Easy DIY Cuticle Balm Recipe for Healthy Nails

Vanessa Dixon
by Vanessa Dixon
11 Materials
10 Minutes

Healthy cuticles are essential to healthy nails. In this tutorial, I will give you an easy recipe to make your own DIY cuticle balm, and I’ll show you how to care for your cuticles.

I have found that this DIY cuticle cream makes my nails stronger, and I love that it’s an all-natural recipe.

Tools and materials:

  • Sweet almond oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Beeswax, or non-GMO soy wax
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Small pot
  • Glass bowl
  • Spoon
  • Stove
  • Small container

1. Follow these healthy nail tips

Make sure you are eating enough essential, healthy nutrients to keep your nails strong and healthy.

This includes zinc, which you get from pumpkin seeds (preferably unroasted); dark chocolate, wheat germ, sesame seeds, and garlic.

You can also get zinc from seafood and beef.

Checking nails for white spots

Check your nails for white spots – that can indicate a zinc deficiency.


Also make sure you are getting enough iron. Some natural food sources for iron are dried apricots, beans and lentils, spinach and other dark-leafy greens, tofu and cashews. Grass-fed beef and liver are also high sources of iron.

Other important nutrients for nail health are collagen peptides, biotin, silica, vitamin A, magnesium, hydrochloric acid, calcium.

Watch the video from 3:48 to 4:10 for examples of sources for those nutrients.

2.  Follow these healthy nail habits:

  • Don’t over-wash your hands because that can dry out your skin
  • Winter weather is also damaging for your nails, so protect your hands
  • Instead of using an emery nail file, switch to a glass nail file, as it’s less harsh on your nails
  • Wear gloves when washing dishes
  • Trim your nails after a shower when they are softer
  •  Avoid too much chlorine from pools and hand-sanitizer. You can make your own natural hand sanitizer
  • Avoid artificial nails because they restrict air flow to your nails.
  • Use non-toxic nail polish and natural nail polish remover
DIY nail cream recipe

3. DIY nail cream recipe

For your homemade nail cream, you will need:

  • 4½ teaspoons of sweet almond oil
  •  ½ teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon of beeswax, or non-GMO soy wax
  • 5 drops of vitamin E oil
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil
DIY nail cream recipe

Fill a pot halfway with water and place a glass bowl on top of the pot to make a double boiler.

DIY nail cream recipe

Add the sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and beeswax to the bowl. Heat and stir occasionally until the wax is completely melted.

Remove the bowl from the heat and carefully dry the outside of the bowl to prevent any water from getting into the cuticle cream as you are pouring it.

DIY nail cream recipe

Add in the vitamin E oil and the essential oils.

DIY nail cream recipe

Immediately pour the mixture into a small container and allow it to cool at room temperature until it is firm.

Applying DIY cuticle cream

4. How to use your DIY cuticle cream

You only need a pea-sized amount of cuticle cream for both hands. You can apply it to bare or polished nails.

Massage a small amount of the cream into your nail at the cuticle and the area surrounding your cuticle.

DIY cuticle cream

DIY cuticle cream

It’s really that simple! I hope this cuticle cream recipe and nail care tips make your nails as healthy and strong as you’ve always wanted them to be.

If you try making this cuticle cream, leave a comment to let me know how you liked it!

Suggested materials:
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Beeswax, or non-GMO soy wax
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