Dadi’ Oil, a Cuticle Oil that Boasts Better Attributes than Most Other Professional Grade Cuticle Oils on the Market.

As we have discussed in other posts, cuticle oils seem to be overlooked so much in our industry. In the states, it seems like people are more concerned about having a smudge of polish on the corner of one nail instead of thinking about how crusty and rough their skin is. It’s like having a beautiful painting framed by dried up dog shit.

If you don’t take care of your skin’s moisture already, I want you to know that taking steps to ensure your skin’s health takes years off your appearance. It reduces fine lines, gives your skin a natural luminosity, your skin will bead like a waxed car out of the shower, and people will marvel over how silky your skin is. I’m generally surprised how people pump so much money into caring for the skin on their face, but no where else *lulz*. Have a porcelain doll face, only to look like elephant skin from the neck down. No, no, and NO. Don’t be “That guy”. So let’s see how we can have fabulously supple skin on our hands and cuticles using Dadi’ oil!

Clients, I would like to first give you the lowdown on Dadi’ so you can see what it’s about. With this information below, you can determine for yourself if you would benefit from including this product in your regular salon regimen.

Techs, stay tuned because we’re going to also investigate more into the details about Dadi’ Oil than the product website lists so you can determine if you should consider carrying it. As we already know, sometimes names and hype add up to performance…aaaand sometimes it doesn’t.


Who Makes Dadi’ Oil?

Dadi’ Oil is made by Famous Names.  This is a big deal for nail techs, and this company was made by a couple that clients should know by name to decide if it’s even worth having on their hands. Linda and Jim Nordstrom are the daughter in law and Son of Dr. Stuart Nordstrom. Dr. Nordstrom was a former dentist that literally created the company CND in 1979. CND is one of the biggest, most distributed nail product companies. This family has been in the nail industry for decades. They sold CND to Revlon in the 1990’s.

Famous Names is a separate company from CND, and they have 4 products; Cinnatize –  a cinnamon based nail cleaner, IBX, Dadi’ Oil , and Lumos  – a base and top coat system for nail lacquer (non-gel polishes).

Ok so now that you know more about the background of this company, let’s get into detail about Dadi’ Oil.

Clients, Here are Some Questions About Dadi’ Oil Asked on Your Behalf:

  1. Does Dadi’ Oil contain nuts, or is processed in a place with nuts? No
  2. Is Dadi’ Oil vegan, containing no animal products at all? Yes
  3. Is Dadi’ Oil cruelty free in manufacturing and testing? Yes
  4. Does Dadi’ Oil have any fragrances? Yes, 21 essential oils
  5. Is it Organic? Yes 95% certified organic oils used
  6. Where is Dadi’ Oil made? USA
  7. Does it Contain Dibutyl Phthalate? No
  8. Does it Contain Toluene? No
  9. Does it Contain Formaldehyde? No
  10. Does it Contain Formaldehyde Resin? No
  11. Does it Contain Camphor? No
  12. Does it Contain Parabens? No
  13. Does it Contain Xylene? No
  14. Will it burn at any point? No
  15. How long does it last? Until your hands get washed
  16. How often should this be done on my nails? I would buy a bottle to slap it on whenever I’m sitting at a traffic light.
  17. How is this different than nail oils I can buy myself?  It uses more lightweight absorbing oils than most on the public market. Oils like extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E.
  18. Is it greasy? No

Nail Techs, Here are Your Questions Answered that Were Not Listed on Famous Names FAQ Page:

  • Are the MSDS available? Yes, here
  • Where is this Dadi’ Oil system from that I used? I bought this product from Famous Names after corresponding with the co-founder Linda about some questions I had about the it that I couldn’t find on their FAQ page.
  • What is Dadi’ Oil exactly? It’s a mix of Extra Virgin Olive oil and Avocado oil into the Jojoba oil to save on cost and then put essential oils for marketing to crunchy granola customers.
  • How is it applied? Just like any other cuticle oil, brush onto fingers with applicator brush, rub into skin.
  • How much is it? $35 for 24 1/8th ounce bottles for clients wanting to take some home, $6 for .5 Ounces $15 for 2.4 ounces, $28 6 ounces
  • How was the customer service for this product? Consistently good, emails took a couple days and their FAQ page is more comprehensively satisfying for those not new to the industry. This isn’t a product where a nail tech should want to have their hand held before using it on a client.
  • What are the ingredients? Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba seed oil, 21 essential oils (names were not listed, this is the ‘secret’ of their product I guess), alpha-ionone (violet flower), benzyl alcohol, cinnamyl alcohol (cinnamon), citronellol (lemongrass), limonene (orange).
  • Why should I offer this in my salon?  If you are running a salon that focuses on organic products, this will assure them that the product is certified organic. It absorbs quickly also, so no greasy feeling on your clients’ hands. For portfolio pictures, I would rub this into their knuckles and the tops of their hands to evenly distribute the luminosity that will occur on their skin.
  • Is there fragrance? Yes from the essential oils.


This product is innovative compared to the simplistic oils offered by most nail product companies that I’ve tried up to this point. The oil molecular weight matters a lot if there is a desire to penetrate the nail plate. An oil with a molecular weight over 666 cannot penetrate the nail plate; those below 666 can absorb into it. The weight list goes as follows:

  • Caster oil is 927
  • Soybean oil is 888
  • Sunflower oil is 876
  • Rapeseed oil i s 876
  • Palm oil is 692
  • Jojoba oil is 606 
  • Sweet Almond oil is 311
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil is 284
  • Avocado oil is 282
  • Ricebran oil is 275
  • Tea Tree oil is 155

I would be fine using this except for the fragrances in it from the essential oils. I can’t use this on clients that get skin irritations from fragrance. But without fragrance, a lot of the market for this product would be lost since many in the industry care more about ‘pretty’ than ‘structure’ or ‘long term benefits’. Personally I will just stick to my jojoba oil for cuticle care at my salon. It was also understood but disappointing to see that jojoba oil was the last of the three main ingredients. I understand that was done to save cost, but at the same time it helped convince me that this is not a product worth my investment for what I’m going to be doing as a business.