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Easy DIY: Nail Oil

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Hi guys!

My previous blog was full of a lot of nail posts. A lot of people requested I did something nail-care related, so I thought I’d share my very simple DIY nail oil with you which is also great on face and body too! It’s fast absorbing, results are visible after a very short period of usage and it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy! On top of that, it’s crazy easy, so anyone can whip it up; and you only need three things. It also makes a great gift.

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The things you will need are:

  • Jojoba Oil (Cold pressed is best!)
  • Vitamin E oil (or gel, as long as it’s pure)
  • Empty amber glass pipette bottle
  • Essential Oil fragrance eg Lavender Oil (Optional)

You don’t have to use amber bottles, but they help provide UV protection for the contents, so they will help avoid any deterioration. Blue bottles also work too. Generally, it’s better to just keep anything with essential oils in a dark glass bottle.

First of all, remove the lid from your empty amber glass bottle and put it to one side. It should be pretty obvious, but this is where your nail oil will be going.

Next, add the vitamin E oil/gel. Gel will help the oil have a thicker consistency, but it’s not as easy to obtain – nor as cheap (in my experience) so here we’re just using oil. You need to fill the bottle up 1/5th to 1/4 with the vitamin E oil. If your hands are particularly ragged, go for the quarter.

Next, fill up the bottle to half way with the Jojoba oil. Replace the lid and roll the bottle and invert it a few times (as opposed to shaking it) so the oils combine. Remove the lid and fill up almost the rest of the way – you need to make sure there is enough room for the pipette and your fragrance oil if you choose to add any; personally, I don’t bother.

Optional Step: Add a couple of drops of your fragrance essential oil if you choose too. Lavender also has anti-bacterial properties. You can even add a good amount of tea tree oil if you want the nail oil for your toenails or acne prone skin. Again, this is optional.

Lastly, put the lid on your bottle, hopefully you’ve not over-filled it! Roll it around to help combine the oils.

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That’s it! Easy peasy. I didn’t even really need to give that much instruction, but I wanted to make sure it was clear. You can use this oil as often as you like. It’s super nourishing and softening.

If you have any hang nails, gently clip them off as closely as you can – don’t rip them off, you’ll damage your skin! Massage in oil as liberally as you like, especially in to the nail bed and cuticles and it should help stave off any future hang nails. I also use this stuff on my face to fight the punishing cold wind as part of my skin care routine (apply prior to moisturising). I put a small amount on my nails and rub it right in to the base of my nails, soaking the cuticles and after, I rub the excess in to my hands. They’re so soft – I haven’t had a hang nail or any nail splitting or peeling in weeks.

I hope this is useful to you! Feel free to share it with anyone whose hands could use some TLC. You could even make some nice labels and whip some up for a gift this festive season!

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Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me mention Rose and Thistle before; if not, I’m about to introduce you to one of my favourite, sense engaging pleasures.

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The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie is an independent brand, based in Essex, they ship worldwide. Selling hand poured, soy wax melts and candles; they have perfume dupes, Lush dupes and a load of original, beautiful scents. Not only do the products smell amazing, but they’re also super pretty! Tammie originally started he business called “Up In A Bow“, but around a year ago, she started a second business, “The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie“. The name is one of the things that made me choose her store out of all of the wax vendors from Etsy, so I asked her how she came up with the name. She tells me that the names come from her children; Rose being her daughters middle name and Perth being the middle name of her son, named after Perthshire in Scotland where her and her husband first went away. The national symbol for Scotland is the Thistle and so Rose and Thistle was born! How cool is that?!

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I first found the shop on Etsy when looking for a Lush Fizzbanger/Love dupe after Cleaves Candles changed the way they sell. I ordered a few Lush dupes and some other scents and really loved what I found. I’d ordered from a couple of other vendors prior to finding this one, but the products were.. pants, to put it politely. All the items I had ordered were mini melts that came in stripey paper bags like sweeties. Cute, I thought, though I prefer plastic cello bags – however, the mini melts in those paper baggies were lovely.

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Since that time, I’ve been a loyal customer and I’ve watched the store come in leaps and bounds as Tammie (the stores owner) has been coming out with new scents, new formats for her product, new designs for them and really listening to us customers. If you’ve got a request, she’s happy to do her best to fulfil it. Wholesale orders, wedding favours, custom scented candles, mini melts, she’ll always try to get you sorted.

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The fragrances are generally pretty strong, dupes are accurate, they have a good scent throw, an average burn time at a very fair price. Currently, she sells mini melts, snap bars, brittles, 1oz/2oz shot pots, cute shaped wax melts and candles. She sometimes sells some other unique shapes not shown in her store exclusive to Facebook market nights which she posts details about on her companies’ Facebook Page. My favourites are Birthday Bonanza and Cherry Bakewell, but I basically adore all of her foodie scents.

I’m gonna shut the heck up now because there is only so much one person can say about wax, but I love their melts so much, so I wanted to tell you guys about them! If you order, I’d love to hear what you think and see your haul pictures. Just something so satisfying about seeing pots of wax… Maybe I’m strange. Scratch that, I’m definitely strange!