The Best Cuticle Oil and Creams for Healthy Nails

The 9 best products on the market for healthy cuticles

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Cuticle cream seems like that one item you randomly throw in your cart during a supermarket sale, but it’s not something you ever think about needing. Truth be told, cuticle cream can actually be extremely helpful when it comes to keeping your nails healthy, strong, and shiny.

Your cuticle, the small layer of skin at your nail bed, protects your growing nail from harmful bacteria and dirt. It’s important to maintain because it keeps your nail safe from infection. When your cuticle is dry and irritated—or you cut them off at the nail salon too often—more hangnails, which debatably might be worse than breaking a nail, appear. If your cuticles are damaged, you can also develop flaky, cracked skin around the nail. No manicure looks cute with damaged skin surrounding it. Cuticle cream can be your savior because it moisturizes and maintains that skin, making your nail polish job or even plain nails look that much better.

To make sure your nails are healthy, here are the best cuticle creams on the market right now.

1Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil by Londontown

Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil

Available on Amazon

The Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil comes with a nail polish brush as well as an eyedropper cap that you can switch out if you like that applicator better.

This one has a unique choice of oils including mineral oil, rapeseed oil, and evening primrose extract oil. This soaks in fast and really moisturizes your skin.

Extracts of cucumber, garlic, and chamomile are also in the mix as well as vitamins A and E. The scent is bright and pleasantly herbal, but don’t worry, it doesn’t smell like garlic at all.



Pros

Vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free
Hydrating
Nourishing botanicals
Unique blend of oils
Stable bottle shape
Brush and dropper options
 Cons
Can’t use in bed
Contains mineral oil
Scent is love or hate for some

2Cuticle and Nail Oil by Bee Naturals

Bee Naturals Cuticle and Nail Oil

Available on Amazon

Bee Naturals’ Cuticle & Nail Oil is a nice, all natural product if you’re looking for something with essential oils. All the ingredients are pronounceable and the smell is relaxing.

Olive oil, avocado oil, castor bean oil, and grape seed oil make up the moisturizers. Also includes vitamin E, and lavender, lemon, and tea tree essential oils, giving the oil a fresh scent. Tea tree is a natural anti-fungal treatment.

The cap has a brush applicator and the oil is a little thicker than most.



Pros

All natural ingredients
Blend of four oils
Anti-fungal
Cruelty-free
 Cons
No honey
Thicker than some
Not the ideal applicator brush

3Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

Available on Amazon

If you want to soften your cuticles and smell absolutely delicious, the Apricot Cuticle Oil by Essie is for you. This oil is extremely long-lasting and it’s going to take forever for your bottle to look like you’ve used any of it.

You only need the smallest amount on your nails once a day at night, but you might end up using it more often just for the scent. It contains vitamins A, E, and hydrolyzed collagen to help strengthen your skin and nails. Even for an oil, it is very thin, so you definitely want to do this at a table.

For moisturizers, Essie uses cottonseed oil and soybean oil. This blend works wonders for most people, but for others it isn’t as exciting. If you’re looking for an oil for your nail care routine, then the Apricot Cuticle Oil is amazing.



Pros

Smells fantastic
Nourishing vitamins and collagen
Blend of oils
Long-lasting
 Cons
Contains parabens
Not good for severely damaged nails
Primarily cottonseed oil

4Phenomen Oil by Jessica

Phenomen Oil by Jessica

Available on Amazon

An intensely moisturizing product. It’s made with a blend of jojoba oil, rice bran oil, and almond oil and soaks into your skin quickly.

What’s unique about this product is that it isn’t only for your cuticles. Phenomen Oil is great for any parts of your body that tend to get dry like your feet, knees, elbows, or even your lips.

It comes with an eyedropper applicator and has a nice light scent.

Pros
Jojoba, rice bran, and almond oil
Smells great
Can be used on any dry areas of the body
 Cons
Can’t use in bed
Some do not like the eyedropper applicator
Smell is strong for some people

 

5Cuccio Revitalize Cuticle Oil, Milk and Honey

Cuccio Revitalize Cuticle Oil

Available on Amazon

This cuticle oil by Cuccio uses a blend of vegetable oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and cottonseed oil as its moisturizers. It also has honey extract. Cuccio also adds vitamins A and E for nourishing your cuticles. The smell is a little strong so if you’re sensitive to fragrances, this one isn’t for you.

