Homemade nail balm with cocoa butter

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Dull and brittle nails are unpleasant and can be disturbing – especially in view of spring and the coming sandal season. Most of the time this problem can easily be solved by providing the dry cuticles with a lot of moisture and high-fat creams to nourish them. With the moisturizing homemade nail balm presented below, dull and brittle nails will soon become shiny and supple again. Massage the finger and foot nails daily with the balm. If the nails are particularly brittle, massage them several times a day.


Vegetable oils
1 tsp jojoba oil
1 tsp shea butter
1 tsp cocoa butter
1 tsp coconut oil
Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is absorbed by the skin almost without residue and therefore does not leave an oily film on the skin. The oil is well tolerated by all skin types and has a moisturizing and antibacterial effect. Those who are plagued by impure skin may be well advised to use jojoba oil. Its antibacterial effect prevents the spread of germs without drying out the skin at the same time.


Peanut oil
Peanut oil is used both internally and externally. In cosmetics, it is often used as a massage oil, since it is only very slowly absorbed by the skin. The oil forms a thin film on the skin, which acts as protection against harmful influences and ensures regular moisturizing on the skin. The high-fat content of the oil offers excellent protection of the skin and is therefore used in skin and sun oils, as well as bath additives.

Olive oil
Olive oil is slowly absorbed by the skin, moisturizes it and makes it soft and supple. The oil is particularly suitable for the care of dry, brittle skin. Its ingredients, especially the fats it contains, help the skin to regenerate. Thus, the oil moisturizes and provides a soft skin feeling. It can also smooth out small wrinkles as well as prevent the formation of new wrinkles.

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Shea butter

Shea butter is solid at room temperature and becomes soft in the hand when heated and can be spread on the skin. The unsaponifiable ingredients of shea butter (up to 11%) are considered skin-friendly and caring, with protective properties. The butter has a refatting, moisture-regulating, and smoothing effect. This makes shea butter an excellent care product for dry, low-fat, and low-water scaly skin. Shea butter can be applied pure or used in lotions and creams, where it acts as a consistency enhancer and ensures a smooth texture. The butter is assigned a natural sun protection factor of 3.


Mango butter
Mango butter has a firm consistency at room temperature and is often used in creams and lotions. Like coconut butter, shea butter and cocoa butter, it binds watery parts well. It has replenishing, healing and regenerating characteristics, which is good for dry and chapped skin. The skin becomes softer and suppler.


Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is often used in cosmetics to supply especially dry, stressed or cracked skin with a lot of oil. The components contained in cocoa butter moisturize and soothe irritated and chapped skin and make it smooth and elastic.

Coconut oil

Although coconut oil has only a low penetration capacity into the skin, it is often used in cosmetics due to its moisturizing and cooling effect. The oil is quickly absorbed into the skin, but only superficially. The oil relaxes the skin and gives a fresh complexion. For irritated skin areas or sunburn, care with coconut oil is a cooling, soothing relief.

Consistency enhancer
1/2 tsp beeswax

The beeswax serves as a protective barrier for the skin. However, it is permeable to air and does not clog the pores. You can imagine beeswax as a plaster, which lies on the skin and protects it from foreign bodies. Beeswax also stores moisture from the air and passes it on to the skin. The vitamin A contained in beeswax supports the cell generation and promotes the elasticity and tightness of the skin. In addition, beeswax has an antibacterial effect and thus supports the healing of wounds and bacterial inflammations.


Berry wax
Berry wax is suitable as a consistency-giving, slightly coemulsifying and refatting component in cosmetic products. It can also be used as a vegan substitute for beeswax. In skin care applications, however, it is much lighter and less film-forming than beeswax.


5 drops of essential lemon oil
4 drops of essential lime oil
Essential lemon oil

Essential lemon oil tightens and detoxifies. It also stimulates the blood circulation, cleanses oily skin, and helps to reduce wrinkles.

Essential lime oil

Essential lime oil has an astringent effect and regulates/normalizes sebum production.

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Application and Shelf Life

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  • The homemade nail balm can be applied as needed.
  • However, you should allow yourself some resting time and wait until the balm is well absorbed as the balm is rather rich.

The homemade nail balm can be stored for up to 3 months.

Rich Nail Balm Recipe

  • 1 tsp jojoba oil
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • 1 tsp cocoa butter
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp berry wax
  • 5 drops of essential lemon oil
  • 4 drops of essential lime oil
  • heat resistant bowl
  • screw glass / glass jar
  1. Place the jojoba oil with the shea butter and cocoa butter in a glass bowl and melt in a water bath.
  2. Once everything is melted, remove the bowl from the stove.
  3. Then wait until the mixture has cooled down to hand temperature and then add the essential oil.
  4. Pour the finished balm into a cream jar.


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Liability: All stated effects are for information purposes only and do not replace a visit to the doctor. There is no guarantee for stated effects and skin compatibility of the raw materials and the end product. The production and application is at your own risk and responsibility.

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