Cancel that expensive manicure appointment and DIY yourself to healthy cuticles (and lips) with March’s Handmade Beauty Box recipe.
TIME: 20 MINUTES
YIELDS: 15 CUTICLE & LIP BALMS
Handmade Beauty Box Includes:
2 oz Shea Butter
.4 oz White Beeswax
1 oz Avocado Oil
.3 oz Passionfruit Rose Fragrance & Flavor Oil
15 Mini Tins
1 Cuticle Pusher and Mini Nail File
Finished Labels and Instructions
What You’ll Need from Home:
1 Small Heat Safe Container
1 Small Bowl for nail soak
Guess what? The Passionfruit Rose Fragrance Oil is also a lip-safe flavoring oil! That means the cuticle balm recipe can double up as a lip balm.
ONE: In a small heat-safe container, combine the Shea Butter, White Beeswax, and Avocado Oil. Melt ingredients in the microwave on 30-second bursts, stirring in between, until fully melted. Use paper towels or a hot pad when taking the container out of the microwave, it will be hot!
TIP: Depending on the strength of your microwave it should only take 60-90 seconds. If there are still a few white chunks of beeswax, stir until fully incorporated. It’s important that the mixture doesn’t get too hot. Overheating the Shea Butter could result in a “grainy” texture.
TWO: Once the ingredients are melted, add 2ml of Passionfruit Rose Fragrance Oil and stir well. You’ll have a little extra Fragrance Oil left over to use for future projects.
THREE: Slowly and carefully pour the melted mixture into the mini tins, leaving a little room at the top, and let cool for 1-2 hours. Then slide on the lids and add the cute labels.
FOUR: Clean up! Wipe down your bowls and spoons with a paper towel before putting them in the sink and do not dump any extra oils down your sink. Use a grease fighting soap, like Dawn, and super-hot water to wash the utensils and bowls.
Think Outside of the (Handmade Beauty) Box: Would you prefer a thinner cuticle balm consistency? If you have olive oil on hand, add 1-2 tablespoons to the recipe until you reach your desired consistency. Do you want a harder cuticle balm consistency? Leave out some of the Avocado Oil in the recipe above. Feel free to get creative and experiment with your own recipe.
TIP: If you want to test the consistency of the balm before pouring into the tins, freeze your spoons for 1–2 hours. Dip the tip of the chilled spoon into the liquid mixture. The balm will instantly harden on the tip of the spoon so you can test the consistency and adjust the recipe as needed.
1) Soak fingers in warm water for 3-5 minutes to soften the cuticles.
2) Use the flat end of the pink cuticle tool to gently push back the softened cuticle skin that meets the nail. Work gently with light pressure to avoid damaging the nail bed or cuticles (skip any sore or red areas).
3) Trim excess (translucent) cuticle skin with the trimmer end of the cuticle tool. Be very careful to only remove the skin sitting on top of the nail. The trimmer is sharp so please be careful. Trimming too much of the skin on your fingers could be painful so proceed with caution.
4) Use the mini nail file to smooth the edges of your nails in a back and forth motion, starting from the outside of your nail and moving inward.
5) Gently massage the nourishing cuticle balm into the base of your nails.
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