Learn how to make this very simple DIY Cuticle Oil with essential oils to help strengthen dry, brittle nails and cuticles.
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Simple DIY Cuticle Oil
I don’t know about y’all, but my cuticles are always awful. I am the least girly of the three Shane sisters.
I don’t buy very many beauty products, I almost never do my nails and hardly every wash my face. I know, I know, gross. But that’s just me.
Because of this my cuticles are always peeling and cracking and I constantly have painful hang nails. It’s not fun.
Especially this last year since hand sanitizer is being used like crazy. That stuff stings so bad after ripping a hang nail off. Enter my DIY cuticle oil with essential oils!
I wished I had made this sooner. It has been A-MAZING! Even just after the first application my nails looked so much healthier. It has almost completely diminished my hang nails and the recipe is so simple and easy.
This homemade cuticle nail oil has all natural ingredients as opposed to the ones you buy at the store that are full of harsh chemicals and cost way more. Making this yourself at home is a no-brainer if you ask me.
This cuticle nail recipe consists of two things. A carrier oil and essential oils. Truthfully, if you are not an essential oil person, you could make it with just the carrier oils and it will still be a great recipe and will still help the health of your nails and cuticles.
Why Use Cuticle Oil?
Like I said above, using this DIY cuticle oil has made my dry, busted cuticles soft and lovely. It helps reduce the amount of painful hang nails I’ve had too.
Healthy cuticles grow healthy finger nails so if you have a hard time growing out your nails then you should definitely use cuticle oil. Using cuticle oil regularly will help grow stringer nails that won’t break as easily.
If you wash your hands often, use a lot of hand sanitizer, our wear nail polish/use nail polish remover regularly then you should definitely try this homemade cuticle oil. I’m sure you’ll see a huge difference in the health of your cuticles and nails.
Carrier Oils for Healthy Skin, Nails and Cuticles
What is a carrier oil anyways? A Carrier oil is an oil used to dilute essential oils. They are named that because they literally carry the essential oils to the skin.
That being said, they can also be used on their own. Most are extracted from nuts, kernels or other types of plants.
They have SO many wonderful properties that help with skin, nails and hair. Here are a few carrier oils great for skin and nails that can be used in this recipe.
Sweet almond oil is extracted from the nut of the sweet almond tree. It is rich in antioxidants and protects skin from UV damage. It helps with dry skin and brittle nails. It’s loaded with fatty acids which helps lock in moisture. Almond oil is antibacterial and is rich in vitamin A.
Grapeseed oil is extracted from you guessed it, grape seeds. It is great at penetrating deep in the skin to nourish it and doesn’t make it greasy.
Castor oil is made from castor bean or ricinus communis plant. It has anti fungal and antibacterial properties which helps for cuticle health. It is rich in omega fatty acids which has anti-inflammatory benefits.
Castor oil stays on the skin for a long time without washing off easily. This creates a barrier that protects the nail and cuticle from more damage. It is very moisturizing.
Jojoba oil is the liquid produced in the seed of the simmondsia chinensis plant. It has a variety of healing properties that make it very effective in treating skin. It can soothe dry skin. It works as an emollient which means it pulls moisture out of the air and transfers it to the skin.
Avocado oil is extracted from the pulp of the avocado. This oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, carotenoids and vitamin E.
It can heal wounds which is great if you get hang nails often and also helps with damaged cuticles. It’s anti-inflammatory which can help your skin stay smooth and strong. It helps replenish dry skin, heal chapped skin, calm itchy skin and protect against damaged skin.
Olive oil is a liquid fat obtained from olives. Olive oil is rich in oleic acid and natural squalene which can help create a protective seal over nails and cuticles. It helps soften your nails but also strengthens them at the same time.
Vitamin E Oil is a fat-soluble compound mainly found in certain plant oils and also in the leaves of green vegetables. Vitamin E oil has strong antioxidants that will help soften and moisturize skin.
It can help heal wounds because it is also anti-inflammatory which is great for hang nails. It soothes irritated skin and makes it softer. Plus, it is a natural preservative which will give this cuticle oil recipe a longer shelf life.
Essential Oils for Skin, Nails, and Cuticles
Essential oils are used for just about anything. But which ones help skin and nails and can be used in this recipe? Here’s a list of 10 essential oils that you can use in this cuticle oil recipe.
- Lavender essential Oil
- Lemon essential Oil
- Frankincense essential Oil
- Myrrh essential Oil
- Peppermint essential Oil
- Rosemary essential Oil
- Ylang Ylang essential Oil
- Tea Tree essential Oil
- Eucalyptus essential Oil
- Rose essential Oil
For this recipe I used Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary and Tea tree oil and here’s why:
- Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antiseptic which means it can heal cracked cuticles and relieve inflammation.
- Lavender and tea tree essential oil in anti-fungal and antibacterial which can help fight off nail fungus and infections due to hang nails.
- Rosemary oil increases blood flow to the skin which can help nails grow faster.
- Lemon oil is known to help strengthen nails and is also antibacterial to help fight bacteria.
By the way, these all smell great together.
DIY Cuticle Oil Recipe
- Jojoba Oil
- Olive Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Rosemary Essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Vitamin E oil
Step 1– Put 6 drops each of Rosemary, Lavender and Lemon essential oils. I added 2 drops of tea tree oil just for the added antibacterial properties and to help with the shelf life of the cuticle oil.
Step 2 – Next, I added 2 to 3 drops of vitamin E oil.
Step 3 – Once all of that is added to your dropper you want to try and put in your carrier oils in evenly. I just eye ball it. It doesn’t make a huge difference if one ends up having more then the others.
So do your best and add the Olive, Almond and Jojoba oils until you almost reach the top of the roller tube. Remember you need to add the roller so if you go all the way to the top, some will spill over.
Step 4 – Once everything is in, add the roller and shake before use.
I rolled this cuticle oil on the base of every nail before bed and it really made a huge difference. You can use it as often as you like.
If your nails are really ragged then you can use this stuff through out the day but once you get into the habit of using it then once before bed is perfect.