Hey lovelies! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was great! As most of you know, I did not post during Thanksgiving weekend, and it seems like I’ve been away forever! Today, I want to talk to you guys about some cuticle oils and butters/balms I’ve used before and continue to use.
It is important to always remember that nail art is great, but that greatness starts with healthy nails. Even if you aren’t into nail art, keeping your nails healthy is important. Now there are many steps to nail care and maintaining healthy nails, but I’m just going to focus on cuticle oils and such in this post. If you lovelies want more nail care tips, let me know!
I started doing nail art in May 2016. Before then, I had always been a nail bitter. When I got into nail art, I was more interested in nail art techniques than how to keep my nails healthy, so it took a couple of months before I started learning about cuticle oils. In the beginning of my nail journey, I experienced frequent breaks and peeling; my nails just weren’t that healthy. My nails started getting better in April 2017, and now they’re even healthier! See below for comparisons.
So let’s talk about the oils and such I’ve used! WARNING: This is a long post😂
*The following information is my honest opinion. Some of these products may not work for me, but may work for you. Everyone is different and so are our nails, so we may have different experiences. You should try many different products to find what works best for you, and it may not be the same thing that works best for me ❤
Ingredients: CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ISOCETYL ALCOHOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PANTHENOL, PROPYLPARABEN, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL, AQUA/WATER/EAU, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID.
Application style: Polish-like bottle.
Price: Depends on where you buy it from. It’s $5.99 USD on Amazon.
Overall thoughts: I’ve purchased this oil in local stores and from Amazon. This is the first oil I started using. My nails did seem to grow quicker with this oil than without, but my nails were still easy to break and didn’t look that healthy. This oil does not include jojoba oil, which is a necessary ingredient for healthy nails, so I would not use it again and definitely don’t recommend it.
*I do not have a link to this balm right now because it is not currently listed (might’ve sold out on Black Friday!), but I did link the store.
Ingredients: mango butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, sunflower wax, jojoba oil, argan oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, kaolin clay, fragrance.
Scent: A variety of scents, but I’ve only tried Berri Vanilla.
Price: Since it’s not currently listed, I’m not sure, and I don’t want to quote an incorrect price.
Overall thoughts: I’ve purchased this balm once, and it lasted me about 4 months. It is definitely one of my faves. I love using it along with my favorite oil. When I started using it, I was still using Sally Hansen’s oil, so this balm really helped out. I used it everyday, multiple times a day! The only reason why I haven’t purchased more is because I have a lot of cuticle butter from another indie, and for me, they work the same. I definitely recommend this cuticle balm though!
Ingredients: jojoba wax, coconut oil, grape seed oil, safflower oil, argan oil, neem oil, tamanu oil, scent, and vitamin E oil.
Scent: A wide variety; it’s amazing! You can also order unscented. I’ve only tried Pumpkin Eggnog, Monkey Farts, & Spiced Cranberry.
Application style: Dropper bottle or roller; I’ve only tried the dropper.
- 10 mL dropper: $6.00 USD
- 30 mL dropper: $14.00 USD
- Roller: $7.00 USD
- I’ve only used the 10 mL and 30 mL droppers
Overall thoughts: I’ve purchased this oil, won it in giveaways, and it was sponsored in my recent giveaway along with some samples for myself. Therefore, I’ve used oil from this indie many times. I started using this oil after Sally Hansen. I noticed improvements in my nails within a few weeks, and I experienced less nail breaks than before; my nails were getting healthier. I looooove the amazing scents offered; they never disappoint! My fave scent so far is Spiced Cranberry. I continue to use this oil before I use acetone and whenever I’m temporarily out of my fave cuticle oil. I recommend to try this oil out and see how it works for you!
Ingredients: jojoba wax, local beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin E, and scent.
Scent: Again, a wide variety that matches the cuticle oil scents! I’ve only tried Pumpkin Eggnog, Lavender, & Spiced Cranberry. Also, you can order unscented.
Price: $5.00 USD.
Overall thoughts: Again, I’ve bought it, won it, etc. I really love using this cuticle butter in combination with my favorite cuticle oil. My fave scent so far is Spiced Cranberry (just like the oil!). I use this cuticle butter everyday and I definitely recommend it!
Ingredients: jojoba oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, lavender oil, argan oil.
Application style: Polish-like bottle.
Price: $7. 00 USD.
Overall thoughts: I first received this oil in exchange for my review, but I purchased it twice after that. This oil worked better for me than the previous two oils; there were noticeable improvements within just one week of use, and I stopped having nail breaks and peeling when I used it regularly. My only complaint is that it’s lavender scent, and I don’t really like that. However, I would definitely use it again and highly recommend it.
Ingredients: jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, argan oil, castor oil, acai berry extract, tree tea oil and fragrance.
Scent: Currently, 4 scents, but I’ve only tried Sangria White Peach.
Application style: Polish-like bottle or pen; I have both.
- Polish-like bottle: $8.50 USD
- Pen: $3.99 USD
Overall thoughts: I’ve purchased this oil many times and it is my fave so far. It works just as great as Kelly’s Arts, but I prefer this scent better. It keeps my nails healthy and free from breaks and peeling when I regularly use it. Also, I love the pen because it is very convenient for on-the-go use. I highly recommend this oil!
That’s all for today loves! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.