File slowly and gently, and in one direction. Otherwise, the nails get weak and break prematurely. Filing in the same direction also helps you achieve a smooth tip and makes it easier for you to shape the tip in a manner you want. Filing them in an aggressive manner blunts your tips and leaves no scope of shaping them. Begin to file from one corner to the center and then from the center to the other edge or vice versa. This process helps you achieve a smooth finish and doesn’t harm your nail beds. Back To TOC
Gels and acrylics are no doubt super pretty but sadly cause immense damage to the nails. Avoid them entirely, if possible. The acrylic powder contains a lot of chemicals and roughens the nails and causes dents in them. The drying mechanism in gel manicures causes harm to the skin around your nails. A smarter alternative for this would be to choose press on ones if you are hellbent on this particular nail look as they are less harmful and easy to apply. Back To TOC
If you do your household chores yourself, then this is for you. A lot of your cleansing detergents contain chemicals and will cause harm to your nails when they come in contact with them. A simple solution is to wear gloves and happily go about your chores without worrying about your nails. Make sure you wash your gloves thoroughly after use and hang them out in the sunlight to sanitize them. Back To TOC
Scraping off your nail polish is the worst thing you can do to them. It makes your nail surface rough and patchy. It also strips away the top layer of your nails. Also, to prevent the polish from chipping off on its own, you must apply the nail paint in two rounds of thin coats instead of dousing it in one thick layer of color. Instead of hurriedly scraping off your nail paint to avoid the chipped nail polish look, carry a few nail polish remover tissues. Back To TOC
Even if you are the most avid oil advocate, there’s always that oil that you can’t seem to use up. Educating yourself on essential oil shelf life (most expire in 2-4 years, some sooner, some later) allows you to use your oils safely in your home, especially if you use them on your skin. Some signs that your oils have gone bad…
This one is such a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment! Just scrub the jars in hot, soapy water and a bottle brush, and once they are dry, use them to hold plant cuttings! Do you have a cutting you want to propagate and nowhere to put it? Use those old essential oil bottles! Or So cute…
If you are like me, you want just one drop of copaiba and it is just. not. coming… or with lemon, you want only one drop in your water, and instead you get ten. This trick is handy. Move the little dot to either get more or less oil drops from your bottle. With thicker oils, point the drop side down. With thin oils point it up. Viola.
Inside the “empty bottles” are trace amounts of oil. Make the most of those bits and dump your bottles into a jar filled with epsom salts. Let the salts will absorb the oils overnight – making a deliciously scented bath softener! This makes a great gift as well! Just add some dried lavender buds or crushed rose petals and put in a mason jar with a ribbon around the top- a homemade gift your friends will actually want to use!
Do you struggle with removing/adding dropper lids and roller inserts and to bottles? Many a nail has been a victim of my oil obsession until I discovered this nifty trick. Use the lid to add/remove the roller inserts. Why didn’t we think of that?!
You can diffuse oils in a tissue box. Just open the box, drip the oils on your tissues, close the box back up and you have scented tissues! Just make sure that the oil of your choice is safe to use “neat” (undiluted) on the skin. If not, just mix with a carrier oil of your choice at the recommended dilution. Not only will your tissues smell great, but when you use good-for-you plant oils, you won’t dry out your skin!