Organic cuticle salve recipe to make and sell online

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This organic cuticle salve recipe is about to be your favorite formulation find in a LONG time – because it can really be ANYTHING!

The combination of healing carrier oils, butters, and essential oils make it the perfect salve for any type of hand product.

  • A gardening salve for Springtime customers? Absolutely.
  • A moisturizing salve for chapped, dry skin in the winter months? You betcha.
  • A luxurious overnight hand treatment to add to a spa kit? A winner.
  • Increase the essential oil dilution a bit and voila! You have a first aid (aka ‘boo boo’) cream.

Enjoy this perfect year-round product, ready for any type of gift set theme or as a single stocking stuffer (or may we even suggest as a teacher gift?).

Make sure to read to the very bottom where you’ll get inspiration for turning this organic cuticle salve recipe into a product your target market will run to!

Organic cuticle salve recipe for handmade skin care businesses

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What is Cuticle Salve?

Cuticle salve is a firm, restorative product that helps to nourish and heal inflamed cuticles and soften them for easy future maintenance.

This particular organic cuticle salve recipe is an all-natural blend made with moisturizing carrier oils and skin-loving essential oils at a 2% dilution rate (safe for daily use on the body).

How Do You Use Cuticle Salve?

Scoop out a small amount of salve with an orange stick (or similar item) to prevent bacteria from entering the container.

Apply to nail beds, allowing salve to liquefy, massage into cuticles and maintain as needed. Repeat as often as desired.

Store tightly closed in a cool environment away from direct sunlight.

Business Notes for Organic Cuticle Salve

This cuticle salve recipe is extremely versatile and can be marketed in so many ways! It pairs perfectly with hand soaps, spa kits, or gift sets.

Any skin care target market can use a deeply moisturizing salve – how could you modify it to appeal to your ideal customer the most?

Tattoo salve?

Gardening salve?

Due to the skin-nurturing and healing properties of the carriers and essential oils in this formula, it can also be used as a first-aid salve or ointment for scrapes, cuts, and other superficial damage.

Instructions for recipe modifications are provided to you below (after the main recipe)!

What You Need to Make Organic Cuticle Salve from Home:

Supplies for DIY Cuticle Salve

Best Ingredients for Making Organic Cuticle Salve

Beeswax (Cera flava):

Included to harden the salve base and increase melting point for transit.

Beeswax for use in organic cuticle salve recipe

Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao):

A solid fat that contains Vitamin E; softens and lubricates the skin, improves skin flexibility.

Cocoa butter for use in organic cuticle salve recipe

Palm Oil (Elaeis guineensis):

An anti-inflammatory agent; high in lauric acid to help lend a smooth texture to salve products.

Baobab Oil (Adansonia digitata):

Deeply nourishing and softens dry skin, restores epidermis.

Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima):

A deeply nourishing oil that restores the skin; promotes cell regeneration to damaged skin.

Avocado oil for use in organic cuticle salve recipe

Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum inophyllum):

Promotes new tissue formation, accelerates healing, anti-inflammatory

Tamanu for use in organic cuticle salve recipe

Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradox):

Known to alleviate dryness, for sun-damaged skin and long-term skin health.

Shea butter for use in organic cuticle salve recipe

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Juniperus virginiana):

Wound healing for surface lesions, cell regenerative, relaxing and calms stress, high in sesquiterpenols.

Cedarwood essential oil for use in organic cuticle salve recipe

Helichrysum Essential Oil (Helichrysum italicum):

Skin nourishing, skin healing, reduces pain and inflammation, pain-relieving actions due to neryl acetate, effective for wound care.

Helichrysum essential oil for use in organic cuticle salve recipe

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia):

A healing oil for skin damage, an ester-rich oil that is effective on skin rashes and irritations, anti-inflammatory; rich in monoterpenols, which is soothing, easy on skin and good for long-term support.

Lavender essential oil for use in organic cuticle salve recipe

Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemon cablin):

Skin healing oil for numerous disorders and issues; antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions. Moisturizes and cools the skin; high in sesquiterpenols, offering long-term support and skin-healing properties.

