Foot Cream Makes Wonderful Gifts
Ingredients for the Best Foot Cream Ever!
- 2 tablespoons beeswax, pastilles or finely chopped bar
- 4 tablespoons shea butter
- 4 tablespoons cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- 3 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (optional, but nice)
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional, but nice)
- 30-35 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot
- 1 250 ml cream jar (or 5 50 ml cream jars)
Instructions For Whipped Peppermint Foot Cream
- In a glass (pyrex) measuring cup or bowl, measure the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter and grapeseed oil.
- Put some water into a shallow pan and start to warm up the water. I like the water to be hot, like just before it starts to boil.
- Place the bowl (with your ingredients in it) into the boiling water. Make sure the water isn’t too high so that it doesn’t get into your ingredients. With the post of water off the stove, stir your ingredients in the bowl until it is melted.
- I like to do it this way so you don’t lose any of the good properties of the ingredients we are using. You can likewise do this in a microwave if you are crunched for time.
- Let the mixture cool until just before begins to solidify completely, then stir in the glycerin, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils.
- Allow the mix to cool completely at room temperature.
- Using a spatula, transfer the cream to a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or a regular mixing bowl to use a hand mixer. Turn the mixer on to medium speed, to break up and begin to whip the cream.
- After about 25 seconds, or when the mixture is beginning to look creamy, turn it off and sprinkle the cornstarch (you could alternately use arrowroot powder) evenly into the bowl.
- Turn the mixer back on at a low setting to incorporate the cornstarch (this is to avoid a cornstarch blizzard in your kitchen!) Mix the cornstarch in and then turn the mixer to high speed and whip until the cream is fluffy, light, and opaque. The mixture should seem like frosting, but it’s not, so don’t eat it!
- When the cream is whipped, transfer it to cream jars. This is enough mix to make 5 of our 50 ml cream jars, which are great for small gifts or as part of a gift basket. Or this recipe will fit in 1 of our larger 250 ml cream jars for a bigger gift. Just double, triple, etc. the recipe to make an amount that you need!
How to Use
You can keep your homemade foot cream recipe in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. This should help your cream to last for 6 months or more. Don’t worry though, I’m sure you’ll go through it faster than that! Be sure to keep away from heat and direct sunlight. This could cause ingredients to go rancid prematurely.
You can apply this daily or as needed to your feet throughout winter, or all year long! I like to put this foot cream on in the morning with socks on top to help lock in moisture. I do love this cream in the morning since it uses peppermint essential oils. As we said above, your feet are very absorbent, so I only do this with the best foot cream I can find (or make!)
Don’t forget to make this for your friends, family, and neighbors. They will absolutely love this foot cream. Think about gifting this to those who are on their feet all day too. They’re going to need a batch of our best foot cream too!
What Essential Oil To Use
This recipe calls for peppermint essential oil especially. I love to use it in the morning, as I often put peppermint oil on my feet to help get me going. Keep in mind, however that peppermint is often a stimulating essential oil. If you use this at night, you might find it hard to go to sleep. If you intend to use this foot cream in the evening or right before you climb under your warm blankets, I would consider using a different essential oil. Feel free to substitute the essential oils used as you see fit. A good night time essential oil would be lavender or Roman Chamomile.