Simple DIY Cuticle Oil {5 Best Nail Recipes}

Keeping your hands and nails looking great doesn’t have to be a hard job.

If you feel that your cuticles are often neglected and left to fend for themselves try one of these DIY cuticle oil recipes to keep them healthy and beautiful.

These oils can be used to moisturize and strengthen both cuticles and nails.

Some oils contain vitamins that nourish the nails while others have a conditioning effect on dry cuticles.

That’s why they are often used in nail treatments because they can penetrate deep into the nail plate.

DIY cuticle oil

Give these homemade cuticle oil recipes a try and see the difference it makes.

5 DIY Cuticle Oil Recipes

Get into the routine of using these homemade cuticle oil recipes with natural ingredients to help you get healthy nails as well.

Natural cuticle oil recipes
Easy recipes for dry cuticles

1. How To Make Cuticle Oil At Home With Coconut Oil

This coconut oil cuticle recipe will help you get rid of those pesky hangnails we all know and hate! 

As coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin, it will provide your cuticles 
with much-needed moisture.

To use this recipe you can either apply a small amount of warmed coconut oil directly to each nail and massage it in, or you could place all ingredients into an empty, clean nail polish container (or something similar) for easy application.

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for cuticles and nails.

You can use this recipe as an overnight treatment or apply it first thing in the morning to wake up with soft, hydrated hands. 

Homemade coconut oil cuticle recipe


  • coconut oil 
  • castor oil
  • Jojoba oil


Mix these ingredients together until well combined. Use on your fingers by applying a thin layer to each nail bed before sleeping at night. Wear gloves for an intense treatment.

2. Homemade Jojoba Oil Cuticle Recipe

Make this jojoba oil recipe for nourishing your nails and cuticles.

Jojoba is a liquid wax that closely mimics the oil of our skin, so this recipe works wonders for keeping skin hydrated and moisturized.

Vitamin-E enriched oils are an excellent choice as they contain skin-regenerating properties that can heal cracked heels, chapped lips, and hands while adding essential vitamins that keep your nails healthy looking by making them shinier and stronger too. 

DIY cuticle oil jojoba
DIY jojoba cuticle oil


  • 3 tbsp jojoba oil (or any carrier oil with vitamin E) 
  • 2 tbsp Shea butter
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil


  • Place Shea butter in a heat-safe container and inside another container filled with water.
  • Heat it until the Shea butter dissolves.
  • Take out of the microwave and pour in jojoba oil and lavender essential oil.
  • Combine the ingredients and place them in a small bottle or jar.

How to use it:

  • Shake before each application.
  • Massage into hands and nails twice per day after washing hands. 

This will keep nails soft and conditioned throughout the day.

You can also add other essential oils like mint or eucalyptus if you want some aromatherapy benefits while it does its work. 

Using more than one kind of carrier oil is another option. 

3. DIY Cuticle Oil With Tea Tree Oil

Make your own DIY cuticle oil using tea tree oil to moisturize dry cuticles.

DIY cuticle oil with essential oil
DIY cuticle oil recipe with almond oil


  • tea tree oil
  • almond oil 


  • Combine 20 drops of tea tree oil with ¼ cup of sweet almond oil in a small bottle using a small funnel.
  • Apply one drop on each fingernail and massage for about 30 seconds to moisturize the nails. 
  • Repeat every night before going to bed for the best results

4. DIY Cuticle Oil Recipe With Essential Oils (Scented)

Make your own homemade cuticle oil recipe using essential oils. 

Homemade cuticle oil ingredients


  • 2 tbsp jojoba oil 
  • 2 tbsp sweet almond oil 
  • a few dry rose petals (optional)
  • 20 drops of rose essential oil
How to make cuticle oil at home
DIY cuticle oil with flowers

How to make it and use it:

  • Combine all the ingredients and fill up a tube or empty bottle or container with the oils. 
  • Add 2 or 3 dry rosebuds or a few dry petals. This is optional but I personally like how pretty it looks and the scent it adds to the oil.
  • Give it a good shake before application and apply it with a cotton ball.

5. How to Make Cuticle Oil Pens At Home

Ingredients you need to make DIY oil cuticle pens at home

Ingredients to make DIY cuticle oil pen
DIY nail oil pen ingredients
  • extra virgin olive oil  
  • wheat germ oil 
  • Jojoba oil
  • lavender essential oil (optional) 
  • empty nail cuticle pens

Instructions for DIY oil cuticle pen 

  • Combine the oils in a bottle or container. 
  • Shake or mix well to blend ingredients thoroughly.
  • Use a dropper to transfer the oil mixture into the nail pen.
DIY nail oil pens
Make your own cuticle oil pen

How To Use Cuticle Pens

Shake the mixture before each application, then massage it into cuticles with clean fingertips or brush onto nails from cuticle line to tip.

