I’m one of those people who needs a good moisturizer during the winter or my hands dry out, crack, and run the risk of bleeding. This even includes my poor cuticles! I have had the worst case of hangnails recently, so I decided to come up with a formula for a cuticle cream that would help my fingers stop catching on all the laundry.
Let’s go look at the ingredients and why I picked them.
Macadamia Nut Oil has superior massage properties and contributes nice texture to lotions. It also adds a lovely drag and glide that I think is a great addition to any product.
Emulsifying Wax ensures that my cream will not separate.
Stearic Acid gives the cream some body without making it waxy.
Hydrovance is my humectant selection for the long term moisturizing. You can use any humectant, so don’t feel limited by my choice!
Ivy Extract and Calendula Extract are included for their skin soothing properties. These extracts have also been noted for their abilities to combat dry and scaly skin.
Liquid Germall Plus is my go-to preservative because it has a low required usage rate. (Which means money saved!) It also is compatible with most cosmetic ingredients, so I don’t have to worry as much about a failed preservative.
Let’s go make this cuticle treatment cream!
Recipe in Percentages
22% Macadamia Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
2% Ivy Extract
2% Calendula Extract
1% Stearic Acid
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
0.25% Carrot Seed Essential Oil
2.29 ounces Water
65 grams Water
Weigh all ingredients except the additives (Ivy Extract, Calendula Extract, Liquid Germall Plus Preservative and Essential Oils) into a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted.
Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add the additives once the temperature drops to approximately 120° F in the mixing bucket.
Stir gently until completely mixed. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely before labeling.
This is a heavy duty and thick cuticle cream that follows the idea of a little going a long way! It does take some time to absorb if too much is applied. I would apply this when you have a few moments to pamper your fingers to have the best results! I think this cream feels great!