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Homemade Lemon and Lavender Cuticle Cream

Updated on September 4, 2017
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Suzanne is a qualified Beautician with experience as a freelance Make-Up Artist.

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Lemon and Lavender

aromatic and therapeutic combination
aromatic and therapeutic combination | Source

Freedom of Choice ~

Nourishing, moisturizing, healing, softening, soothing and fragrant are all benefits of this addictive cuticle cream with two scents I am equally addicted to, Lavender and lemon but you can design your own signature scent if you wish.

The real beauty with this recipe is it uses only a handful of ingredients that are accessible, versatile and therefore cost effective. It is quick and easy, needing no special equipment just regular kitchen basics.

How often do you attempt to identify a list of ingredients on a product that sound more like a chemistry lesson?

Another reason to go homemade, you don’t need the chemicals, you don’t need the synthetic fragrance and you certainly want to know what’s in your cuticle cream without reaching for the dictionary, Mr Google and the magnifying glass.

All Hands Need TLC (tender loving care)

hands need maintaining
hands need maintaining | Source

Attractive Hands

with a few basics you too can have healthy hands, nails and cuticles
with a few basics you too can have healthy hands, nails and cuticles | Source

Protect Hands

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Prevent Dehydration

make sure to drink enough
make sure to drink enough | Source

How To Achieve Healthy Cuticles ~

  1. NEVER cut your cuticles. It opens up the space between the cuticle and the nail leaving it wide open to infections, bacteria and irritations. It may also be the cause of white lines, white spots or ridges.If you get an infection there it will hamper the growth of the nail. Cutting cuticles often makes them harder when they are supposed to be soft.
  2. Use an orange stick to push back cuticles gently instead of cutting them. It is one of the cheapest but essential tools for maintaining your cuticles.
  3. Cuticles are made up of skin, just like the rest of our body so are subject to getting dehydrated, dry and flaky. They need moisturizing just as our face needs it. Step in cuticle cream which does what it says on the tin. The more you lubricate cuticles and hands the better they will look and feel.
  4. Avoiding rough professionals is another no. Manicurists and Beauty Therapists who are overly aggressive on the cuticles should be avoided. Believe it or not infections, redness, soreness and red spots may develop around the nail and cuticles and end up being treated by dermatologists. The cause is overly aggressive use of an orange stick or manipulations on the fingers. You should tell the professional you only want the cuticles gently pushed back and nothing more to avoid this situation, particularly when being treated in a new salon. If they are too rough tell them to stop.
  5. Eliminate nails, hands and cuticles drying out by wearing vinyl gloves when washing dishes, using cleaning products or even washing clothes. Nails dry out when constantly dipped in and out of water and acetone based nail polish remover in particular. Gardening should always been done with gloves to protect the hands but sometimes enthusiasts don’t bother and the hands will suffer.
  6. Stopping nail biting and putting the fingers in the mouth is essential to healthy nails and cuticles. The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria and contains saliva which is an enzyme that breaks down skin. Nail biters often chew or nibble the cuticles which end up causing sore, irritated skin and can get infected very quickly. Better to kick the habit by taking pride in their appearance.
  7. Dehydration has a direct effect on EVERY part of our health, including our nails and cuticles. Make sure you are drinking sufficient levels of water (6-8 glasses daily) and if you struggle drinking water, try homemade cucumber spa waterwhich makes it much more interesting and may be used for the family and for entertaining as an alternative. More juicy type vegetables and fruits with high water content are beneficial to include in your daily diet for hydration.
  8. Diet has an impact on every part of our being. No amount of pampering will work if the diet is not a well balanced healthy one with plenty of protein, minerals and nutrients. The nails and the hair are the last places to receive nutrition as the organs deemed essential for life will be serviced first. As a result if our health is poor it will show first in the nails and hair. For strong healthy nails and cuticles make sure you have a diet that includes protein, iron, zinc, sulphur, biotin (form of vitamin B), omega-3 fats and vitamin C.
  9. Diet should include; lean red meat, eggs, soya, poultry, fish, nuts, pulses, cheese, low fat dairy, liver, seeds, lettuce, tomatoes, kiwi, cucumber, citrus fruits, berries, leafy vegetables and seafood.

