how to make kukui and vitamin E nail and cuticle oil

How to Make Kukui and Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil.

Between working and doing chores at home, our hands and nails can take quite a beating. If you don’t have time to get your nails done or prefer a more natural alternative, this kukui and vitamin E nail and cuticle oil is just the thing for you! With its super nourishing ingredients, it will help your skin feel silky smooth, heal your cuticles and keep your nails healthy! Plus, once you know how to craft this oil, you can keep it as your secret beauty weapon for when your nails need a little extra help. Learn how to make this kukui and vitamin E nail and cuticle oil at home and treat your nails to some TLC!


To make 25g of this nail and cuticle oil, you’ll need:

Phase A (Heat Phase)

  • 9.75 g Jojoba Oil
  • 5 g Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2.5 g Soy Oil
  • 0.5 g Shea Butter
  • 1.5 g Beeswax*
  • 3.75 g Apricot Kernel Oil
  • 5 g Kukui Oil

Phase B (Cool Phase <40C )

  • 0.6 g Tocopheryl Acetate
  • 0.1 g Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

*You can replace beeswax for any plant wax (jojoba wax, almond wax, berry wax, hemp wax, etc.) but check the percentages, as you might need a higher amount to achieve the desired viscosity. Be sure to adjust the formula accordingly depending on the plant wax you use. If you would like to learn how to adjust percentages in a formula, and other basic formulating information, we encourage you to enrol in WapoBeauty’s FREE Online Starter Course here.

Properties of Ingredients 

Here we’ll explore the natural properties of the ingredients.

Jojoba Oil

This oil is often described as the plant oil that is most similar to the skin’s natural sebum and even helps control its production. Beyond being moisturising, jojoba oil also possesses antioxidant, antibacterial and wound healing properties. Most importantly, this oil is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, meaning that while it helps treat dry skin and skin conditions, it won’t clog pores.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil provides plenty of vitamin E and other nutrients that bring nourishment and help heal skin. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties that can soothe and cleanse the skin, as well as fight free radicals. This oil is also wonderfully moisturising and brings omega-3 fatty acids right to the skin to keep it smooth and supple.

Soy Oil

This oil isn’t only useful for cooking, it can also make a powerful natural cosmetic ingredient. Rich in fats, soy oil can help boost the skin’s natural barrier to retain moisture, as well as protect it from inflammation caused by UV rays. Another oil with a high vitamin E content, soy oil can help promote long term skin health.

Shea Butter

Shea butter has a reputation for moisturising and softening skin. This butter helps soothe, condition and tone skin, allowing cuticles to recover and become more uniform with the skin. The fatty acids in shea butter make it super nourishing for the skin and give it the vitamins it needs to heal and treat inflammation.

Apricot Kernel Oil

Offering both vitamin C & E, apricot kernel oil provides a world of natural benefits to the skin. This oil can nourish the skin while also minimising the signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes. As an emollient plant oil, it also provides antioxidants and smooths the skin. However, it is an odourless oil, making it great for crafting an array of natural cosmetics.

Kukui Oil

Used for centuries in Hawaii, kukui oil comes from the kukui nut of the candlenut tree. This oil offers vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that soothe dry skin and speed up wound healing. Research has shown that kukui oil is an effective emollient that lays down a protective layer of lipids and a triglyceride barrier of saturated and unsaturated fats.

Other Ingredients
  • Beeswax – A natural humectant, beeswax creates a protective layer on the skin, attracting water while also retaining moisture. Not to mention, it is also a natural exfoliator that gently removes dead skin. Delicate enough to care for skin, beeswax can even aid the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
  • Tocopherol – This form of vitamin E is regularly used in skincare products for its skin-loving properties. Vitamin E has a high concentration of antioxidants which help fight off free radicals and repair cell damage. This particular form of vitamin E can better withstand environmental stressors and provides a longer shelf life to cosmetic products.
  • Tocopheryl Acetate – This ingredient is a specific form of vitamin E commonly used in cosmetic products and dietary supplements. Tocopheryl acetate helps provide antioxidants and helps protect against free radicals like UV light and environmental stressors.
Crafting your Kukui and Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil

The first step in crafting this cosmetic product is the heat phase or phase A. Add all the ingredients from this phase into a bain-marie until the mixture is fully liquid. Then, let the mixture cool down to <40 C degrees and add phase B ingredients. Finally, stir the ingredients and store the oil in a dark glass bottle with a dropper or pipette cap. Be sure to label the product with its name and date!

Use a tiny drop and massage every nail for overnight intensive nail and cuticle care.

The Takeaway

Keep your nails and cuticles naturally beautiful with this kukui and vitamin E nail and cuticle oil recipe! If you are looking to make more natural cosmetics at home, check out WapoBeauty’s eBooks. The launch sale for the New Organic Skincare eBook has even been extended, so take advantage of this special price now! As always, you can find comprehensive skincare lessons in our Complete Facial Skincare Online Course for Beginners and discover how to make professional, safe, and stable natural beauty products. We invite you to enrol in the course where you will learn how to make a luxurious Hyaluronic acid serum, cleanser, cream, face mask, moisturiser, gel, lotion, serum, toner, mist, exfoliant, elixir, ointment and fresh cosmetics.

About Our Blogger

Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni.

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