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Hand and Nail Butter

DYI: Body Lotion  1/2 cup (4 oz) 100% cocoa butter (can find in local Pharmacies)  1/4 cup (2oz) 100% coconut oil (can find it at local health food stores or online drug stores)  1/4 cup (2oz) Almond Oil or Grapeseed oil, Walnut Oil or Olive Oil...whatever you prefer!

This formula moisturizes dry hands and nails, chapped lips, rough knees, elbows, and feet.

4 tablespoons almond base oil

2 tablespoons cocoa butter

1 tablespoon anhydrous lanolin

1 tablespoon beeswax (use 1.5 tablespoons if you want a firmer consistency)

50 drops peppermint, carrot seed, rosemary (chemotype verbenon), geranium, lemon, or grapefruit essential oil (or any combination)

Recommended for: everyone, especially those with dry, rough, chapped hands and cuticles

Use: daily or as desired

Prep time: approximately 30 minutes, plus 12 hours to completely set

Blending tools: small whisk or spoon

Store in: plastic or glass jar or tin

Yield: approximately 1/2 cup

In a small saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler, warm all ingredients except the essential oil until the wax and cocoa butter are just melted. Remove from heat and stir a few times to blend. Add the essential oil, stir, and pour into storage container(s).

Lightly cover each container with a paper towel and allow the mixture to cool before capping. Cocoa butter takes a while to set, so leave the product at room temperature for 12 hours before use. The finished formula will have a paste wax consistency.

Note: This formula may harden in cold weather but will soften upon contact with warm skin.

No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and potency, please use within 1 year.

Application tips: Use this on hands and feet as an overnight softening treatment. Wear gloves or socks to seal in moisture and protect sheets.

For a nail and cuticle treatment: Soak clean fingertips in a bowl of warm water for 2 minutes to soften nail and cuticles. Pat dry. Apply a dab of this butter onto the base of each nail and massage in. Using a small piece of cotton flannel, gently push back cuticles, and then lightly buff nails with the cloth. This treatment leaves fingertips soft and smooth.

For shiny nails, apply the butter as for the nail and cuticle treatment, but use a nail buffer instead of the cloth to polish nails gently to a soft sheen.

Source: Web M.D.

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Categories: Beauty

Author:Tamisha Monet

Fashion Editor (iStyleFashionBeauty.com) Tamisha Monet calls Oakland home as a Bay Area native but resides in Houston. She's a staff writer for The Rouge Collection magazine, in their Beauty and Style department. She is the art contributor for the West Coast division of F.A.M.E. The Experience magazine. In the blogosphere, she’s worked with Vogue, Lexus, True Religion and more. She works as a Business Life Coach for various fashion and beauty start-ups through her company iStyle Fashion and Beauty Society.

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2 Comments on “Hand and Nail Butter”

  1. February 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM #

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique and commented:
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. February 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM #

    No problem we have to keep our skin hydrated during this winter season.

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