How to Make Your Own Cuticle Oil…

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Last week I posted a pic of the large batch of cuticle oil I made and I had several requests for my recipe, so here is my recipe on how to make your own cuticle oil:
  • First you’ll need a large applicator bottle ( I used a 15oz hair color applicator bottle from Sally Beauty Supply. I couldn’t find it on their website but they have them in the store). I use an applicator bottle because:
  1. You can measure out each oil.
  2. You can easily pour the oil into a smaller bottle.
  • Next you’ll need your oils*. The oils you use are completely up to you and your skin needs, however one oil I HIGHLY recommend you have is at least 4oz of Jojoba Oil. Jojoba oil best matches the molecular structure of the sebum you naturally produce, allowing it to absorb into and effectively hydrate dry skin.
  1. 4oz of Jojoba Oil
  2. 4oz of Vitamin E oil  (I like Trader Joe’s Vitamin E oil which contains: soybean oil,Vitamin E (DL-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate or D-Alpha Tocopheral), Coconut Oil) *If you can’t find a good vitamin E oil you can substitue with Coconut Oil.
  3. 3 oz of Avocado oil.
  4. 2 oz of Grapeseed oil.
  5. 2oz of Sweet Almond oil. (If you have a nut allergy you can substitute with Apricot oil)
 *If possible always try to buy 100% pure, unrefined, organic oils as they have the best nutritional properties.
  •  Replace the cap to the applicator (or cover the hole with your finger) and give a good shake to mix all of the oils together.
  • Now pour into an empty polish bottle (or cuticle pen applicator). I like to reuse empty treatment bottles (like the one below), just be sure to rinse them out first. You could use an empty polish bottle but be sure to clean it out with pure acetone, followed by soap and water to remove any traces of polish/acetone.
  • Apply to the entire cuticle area and surrounding skin as often as you’d like (the more often the better!).
  • After applying to all of your fingers massage it into the skin, doing one finger at a time. Once you’ve done each finger (and thumbs) rub excess oil into your hands as you would with hand lotion.

Before and After
>note the lines I had in the before that were instantly plumped.
These oils will absorb into the skin and won’t leave you feeling greasy. If your skin still feels dry after you’ve applied it, reapply until the skin feels hydrated. Initially this may take several applications because the skin drinks up the oil, but once the skin is properly hydrated you shouldn’t have this problem.
And there you have it! Homemade cuticle oil filled with good for you oils and zero fillers!! I apply this throughout the day and immediately after any contact with water (such as washing hands or showering). I’ve seen a dramatic different in how my skin looks and how soft it is after only one day, and results only get better with more and consistent use.

Store the bottle in a cool, dark place (such as a cabinet).

If you make this and try it let me know your results, even better post your before and after pics on my Facebook page.

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51 Responses

  1. susan pereira says:

    I do have a question. How do I incorporate tea tree oil to the mix? How much of it would I need? And no I do not mean the essential oil. I am referring to tea tree oil.

  2. Aika says:

    This is great! Thank you for sharing this step-by-step guide on how to make cuticle oil. I think this is more cost-effective and safe.

  3. BG says:

    If you used concentrated vitamin e oil – like tocopheryl acetate or the natural alternatives like

    or this

    you are supposed to dilute them to 0.5 -1.0% of your formula

    How would you adjust the ratio of avocado, alomnd, grapeseed and jojoba to make up for the soybean oil in your vitamin e oil? Would you just add something like fractionated coconut oil?


  4. Teresa Vasquez says:

    I love this recipe! I made my own cuticle oil last night. (Before seeing your blog.) I followed a recipe I found on YouTube. Said recipe called for avocado oil, olive oil and jojoba oil. I used oils that I already had at home so no extra income was needed. My cuticle oil includes: olive oil, sweet almond oil and safflower oil (for its high vitamin E content). Plus several drops of lavender oil and lemongrass oil for a nice scent. I will definitely try your formula once I buy the other oils. Have an awesome day!!!

  5. Kathie H says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I am making body butter for gifts; & this will go with that perfectly! I am going to see if I can purchase nail polish bottles online that are empty or something similar, maybe with a dropper. Add a home made soap &/or some other toiletries for a fantastic gift basket. Use a safe fragrance and voila!

