Body & Soul: Nail Whitener

After the stress and wares of the day, safely bleach your nails back to their original color with this citrus-infused Nail Whitener.

| August/September 2012

Sometimes nails can become discolored from nail polish, paint or other substances. This is a simple treatment for safely bleaching your nails back to their natural color. Orange flower water can be found in most gourmet food shops and is used for making fragrant drinks and desserts. MAKES 1 OUNCE OF NAIL WHITENER

• 2 tablespoons orange flower water
• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1. Mix ingredients together and pour into a clean container.

2. To use: With a clean cotton swab or cloth, apply to clean, dry nails and allow to dry. Repeat two or three times. This can be done every couple of days until your nails are back to their natural color. Make sure you moisturize your hands and cuticles, as lemon juice can be drying.

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt, 2002). 

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