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Simple DIY cuticle oil recipe to Strengthen Nails and Dry Cuticles

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This soothing and nourishing DIY cuticle oil recipe uses the best natural and essential oils that hydrate and soften your dry cuticles and strengthen your nails. A careful selection of nourishing oils makes this DIY nail oil necessary for your manicure routine.

While I like to develop new natural homemade products for the skin or hair, nails were missing from the list. It is not that I neglect my nails. On the contrary, I keep them short and clean but don’t treat them with special care. That is why they break easily and tend to be soft and brittle. 

I always wanted my nails to be long and pretty and never thought that lack of nutrition or vitamins kept them breaking easily. 

In addition, Soft and brittle nails are often caused by too much moisture due to overexposure to detergents, household cleaners, and nail polish remover.

With my new approach to nail care, I decided to use the best oils for cuticles and make DIY cuticle oil with essential oils.

diy cuticle oil for nail growth ingredietns

Why do you need to make DIY cuticle oil?

This homemade cuticle and nail oil with coconut oil moisturize and soothes the nail beds keeping them nourished and free of little hangnails (pieces of ripped skin near your cuticles). In addition, this simple homemade cuticle oil creates a protective barrier over your cuticles and nails and prevents them from cracking and dryness. 

Moreover, keeping your cuticles supple help keep your nails free of bacterial infections. 

Since we use rosemary in our cuticle oil recipe, it may also help grow your nails faster and promote thick and strong nails. The health of your nails and the skin around them is crucial for your overall nail health. In addition, your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria and infection.

The great advantage of homemade cuticle oil is that you need just a tiny drop, so your roller bottle lasts a long time and is inexpensive. 

Lastly, making your cuticle oil at home is easy and fun, making it a beautiful and thoughtful DIY gift

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Any oil for the cuticle and nail?

You can apply many different oils to your cuticles to help them look and feel healthy. However, searching for oils rich in monounsaturated or saturated fatty acids would be best. You should avoid oils that contain mostly polyunsaturated fatty acids as they are unstable and sensitive to oxidation. You want to use stable oils in your skincare products with a long shelf life. These include jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, castor oil, argan oil, almond oil, olive oil, or avocado oil. Fractionated coconut oil is a great moisturizer.

DIY Nail Oil Ingredients for brittle nails and dry cuticles.

This nail oil recipe uses natural ingredients that improve the overall appearance of your nails and hands.

This rejuvenating homemade cuticle oil can help with hangnails and brittle, dehydrated skin around your nails and promote nail growth. In addition, it makes doing a DIY manicure at home fun and easy!

Castor oil

Thick and rich in texture, castor oil is considered one of the best choices among Nail Strengthening Cuticle Oils. It makes smooth and flawless nails by promoting circulation and blood flow. 

In addition, castor oil, along with regular nail grooming, can also increase the growth of your nails. This is because it contains omega-9 and Vitamin E, providing the nails with complete nourishment and promoting faster growth.

Castor oil may also help you to get rid of any spots on your nails caused due to an injury or accident. 

Another advantage of castor oil is that it is easy to wash off.

Rosemary Oil for Nails

While I enjoy using rosemary in the kitchen, I also appreciate its medicinal properties that positively affect hair, skin and nails. 

Known for its ability to increase blood flow, rosemary promotes hair and nail growth, leaving them thick and healthy. 

Moreover, its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties help to protect them from inevitable bacteria. 

To use rosemary benefits in our cuticle oil, I infused it in carrier oil. I selected coconut oil, but you can also use jojoba or almond oil. 

The rosemary oil has moisturizing effects and encourages healthy nail growth, which makes it the best oil for nail growth.

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Rosemary infused oil

Vitamin E

Anti-inflammatory vitamin E helps soften and nourish the nails and contributes to wound and hangnails healing. 

In addition, it may also prevent oxidation process formation, thus extending the shelf life of this DIY nail oil.

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Best Essential oils for nails and cuticles

Essential oils add a divine scent to your simple Diy cuticle oil but also have additional benefits.

Anti-fungal properties

Preventative measures against nail fungus may be a good idea, as fungus can often result in brittle nails with slow growth. Researchers suggest using tea tree oil, vitamin E or Frankincense essential oil in this study.

Antibacterial action

Essential oils with antibacterial properties, such as tea tree, rosemary, or lemon essential oil, are vital if you deal with hangnails prone to infections.

to increase nail growth

To increase nail growth, use rosemary essential oil or peppermint, which increases blood circulation, followed by faster nail growth.

I used rosemary and lavender oil in this cuticle oil recipe.

Rosemary essential oil is one of the best essential oils, known for its antibacterial properties that may keep nail fungus at bay. In addition, it also contributes to hair and nail growth.

Apart from its lovely smell of Lavender, essential oils help to strengthen the nails and cuticles and keep them both moisturized. 

How to Use Cuticle Oil with Essential oils

  1. Please wash your hands and nails under lukewarm water and dry them before applying. 
  2. If you use a roller bottle, you can directly apply oil on all your cuticles, alternatively, take a cotton pad and pour 3 to 4 drops of DIY nail oil on the base of the cuticles.
  3. It is essential to massage the oil in a circular motion over your cuticle. You increase blood circulation, promoting strong and healthy nail growth.
  4. If you are doing a home manicure, rub this cuticle oil into your cuticles. Afterward, use a cuticle-pushing tool to push back any overgrown cuticles gently. The cuticle oil will make this process much smoother!
  5. Apply the cuticle oil daily on the nails and skin.
  6. I also use it on my eyebrows! Massage it into the eyebrow area and leave this nourishing nail oil overnight, washing it off in the morning. 
cuticle oil recipe

How often to Apply this Homemade Cuticle Softener?