  6. Kaylee Baker says:

    Looks awesome. Can’t wait to try this. Just a question, are you referring to ounces or fluid ounces? We use the metric system where I am from so I need to know to do the correct conversion. Thanks

  7. Becky says:

    I think this is a great gift idea !!

  8. Mandy says:

    15oz is a very large amount and I’m unlikely to use that much before it goes bad. Will it still be hydrating if I was to make a half batch?

  9. clulu says:

    does it make ur nails hard yet flexible?

  10. Sophie says:

    Is creating you own cuticle oil cheaper than buying oil?

  11. Sharron says:

    I am new to making home diy products. Where is the best place to buy the oils you recommend?

    • You can find good oils in many places just depends on your price point. If you want to purchase them in store, Whole Foods and Trader Joes has a good selection of oils. Amazon also has good oils.

  12. Phyllis Lord says:

    Thank you!!!

  13. Sophia says:

    Great recipe, thank you for sharing. I have three questions:
    1. I would like to add tea tree oil for its antibacterial properties. How much would you suggest adding to your recipe?
    2. How should I store the excess mixture? Your recipe makes 15 ounces, more if I add tea tree oil and I don’t want to risk the extra going bad.
    3. Any suggestions for adding a fragrance?

    Thank you!

  14. Pam says:

    What does ounces equal in American liquid measurements?
    Thank you

  15. Yep. I make mine differently, but also jojoba based as I agree it is the BEST carrier, and I’ve run out of my ingredients, waiting for a delivery now, and finished my cuticle oil bottle and I CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE when using store-bought cuticle oil. So amazing. Makes me appreciate my recipe even more 🙂 Vit E is a great addition!

  16. Denise Portorreal says:

    Can we add scented oils or will that irritate the skin?

  17. lucy says:

    Hi, i was wondering if you could use peanut oil instead of almond oil?

  18. Bre says:

    Do you think it would be OK to sub Lemon Oil for the Sweet Almond Oil? I have that on hand and love the smell. Used it to make some DIY sugar scrub that I absolutely love. Thanks for the recipe.

  19. Natalie says:

    I’ve been looking for recipes for DIY cuticle oil, ever since I realized cuticle oil I bought at Sally’s Beauty Supply was basically just mineral oil. Yikes!! So, your recipe seems to have had success based on the comments, so I think I’m going to give it a try this weekend!! Plus, I priced out the ingredients at a local health food store, and it works out to $5.6 per oz (CDN)! If I compare that to Solar Oil, which sells in a 4 oz size at Nail Polish Canada for $49.95, that’s $12.48 per oz!! So, not only will I know what is in my oil, and have control over the ingredients, but it’s less than half the cost per oz of a well-known brand! I’m looking forward to trying this out!!!

  20. Hamirah says:

    Awesome! Trying my concotion today:o)

  21. Erika says:

    Did you melt the coconut oil before mixing it with the other oils? Because i have a giant tub of coconut oil but it’s in solid form. And if you did melt it, then mix it, did you have any trouble with the oil solidifying after you made it?

    • francine says:

      Yes, I melted the coconut oil before adding it to the oil. Depending on how much you use the oil will stay liquid, if you add a high concentration of coconut oil then you will notice lumps start to form. You can warm up your bottle and it will be good as new though!

  22. Bonnie H says:

    What an great recipe! This oil is the best I’ve ever used – it has made my nail super strong. I added an oz. of rose oil which is really good for women’s health and added a terrific scent. Thank you

  23. lu0328 says:

    If you don’t have jojoba oil can u use olive oil instead?

  24. Isreal Tyra says:

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  25. anonymous says:

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  26. Hannah Darby says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I hope to try it one day.

  27. Kellie M says:

    While I can appreciate the use of high quality oils and all, isn’t it much more cost effective to buy cuticle oil? I can’t imagine what all of those oils cost.

    • Most commercial cuticle oils only have 1-2 “good” oils and the rest is fillers. And you also don’t know whether the oil the used is 100% pure, unrefined and organic. So for me it’s worth it to make my own knowing all of the oils are good quality and beneficial. Also I already had some of these oils in my pantry because I use them for cooking.

      Since I only added a few onces of each oil(not including jojoba and vit. e because that was an entire bottle) I still have plenty of oil leftover and they will make MANY refills. Like I said in the beginning, you can use whatever (and as many) oils you’d like. If you only use jojoba and one other oil that would be great and more cost effective.

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