Pamper Yourself with an Eco-Manicure




I’m definitely a frugal person, and with 3 kiddos I simply haven’t been able to justify the price tag associated with regular manicures and pedicures.  In fact, I think my 6 year old daughter has had more of them than I have thanks to her Nana!  So what is this do-it-yourselfer herbal loving Mama to do?  Well, I do my own of course, and I now find that my daughter can’t seem to get enough of these at-home spa treatments!  Saves me money, while allowing her and I to bond and create special memories!


The recipes that follow are all super easy and require ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, or are at least are very easy to come by if you don’t.  Follow the list in order for a thorough pampering, or pick and choose any that interest you.  Either way, you’ll hands will feel soft and nourished at the end, and you will have given yourself a little self-love and pampering that as many moms know, we don’t get often enough!


Gentle Exfoliating Hand Scrub and Mask


This soothing scrub will leave your hands feeling soft, smooth and rejuvenated!  Almonds remove dead skin cells while helping to soften and smooth your skin.  Oats are mucilengous, and help the skin to restore moisture balance, while also promoting cell regeneration.  The honey and oil will moisturize through their ability to deeply penetrate the skin.


  • 1 Tablespoon Oats
  • 1 Tablespoon Almonds
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Almond, Jojoba, Grapeseed or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 drops of Lavender or Frankincense Essential Oil (optional)


In a clean coffee grinder or food processor, grind the almonds.  Once the almonds are more powder than chunks, add in the oats and continue to process until you have a course powder.  Note however, that if you are starting with whole uncut oats, grind the almonds and oats together from the start.  Pour into a small bowl and add in the oil, mixing well.  Dampen your hands with warm water and massage the scrub into your hands.  Relax for 15 minutes in a nice warm sunny spot, if possible.  Rinse well with warm water and pat dry.


Nail and Cuticle Oil


Brittle nails and rough cuticles will respond well to this healing, restorative, and moisturizing oil. 

  • ½ oz Jojoba Oil
  • ½ oz Almond Oil
  • ½ oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 400-IU capsules of Vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense Essential oil
  • 2 drops Lemon Essential oil

*  If you have the essential oils at home, then definitely use them.  If you’ve been wanting to buy some, then now would be a great reason to give them a go.  But, if you don’t have any and aren’t interested in spending the money on them, don’t worry, this nail oil will work really well even without them!


Combine all ingredients in a small pan or shallow dish, and warm the oil to a comfortable temperature on the stove or over a candle.  Remove oil from the heat, place back in a cool shallow dish and soak fingertips in the mixture for 10 minutes.  You can then bottle and reuse this mixture for another nail soak, or apply a few drops to your nails and cuticles every night before bed.  Store oil in a cool, dark place.


Simple Hand Oil/Cream


Simple luxury!  This blend is an easy, naturally healing and protective cream.  Can be used on your face and body as well!


  • ½ cup Coconut oil
  • ½ cup Almond or Jojoba oil
  • 2 400-IU capsules of Vitamin E
  • 5 drops Frankincense Essential oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential oil


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Store in a wide mouth jar with tight fitting lid.  Apply as often as desired. 

*Note that the consistency of the cream will change with temperature fluctuations.  In colder temperatures it will harden and in warmer temps it will soften and liquefy. 


If you want to treat yourself to a nail color, some non-toxic options can be found at Acquarella



Amy Paolinelli

About Amy Paolinelli

Amy is a mom of 3 lively kiddos, a wife, and an advocate for natural living. Prior to having children, she worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist with high-risk youth. After having her first daughter, she found her passion in pregnancy, childbirth, babies, and natural living. She is now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice, a student of Herbal Medicine for Women, and cofounder of 3Girls Holistic – a truly pure herbal skin care line. She loves getting her hands dirty in the garden and spending time near the water. You can find more of her recipes, how-to’s, and information on holistic health, healing, and living at


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