How to Make Cuticle Oil: Easy Recipe + Useful Tips

Brooke Ressell
by Brooke Ressell
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10 Minutes

With much of the focus placed directly on your nails during a mani and pedi, your cuticles are a surprisingly big part of maintaining healthy skin and nails on both your hands and feet.

In fact, cuticles aren’t just unsightly extra skin that hangs over your nails for no reason. They actually have a pretty important job to do in terms of your health. And that’s why regular cuticle maintenance should become part of your self-care routine starting today.

Did you know that using a high-quality cuticle oil can actually help you care for your body in several different ways? It’s true!

Cutting and filing cuticles can damage them and leave you at risk for skin irritation and even infection.

And while gently pushing cuticles back with a wooden cuticle pusher is regarded as safe by most medical professionals, cuticle oil is your best bet for keeping your cuticles healthy and strong.

Plus, it provides several benefits to the skin on your fingers and toes as well as your nails themselves.

But you don’t have to run out to the store to buy cuticle oil just yet. You can make DIY cuticle oil at home. As a matter of fact, it can really be a fun way to create your own health and beauty products and practice self-care at the very same time.

That’s why we’re excited to show you how to make cuticle oil today in just a few simple steps.

Benefits of cuticle oil

There are many health benefits to using cuticle oil on a regular basis. And the best part is that all of these benefits can be found with the DIY nail oil you’re going to learn how to make today.

So, what health benefits can you expect when using cuticle oil as part of your self-care routine?

  • Makes your cuticles strong but soft
  • Moisturizes your entire nail bed
  • Keeps your skin safe from irritation and infection
  • Protects the fragile tissue growing underneath your cuticles
  • Thickens your nails
  • Prevents nail damage and breakage
  • Wards off hangnails
  • Increases the circulation around your nails
  • Stimulates new nail growth
  • Acts as a barrier to maintain your manicure and prevent chipping of your nail polish

It’s almost hard to believe that applying a little bit of cuticle oil can do so many great things at once, but it’s true. In less than one minute per day, you can massage a little cuticle oil onto your fingers and toes and reap all of the rewards listed above.

Even if you can’t get to it every day, using cuticle oil a few times per week can make a big difference in both the appearance and health of your skin, nails, and cuticles.

Best oils for nails and cuticles

Fortunately for all of us, there are many natural oils out there that can be used to care for your skin, nails, and cuticles. And most of them are easily accessible at stores near you and online.

So, when you’re making your first batch of at-home cuticle oil, you can be sure that you have plenty of options to choose from. And mixing and matching different oils each time is all part of the fun.

Vitamin E oil

Photo from ImGirlYouDontKnow. Check out her tutorial on DIY Cuticle Oil for Nail Growth. Follow her on YouTube: ImGirlYouDontKnow.

Some of these natural oils include:

  1. Apricot kernel oil
  2. Avocado oil
  3. Coconut oil
  4. Frankincense oil
  5. German chamomile oil
  6. Jojoba oil
  7. Lavender oil
  8. Lemon oil
  9. Myrrh oil
  10. Olive oil
  11. Rice bran oil
  12. Rose geranium oil
  13. Rosemary oil
  14. Safflower oil
  15. Sunflower seed oil
  16. Sweet almond oil
  17. Tea tree oil
  18. Vitamin E oil
  19. Wheat germ oil
  20. Wintergreen oil

With so many great options available, you can mix and match oils to create the perfect blend for you.

All it takes is a little trial and error, and your DIY cuticle oil can become a custom blend that provides all of the health benefits you’re looking for while also smelling great.

How to make cuticle oil

This homemade cuticle oil recipe is so simple that you’ll want to make it over and over again. It even makes a great gift idea.

So, make a big batch and start handing them out to very thankful friends and family members.

Tools and materials needed:

  • 0.5 oz empty nail polish bottle
  • Teaspoon 
  • Small funnel
  • Carrier oil(s) such as olive oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil
  • Vitamin E oil 
  • Essential oil(s) such as lavender, lemon, or tea tree

1. Pour the carrier oil

To get started, use your small funnel to carefully pour 3 teaspoons of carrier oil to your 0.5 oz nail polish bottle.

You have tons of options when it comes to choosing a carrier oil, but our favorites include olive oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil.

Tip: If you prefer, you can also store your cuticle oil in a glass dropper bottle or a roll-on bottle.

Just be sure to convert the measurements provided here based on the size of the bottles you purchase.

And if you can find bottles made of dark glass, even better as this will keep your cuticle oil last even longer.

2. Add vitamin E oil

Next, add 3-4 drops of vitamin E oil into your nail polish bottle.

3. Add essential oils

Then, add 10-12 drops of essential oils into your 0.5 oz nail polish bottle.

Depending on your preference, you can add all 10-12 drops of a single essential oil or you can mix and match several essential oils.

DIY cuticle oil

Photo from ImGirlYouDontKnow. Check out her tutorial on DIY Cuticle Oil for Nail Growth. Follow her on YouTube: ImGirlYouDontKnow.

4. Close and mix

After all of the ingredients have been added, close the bottle and gently turn it side to side to mix the ingredients well.

5. Store

Lastly, store the bottle in a cool, dark place.

How to use cuticle oil

Now that you know how to make your own cuticle oil at home, we’ll cover the best ways to use cuticle oil as part of your regular self-care routine.

First, you’ll want to wash your hands and feet with soap and warm water, and then dry them thoroughly. 

Applying cuticle oil

Photo from ImGirlYouDontKnow. Check out her tutorial on DIY Cuticle Oil for Nail Growth. Follow her on YouTube: ImGirlYouDontKnow.

Next, brush cuticle oil directly onto your cuticles with your nail polish brush, squeeze a few drops of cuticle oil with your dropper top, or roll cuticle oil on with your roll-on bottle.

Then, use your thumbs to gently massage the cuticle oil onto your cuticles, nail beds, and skin surrounding your nail.

For best results, use cuticle oil daily. And don’t forget to add cuticle oil to the cuticles on your feet as well.

Healthy cuticles, manicured nails

Photo from ImGirlYouDontKnow. Check out her tutorial on DIY Cuticle Oil for Nail Growth. Follow her on YouTube: ImGirlYouDontKnow.

How to make cuticle oil

I hope you enjoyed this post on how to make cuticle oil. This recipe is so simple but can totally transform your nails.

Has it helped your nails? Let me know in the comments.

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Suggested materials:
  • 0.5 oz empty nail polish bottle
  • Teaspoon
  • Small funnel
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  • Pau49461245 Pau49461245 on Feb 12, 2023

    Awesome! I have one question about how to get old nail polish bottles clean? I'm guessing nail polish remover? Do you have any suggestions on if I could get new brushes for my old bottles?

    Some brushes don't hold up. But over-all excellent idea 💡

  • Nancy Nancy on Jul 12, 2023

    I hope many readers will try this - it disturbs me to read the linked post about removing cuticles. My dermatologist would faint!! Your cuticles are extremely important, as this post reminds us.