The only issue with Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil is that it makes me crave apricots in the worst way and we're still not quite in the right season for fresh local organic fruit. Other than that, Essie offers a nice treat for nails and cuticles in the form of a sweet (and delightfully smelling) oil that sinks right into the skin and doesn't leave any greasiness behind.
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil is an instant feel good treatment. I'm not yet sure how much of the long time effect is really due to the oil itself and how much is the result of paying attention and pampering my nails and cuticles often, but the bottom line is that this is an effective treatment.
Looking at the list of ingredients (below) I was somewhat disappointed to discover that the only apricots in Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil come from the fragrance used in the product. The oil itself is a blend of cottonseed and and soybean oils enriched with vitamin A and collagen. Nevertheless it is a good and easy treat (not to mention cheap)-- you just brush it over nails and cuticles and massage it in. Do remember to wipe away any oil before applying base and color polish. Your nails need to be oil free for a manicure to hold.
Ingredients: Cottonseed Oil, PPG 15 Stearyl Ether, Polysorbate 81, Soybean (Glycine Soja) Oil, Vitamin A Palminate (A269), Vitamin E Acetate, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, D&C Violet 2 (CI 60725), D&C Red 17.
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil ($8) is available at Nordstrom, Ulta, Target, and Beauty.com.
Art: Apricot Delight by Priska Wettstein.