Perk up tired, dry feet and cracked heels with a nourishing foot balm with essential oils! Summer is in full swing, which includes flip-flops, sandals and days in the garden or at the beach. My homemade foot balm recipe is wonderful DIY treatment to care for your feet and make them healthy, smooth and sandal-ready. The base is made with shea butter, one of the best moisturising oils, nourishing avocado butter and babassu oil, which is similar to coconut oil but absorbs faster and feels lighter feel on the skin. A tablespoon aloe vera extract, which is oil soluble, adds extra hydration and cooling. Tee tree essential oil counters and softens dry, ragged feet and rough edges. The antiviral and antiseptic properties of this oil also reduce inflammation and fights the infection of fungi or bacteria. Rosemary essential oils seals in moisture and its pleasant herbaceous scent helps to battle foot odour. I also added lavender essential oil as it can aid to sooth aching feet and heal small cuts and cracks. I used little cosmetic jars for packaging and storing the nourishing foot balm, which you can enhance with free printable labels.
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Nourishing Foot Balm
If preferred, replace the babassu oil with the equal amount of virgin coconut oil, and swap the avocado butter with coconut butter. Peppermint oil is a great alternative for the rosemary essential oil, just reduce the amount to 10 drops.
For the nourishing foot balm
- 85 g (1/3 cup) shea butter
- 50 g (1/4 cup) babassu oil or organic virgin coconut oil
- 50 g (1/4 cup) avocado butter or cocoa butter
- 1 tbsp emulsifying wax beads or flakes
- 1 tbsp aloe vera extract
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 15 drops rosemary essential oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- cosmetic jars or tins
- printable labels (download below)
1) Melt the ingredients
Add the shea butter, babassu oil, avocado butter and bee or emulsifying wax into a microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave set to medium in one-minute intervals until all ingredients have melted. Stir in between each interval and until perfectly blended. Alternatively, use melt the ingredients in a double boiler.
2) Add the essential oils
Let the oil and butter mixture cool for 10 minutes. Then add the essential oils and aloe vera extract, stir to combine. Cool in the fridge until the mixture starts to become cloudy and feels cool to the touch.
3) Whip up the balm
Transfer the mixture into a mixing bowl and whip with a electric mixer until fluffy, white and tripled in volume. It’s best to start on the lowest setting while the ingredients are still liquid and increase the speed of the mixer when the balm starts to solidify.
Tip: This process can take a moment and works better when you place the mixing bowl in a large bowl filled with crushed ice.
How to use the nourishing foot balm
For a quick moisturiser boost, I recommend to massage a small amount of the balm into your feet after a bath or shower. For more intense, overnight treatment, lather on a layer of balm and slip into comfy socks before going to bed. It’s important to apply the balm daily for a long-lasting effect.
Storage and shelf life of the foot balm
Store the DIY foot balm in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. You can keep the product for 3 months.
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Print the labels on A4 or letter self-adhesive paper or vinyl sheets. Cut out along the outlines and stick to the lid of the pot or jar.
We recommend printing the labels on self-adhesive vinyl sheets. Vinyl sheets are water-resistant and will ensure the label stays pretty, and the colours don’t come off when exposed to water or humidity. Vinyl sheets can be found in printing shops or online. They are available for inkjet as well as for laser printers and can be used in the same way as regular printing paper. We used Photo Paper Direct’s A4 Inkjet Creative Vinyl Stickers Matt to print our labels.
Free Printable Foot Balm Label
Click on the button to download your free printable label and decorate the DIY foot balm!
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