DIY Beauty: Cuticle Balm

Monday, January 30, 2012


{DIY Beauty: Beeswax Cuticle Balm}



My beeswax--you MUST smell the beeswax! It has such a nice, light honey aroma!



Here's the grater I use for the beeswax.



This is the wax right after it is poured into the tubes. 



Today's DIY beauty project is a simple, ultra nourishing cuticle balm.

My 8 year old has a bad habit during the winter--picking at his cuticles.  I admit, I used to do the same as a child.  Many adults have abused cuticles as well.  The weather also affects the condition of our cuticles, so I'd like to tackle cuticle care today.

First of all, it's important to take good care of your cuticles.  They actually serve as protection for the new keratin (hard protein that protects the fingertips) and helps to prevent infection.  When you take care of your cuticles, it will show in the health of your nails.

This makes about 3-4 tubes (I recommend Elements Bath & Body Supply for quantities this small). I say 3 to 4 tubes because, for me, it depends on clumsiness and spilling! I like to make this in lip balm tubes because I can keep one by my bedside table, give one to each boy, and keep one in my purse too.  I also like using little metal tins for this project.  You can also use glass baby food jars.


Recipe

2 teaspoons of Grated Beeswax (I use a cheese grater for this)
1 t. Shea Butter
4 t. Hemp Seed Oil
1 t. Avocado Oil

Note: If you do not have these supplies, read on. You can use cocoa butter, coffee butter or mango butter in exchange for shea.  As for the oils, you can substitute macadamia nut, sweet almond, sunflower, safflower, soybean, olive, coconut, etc. I just like avocado and hemp seed for cuticle care, but you really can use other oils.

Take your tube and apply directly to the cuticles.  Massage in and rub right over your nails too.  Follow with a natural hand cream.  My top hand cream picks:


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If you are local, Lori's Natural Foods has what you need.  You can buy beeswax right at the Public Market. Online, I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs.
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