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Nail Buffer

Extract from Handmade Beauty • By Juliette Goggin • Published by Quarto


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25 mins

Handmade Beauty
We would all love to have beautiful nails. Our hands are always on show, and we want them to look good. A shiny, smooth nail plate with healthy cuticles is the goal, especially if you find manicures hard to maintain or aren’t a fan of nail varnish. This simple recipe can be made in a single jug, yet it’s a real treat for the hands. You will be amazed at how polished and glossy your nails look after a few applications, so make sure you use the buffer regularly. We have suggested using tin oxide as the scrub ingredient; it can be obtained from pottery suppliers, but finely powdered pumice works equally well and can be sourced from online suppliers of cosmetic ingredients.

Makes approx. 50g (1¾oz)

Store in a cool, dry place away from
sunlight. Keeps for up to 12 months.

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  • How to make a cosmetic. Nail Buffer - Step 1
    Step 1

    Weigh all the ingredients except the tin
    oxide and rosemary oil into a heatproof
    jug. Place the jug in a pan of simmering
    water and heat until the beeswax is
    completely molten.

  • How to make a cosmetic. Nail Buffer - Step 2
    Step 2

    Remove the jug from the heat and allow
    the mixture to cool slightly, but not so
    much that it solidifies. Once cooled, add
    the tin oxide and rosemary oil, and stir
    thoroughly to mix.

  • How to make a cosmetic. Nail Buffer - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pour the mixture into small sterilized,
    airtight pots or tins. Label with the date
    and ingredients used. The recipe should
    make several small pots – enough for you
    and some friends.

    Using a cotton wool ball, massage a pea-sized
    amount of product firmly over the
    nails and cuticles, working all around the
    nail edges. Buff off the excess with clean
    cotton wool and repeat until you achieve
    the desired shine. Work under the nail and
    around the cuticle with an orange stick or
    cotton bud to remove any dirt and stains.
    Wash your hands to remove excess buffer

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