It’s always good wisdom to not make things harder than they really are. Sometimes a simple solution gets overlooked because . . . well because it was just too simple. Sometimes the simple solution feels like we just didn’t try hard enough.
And so it was when I started experimenting to make my own homemade cuticle cream. I wanted a mixture with a harder texture rather than a creamy texture. I got busy and started trying some recipes, melting and blending away with things like beeswax and coconut oil trying to find something I liked.
And then I discovered cocoa butter. And it was the simple solution. No other ingredients needed.
The name cocoa butter is a little misleading because it sounds like it would be a soft creamy substance, but it’s not. It’s hard and solid but it can also be easily grated and melts quickly into your skin. I purchased a 7 oz jar at my local health food store for $8.99. I purchased the Now Solutions brand which was labeled as a “100% Pure Multi-Purpose Moisturizer”.
Cocoa butter was a new product for me, so as I was scraping some out of my jar (with the intention of going to the work of melting it with other ingredients), I decided to rub some into my skin to see what it was like. And it was wonderful! It just melted right into my skin and left it feeling moisturized.
I rubbed some into my cuticles, and once again, thought it was wonderful!
AND – it smells like chocolate. Again I say, wonderful!
So any further experimenting for my homemade cuticle cream came to a halt. I had found the simple solution. I just scraped some of the cocoa butter into smaller pieces, put it in a little jar, and now I have some ready and handy to use for not only my cuticles, but other skin moisturizing I want to do as well. No other ingredients or mixing or measuring were needed.
Here’s a quick cost comparison: A small jar of cuticle cream in the store was .4 oz (not even a full ounce!) and cost about $7.50. This gives it a per ounce cost of over $15.00. The cocoa butter was $8.99 for a 7 oz jar giving it a per ounce cost of about $1.28.
And the cocoa butter is multi-purpose too 🙂
Here’s how to do it:
Lazy Day Cuticle Cream
You Will Need:
- Cocoa Butter ( I used the Now brand) *affiliate link
Although I’ve called this recipe a cream, it is simply flakes of cocoa butter. I use a spoon to scrape some little pieces out of the jar of cocoa butter. I then place those flakes into a little jar. To use as a cuticle cream, put a flake or two of the cocoa butter on your fingertips and rub it into your cuticles. The cocoa butter will melt into your skin and leave your cuticles looking hydrated and moisturized. It’s a natural solution for a fraction of the price of store bought cuticle creams.