Fresh, Invigorating Lemon

lemon combined with lavender provides a wonderful fragrance to the hands
lemon combined with lavender provides a wonderful fragrance to the hands | Source

Cuticle Butter

Lemon and Lavender Cuticle Cream ~

11/2 oz Shea Butter

1/2 oz Cocoa Butter

1/4 oz Beeswax

1/2tsp Vitamin E Oil or Coconut Oil

5 drops Lemon Essential Oil

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

You Will Need:

Saucepan or Double Boiler

Glass Measuring Jug

2-3 oz Jar with Lid

Spoon/Spatula

Method:

  • Add the butters, beeswax and coconut oil (if using) into the measuring jug.
  • Pop the saucepan on the stove and add enough boiling water into the saucepan to cover about 2 inches.
  • Place the jug into the saucepan and heat gently to melt, stirring occasionally.
  • When fully melted, turn off heat and remove jug from the saucepan. Place on a flat surface to cool slightly.
  • Before cuticle balm starts to solidify add the vitamin E oil (if using) and essential oils.
  • Mix gently to combine ingredients and pour into your container.
  • Leave to fully cool and set.

To Apply:

  • Use twice daily or whenever your cuticles need some extra nourishing and intensive moisturizing by applying a dot of balm on each cuticle.
  • Massage in with the opposite hands ringer finger with small circles all over the cuticle and nail area.
  • Use a Q-tip, plastic spatula, toothpick or even a clean lip brush to remove the balm from the container. NEVER use your finger directly into the pot or you risk bacteria transfer and will use too much product.
  • Keep it in a cool dry place or store in the fridge to keep it solid.
  • This balm will last at least 6 months but I guarantee you it will not see that length as it is heaven and when using a few times daily, it disappears fast!
  • Perfect for those cold, dry windy days ahead of winter and for using as part of a full manicure treatment of gorgeous DIY recipes including hand scrub, hand cream, hand soak and paraffin hot oil treatment.

Cuticle Cream

more like a balm texture
more like a balm texture | Source

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Tips and Suggestions ~

For a double delicious balm you can use both vitamin E and coconut oil by using a 1/4oz of each. Why choose, use both!

Alternative essential oils that benefit cuticles are:

Myrrh, Eucalyptus, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Carrot Seed, Cypress and Balsam of Peru.

Cuticle creams / balms make an ideal gift for baby showers, wedding showers, spa nights or even teen parties. You could make a hand spa gift basket with an assortment of easy but beneficial hand treatments which will look a million dollars. Family and friends will love it so don’t forget them at birthdays and special occasions.

Makes a good gift for teenagers starting to show an interest in their nails and is suitable for boys and girls. If you have any nail biters in the family it may help encourage them to stop when they see how it works. Bye-bye chewed cuticles.


Food for Thought . . . .

Simple ingredients are all that is necessary to keep your cuticles well conditioned, soft, nourished and healthy. There is no need to fork out on store bought products when you have different options. Oils such as almond oil, avocado oil and apricot kernel oil may be used on their own as could coconut oil and olive oil. For more cream, balm or butter textured products, the gorgeous waxes, oils and butters compliment each other perfectly. If you like to have a perfumed treatment then add essential oils.

How easy and healthy is that?

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Soya Wax, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil and Lavender Cuticle Balm

Author Info ~

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I am making this. I can only imagine the fragrance. Nice hub. voted up and useful.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      Great article on how to make your own cuticle cream. I for one have horrible cuticles which need to be taken care of immediately. Voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Hope you had a great weekend! So good of you to support me here! This is a really excellent one and doubles for hands too. The nail tips are useful and the orange stick and good hand / cuticle cream with a scrub are all you need and can be made with basics. sugar and olive oil or milk are good for the hands remember!

      Thanks as always Kathryn!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I just started using cuticle cream within the past year, when I got it in my Burt's Bees grab bag, and I love it! Mine is lemon scented, and smells edible. I love the way it makes my nails feel.