Apply this oil right after every manicure, but you can apply it every evening before bed. The oil is the most effective overnight when it can absorb all the vitamins and minerals undisturbedly. 

Alternatively, If you polish your nails regularly, consider applying this DIY cuticle oil right after you color your nails. That way, you will remember to apply it regularly.  

It is suggested to apply this cuticle oil right after showering or washing your hands to lock in moisture.

I like to apply it together with this hand cream to nourish my hands at the same time. You can use moisturizing gloves for extra care. 

If you are interested in nail care and wish to start your new career path, look for nail artist vacancies. 

Tools

Roll on bottle, nail polish bottle empty or empty clean nail polish container
Small glass funnel

homemade nail oil

DIY cuticle oil recipe

First step – Make rosemary-infused oil.

Place a few snippets of rosemary into a sterilized jar and pour over half a cup of coconut oil. Submerge rosemary leaves fully in the oil. Cover with the lid and let it infuse for four weeks. After four weeks, filter the oil with cheesecloth to get rid of all the herbal material and get only pure rosemary oil. You can also speed up the method using a double boiler method 

cuticle balm recipe

Place your glass jar with dried rosemary and coconut oil in a double boiler and bring to a slow simmer.  Heat the mixture to a temperature of 50 C (122 F) and keep the heat nice and low for a longer simmer (5-6 hours) to help release medicinal properties. Then filter through a cheesecloth, and you end up with pure rosemary oil.

I used this rosemary-infused oil to make beard balm and beard butter for a proper grooming routine.  

homemade cuticle oil with coconut oil

Second step – Combine the ingredients.

Combine all oils in a sterilized beaker or bowl. Add a few drops of essential oils of your choice. For this cuticle care formula, you will need around 30-40 drops of essential oils for a 1-ounce cuticle oil blend.

I always use a dishwasher that makes it clean and dry. 

Third step – Transfer to a sterilized roller ball bottle.

Use a small funnel and transfer the oil into a roller ball bottle or another small bottle you have at your disposal. 

How do you store this DIY cuticle oil?

Since we didn’t use any water in this recipe, just oily substances, this DIY nail oil is stable and can last up to one year if kept in a cool and dry place.

DIY cuticle oil


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Simple DIY cuticle oil recipe to Strengthen Nails and Dry Cuticles

diy cuticle oil for nail growth

This soothing and nourishing DIY cuticle oil recipe uses the best natural and essential oils that hydrate and soften your dry cuticles and strengthen your nails. A careful selection of nourishing oils makes this DIY nail oil necessary for your manicure routine.

Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy

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Instructions

  1. Place a few snippets of rosemary into a sterilized jar and pour over half a cup of coconut oil. Submerge rosemary leaves fully in the oil. Cover with the lid and let it infuse for four weeks. After four weeks, filter the oil with cheesecloth to get rid of all the herbal material and get only pure rosemary oil. You can also speed up the method using a double boiler method. Place your glass jar with dried rosemary and coconut oil in a double boiler and bring to a slow simmer.  Heat the mixture to a temperature of 50 C (122 F) and keep the heat nice and low for a longer simmer (5-6 hours) to help release medicinal properties. Then filter through a cheesecloth, and you end up with pure rosemary oil.
  2. Combine all oils in a sterilized beaker or bowl. Add a few drops of essential oils of your choice. For this cuticle care formula, you will need around 30-40 drops of essential oils for a 1-ounce cuticle oil blend. I always use a dishwasher that makes it clean and dry. 
  3. Use a small funnel and transfer the oil into a roller ball bottle or another small bottle you have at your disposal. 

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    Vladka Merva on December 15th, 2022

    2 Comments on “Simple DIY cuticle oil recipe to Strengthen Nails and Dry Cuticles”

    1. I read the directions to make the home made Rosemary cuticle oil and I didn’t understand your directions clearly. It may just be a “me” problem, but I would love to make the Rosemary cuticle oil, but I need a few things cleared up please. When you say to put the jar in the double boiler, you mean the jar with the Rosemary and the coconut oil in it, correct?
      and then leave the jar with the oil in the double boiler for 5-6 hours on a low simmer? If that is correct, isn’t there a chance of the jar breaking from such long? And lastly, when you say to combine all oils in a sterile bowl, that consists of the rosemary and coconut oil, castor oil and the essential oils (rosemary and lavender)?

      Reply
      • I apologize for any confusion. I used a DIY double boiler in this process, which you can easily make at home and don’t need to purchase a store-bought double boiler. I understand your concern about the jar potentially breaking. To minimize this risk, use a heat-resistant jar and a thermometer to control the temperature. The process of making rosemary-infused oil is described in this post: https://simplybeyondherbs.com/rosemary-beard-oil/

        If you have a store-bought double boiler, you can pour the coconut oil with rosemary directly into the top of your double boiler without using a jar.
        Lastly, when it mentions combining all oils in a sterile bowl, it indeed includes the rosemary-infused coconut oil, castor oil, and the essential oils (rosemary and lavender). You’ll mix these oils together in a separate sterile bowl after the infusion process is complete.
        Have fun Vladka

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