & Nail Salve daily so my hands and nails are super healthy and growing like crazy! This picture was taken after a trim and manicure, with the cuticle oil being the last thing I used before taking the shot. I'm quite happy with both of these recipes.

So that's it! I'm sure you guys are gonna try this one!

Be sure to use before and after each time you use a UV light either to dry or cure nails. Use daily, as often as you like.

Until next time... I'll be sharing my experience with Shellac/Gels. Let me first say, it's not as easy as I'd hoped. LOL



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