DIY Thursday: Cuticle & Nail Oil

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I used to adore a brand of Italian bath and body products sold in stores and on HSN called Perlier (and its sister Elariia). While you'll not see parabens in their latest offerings, I have eliminated so many questionable ingredients from my shopping (which also has resulted in a large $ savings), that I just don't use their lovely-smelling products anymore....unless you count using up the last couple drops of my beloved White Almond Hand Cream.


One of my most favorite products from their line was the Hemp & Rosemary Cuticle Oil. I used it faithfully until a couple of years ago. I then started making my own version, altering the oils, and experimenting to get it to my ideal finished product.


Using a cuticle oil in a roll on bottle is simple! Just roll the oil into your cuticles and nails and massage in. Your hands will look great!



Here are the ingredients in the Perlier product:


Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glycine Soja (Soybean Oil), Hydrogenated Styrene/Isopren Copolymer, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cannabis Sativa (Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol



I am not fond of hydrogenated anything, nor do I use petrochemicals in the products I put on my skin.




You can make a much better version of this at home. Try it, you'll love it!



You'll need:


One 1/3 ounce roll on bottle (I buy mine at Elements Bath & Body Supply)

Hemp Seed Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil

Vitamin E Oil (or prick a vitamin E capsule with a pin to release the oil)



To Make:



Fill the bottle 2/3 full with hemp seed oil. Add in 10 drops rosemary oil and 3 drops vitamin E oil. Now add a bit of extra virgin olive oil, sweet almond, sunflower oil, or other carrier oil. I just like to add a couple different oils, but you can just stick with the hemp seed. Top off. Add the roller ball and cap, and you're done!


Pictured: My cuticle oil, a lovely crystal glass file from Barefoot Bling, and Essie nail color in East Hampton Cottage, a new favorite for summer.

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