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How to Make Hand and Nail Care Products

Nail Softener

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
  • Glycerin
  • 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.