Try this DIY cuticle cream recipe for a great way to nourish your dry and ragged nail beds during the winter months and all year round.
During the winter our skin gets very dry. I find that this is more so as I age. Also living in a northern climate means lots of dry heat in our house further aggravating the issue.
So today I'm sharing how I make a simple cuticle balm or cream that you can use on your hands and other dry spots you may have.
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How to Make Cuticle Cream or Balm
- Carrier oil - I'm using fractionated coconut oil (see more options below)
- Essential oils - I used rose geranium, lavender, and lemon
- Small containers - often used for lip balm
- Strong plastic cup
- Measuring spoon
- Something to stir the mixture like a popsicle stick, plastic spoon or chopstick
Note: You can also use a small pot in a double boiler method. Just add a couple of inches of water to your pot and then use a smaller pot or mason jar with the oil and wax set inside to melt them together.
Step1. Combine the beeswax and oil in a sturdy plastic cup.
Step 2. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals stopping to stir the mixture each time. The total time is about 2 minutes. You want to go slow so that you don't melt the cup.
Step 3. Add your essential oils and stir well.
Step 4. Pour the mixture into small containers and let them set to cure.
This will only take about 5 - 10 minutes depending on the air in your home.
If you look closely you can see that my cuticles are very dry.
After rubbing in the cuticle cream they look much better.
At first, it seems a little greasy but you will be surprised at how well it is absorbed in a short while.
And, you can use this cream on other dry spots. I like to rub a little on my elbows which are always dry.
Other Carrier Oils
I chose fractionated coconut oil because it's in an easy to work with liquid form, has a long shelf life, and absorbs well. However, there are many others you can try.
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Olive Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Apricot Kernel Oil
- Avocado Oil
I like essential oils mainly for fragrance but there are many who say they also provide benefits to your skin. For example: I added rose geranium oil which smells great and is said to be good for your skin Lavender is a great all-purpose oil with antibacterial properties. However, you can use what you like or skip them all-together.
This balm should last several months. However, you should keep it away from the sun in a cool, dry place.
And, as you can see. Even a small amount of material results in a dozen filled containers so this easy project also makes a great gift.
DIY Cuticle Cream Recipe
- 1 plastic cup
- 1 wooden popsicle stick or a chopstick or plastic spoon
- measuring spoon
- Place the beeswax pellets and coconut oil in a sturdy plastic cup.
- Micro for 30 seconds and then stir.
- Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals, stirring between, until the wax is melted.
- Add the essential oils and stir.
- Pour the liquid into small containers or tins and allow to cool.
- Cap the containers and keep them in a cool dry place.