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I spend a fortune on false nails because mine are quite weak that they constantly split and break. This means that my nails are all different lengths which doesn't look very pretty at all. I have tried nail polish strengtheners but they don't seem to help so my latest attempt at rescuing my nails is the Neem Nail Oil by Dr. Hauschka.
What does the product do?
The product serves a multitude of problems. The main reason that I purchased the product was because of its promise to help me grow beautiful, strong nails by encouraging the formation of strong and healthy nail tissue which in turn prevents my nails from snapping. It also claims to soften and sooth the cuticles. The product also helps to heal the nails and cuticles, and last but not least it promises to promote nail growth.
How does the product work?
The product contains a whole host of natural ingredients. The product contains the Neem leaf which is obvious from the name of the product and this ingredient helps to strengthen the nails. Peanut Oil is included for the same reason. The inclusion of this ingredient makes the product unsuitable for use of those with nut allergies. Both Apricot Oil and Chamomile is included to soothe and hydrate the cuticles which leaves them soft and conditioned.
How do you use the product?
The product can be used on both the finger nails and the toe nails. The product is to be used twice a day. You need to dispense a few drops from the bottle and then using your fingers on the opposite hand, you need to massage the product gently into the nails and cuticles. If you have any excess remaining on your nails, you can blot it away with a tissue.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a transparent glass bottle and you can see the honey coloured liquid inside. The top of the bottle has a golden dispenser which you push down on in order to release the liquid. The product doesn't come cheap but you wouldn't expect it to with this brand. Mine cost me around £25 for 30ml of the product and it can be bought from any department store with a Dr. Hauschka stand and also from a variety of online websites.
When the product is dispensed from the bottle, it comes out clear. It has the consistency of an oil which is not suprising considering the name. The oil has a slightly herbal aroma which is mixed with some sweetness. It isn't overpowering, although it is evident. You only need one push of the dispenser for all of your fingernails because you don't want to be leaving greasy fingerprints everywhere. Because of the consistency of the product, it is simple to massage into the nails and cuticles. When I don't think anymore of the oil will be absorbed, I blot away the excess with the tissue. Your fingers surprisingly don't feel greasy and as long as the excess has been blotted away, you're fine to touch your clothes and bedding immediately after.
The immediate effect of the oil is that your nails look instantly healthier. They are shiny and the skin around the nail is moisturised. With continued use, my nails have started to feel much stronger. I have experienced a lot less snapping which means that my nails look even and pretty. I've found that as the new part of my nail grows, if you look closely, you can tell it about from the old nail so it is clearly promotes strong and healthy tissue just as promised. I'm not sure if it's speeding up the growth of my nails but it's definitely helping to keep them long.
All in all, my nails look in an altogether better condition. They look shiny and healthy and my cuticles feel soft and hydrated. My nails are much stronger and I experience less snapping which means that my nails are all the same length. My nails are so much improved that I tend not to wear nail varnish anymore because my nails look nice enough on their own. This is an expensive product but it is long lasting and, in my opinion, worth every penny.
Having used other products in the Dr. Hauschka range, I had felt encouraged to try other products within the range. I think it's worth firstly mentioning that the Dr. Hauschka range is expensive, but because of the high quality products and because a little tends to go a long way, it isn't quite as expensive as it may, at first glance, appear to be. I bought the Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil when it was on offer whereby I got the Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil half price when I bought some moisturiser from the same range, and this made the price slightly more palatable. At present, a 30ml bottle of the Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil costs £25.95 direct from the manufacturers website (www.drhauschka.co.uk), and this price seems to be fairly standard irrelevant of where it's being sold.
I am a nurse and therefore I have to wash my hands literally a hundred times a day. Because of this my hands get really dry and my nails can really suffer. I do try to pamper my hands now and again to keep them in a good condition, but occasionally I do need a bit of extra help. This is where the Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil comes in.
The Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil is designed to care for the nails and to help keep them strong and healthy. It can be used on the fingernails and on the toenails, although I generally only use it on the fingernails because it's more important to me that my fingernails look the best - whereas I'd use something a little more generic and cheaper on my toenails. One of the things I love about this product is that it is made of natural plant products - such as peanut oil, apricot kernal oil, maticara flower extract, and melia azadirachta leaf extract. I think the natural ingredients that are included are really well thought through and each ingredient is there for a reason. The base of the product is peanut oil which I was a little concerned about initially because of all of the peanut allergies that exist, but actually the peanut oil has been treated in such a way that even people who are allergic to peanuts can use this. The apricot has restorative properties, the melia azadirachta leaf abstract has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and the maticara flower extract is soothing and good for the skin.
The oil comes in a small bottle with a pump which delivers a small amount of the nail oil when depressed. The pump does tend to deliver enough for all 10 fingernails and so if you wanted to just treat one nail that was looking like it needed some extra intensive care then you would end up wasting quite a lot of oil. The oil is a clear oil that does have a sweet smell to it that is actually quite pleasant. Despite the floral ingredients, the aroma isn't actually floral, it's more musky to me which is quite subtle but very pleasant. Applying the nail oil is very simple and just involves applying a tiny amount of the nail oil direct to the nail (just one drop is needed) and then it's just a case of massaging this into the whole nail. I tend to concentrate on the nail bed area and then work my way out from there. When the oil is first applied it does feel, unsurprisingly, quite oily but after a few minutes I wipe off the excess and then within about 10 minutes after application the oil has been absorbed.
I am impressed with how well this product works. It leaves my nails looking well conditioned. They are immediately less brittle looking and less dry, even after just one application. I am always really impressed with how immediately the skin around my nails look better because these areas do tend to get really dry. Although the effects are immediate after just one application, there is a definite accumulative effect with this whereby the benefits become greater with continued use. When I have used this product regularly, I have found that my nails are less brittle and stronger and incidences of the nail splitting is virtually down to zero.
The only negative point I can think about saying in regards to this product is the fact that it doesn't taste very nice! I do have a tendency to chew my fingers when I'm nervous and I've become aware that this nail oil tastes quite bitter and is unpleasant. I know this can be easily overcome by not chewing my fingers - but it's something I do without thinking!!
Overall, I do recommend this product because it is very high quality and does make a huge difference almost immediately. A little does go a long way and so although it is expensive, the bottle of oil does last ages. The manufacturers do recommend that the oil is used in the morning and in the evening, but actually I only tend to use this every few days and this is more than enough - and obviously allows the oil to last quite a bit longer.
Ingredients: Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricara) Flower Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Linalool, Limonene / Green Beauty Bible Awards Winner / The anti-fungal, healing properties of the Neem leaf together with other precious plant extracts work to encourage the growth of beautiful, strong nails / The cuticles are soothed, softened and protected, strengthening broken and brittle nails / Apply Dr.Hauschka Neem Nail Oil to both finger and toe nails for healthy nails / Features: Softens and protects the cuticles, reducing the need to cut them / Protects and helps the formation of strong and healthy nail tissue / Cares for and heals cuticles and general nail area / Regular massaging of the nail and cuticle encourages nail growth / Directions for use: Using one or two drops of Dr.Hauschka Neem Nail Oil apply and massage gently but firmly into nail and cuticle / Tissue off any excess / Use morning and evening / Hints and tips: Use Dr.Hauschka Neem Nail Oil whenever you give yourself a manicure to condition your cuticles / If you tend to suffer from fungal problems, or your feet tend to feel damp thus exacerbating the condition of your nails, try using Rosemary Foot Balm regularly /