Natural Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe
How to Make Peppermint Foot Cream with Natural Ingredients
This natural peppermint foot cream recipe is made with natural shea butter, a proven moisturizer and skin protectant, peppermint essential oil to refresh your feet and anti-fungal tea tree oil to keep your tootsies in tip top shape. In addition it also contains cocoa butter, sunflower oil and pomegranate seed oil.
This natural peppermint foot cream recipe is very easy to make yet will yield professional results. Apply at night and cover with socks for extra skin softening power. You can also add a small amount of lanolin to this peppermint foot cream recipe if desired for extra protection for severely dry or cracked feet. Alternately you can also try subbing the peppermint essential oil with a lesser amount of menthol crystals for a truly cooling sensation.
What is shea butter?
Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from the fruit of the Karite Tree found in West Africa and has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties as well as to protect and condition damaged skin. Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E, essential fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals, and, in addition to its moisturizing and healing properties, shea butter also offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF-6).
Used alone, shea butter makes a great summer moisturizer to use both before and after sun exposure to reduce the possibility of the skin peeling or dryness. You can use shea butter liberally to the skin to treat scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, chapped lips, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Typically, when stored properly shea butter has a shelf life of about two years.
What are the benefits of cocoa butter?
Cocoa butter adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions and creams and is typically used to help reduce dryness. Rich in natural antioxidants, cocoa butter also contains high amounts of Vitamin E as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals.
What are the skin care benefits of pomegranate seed oil?
Pomegranate seed oil is a deeply penetrating oil derived from the cold pressed organic seeds of pomegranate fruit. It’s been found to be deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer of skin and also offers powerful antioxidant benefits for numerous skin ailments. In addition pomegranate seed oil contains high levels of antioxidants known to fight free radicals and skin aging. It is also a potent source of punicic and ellagic acids. This oil is makes a wonderful addition to skin care recipes but can also be used as a stand-alone product to help nourish and develop healthy skin cell regeneration.
How is sunflower oil beneficial in skin care?
Sunflower oil is an easily accessible and affordable carrier oil option. It’s high oleic acids as well as vitamins A, D, and E, lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. When used in skin care recipes it is deeply nourishing and and skin conditioning and is highly recommended for recipes designed to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin.
Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
1 oz. cocoa butter
4 oz. shea butter
1.5 oz. sunflower oil (or other carrier oil)
.5 oz. pomegranate seed oil
.1 oz. peppermint essential oil
.04 oz. (approximately 1.1 grams) tea tree oil
You’ll need to weigh all of your ingredients for this natural peppermint foot cream recipe so you will need a digital scale. Begin by weighing out both the cocoa butter and shea butter and heat until melted in either a double boiler on the stove or at reduced power in the microwave.
Once the butters have melted, weigh out the remaining ingredients and stir into the melted butters. Mix well to ensure the ingredients are incorporated throughout the peppermint foot cream then pour into a 6 oz. glass or plastic jar. Carefully screw on the lid of your jar then set in the fridge to cool until the peppermint foot cream has completely solidified.
Psst. Want a non-greasy peppermint foot cream? Simply add .05 – .1 oz. arrowroot powder or tapioca starch to this peppermint foot cream recipe!
If you like this natural peppermint foot cream recipe, you may also enjoy my natural soothing foot soak recipe. Made using intensely moisturizing walnut oil, soothing Epsom salt, and cooling essential oils this soothing foot soak recipe is your answer to overworked and tired feet! Simply add to warm water and soak, then follow with a loofah or pumice stone and your favorite natural foot cream or moisturizer. You can find my natural soothing foot soak recipe here.
And with summer almost here, I also recommend my lavender sun and skin soother cream recipe. Made from organic healing oils, shea butter, lavender essential oil and aloe, this decadent cream is perfect for replenishing those stubborn spots of dry skin or for soothing and speeding up the healing process after a sunburn. You can find my after sun skin cream recipe here.
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May 19, 2015 at 11:43 am
This sounds like it will be wonderful! When subbing menthol crystals, do I use the same amount of menthol crystals (.1oz) as the .1oz peppermint oil? I have 2 pounds of them but haven’t used any yet because I don’t quite understand how much to use when subbing.
Rebecca D. Dillon
May 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm
The recommended amount of menthol crystals to use in this type of application is 1-3%.
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