As a nail polish blogger and a self-professed nail junkie, I demand perfection at all times on my tips and toes. This means no chips, no bubbles, and expertly cut, smooth cuticles. After all, no one wants to look at detailed photos of dry, cracked cuticles. I’ve sworn by Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream for as long as I remember, and when I first came across Max Green Alchemy Cuticle Rescue Nail Treat ($13.99 for 0.5 fl. oz.), I decided it was time to try something new.

In a cuticle treatment, I expect a product to be hydrating (obviously), convenient and easy to use, and to keep my cuticles soft and supple for at least a day after I apply it – I tend to apply treatment to my nails and toenails every night. Cuticle Rescue was definitely up to my standards.

Although most nail polish brands today are “Big 3 (formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene) Free,” constantly painting and repainting your nails is not the best thing for you. Repeatedly using polish and polish remover can make your nails and cuticles brittle, dry, and yellow. Because I have to change my nail polish so often, is so important for me to put natural, nourishing ingredients back into nails, which is why I like Cuticle Rescue so much. Cuticle Rescue is an oil treatment, as opposed to some solid cuticle balms, with grape seed oil as the main ingredient. To nourish the nails, it also contains jojoba, castor, and sunflower seed oil. Its protective ingredients include tea tree, lavender, atlas cedarwood, peppercorn, and clove bud essential oils. Max Green Alchemy states on its website that Cuticle Rescue contains “no petrochemicals, parabens, harmful or toxic chemicals,” it is 100% plant based, cruelty free, and vegan.

Cuticle Rescue is extremely moisturizing. I usually let the oil sit on my fingernails and toes for about 10 minutes and rinse the excess off with water (it doesn’t absorb completely). The morning after applying it, my cuticles feel soft and smooth with no sign of cracking. Cuticle Rescue is also designed to make your nails clear and healthy, but it claims up to four months for clear nails to grow out with constant use of the product. Just another bonus!

In comparison to Burt’s Bees, Cuticle Rescue was definitely easier to use. It comes in a glass nail polish bottle with a brush applicator, so it is perfect for targeting the precise area on and around your nails without dripping oil everywhere.

My one complaint about Cuticle Rescue would be the smell. It smells extremely herbal (it reminds me most of oregano), and the scent lingers after you rinse the oil away. Because of this, I choose not to apply it in the morning as it advises because the scent is too potent and unpleasant for me to want to wear out. I apply Cuticle Rescue right before bed and the scent is gone by morning. Some might find the scent refreshing, but it was just not my taste.

Overall, Cuticle Rescue has definitely made its way into my regular nail care routine. For a flawless cuticle combination, I trim my cuticles regularly along with using Cuticle Rescue – the results are great.

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (grape) Seed Oil, Buxus Chinesis* (jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annus* (GMO-free sunflower) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (castor) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia* (tea tree), Lavandula Angustifolia* (lavender), Cedrus Atlantica+ (atlas cedarwood), Syzygium Caryophyllata* (clove bud), Piper Nigrum* (peppercorn), Mixed Tocopherols (plant derived GMO-free vitamin E)
* Organic + Wildcrafted