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Derma Neem Nails - reviewed and recommended

August 26, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 9 Comments
I once paid $38 for a bottle of Dr Haushka’s Neem Oil and after a year of using it on and off felt mostly disappointed and somewhat robbed. Fast forward a couple of years and I have before me a very affordable and effective alternative that will rescue dry, brittle nails and ragged cuticles called Complete Essential Oils Derma Neem Nails ($7.99 for 4ml).

My nails are in fairly good condition – they always seem stronger in the summer (more sunlight equals vitamin D equals strong nails??). I was once given a manicure by a woman who said very firmly that most nail issues are due to lack of hydration. I took this to heart and I usually make sure to rub my nails with whatever rich moisturizer I have lying around. To prepare for my Derma Neem Nails test, I stopped this habit and within 48 hours I could see that my nails looked drier and a couple of them were even beginning to look ridged.

Derma Neem Nails  improved matters almost instantly and a daily dab is keeping my nails looking perfectly well nourished. Application is by a well-behaved roller-ball tip – another plus over the Dr Haushka, which is messy and wasteful to use. What I like about Derma Neem Nails is that is has emu oil, which essential fatty acids - linolenic, linoleic, oleic, and palmitic – and is highly compatible with human sebum. It is known to stimulate hair growth – and what’s good for hair tends to be good for nails as well.  Grape seed oil also has fatty acids and, like all of the oils here, is a good source of vitamin E. A study in the UK found that topical vitamin E was helpful for yellow nail syndrome.

The makers of Derma Neem Nails recommend that if your nails and cuticles are in a particularly sorry state to exfoliate with a mixture of salt and virgin olive oil before applying their oil rescue.

This is a little gem that has nailed its job at a price that break the bank.

Ingredients: Grape seed oil, emu oil, jojoba oil, proprietary blend of essential oils.

  • January 3, 2012

    by Emily

    Just thought I would revisit my comment from September as I'm reviewing another product: I've continued to buy both the Derma Neem Nails oil and the Face and Body cream on my nails, cuticles, and hands. They're very reasonably priced and work dramatically well on my very dry winter hands.

  • September 8, 2011

    by Emily

    Wanted to add a comment to Marta's review of Derma Neem Nails: I've been using the oil for over a week now and can absolutely underscore her comments. My cuticles in particular are ridiculously dry, and I have been using the oil on my nails and cuticles every night with wonderful results. A terrific find. By the way, while I was on the site I also added their Derma Neem Face and Body Cream to my shopping cart, and have layered that on as a hand cream before bed as well. The cream features emu oil and shea butter and it, too, is very reasonably priced. It is wonderfully moisturizing and has a creamy, foamy texture with an almost medicinal (in a good way) smell. Not sure I'd use it on my face, but it is ideal for dealing with extremely dry areas.

  • August 30, 2011

    by Leslie Flowers

    While 'generosity' is not a 'listed' component in this product, the Derma Neem Nails developer has been along time friend. When they heard that I dropped a heavy broiler pan onto my 2nd toe, they overnight-ed me a bottle! I was judicious about applying the oil around the toe nail and massaging it in twice a day. I did this for 3 weeks consistently. When I removed the nail polish (covering most of the black on the nail) I was delighted to see the black was a small blood clot and the nail and bed were beautiful!

    Secondary ... I began using the oil on my big toe, where the bed had receded to half the nail length from wearing shoes that pressed down on the nail for years. Lo and behold! Again, when removing the nail polish I was shocked and delighted to see that the nail had begun to re-adhere to the bed!

    Problem or not, it appears that Derma Neem Nails is simply a healthy approach to keeping nails in their natural state. Thank you!

  • August 27, 2011

    by Jennifer

    I love the fact that it has a rollerball applicator! It will be a wonderful addition to my travel bag, as long flights tend to dry my nails something fierce!

  • August 26, 2011

    by Jan

    Luckily our Vitamin Cottage out here sells it and I'll be stopping after work to buy some! I have the same problem. Too rough on my hands anyway and don't give them the attention they deserve. This should help bring back some of the femininity they are lacking!Thanks for the post!

  • August 26, 2011

    by Emily

    Thanks, Marta! Will be giving it a try.

  • August 26, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Emily, I think only at the company's website. I also believe that this is a newly introduced product.

  • August 26, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    I'm w' you, Emily! My nails need help badly, and I will be looking for this. I use Neem oil in my hair and love it. Thanks, Marta. ~jk

  • August 26, 2011

    by Emily

    Marta, it sounds like this is exactly what I need. In spite of my diligence with both face and body, my cuticles are always a mess, especially since I no longer get weekly manicures--impossibly dry. I will find this pronto. Do you happen to know whether it's available anywhere at retail, or only on the company's site? Thanks!

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