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Simple and Natural DIY Cuticle Oil

Learn how to make this very simple DIY Cuticle Oil with essential oils to help strengthen dry, brittle nails and cuticles.


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 ever 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 cuticle oil recipe is so simple and easy.

It 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 cuticle oil 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.

Learn how to make this very simple DIY Cuticle Oil with essential oils to help strengthen dry, brittle nails and cuticles. | We Three Shanes

Why Use Cuticle Oil?

Like I said above, using this homemade 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, or 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.

Amber roller ball with homemade cuticle oil inside

Which Oil is Best For Cuticles?

So I mentioned that this recipe is all about the carrier oil so, 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, the oils 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 oils that are great for skin and nails and can be used in this cuticle oil recipe:

Almond Oil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

For this cuticle oil 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

Here are the ingredients I use in this recipe. You don’t have to use the exact same ingredients I use to make your own cuticle oil.

This recipe is amazing and has made my cuticle so healthy but once you understand the process of making your own cuticle oil, you can totally change out ingredients. Especially, if you have some ingredients on hand and not others.

For example – I’m using 3 main essential oils, 6 drops each. If you are using 2 essential oils then you’ll want to use 9 drops each. Just swap the ingredients but stick with the amounts.

Cuticle Oil Roller Ball Ingredients

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rosemary Essential oil
  • Tea Tree essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Vitamin E oil

*For this recipe I used a glass amber roller tube. A small funnel is helpful but not necessary.

How to Make Your Own Cuticle Oil

Step 1– Put 6 drops each of Rosemary, Lavender and Lemon essential oils into the roller ball tube. (Or equal amounts of other nail healthy essential oils from the list above.) 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 the tube, you want to put 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.

Homemade cuticle oil is so easy to make with just a few natural ingredients. Helps grow healthy nails and heal dry, cracked cuticles. | We Three Shanes

So what do you think? Are you going to give it a try?

DIY Cuticle Oil really is such an easy and quick way to add a little more health and care to your nails and cuticles. Let us know in the comments how it worked for you.

DIY Cuticle Oil Recipe

Learn how to make this very simple DIY Cuticle Oil with essential oils to help strengthen dry, brittle nails and cuticles.
Prep Time0 minutes
Active Time3 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time3 minutes
Yield: 10 ml
Cost: $1


  • 1 10 ml roller ball
  • 1 mini funnel


  • 1 tsp almond oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil


  • Pop the top off your roller ball and put the funnel in the opening.
  • Add 6 drops each of lavender, rosemary, and lemon essential oils to the funnel/bottle.
  • Add 2 drops of tea tree oil in.
  • Pour an even amount of each carrier oil – olive, almond, jojoba, into the bottle leaving a little room on top for the roller ball top.
  • Place the top back on a give the bottle a shake.
  • Shake before each use.


Simply roll the cuticle oil on your your cuticles and massage in. You can do it whenever you want. I like to roll it on right before bed.

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