In early August I posted a review of an eyebrow pencil I received in my CEW Prestige Birchbox. Back with another product review from the same box, this time Julep Essential Cuticle Oil – $18. Julep nail polish has become a favorite among nail polish fiends, and I have several bottles myself. Julep also offers beauty products and hand and foot care products, like the cuticle oil.
I’m pretty hard on my nails. I paint them 1-3 times a week, and because I often do nail art that gets the skin around my nails gunked up with polish, I usually have some pretty decent clean up to do on my cuticles. This means dousing them in even more nail polish remover, so things get dry and peely. Isn’t that a pretty picture? Bottom line–I need a lot of moisture for my digits.
I’ve been using the Julep Essential Cuticle Oil almost every day, several times a day for several months–basically whenever I remember to apply it. It helps me to keep it on my nightstand so I’m at least remembering to apply at night. Here’s what I like:
- It smells really good. Fresh and light, maybe a little herbal. It’s not a particular scent I can pinpoint, but I think that’s a bonus. It’s not overpowering–I can only smell it when my fingers are close to my face, and the scent gradually fades away.
- It comes in a rollerball which makes it so easy to apply.
- A little goes a long way, and I’ve barely tapped the contents of the bottle, even though I’ve gotten dozens and dozens of uses out of it.
- It does a great job of moisturizing and softening.
If you have rough cuticles or even dry patchy skin on your hands, this would be a great product to combat that. It’s pretty instantaneous, too–10 minutes later and your hands are baby soft. It doesn’t do as well for healing–for instance, if I have small cuts or peeled-back skin on my fingers, it doesn’t do much to speed the healing process (though to be fair, it doesn’t advertise itself as doing such). Overall, I think this is a really good product, and definitely cuticle oil is a must-have for those who often paint their nails.