The bottle has a normal flat bottom with a second flat surface slanted near the bottom of the bottle so you can choose to have the bottle sit flat or at an angle. In the angled position position, the eyedropper can reach the oil to the last drop.

If a milk and honey fragrance doesn’t appeal to you, Cussio also has a Pomegranate and Fig Cuticle Conditioning Oil.

Pros Cool bottle design
Blend of four oils
Antibacterial honey
Choice of two scents
 Cons
Some do not like the eyedropper applicator
Can’t use in bed
Not vegan

 

6Butter LONDON QuickFix Moisturizing Cuticle Balm

Butter LONDON QuickFix Moisturizing Cuticle Balm

Available on Amazon

This thick cream from Butter London comes in a convenient pen that’s easy to carry with you or stick in a bedside drawer. It uses coconut oil and avocado oil which are both deeply hydrating.

The tip of the pen has rounded bumps on it which massage and stimulate your cuticles as you rub the balm on. Not not only does this feel nice, it increases blood flow to your fingers which encourages healing and nail growth, but if you have very sensitive fingers or sensory issues, this might not be for you.

Pros Avocado and coconut oils
Massaging applicator tip
Can be used in bed
Not greasy
 Cons
“QuickFix” name is misleading
Contains silicone
Massaging tip isn’t for everyone

7Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Cuticle and Nail Oil Pen

Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Cuticle and Nail Oil Pen

Available on Amazon

This nail oil pen is formulated to strengthen your nails. The cuticle therapy is filled with nourishing oils including cold-press jojoba esters, grape seed oil, tea tree oil, olive squalene, and vitamins A and E. The addition of tea tree oil makes this oil both anti-fungal and anti-microbial to prevent nails issues before they happen.

The pen makes this easy to apply in bed or on the go. It comes in three different fragrances (using natural fragrance oils and not perfume). Featured here is Crisp which smells like bright citrus fruit. It’s also available in Vanilla and Unscented.


Pros
Jojoba and grapeseed oil
Tea tree oil fights fungus
Easy to apply
Can apply in bed
Fragrance choices
Petroleum free
 Cons
Primarily for hydration
Not a fast-acting as claimed
Not a lot of product

8Julep Fast-Absorbing Cuticle Creme

Julep Fast-Absorbing Cuticle Creme

Available on Amazon

If you don’t like that greasy feeling you get after some lotions and cuticle oils, this product is for you. It absorbs quickly into your skin to leave your cuticles healthy but not slippery. This cream uses a combination of natural honey, shea butter, and vitamin B5 to hydrate while mild salicylic acid works to remove hangnails and peeling dead skin.

The applicator is easy to use anywhere and when you know it won’t leave you with greasy fingers, you’re more likely to use it anywhere and keep on top of your nail care routine. It’s a great size to fit in your purse and an easy serum to apply in bed.


Pros
Absorbs in no time
SLS and paraben free
Easy to apply in bed
Cruelty-free
Works to shed dry skin
 Cons
Not as deeply hydrating as other products
Scent is not for everyone
Not a lot of product

9Jessica Nourish Oil

Jessica’s Nourish Cuticle Formula Creme

Available on Amazon

This product is packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin and nails, which is likely why it’s called Nourish. The formula contains vitamins A, D, E, zinc and allantoin which is an extract of comfrey root that both softens skin and stimulates healing and the growth of new cells.

The main moisturizer in this cream is petroleum which not everyone prefers. Although no one can deny that petroleum is effective when it comes to hydrating skin.

Nourish also uses lanolin which is a moisturizer naturally derived from wool which has been used for generations to soften skin.


Pros
Nourishing vitamins and botanicals
Promotes cell growth
Blend of moisturizer
Can put on in bed
Easy to apply cream
 Cons
Not vegan
Contains petroleum and parabens
Not a lot of product
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