DIY Beauty: oil mix to whiten & strengthen nails

I used the balance of the dōTERRA essential oil samples for this simple DIY formula to strengthen and whiten nails; namely the lavender essential oil and the lemon essential oil. Both oils are good for strengthening the nails and lemon essential oil has the added nail whitening benefit.

Using 4 ingredients
You can use the essential oils neat on your nails via a Q-tip but since I’m using two of them, plus I wanted to condition my cuticles, so I added the essential oil into a mixture of olive and vitamin E oil. What you see in the picture is a 10ml glass dropper and I added one capsule full of vitamin E oil and filled the rest with olive oil before dropping about 30 drops of the essential oils. After that, it’s just giving the bottle a gentle shake and then it’s good to use.

A tad oily but great for conditioning the cuticles
Both the olive and vitamin E oil are great for conditioning the cuticles and hence, this is great as night time treatment for the nails. I should have used a dark glass bottle but because I don’t have one on hand, and so I used this clear bottle instead. Two drops are sufficient to condition all the nails on my fingers; it feels rather oily initially but as you massage longer, the oil gets absorbed eventually.

Try this for healthy looking nails
So if you have some lavender and/or lemon essential oil to spare, do give this a try. You can use either of the essential oils but the smell of the combination is just lovely! And yes, your nails will look healthier too!


  1. Mai says:

    Hi Sesame, any idea where can i buy th0se small glass dr0pper? Been l00king ar0und but can’t seem t0 find any. They will be useful t0 st0re my facial 0ils in my upc0ming trip ? Thanks.

  2. xin says:

    hi, have you come across glass bottle but with spray top? i have been looking for it high and low but just can’t seem to find it anyway ?

    i am now using rose hip oil for face, and for the extra, i either apply to my hair or on my nails ?
    xin last post is: Melvita Comes Malaysia – The Quality & Affordable Organic Skincare

  3. Chris says:

    I remember my grandma using vitamin E capsules on her nails, but it’s a tip I’ve long forgotten. Thanks for reminding me, Sesame. ?

  4. sesame says:

    You can get it from here: It’s a local store.

  5. sesame says:

    Yes, but I don’t like them much. We have an online store that sells here but not sure if they ship to Malaysia. I know Sasa sells the metal type…but not glass.

  6. sesame says:

    You’re welcome. You can use the vit E capsule on its own too.

  7. Amanda says:

    The materials I read about essential oils suggest that concentration of essential oil should be kept low like 1% to up to 2.5%. That’s about 4 to 5 drops of essential oil into 10 ml carrier oil. But the instruction above says 30 drops. Isn’t that too many?
    Amanda last post is: My First Marie Veronique Organics Order

  8. sesame says:

    Essential oils can be used neat actually so the concentration isn’t high. Plus, this is not used on the face. I was under the same impression that essential oils should be low but after attending one of the workshops, I changed my mind. Also, if it’s so low like 1%, there are little effects.

    But of course, if you’re uncomfortable, don’t use so many drops. You can scale it back.

  9. hazel says:

    thanks for this tip! I am gonna DIY it right away. I do not have lemon essential oil and Vit E capsule. In place of which I will use my EPO capsule that also contains Vit E (“,)
    hazel last post is: SMILE , & the whole world smiles with you (11)

  10. sesame says:

    Yes, EPO works well too. You’ll love this…the smell is so lovely. If you use lemon EO only, the smell will be very uplifting.

  11. Dora says:

    This is awesome! I recently realized that what I love so much about my fav nail polishes is that they make my nails so much brighter.. but couldnt I just use normal lemon (lets say.. mixed with olive oil i.e.) on my nails? Shouldnt this be just as brightening or is there a difference?

    Thank you =)

  12. Sesame says:

    I think you can and it’s a good idea; the only problem is you can make a big batch as this can’t be kept long without preservative.

  13. Terry says:

    Is this 30 drops total of the oils, so 15 lavender and 15 lemon? Or is it 30 each?

  14. Sesame says:

    15 each.

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