If your nails are too tough to cut or shape, try this effective softener.
- Double boiler
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing spoon
- Small jar with cover
- Hydrous lanolin (containing water)
- Soap flakes
- Vegetable oil
- Perfume or cologne
Note: Buy lanolin at a pharmacy.
Yield: About 3 ounces
Empty a 2-ounce tube of hydrous lanolin into the top of a double boiler and melt the lanolin over low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of soap flakes, 2 teaspoons of glycerin, and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil; stir well. If desired, add a few drops of your favorite perfume or cologne.
Remove the mixture from the heat and stir to dissolve the soap flakes. Pour the mixture into a small jar and cover it tightly.
Apply the softener to the nails daily, until the nails are as soft as desired.