Ever since I discovered Jenni from Jenni Raincloud, she’s become my go-to for beauty and natural skincare recipes. I just adore her and her blog, which is jam packed with awesome beauty recipes (you’ve got to check it out!). For a girlie girl like me, her blog is heaven. I don’t know about you, but my feet could really use this cooling foot cream recipe. I hope you enjoy Jenni’s recipe for us today, too!
Hi! Jenni, from Jenni Raincloud here for your Beautiful Skin Friday! Summer is going to be here before we know it! I don’t know about you, but the thought of putting sandals on right about now seems like a really bad idea! My heels are such a problem. So, in the spirit of getting sandal ready, I thought we should make a super thick and luxurious foot cream! And… As an added bonus, we can add the essential oils, peppermint and tea tree for a cooling sensation and de-odorizing benefits.
Olive Oil is one of my favorite oils to use in my homemade moisturizers and cleansers. It is so healthy for the skin! It is packed full of antioxidants and vitamins. Vitamin A is a healing and rebuilding vitamin found in olive oil. It helps your cells to repair and renew. So as you can see, it is super healing for broken, cracked heels. Not only is it healing, it is one of the most moisturizing oils. Plus, it’s probably sitting in your cupboard right now! Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has been cold pressed is the best olive oil with the least processing, this is what I look for when using my olive oil on my skin and for cooking!
Shea Butter is an amazingly rich butter that hydrates and nourishes the skin-it helps your skin to heal and repair.
Tea Tree it anti bacterial, anti fungal and antimicrobial. It is a very effective treatment for foot fungus and athlete’s foot.
Peppermint is antiseptic. It helps to soothe and revive tired feet. It can neutralize odor as well as encourage circulation. I use peppermint oil on every ache and pain. It is amazing for headaches and cramps. Not only does it relieve and refresh, it also is very moisturizing!
Cooling Foot Cream Recipe
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 cup of distilled water
Combine shea butter, olive oil and emulsifying wax in a glass bowl placed in a pot of water. I call this a “double boiler”.
Place on stove and turn heat to medium.
In another pot with water, place another glass bowl with distilled water and neodefend.
Heat on stove on medium heat.
**The key here is to heat both bowls until your ingredients are melted and both bowls are the same temperature-this should be anywhere from 100-130 degrees.**
Once you hit the right temperature, pour your water mixture into your oil/butter/wax mixture.
Use a hand held mixer to blend the mixtures. Blend for 1 minute.
Continue to periodically use your mixer until you see that the water is no longer separating from the oil/butter/wax mixture.
Add essential oils once your mixture has cooled a bit.
This recipe makes about 12 ounces. It can take up to 48 hours for the cream to thicken up. Do not speed the cooling process by putting it in the fridge-this will ruin your cream!
I apply my foot cream every night before bed. For added benefits, I like to apply it and then put socks on once it’s soaked in a bit, to help further seal in the moisture. Using a foot file during your shower before you apply the cream will put healing into overdrive! You’ll see HUGE benefits after just one application!
There you have it! Start using this foot cream ASAP to revive and heal those yucky cracked heels! You’ll be ready for sandal season in no time!
UPDATE: Since I have shared this recipe, I have come across new information about a more efficient way to preserve homemade creams. Originally this recipe contained citric acid which I thought was a preservative. Turns out, citric acid is a pH reducer. Bacteria and mold have a much harder time growing in a lower pH, but a low pH is not very moisturizing and can be irritating to the skin. After doing LOADS of research, I have settled on omitting citric acid all together and adding a legit preservative called NeoDefend. NeoDefend is a certified organic preservative. It is gentle and does not contain propylene glycol or formaldehyde. You can read more about NeoDefend HERE.
I apologize for the confusion and so wish I had found this out much sooner! Citric acid will always be necessary for your DIY cleansers. Soap has an extremely high pH which can be very harsh and drying to skin. Using citric acid in a cleanser will bring the pH to an acceptable level for your skin.
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Jennifer, from the blog Jenni Raincloud, lives in Edmond Oklahoma with her husband and 2 daughters. She has been in the skin care world for over a decade. She believes beautiful skin comes from the inside out. In order to achieve youthful skin a healthy lifestyle must be in place. If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin are her words to live by! She sells her skin care products on Etsy, runs her “at home spa” for close clients and blogs full time. She is happiest staying home with her family and cooking up healthy skin care products in the kitchen! You can follow Jenni Raincloud on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy.