Jul 16 2014

What I Reach For Most: Cuticle Oil

Disclaimer: Some press samples. See bottom

cuticle oil

Welcome to What I Reach For Most! This is a new regular series. I’m going to share the brands, or colors, or types of cosmetic products that I reach for most when I’m doing my day-to-day makeup!

I keep cuticle care products everywhere.

There’s two in my purse, one in the caddy that I use when I do my nails, I’ve got a couple in my bedroom, some by my computer, and even one at my desk at work!

Despite the fact that I have cuticle oil/balm/lotion everywhere, there are staples in my collection. Check them out with me!

KBShimmer Pink Sugar Cuticle Oil Pen

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I keep this cuticle oil in my purse and it’s my go-to, everyday. I usually apply it first thing in the morning. I received it as a gift with an order once, and I just recently reordered two so I will have a backup when the one in my purse dies.

When I first started using it, I didn’t like the scent. But it really grew on me and I know this is crazy, but hours later after I’ve used it, if I absentmindedly bite my cuticles, I like the taste. But it also reminds me not to bite my cuticles! I think it’s great, for that reason, that the scent lingers for so long, hours, through handwashing etc.

KBShimmer says about the ingredients on its website: “We started with a base of avocado oil, and added shea butter, apricot oil, wheat germ oil, evening primrose oil, argan oil, jojoba and olive oil.  Vitamin E and special essential oil blend that includes lemongrass finishes off the base of the cuticle oil.”

You can get these cuticle oil pens for $6 a piece on the KBShimmer site here, and they also come in another scent, Lemongrass. You get 2 mL of oil in the pens.

CND Solar Oil

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CND Solar Oil Nail and Cuticle Conditioner is my Holy Grail swatch oil. I use this on my nails to nourish them and keep them looking fresh when I swatch nail polish, and before/after I do my nails!

I keep this big ole bottle in the same caddy that holds my removers, base and top coats, along with tweezers, scissors and orange sticks, among other goodies!

Solar Oil has jojoba and sweet almond oils, and vitamin E. It softens and conditions cuticles, and can be purchased in a variety of sizes. You can find it at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta and through online e-tailers. I picked up this bottle at the IBS show earlier this year!

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil

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I’m not sure what made me pick this puppy up while at Harmon Face Values a couple months ago, but it’s another one I keep in my purse.

It’s a convenient roll-on applicator that equals no mess! Just enough is deposited. Sometimes I just let this soak into skin vs. massaging it in. After I apply it, my skin kinda reminds me of baby’s skin! It’s a pleasant smell.

In addition to the cocoa butter in the formula, this has vitamin E. This is also good for use on other dry skin areas, scars, and stretch marks.

In addition to Face Values, you can find this at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, Kmart, Target, Duane Reade and Drugstore.com (it’s listed for $4.99 there).

Dior Creme Apricot Nail Cream

Dior Creme Apricot nail cream review on BeautyJudy

Dior Creme Apricot Nail Cream is my splurge cuticle care product!

This has been around for years – and it’s a unique formula from anything I’ve tried. Sephora, which says this was launched in 1963, describes it as a “creamy salve” and that’s a great way to put it. It’s a little tacky. Mine is a little old, so it looks a little more gel-like and darker than it starts out as, but it’s still working! I first learned about this from Maria of Cult Nails.

Key ingredients include lanolin and beeswax, among others!

It’s $25 at Sephora, but a total worthy splurge. I keep this one mostly at home, and I like to use it at night before bed (which is one of the ways Dior recommends it be used), or on weekends.

Because it’s tacky, I tend to stay away from using it when I’m active.

So there you go! My go-to cuticle care! What products are you obsessed with?! I’d love to know!

Disclaimer: I received a KBShimmer cuticle pen as an extra in an order from the PR Firm/Manufacturer . Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!

  • Debbie

    I’ve been browsing Etsy lately for cuticle oils.. I’ll have to check out some of these!

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh, definitely! There are so many brands I’ve actually JUST discovered that do wonderful scented oils. Check out Emerald & Ash, KBShimmer, Glisten & Glow, Different Dimension and Serum No. 5