DIY: Lavender Foot Cream

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Just because I run, doesn’t mean I have infamous ‘runners feet’. And by this I mean, blisters, calluses, dry/cracked heels etc… So how do I keep my feet happy? After I exfoliate with a brush or pumice cream, I apply this rejuvenating lavender foot cream before bed (2-3x.week)! I also put nice cozy socks over them to keep the moisture in at night (rather than rubbing off on all my sheets). This recipe is from Herb Companion Magazine and is called “Summer Foot Cream“. If you are wondering why my product does not look like their picture, I personally think they didn’t actually made it…Anyway after creating this once, I altered the recipe slightly and gave my 2cents about the process. So here is how to make it!

What you will need:

  • 1/2 c Sesame oil or almond oil (got from Whole Foods ~$5/bottle)
  • 1tsp vitamin E oil (if you only have capsules, puncture and squeeze out 8)
  • 2tbsp grated beeswax (Grandma gave me some)
  • 4-5 drops lavender oil (Whole Foods ~$9/bottle)
  • Old glass bowl you don’t care about anymore
  • Clean container: I like to clean empty product jars and put my diy products in them. On right: former olay glass jar).
Note: Really use a glass bowl you don’t care about because it is extremely hard to get the beeswax off the glass. I had to soak the now ‘cloudy’ glass bowl in hot water and scrub ALOT. It was a pain. This recipe also originally called for water, but I found that it is hard to incorporate with the oil (easily separates). So I’m not going to use it in the future.

How to make this creamy mixture:

  1. Mix oil (vitamin E and sesame) with the grated beeswax and heat slowly in a double boiler. To make a double boiler if you don’t have one, fill a saucepan with water and put a glass bowl over the top. Make sure there is space between the bottom of the glass bowl and the top of the boiling water.  You are heating the mixture with steam essentially. So get the water boiling, put the bowl on top, and put in the first sentence ingredients. Heat until the wax is completely melted (clear liquid), but not boiling.
  2. Remove from heat, stir and add the lavender essential oil.
  3. Pour cream into a clean container and allow it to cool completely on the counter before closing it with a lid.  The cream will thicken in an hour or so as it cools. You might want to stir it once in a while during this process.
  4. Massage onto feet!

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According to Herb Companion, if you keep products in a cool, dark, dry spot they will last until completely used up.  They recommend you spoon out the cream to prevent contamination from your hands (i.e. harboring and growing bacteria in the cream).  Always throw it out if it smells bad. Update: I’ve had mine for a month and its been fine. I actually scoop it out with my fingers from this shallow Olay container (shhh!). This recipe made about a little over a half cup of cream, so I poured the rest into a dispensable clean container. It’s pretty awesome, so try it out!!!

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