I go through a lot of cuticle oil. If you watch my empties videos you will have seen a gradual increase of empty cuticle oil, balm, butter, and cream containers throughout the last couple years as I’ve started focusing on the care and maintenance of my nails. Since I change my polish colour once or twice a week, have dry skin, as well as flaking peel-y nails, cuticle oil (and other similar products) have become a necessity.
As well as the often exorbitant price point, many of the name-brand cuticle products contain chemicals and other additives that, while not exactly “bad”, are not directly beneficial to nails/ cuticles when applied. Considering how many chemicals are in nail polish itself and my bad habit of using pure acetone, it’s an unnecessary addition and I’m actively looking for alternatives to make one of my favourite beauty routines a bit healthier.
Enter the realm of DIY (one I personally adore dwelling in). I was going down a YouTube wormhole of nail-care videos when I stumbled upon SimplyNailogical’s masterpiece; as well as several other helpful tips on how to grow your nails, she includes a simple cuticle oil recipe. I later also found Natasha Lee’s channel, where she has a video sharing her own DIY cuticle oil recipe. I looked around for similar videos but these ones were the best I could find in terms of simplicity and accessibility.
One of the prompts from Dana Fox’s book, 365 Blog Topic Ideas, is to follow someone else’s tutorial and to share the results so I’m going to show you an abridged-combo version of Cristine and Natasha’s DIY cuticle oil recipes that I tried out!
- 100% Pure Jojoba oil (I got THIS one from a local health store and actually paid twice what it’s listed as on the brand website… *sigh*).
- Vitamin E oil (I purchased THIS one, although the packaging looks different online).
- Brush tip pens (I got THESE ones).
- A bowl or other mixing container. I found that a medium-sized pyrex measuring cup worked really well.
- A funnel. I actually didn’t end up using it because the measuring cup had a spout for pouring which worked well enough. So we’ll call this one optional.
First, empty the jojoba oil into the container (my bottle was 118 mL).
Next, add the vitamin E oil (the one I used was 28 mL). I’m sure there is some ideal ratio or something but I just went for it and mixed both together in their entirety. We’re keeping this easy, folks!
Then, mix it all together! I didn’t add this to the supplies list (sincere apologies to my grade eight science teacher, I am truly a disgrace to all those who cherish the scientific method) but a spoon or other similar device would be handy here.
Here is where we add the cuticle oil to the brush pens. I don’t know how much this varies depending on what kind of pens you get but it was just a matter of getting the oil into the top part of the pen and then replacing the bottom attachment. The ones I got are not meant to be refilled (even though I did end up doing so, with mixed results). It also wasn’t super clear how much product I was supposed to put in so my first couple pens ending up having a bit less cuticle oil inside. Oops.
After filling all the pens, I poured the remainder of the mixture back into the oil containers. Reuse/ reduce/ recycle… right?
In the picture above you can definitely see the progression of how much oil I added, with the one on the far left being the first pen I loaded. It’s definitely a trial and error scenario!
And there you have it! Since there were five pens I put them in different places, but ultimately the lesser used ones (like the ones at my vanity and in my desk at work) ended up replacing the ones I used up faster (the ones in my bedside table and in my bag).
This recipe lasted me about six months. As a cuticle oil I found that it worked just as well as ones like the bottled OPI Avoplex or CND Solar Oil but I got more value for my money, as well as the knowledge that I’m not adding unnecessary chemicals into my system.
Even though it is possible to refill the cuticle oil pens, it’s not as easy as I would have hoped. I ended up refilling them once, and then poured the rest into an empty hair treatment bottle with a dropper-style applicator and an empty nail polish bottle. The brush pens were awesome to take on the go and super convenient, but just too much of a hassle to take them apart, fill them, and reassemble. I think if I was to use them again, I would fill them all and just use one at a time (in my bag) and use other applicator styles in places that remain stationary (in the washroom, my desk, my beside table etc.). I did like the dropper style applicator for right after washing my hands/ showering and the empty nail polish bottle for at my desk so I would definitely do those again, and perhaps test out a container with a rollerball attachment as well.
Now that I’ve tried the basic recipe that was featured in the videos from Cristine and Natasha, I am ready to make more! I’ve been using balms in the meantime but I’m ready to get back in the habit of applying cuticle oil on the regular. This time, however, I want to try experimenting a bit! In addition to the jojoba and vitamin E oils, I want to test out perhaps adding additional oils to the base (coconut? almond?) and essential oils. Natasha’s video included essential oils as an optional step to add fragrance, but I’ve been reading up on actual benefits that certain oils can provide to the nails and surrounding skin. I know it sounds a little nerdy, but I am actually really excited to test out some combinations! I’ll be sure to share them with you when I do!
Thanks so much for reading this post and I hope you have an awesome day!