Here's the good news. We can make all kinds of lovely creations to help our nails stay healthy!
As I mentioned yesterday, the flexibility of our nails is thanks to phospholipids, found in nice quantities in lecithin and soy bean oil. These oils should be the base for any product we're using to help our nails, including anhydrous balms and lotions.
When making an oil based product for our nails, our first oils of choice should be lecithin, and soy bean oil, both of which are high in phospholipids. Hazelnut oil and jojoba (the cloudy kind, not the highly refined kind) also contain phospholipids. Evening primrose and borage oil may contain phospholipids, as does cocoa butter - but these are at lower levels like 0.5% to 1% compared to the 60% to 70% found in lecithin. Mango butter contains about 0.11% to 0.8% and shea contains little to no phospholipids, depending on how it's processed.
Keeping this in mind, we could make a very nice lotion bar, whipped butter, or balm for cuticle care!
This recipe is rated E for everyone, and is fantastic for beginners, those who don't wish to use preservatives, or those who are seeking an all natural product. The shelf life of this product is dependent upon the shelf life of your oils.
LOTION BAR FOR CUTICLE CARE (based on this recipe)
30% mango butter
40% oils - combination of soy bean oil and hazelnut (you can use 10% lecithin and/or lanolin here)
1% Vitamin E
1% fragrance or essential oil
Melt everything except the Vitamin E and fragrance or essential oil in a heat proof container in a double boiler. When the ingredients have melted, remove from the heat and add the Vitamin E and fragrance oil. Pour into mold or container and let set. Rejoice.
The nice thing about using a lotion bar for cuticle care is the ease of use and the beeswax. The wax helps make it more water repellant, ensuring it will stay on longer when you're washing your hands.
You could take this recipe and make it a balm (like this recipe) using mango butter and soy bean or hazelnut oil.
Join me tomorrow as we take a look at lecithin in further detail!