      I look forward to trying this sometime. What a great idea! I like you tips for nail care, and the tips and suggestions for the cuticle cream.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      Thanks for dropping in on this it works great and can double up as a hand cream if really dry particularly at night when you can let it absorb and wake to soft hands! Appreciate your visit, support and pin!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I am so rough on my hands Suzie. My nail health is not very good so this would be helpful for me. I may have to give it a try. Pinned.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      it is easy to neglect hands and I have done so too, you are not alone! Making this and leaving it by the sink in the kitchen or bathroom may make it easier to remember. I started doing that a number of years ago (commercial hand cream admittedly before my homemade path!) and it got me in the habit of applying a little every time I washed dishes or was washing my hands. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and thanks for comment and support they are so much appreciated :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      I agree with you , hands and nails are important to maintain and the different seasons bring different issues for many. Glad you enjoyed the recipe, appreciate your constant support and interest, it means a great deal :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      Oh you lucky woman having nails and hands to die for! My mum's were beautiful too and ironically it was dad who was with a modelling agency when young and turned down for a job because of his hands - bitten nails and the add was for cigarettes (in those days commercials were everywhere, now never)!! Good to see you taking care of your talons. Regarding age spots, I have noticed them too in the past few years developing on my hands, a few on my face and the odd one on feet and stomach. I know lemon juice is a big one for lightening them but I will see what else actually WORKS and see if i can put an article together for you teacher!! LOL These homework assignments are becoming tough going! LOl Only joking it is a pleasure and I always get excited creating new recipes for different products. I have linked to 3 of your house cleaning hubs by the way in my just published effective bathroom cleaning with essential oils hope that was okay?? Had a feeling you would be cool with it!! LOL

      Cheers for your continued support and enthusiasm, it means a great deal!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      I must honestly admit that I have neglected my nail care since I have children. This wonderful hub reminds me of taking more care of my nails. This cream certainly smells great. Thank you for sharing another great beauty recipe.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Nail and hand care is so important! Thanks for shedding light on this topic and sharing another great recipe with it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzi, I love this. I have naturaly strong nails and they grow very long. Unfortunately, when one goes, the others seem to follow. I can't wear nail polish because it makes my strong nails brittle. I pride myself in having nails with the pretty white that a lot of women pay manicurists to glue on (worst thing you ever want to do!).

      I do notice, however that my cuticles need attention from time to time. When I apply hand lotion, I rub it over and into my nails working up to the cuticles. I rub it in as I add force to push the cuticles flush with the skin of my fingers.

      I've never been a nail biter, which is why I'm one of the few women I know with naturally strong, long beautiful nails. I'm sure it has lots to do with my diet, too. My mom used to tell me that I should be a hand model. A little late now - age/sun spots have set in.

      Hey! I think that's your next homework assignment! - natural remedies for age spots! Tee hee. You're going to grow to hate me, aren't you?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phoenix,

      Great timing and wonderful you have the ingredients too! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do, thanks so much for the comment and visit, have fun!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Another lovely hub from you and I love the combination of Lemon and Lavender. I do have manicure sessions at home itself periodically. Next time I am going to use your recipe.

      Voted up and pinned! The pictures are beautiful too. Thanks for this lovely hub!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A timely hub. My manicurist recommended that I use cuticle cream as my cuticles are dry. Fortunately, I have most of these ingredients so I'll give this a go. Thanks for the hub.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elizabeth,

      So good of you to swing over, delighted to have your comment. I am sure you will enjoy this easy recipe and hope the tips are useful for you. It is much more beneficial all round to do your own manicure at home or have a few friends in to have a mani session! Cheers for the support!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Me too just cannot help using these two scents and they work so well. This actually doubles as a hand cream you are spot on the money with that. We are changing our broadband as I was charged a ridiculous amount last month and going on google+ was looking to be the reason which is crazy so i have been taking social networking sites easy recently and miss using twitter, google+ and facebook. Thanks for your votes, shares etc. . .so glad you enjoyed this my friend! Have a great day!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      You are so good to me, traveling backwards and forwards from Olympia to Wolfhill (yes where I am living with MJ now!). A;ways great to receive your comment and a great start to the day! I am heading up to Dublin soon and then back later on and have a bit of catching up to do with my favorite Olympian of all time so I will over to see you then. Cheers so much for your words of inspiration always great to hear from you and hope your week is off to a great start buddy!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This comes in handy as I just made the decision to do my own nails at home versus going to a salon. Though I had no reason to worry, it concerned me about the tools being sanitized. I love these tips for cuticles as they are easily dry in this climate. Going to use these right away! Thank you!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Love the lemon and lavender..I feel like writing a song. Sounds like this would also make a nice total hand cream. I just bought some mint leaves so i have to try some of your minty recipes...So inspiring...the usual rounds of sharing my friend. Think I will even tweet today.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm just stopping by to say hello. Nicely written article once again, and although I gave up worrying about my nails decades ago, I can still applaud a well-written article. :)

      Have a great week, Irish!

      bill