Cracked cuticles must run in the family because my daughter Britta and I are both suffering right now! Winter is particularly brutal for those of us who are susceptible to this malady. But don’t despair…this little jar is here to save the day!
I don’t know about you, but my cuticles take a real hit in the wintertime. All manner of splits and cracks plague my nails and fingertips. So when Jillee suggested that we come up with some sort of cream or balm for cuticles, I eagerly accepted the challenge! So I’m excited to share my “Cuticle Butter” with you today, because I know your pain and I’m here to help! :-)
The obvious issue we’re dealing with here when we talk about split and cracked cuticles is lack of moisture. So when I was wracking my brain for ideas for something really moisturizing and nourishing to use, my mind immediately went to Jillee’s Moisturizing Body Butter, which I love! I decided I would base my formula on the Body Butter, but switch up a few of the ingredients in order to tailor it for nails and cuticles. And I think you’re going to like what I came up with!
- 1/4 C. shea butter
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. jojoba oil
- 1 Tbsp. Vitamin E oil
- 20 drops Lavender oil
- 20 drops Frankincense oil
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil together in a double boiler over low heat. My “makeshift double boiler” – a bowl over a saucepan – worked just fine.
Once melted, add the jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils and mix well. Lavender is particularly good at soothing skin irritations and Frankincense promotes the regeneration of healthy cells.
Let the mixture cool for about an hour, or until the top starts to solidify.
Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, mix on high speed until it thickens and achieves a lotion-like consistency.
(If you’re having trouble getting the consistency you want, you can always put it in the fridge for a few minutes to let it set up a bit more, and then try mixing again.)
I had an empty salve jar on hand, so I filled that and stored the rest in a small jar. If you have several empty salve jars on hand, this recipe should fill around three 2 ounce jars. And a little bit does go a long way, so this recipe should last you quite a while!
Use the Cuticle Butter as needed for cracks and splits, or use daily as a preventative measure. When you first rub it onto your cuticles it is quite oily, but it does absorb quickly. But if that bothers you, you can always just put it on right before you go to sleep so you don’t have to worry about touching anything with oily fingers. :-)
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