If you have thin nails that peel and split or cuticles that are unruly and tear, then this cuticle balm is for you! In fact whatever the condition of your nails I’m sure you will see an improvement in them from using this balm. Every day we use our hands for multiple tasks; we subject them to dirt, grime and constant washing. It’s no wonder that our nails and cuticles begin to show wear over time.
The components of this balm are all nourishing and healing. Mango butter, lanolin and lecithin are emollients which soften and soothe the skin. Hemp seed oil, a dry oil i.e. it’s less greasy than other oils, has a fatty acid profile that makes it nourishing and regenerative. Soybean oil is definitely a greasy oil, but it contains vitamin E, phytosterols, polyphenols and linoleic acid which makes it great for repairing skin and reducing inflammation; it’s also very reasonably priced compared to other more exotic oils. Beeswax acts as a thickening agent but it also has emollient properties. Lavender essential oil has relaxing and soothing properties and is known to act in an antibacterial/antifungal capacity. Frankincense essential oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and is excellent for skin repair.
This balm is easy to make and uses readily available ingredients. Within a week of twice daily use I guarantee you will see a significant improvement in your nails and cuticles. Sounds too good to be true but it’s not.
Where to purchase your supplies
In Australia, I purchase basic ingredients, containers and necessary tools primarily from:
Aussie Soap Supplies ( http://www.aussiesoapsupplies.com.au/ ),
Heirloom Body Care (http://www.heirloombodycare.com.au/ ) and
These suppliers sell similar ingredients but each has their own niche. It’s worth checking out the prices from all three suppliers for basic ingredients because they can vary quite a bit. Postage rates and delivery options also vary so make sure you factor that in when you are shopping the sites. I’ve had good experiences with all three suppliers over a number of years. You will also find useful information about ingredients and recipes on each of the sites to help you get started with making your own products. In posts to come I’ll talk about overseas suppliers which is where I tend to purchase skin active compounds and more exotic ingredients.
Digital scales for the accurate measurement of the ingredients are essential. Scales can be purchased for less than $20 in just about any supermarket.
The recipe below lists the ingredients in terms of percentage/total ingredients and then the amount in grams to make 100 grams of balm. You will note that the percentage and the amount in grams are the same because percentages are based on the figure 100. If you wish to make 200 grams of balm you just need to multiply the ingredients by 2 or for 500 grams multiply by 5 etc, but It’s important that the percentage of each ingredient does not change. Knowing the percentages of the ingredients in a recipe/formula means that you can easily reproduce the product in question.
This cuticle balm formulation is anhydrous i.e., it does not contain water, so a preservative is not necessary.
Ann’s Essential Cuticle Balm
Ingredient % gms
Mango butter 33 33
Lanolin 26 26
Lecithin 12 12
Soybean oil 12 12
Hemp seed oil 3 3
Beeswax 13 13
Frankincense essential oil 0.5 0.5
Lavender essential oil 0.5 0.5
Weigh and place all ingredients, except the essential oils in a heatproof container.
In a pot bring some water to the boil, turn it down to a simmer and place the container with the ingredients in to the water.
Stir occasionally until all the ingredients are melted.
Remove the container from the water and allow the contents to cool slightly.
Add the essential oils and pour the cuticle balm into containers. Allow to cool before capping.
Massage into your cuticles and nails as often as required.
In a coming post I’ll show you how to make the packaging box with your SimpleCut software and Artistic Edge Digital Cutter and provide a free cut file (Drawings and Svg files) for your personal use.
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