Use regularly for soft, supple cuticles that easily slide back and forth across nail beds without splitting or peeling.

If oil gets on clothing it is easy to remove with baby wipes or washing-up soap.

5 Tips For Healthy Cuticles

These 5 tips will help to prevent dry cuticles and cracked or brittle nails.

  1. Moisturize your cuticles with a good quality cream, Vaseline, or oil daily. Coconut oil is a good option because of its anti-bacterial properties, but any oil will do. Allow it to soak in for at least five minutes before applying another layer of moisturizer or hand cream to seal everything in. 
  2. Wear gloves when doing housework or gardening for long periods of time. This helps prevent moisture from escaping your hands too quickly which can cause them to dry out. 
  3. Apply a top coat to seal in moisture and protect your nails from damage.
  4. Avoid picking at your cuticles as this can lead to infection.
  5. According to the AAD, you should skip cuticle trimming. Instead, trim loose skin and hangnails with manicure scissors.

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10 Best Oils For Cuticles

These oils are the best you can use on your DIY cuticle oil recipes to keep your hands healthy and beautiful. 

1. Coconut oil

This is amazing for your skin and nails, you can use this every single day to moisturize your cuticles. 

Simply scoop a small amount out of the jar with one finger or you can buy it in stick form which makes application easier.

It absorbs into the nail plate really well but if it is too oily just wipe off any excess after applying.

Apply throughout the day as needed, especially at night before bedtime.

You can even add a few drops of rosemary essential oil or tea tree essential oil if you want an antimicrobial effect in addition to moisturizing effects.

2. Grapeseed Oil

This is another great moisturizer for your cuticles.

It absorbs well into the nail plate. Contains antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage (making them more resilient) and grapefruit seed extract which has antimicrobial properties.

It’s also rich in linoleic acid.

3. Jojoba oil 

This is one of my favorite carrier oils because it mimics natural sebum.

It’s packed with vitamin E, antioxidants, and minerals that are awesome for skin health, nails included.

Apply throughout the day or at night before bedtime if you want. 

Essential oils can be added to any of these carrier oils (except grapeseed) while mixing.

4. Almond oil

Rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, almond oil is an excellent moisturizer for cuticles.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Helichrysum 

This essential oil has a number of benefits for cuticles and nails.

It has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits.

6. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary stimulates blood flow which increases oxygenation in tissues leading to healthier-looking nails. 

7. Tea Tree Oil

This essential oil is naturally antibacterial, making it great for nails. 

Add a few drops into your favorite base oil to use as cuticle oil. 

If you choose jojoba or coconut, mix it with fractionated coconut oil first because the two oils don’t blend well on their own.

8. Lavender Essential Oil

It can be applied directly to the nail bed and surrounding areas to help speed up
healing time since it acts as an antimicrobial agent.

Another added benefit is that it soothes inflammation.

Make sure only pure undiluted therapeutic-grade oils are being used on yourself or others.

9. Castor Oil For Cuticles 

Castor oil is an essential addition to your cuticle care regimen. Its high fatty acid content makes it ideal for moisture retention and prevents cracking in the hands and feet.

Castor oil also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling in overworked hands and feet, soothe dryness with its moisturizing effects, fight fungal infections like athlete’s foot between toes or fingers, and prevent hangnails before they happen by keeping skin plump, moist & elastic. 

It can be used as a replacement for commercial hand creams (and often works better) and massaged into cuticles every day.

10. Olive Oil For Cuticles 

Olive oil is one of the best oils for cuticles. It has been used since ancient times to soften dry skin and nails and promote healthy nail growth.

 If you have a favorite recipe that recommends olive oil as part of its ingredients make sure to use some quality extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil. 

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Last Words About DIY Cuticle Oil

If you want to keep your cuticles healthy and maintain a nice manicure, it’s important that you care for them.

There are many different oils that can be applied to cuticles to help them look and feel healthy. It’s important because they protect the nail from bacteria, water, dirt, or other irritants.

The first thing you should look at is the quality of the oil – find an organic one with ingredients like jojoba or argan oil.

Next, think about how often your nails will come into contact with water. If you wash dishes all day long or have a job where your hands get wet on a regular basis be sure to use oil specifically for dry skin.

And finally, remember not to forget daily maintenance! Cuticle care can take as little as five minutes each night before bed; just dab them in some oil.

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