Learn How to Make Your Own Cuticle Oil

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When I last posted about My 5 Essential Nail Care Products, I mentioned about how I've been making my own cuticle oil to use on my nails. Using cuticle oil is one of the tips I highly recommend if you want to grow your nails out. Moisturized nails and cuticles lead to happy nails. Given how often I use cuticle oil, I decided to mix my own homemade cuticle oil. I got my recipe from Epic Nail Time, which is supposedly a recipe for Bliss Kiss Nail Oil. What's nice about mixing up your own homemade cuticle oil is that you can control the quality of the oils used. Want cold pressed or organic oils in your mix? Use them!

1. Jojoba Oil (Trader Joe's). Jojoba Oil absorbs well into your nail plate to hydrate your nails,
2. Grapeseed Oil (Vitamin Shoppe). Grapeseed Oil helps to restore and condition your nails and skin.
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Trader Joe's). Extra Virgin Olive Oil helps to moisturize your nails.
4. Vitamin E Oil (Trader Joe's). Vitamin E Oil is an antioxidant that helps to extend the shelf life of your oils.
5. Tea Tree Oil (Trader Joe's). Tea Tree Oil is a great antibacterial and anti-fungal agent.
6. Containers. I have two containers, the plastic squeeze bottle that I store the majority of the oil in and an empty nail polish bottle (as seen in the first picture) that I use from daily. 
7. NOT PICTURED: Skin Safe Fragrance Oil. I added a Froot Loops-type fragrance oil that I purchased from Amazon (affiliate link).

(I promise I wasn't paid by Trader Joe's, I just shop there a lot and they happen to have a ton of the oils I needed!)

The basic ratio/recipe is:
1. 4 oz Jojoba Oil
2. 4 oz Grapeseed Oil
3. 4 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4. 2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil
5. 2 mL Vitamin E Oil
6. 2 to 4 mL Essential or Fragrance Oil

I scaled down the quantity this time since my container was small. I mixed 1 oz of Jojoba oil, 1 oz of Grapeseed oil, 1 oz of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1-2 drops of Tea Tree Oil, and 1/2 mL of Vitamin E oil. I added 1 ml of Fragrance oil.

I like this mix because while it is moisturizing, it's not too greasy. It absorbs well because of the jojoba oil while also being conditioning because of the grapeseed and olive oil.

Total Investment Cost:

The Jojoba Oil cost me $8 for 4 oz, the Grapeseed Oil cost me $5 for 4 oz, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil cost me $4 for 16 oz (and I can use it in the kitchen), the Vitamin E Oil cost me $4 for 4 oz, the Tea Tree Oil cost me $7 for .5 oz (I use this for my acne too!), the plastic squeeze bottle was 50 cents and the empty nail polish bottle was 75 cents at my local beauty supply. All told, 12 oz of cuticle oil will cost me $29.25. You can't beat the price compared to current cuticle oils out there!

Remember to keep in mind the expiration dates for your oils. Using Vitamin E Oil will stave off rancidity but the oil with the closest expiration date is the one you should stick to (e.g., if one oil expires in 2016 and another in 2017, stick to the 2016 expiration date). Be sure to avoid introducing water to your oils or else it will contaminate your cuticle oil. I keep the main cuticle oil mix in the plastic squeeze bottle in the fridge to stave off rancidity and I fill the empty nail polish bottle as it runs low. This way my cuticle oil stays as fresh as possible. 

Even if you decide not to follow the recipe, I highly suggest that you create a cuticle oil that's at least jojoba oil based. Jojoba oil is extremely good for your nails and if nothing else, use pure jojoba oil.

I hope you decide to try your hand at making your own homemade cuticle oil. Feel free to personalize your cuticle oil too by adding in your favorite essential or fragrance oil. Mix your own to put in dropper bottles or empty nail polish bottles. You can give them as gifts with a nice label! I used a sticker to label my bottle but feel free to use whatever you'd like.

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