Zil let me know about this oil, and I’m glad she did. It’s the perfect DIY project: a few, inexpensive ingredients, easy to make, and expensive to buy. If you’ve got the ingredients you can pull this together in about a minute for about a dime, but buying it would cost you about $6 (and would definitely take more than a minute). The reviews are pretty darn good, and it works. Awesome!



The original oil is called CND SolarOil, and here’s what they say about it:

“CND SolarOil cuticle conditioning treatment is an award-winning favorite among nail professionals and clients. What’s the fuss about? SolarOil’s synergistic blend of naturally light oils and Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) offer intense therapy for dry, damaged cuticles. Jojoba oil carries the Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) deeply into the skin, reducing visible signs of aging and keeping hands soft and supple. Repeated use actually drives the oils deeper in the natural nail, for results that only get better with time. Nails… feel stronger and more flexible. SolarOil features a super-penetrating formula that works wonders on nails and cuticles.”


I wouldn’t be too worried about exact measurements with this—I eyeballed it, judging by how full the bottle was as I added each oil. A bit of variation here and there won’t make too big of a difference.



I fitted the 5mL bottle I used with a dropper top since you’ll only ever need a drop of this at a time. This wee little bottle is small enough to be easily tossed into a purse or travel bag, and since it’s just straight oil, you could rub a bit into the dry ends of your hair, or use it on your face.



Jojoba & Almond Cuticle Oil

2mL sweet almond oil (USA / Canada)
2mL jojoba oil (USA / Canada)
1mL rice bran oil
2 drops Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)
1 drop Lavender EO
1 drop roman Chamomile EO

Combine everything in a 5mL glass bottle. Cap with a dropper top and a sealed lid.

To use, massage a drop or two into the nails and cuticles.