Patchouli essential oil for use in organic cuticle salve recipe

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Organic Cuticle Salve Recipe

  • Prepare ingredients by measuring out the carrier oils, butters, and beeswax with the ramekins and ingredient scale.
Measuring ingredients for the organic cuticle salve recipe
  • Fill saucepan with water and place the double boiler on top, making sure that it is partially submerged in the water.
  • Turn your heating element on to medium-low; if it starts to simmer, turn down the heat so that water does not enter the double boiler.
Doubler boiler on stove to melt cuticle salve ingredients
Beeswax ready to melt for cuticle cream recipe
Melting cocoa butter to make natural cuticle salve
Adding palm oil to double boiler for organic cuticle salve recipe
Liquid carrier oils added to melted butters for handmade cuticle cream
  • Add 1 oz of organic shea butter and stir until melted. If needed, you may place it back on low heat momentarily to fully melt. Remove from the heat as soon as melted.
Melting shea butter for DIY cuticle salve
  • Pour melted ingredients into containers that would fit your brand identity and target market.
Cuticle salve poured into a variety of containers
  • Gently rest the lids on top of the jars and transfer to a refrigerator to set.
DIY Organic Cuticle Salve ready to label, brand, and sell
  • Once the salve has completely hardened, screw the lids on completely. Label and safety seal according to your business branding.
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Modifications for a Natural ‘First Aid’ Ointment

If not intended for daily use, the essential oils can be boosted to a 3% dilution rate if intentionally marketed as a first aid (aka ‘boo boo’) salve.

A bit softer, more ointment-like consistency is recommended so that this salve can easily be applied to damaged skin and bandages.

Simply increase the liquid carrier oils (baobab, tamanu, or avocado) one ounce at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.

Essential oil dilution chart

How to Brand Your Cuticle Salve to Sell Online

Your brand’s ‘voice’ should come through in how you choose to describe your products in marketing, product descriptions, and social media posts.

Your branding and target market will also be very visually apparent in your packaging and labels; make sure you take the time to fully understand what your customer is drawn to before purchasing any of these items.

If you’re bringing a product to market for the first time, it’s best to start in small quantities to see if it’s going to go over before purchasing containers and labels in bulk.

Cuticle Cream Packaging

Glass Jars with a Lid

Glass jars tend to communicate high value. It is a classy, earthy material made of renewable resources.

These are a bit more pricy and heavier to ship, so keep that in mind when estimating your overall pricing.

Glass comes in a wide variety of colors, so an easy thing to keep to a color palette!

Aluminum Tins

Aluminum tins are another eco-friendly choice and the variety you can get is growing.

Tins come in multiple sizes, shapes, and colors…twist top, clear top, slide top, silver, rose gold, copper, regular gold, etc.

Slightly more economical than the glass jars, but a different vibe and target market.

Plastic Jars

Plastic jars are a good choice for a target market with a more modest budget; they’re also lightweight and the most economical to ship.

When you use plastic with handmade skin care products, be sure to get BPA free plastic so that the natural ingredients and essential oils don’t eat through it.

If you get the containers with inner liners, be sure to highlight that feature in your product listings!

Orange Wood Nail Sticks

It is recommended that you include an orange stick in your product packaging, as broken skin around nail beds can become easily infected.

Bacteria is introduced into the container if scooped out with a finger, creating a contaminated product.

Labeling Your Handmade Cuticle Salve

Your organic cuticle salve container labels are another opportunity for you to draw in your intended target market with details that speak to them.

First, consider the label material.

This recipe creates a thick, buttery product that works best with waterproof labels or anything that has a protective, plastic coating.

Be sure to consider other variables such as label color, shape, how you’ll have your labels printed, etc.

metallic

When designing the labels for your skin care products, make sure you’re using font pairings that have been specifically chosen for your target market.

The mature audience tends to lean towards a more traditional serif font.

Young audiences gravitate towards modern sans-serif fonts.

Overview of serif and sans-serif font characteristics

Even though handmade cuticle salve is not regulated by the FDA when marketed as a cosmetic, you still need to follow labeling regulations.

Marie Gale’s Soap and Cosmetic Labeling publication is a highly reviewed resource for those in the United States (keep in mind that laws vary by country)

This organic cuticle salve recipe is a fantastic addition to any handmade skin care business…I look forward to seeing how you modify it for your particular customer base!

As always, don’t forget to educate your customers on the importance of preservative-free products in your online listings and shipments – together we can make a REAL difference in health and wellness through our organic products!

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