DIY Feet Treat – Skin Softening Balm
It is time to kick off your Winter shoes and socks and bring out your sandals and open-toed shoes. That means, you need to get your feet back into shape, soft and smooth – heel cracks be gone! This fabulously rich balm will soothe and smooth those cracked,dry heels in no time. Put it on at the end of the day and let it get to work. This DIY foot balm is incredibly rich. It is the ultimate foot pamper. The ingredients individually are gloriously indulgent and lovely on the skin, in combination they are unbeatable! Your feet will never want to be without this balm.
This is a simple recipe to make and is one to keep in mind for Christmas gifts as it is equally useful for males or females.
- 25 grams beeswax
- 10 grams shea butter
- 20 grams avocado oil
- 10 ml apricot kernal oil
- 20 grams cocoa butter
- 15 grams almond oil
- 3 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops orange essential oil
- 3 drops lemongrass essential oil
- Add water to a small saucepan, filling it about a ⅓ full
- Add all of the ingredients (except the essential oils) to a bowl that will sit over the sauce pan without the base touching the water
- Turn on the heat to a medium temperature and stir the ingredients in the bowl until they are almost melted. This will take a few minutes. *Do not allow the ingredients to reach 70 degrees or higher or the oils will start to degrade.
- Remove from the heat and continue stirring until all of the solid ingredients have dissolved
- Use a stick blender on low speed to add some air into the mixture to commence the cooling process.
- Once the mixture starts to become a little lighter in color add the essential oils and give it another whiz to combine
- Use a small spatula or spoon to add the mixture to a clean steralised jar. It will be the consistency of mayonnaise at this point in time as it continues to cool.
- Seal the container and store in a cool dark location.
- Use as required but don't attempt to put your strappy high heeled shoes on immediately after applying! It will need to be absorbed.
To steralise jars with plastic lids: Add the jars to a sauce pan of cold water, bring it to a boil and allow to boil for a few minutes. Remove with tongs and place upside down to drain on a clean towel.
All measurements are in GRAMS not in mls (including all liquids).
Ensure that you use only pure essential oils from a reputable brand.
Do not use any essential oils if you are pregnant or have a health condition without consulting a doctor first.
The table below provides a summary of the ingredient properties
|Almond Oil||Suitable for all skin types especially dry skin, after sun care. It is rich in protein|
|Apricot Kernal Oil||Skin inflammation, dry skin, sensitive skin|
|Avocado Oil||Well absorbed, non greasy, regenerative|
|Cocoa Butter||Softening and soothing, protective, quick absorption. Resistant to becoming rancid|
|Shea Butter||Softening, healing, natural sun screen, prevention of dry skin, Vitamin E|
|Lemongrass Essential Oil||Cleansing, tonic, refreshing|
|Orange Essential Oil||Dry skin, rough skin and calloused skin, aids poor circulation|
|Rosemary Essential Oil||Healing, aids circulation, antiseptic|
This recipe includes naturally sourced ingredients, however, it is still possible for one or more ingredients to be unsuitable for some people. If you experience any reaction or discomfort (as with any product, or food) you should discontinue use immediately.
If you have a health condition (including pregnancy) do not use essential oils without consulting a qualified therapist. Essential oils are highly concentrated, at approximately 70 times stronger than the plant that they came from. They should only be used as directed, or upon the advice of a trained practitioner. Essential oils must be stored out of reach of children. This recipe is provided for educational purposes. It should not be considered as health advice.
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