Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tutorial: DIY Cuticle Oil

I have a confession. I used to be a terrible, terrible nail biter. A down to the quick, blood letting, compulsive nail biter. I finally stopped about ten years ago when I started taking better care of my nails, but I still have to stop myself from nibbling on my cuticles from time to time. So what does this have to do with soap?! Being a soap maker, I always have a supply of various oils and butters in stock for making soaps and other projects. When I ran out of my expensive, salon-purchased cuticle oil a few months ago I almost panicked until I realized that I had everything I needed to make my own!

Making your own Cuticle Oil is easy!

Tutorial: DIY Cuticle Oil

Cuticle oil is incredibly easy to make. It's just a combination of skin loving oils that are mixed together and applied to your nails and cuticles as needed (I would recommend applying 1-2 times daily). My cuticle oil is really simple, and only contains four ingredients:

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is an emollient, meaning that it helps to soften and soothe the skin. It's an excellent oil for use in moisturizing the skin around the cuticle, which can often get dry or brittle since it locks moisture into the skin. Sweet almond oil is derived from - you guessed it - ALMONDS, so please exercise caution if you have nut allergies. 

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil isn't actually an oil, it's a liquid wax. Jojoba oil is very close in molecular structure to our skin's natural oil, sebum. It's very moisturizing and has a really lovely skin feel.

Rice Bran Oil

Rice bran oil is another moisturizing powerhouse, and even contains high levels of Vitamin E. Rice bran oil also contains squalene, which is a natural moisturizer that is also found in sebum. 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is naturally produced by the skin, but this powerful antioxidant can also be used topically for very dry skin. 

Recipe:


Yields approximately 1 ounce
  • 12 grams Sweet Almond Oil
  • 8 grams Jojoba Oil
  • 4 grams Rice Bran Oil
  • 1 gram Vitamin E
  • 1-2 drops skin-safe essential oil (I like Litsea Cubeba, but Lavender is nice, too)
Use a digital scale to weigh you ingredients, then combine them and store in an airtight container. I like to use small glass vials with a roller ball attached like the ones here, which are pictured below.


Making cuticle oil!

The vials I use hold 0.33 ounces, so I use a small dropper to fill them. As long as water is not introduced to your oil mixture, your cuticle oil should last for several months.

Of course, if you're not a DIY type, you're always welcome to try some of the cuticle oil that I make myself! Make sure to use coupon code PIN10 at checkout for 10% off of your order. 

Did you try this recipe out? Comment below and let me know what you thought!