December ’15 Boxycharm Review 3: NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil

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What could be so exciting about cuticle oil?

I’ve never given a second thought to cuticle oil. Ever. I know it’s that stuff they put on your nails at the salon to make removing cuticles easier (and hopefully, less painful). But other than that, I have no formulated open on the subject.

When I saw this was in the December Boxycharm, my reaction was “meh”. But I hate wasting products and forcibly added this to my nail routine. I mean, I don’t really have a nail routine, so I added this to my nighttime moisturizing routine. Actually, I didn’t know cuticle oil could be used outside of fancy manicures, but apparently they’re great for promoting strong and healthy nails. Winter has been harsh on these old hands of mine, especially on the nails. (Isn’t it weird that winter actually has an effect on nail texture? The things you discover as you get older…)

I’m already very familiar with NCLA nail polish. It’s not my favorite brand, but I have gotten some fun colors from them. Their So Rich Vitamin E Cuticle Oil (USD $19.00, full size) claims to be “a luxe vitamin E oil treatment that promotes strong and healthy nails for a look that says, “I’ve never worked a day in my life”.” I’m not sure how I feel about that wording (Dammit, I want EVERYONE to know the damage that typing for a living* does to my nails!). But I know a lot of people, myself included, want nice looking nails.

Everyone was sent a different scented oil. Mine was the Dark Almond oil. The scents don’t make it any different. They’re all vitamin e oil. I have to say, this has a ton of fragrance. The almond scent bordered on smelling like some soaps they have in public restrooms. I’m not a huge fan of the scent, though it’s better than the potent floral scent my sister received in her box. Either way, this has to have a ton of fragrance, which means if you’re prone to any type of skin breakout on your hands you probably don’t need to be using this. It’d be really nice if there was an unscented oil.

Whenever I wasn’t wearing nail polish, I’d just dab this on my nails following my hand cream in the morning and at night. I had some nail cracking and rough nail beds because of the winter weather, so I was hoping the oil would help with that. After about a week, I did notice that the roughness in my nail beds had soften. The cracking, while still there, was significantly reduced. My nails also weren’t breaking as often. I was really impressed.

I have minimal cuticle skin that’s pretty easy to remove, but this oil made the skin even softer so removal was that much easier.

Rating: 4/5. This stuff works. It will make your nails smoother and stronger and condition the cuticle skin for easy removal. My one big complaint is the amount of fragrance. I’d like to repurchase this after I run out, but I may go looking for an unscented version. I’m just not a fan of skin care items that contain fragrance because of the damage and irritation they can cause.

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