Make your own Nail Nourishment.

Gaia Gifts Nail Nourishment

If you’re a nail client of mine at Tans2Toes, you already know about my nail nourishment.  You also know that I love everything chemical free and as organic as I can get.  In the last few years,  I’ve been making my own cleaning products and lotions and potions and such.  Most of these products are not available for purchase yet but I’m here to give you my recipe for my #1 product, which is actually my first homemade product I designed to share with my clients.  And they LOVE it!!!

How Nail Nourishment came to be

I have lots of manicure and pedicure clients and some have very hard to manage problems with dried skin around the cuticle area and dry peeling and cracked nails.  I always ask what their nail care routine is at home.  So many people use products that you buy off the store shelf that have chemicals that end up doing more harm than good.  That’s not to say there aren’t some great products out there.  I just choose to make my own with natural ingredients so I know for sure what is in the product I’m putting all over my skin.  (There are people that use this nail nourishment everywhere.  Face, feet, body and of course hands and nails.)

I was frustrated trying to find something that works for everyone.  One weekend I started researching and ordered a few things from Amazon, got into the kitchen and Gaia Gifts Nail Nourishment was born.


My clients are loving it!!!  I was totally shocked by the response I got.  Keeping it available in my shop has been a little hard to do.  People are using it and coming back for more and when they do, they want some to share with friends.  They are giving it to others as gifts.  People I don’t know are calling me and asking about it.  I’m still pinching myself. But how do I keep up with the demand?IMG_5634

I’ve decided to share the recipe

It’s not hard to make yourself.  The directions are pretty simple but if not followed the process can go very wrong, very fast. As you can see in the picture below.

My Fail

DIY Fail
This is what happens when you don’t use a proper double boiler and too much product in the bowl.

I tried to do several batches in my DIY double boiler and I guess it was too hot and my glass bowl broke and all my butters and oils mixed with the water below.  What a mess!!  Although I did salvage it by putting the mixture in the fridge and separating the liquid from the mix.  I just kept it all to use for myself and my family.  Seems fine even though the texture Whenis off a little.

I suggest getting everything you need from the list below to insure the process goes smoothly and nothing goes to waste.  You can definitely play around with the ingredients and customize it to suit yourself once you’ve done it and see how it’s supposed to come together.  It took me about 5 or 6 attempts to get it the way I want it.

Good Luck!!!


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What you’ll need

When completed, this recipe should make about 6oz of nourishment.

Double Boiler ( I found this one on Amazon.  I can’t give you a review of this item as I haven’t purchased it yet but I use glass because I’m not sure yet how metal would effect the properties of the essential oils).  Up til now I’ve just been using a glass bowl on top of a sauce pan.  It’s worked great until the FAIL you see in the picture above.

Tins  I use these but you can use whatever you like.  Just make sure you clean whatever you use with a little alcohol and a swipe before you store your products.  Also, I don’t normally use plastic containers because sometimes the oils will break down plastics releasing chemicals into your product.  Or so I have read.  Better to be safe than sorry.

Kitchen Scale I absolutely LOVE this scale because it’s easy, inexpensive and I use it all the time!  It makes measuring so easy and accurate. Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how to use it.


2 oz Kokum Butter

2 oz Shea Butter

2 oz Coconut Oil

.03 oz Beeswax

Essential Oils – I use DoTerra Oils in my products because I can trust the quality without thinking about it.  Here’s my DoTerra site.  Click here to order. My Doterra Profile .  I will post links to some of the other brands of oils I’ve used in the past.  I have researched the oils used here specifically for their benefits for nails but you can use whichever oils you prefer.  You can also change the amounts of drops you use if you prefer more or less scent.

5 drops Rosemary

5 drops Frankincense

10 drops Lemon

10 drops Lavender

How to mix

First, fill the bottom of your double boiler with just enough water to steam for a little while but not so much that it will touch the top bowl.

Heat the water but if it starts to boil, lower the heat just a little.  It should be steaming but not boiling.

I add the harder butters and wax first because they take longer to melt.

Add the Kokum Butter and Beeswax

Once they start to soften…

Add the Shea Butter

Last add the Coconut Oil

Next, stir these slowly until they are all completely liquid and mixed thoroughly.

Turn off the heat and carefully remove the top bowl or pan and allow the mixture to cool slightly.  (Adding essential oils to the mixture while it’s still very hot may destroy some of those amazing, beneficial properties of the oils.)

You can tell when the mixture is cool enough to add the oils when it starts to thicken a little but be sure not to let it cool too much or you won’t be able to pour it in your containers. You can put it back on the steam for a minute if you’ve let it cool too much.

Add your oils and stir a few times and you’re ready to pour your finished product into your containers for storage!!


Kitchen Scale.  If you’ve never used one of these, I’ll show you how super easy it is to make your measurements accurate every time.

Congratulations!!!  You’ve just made your own Nail Nourishment!!  Please share your pictures and experience so others can see how you did it and also so we can see how you’ve customized it for yourself.

Of course, there are some of you who don’t want to go to the trouble of doing it yourself and as I said before it’s not available for purchase online yet but eventually I will add my products to this website and available to purchase for everyone. In the meantime,  you’ll have to contact me or visit my salon to get some made by me.