It’s just about sandal weather, so it’s time to get those toes summer-ready with a quick 3 ingredient DIY shea butter foot balm!
The happy-skin ingredients for this foot balm are pretty common in the natural skin care world and aren’t hard to find at all.
1/2 c. shea butter
1/2 c. sweet almond oil
1/4 c. beeswax
Melt all 3 ingredients on the stove, using in double boiler.
I’ve saved an old jelly jar to use just for this skin balm, and other projects like it. It’s pretty tricky to get the jar clean afterward, so it’s nice to only use it for this purpose. Make sure you use a jar that is large enough to hold all the ingredients with some room to spare! The recipe as listed above will make about 8 oz when it’s completely melted.
During melting time, I gave the jar a couple of swirls to keep the beeswax moving around. I did have to stir the mixture at the end so melt those last few pellets.
When the lotion is completely melted, pour into a container with a lid.
I found these two 4 oz. chalkboard jars at a craft store a few months back, but if you like mason jars, they do make chalkboard lids for those too!
Be sure the mouth of the jar is big enough to actually get the product out. I’ve made the mistake of using a smaller jar before and it’s really frustrating to not be able to use reach that last bit with your fingers!
If you’d like, after about 8-10 minutes of cooling, add some essential oils.
I like to use a mix of lavender, frankincense, and orange. Both the lavender and frankincense have properties that can improve your skin. Orange essential oil can also help with callouses. And all 3 aid in a better nights sleep.
Add 15 drops of each oil, and gently stir. Since I split my foot balm into 2 jars, I also had to divide the amount of essential oil that I used in half for each, too.
You’ll notice that the sides and bottom of your balm will have already started to get solid. I like to use a toothpick and just stir the oil into the center that is still liquidy. It will all work out in the long run.
Once fully cooled, your homemade foot balm is ready to use.
Using clean hands, rub a bit of this nighttime foot balm on your feet before bed.
It is a hard lotion, so it won’t be super scoopable from the container. But the heat from your hands will help it soften so you can rub it into your skin. I like to cover my feet with cozy socks to protect my bed linens as it soaks in.
The shea and almond oil absorb quickly and the beeswax forms a protective layer so all those skin-loving ingredients can get to work. The sweet almond oil can be switched up with avocado oil or coconut oil if they work better for your skin.
This foot balm is so versatile!
Try rubbing it into your hands or rough elbows and knees.
And this recipe works well for lotion bars too! Simply pour the melted mix right into silicone molds in the shape that you like best. I love these little bees!
Or you could beat it gently with a fork as the mixture cools to make it more of a whipped consistency.
However you use it, this all-natural shea butter foot balm will be your skin’s best friend all summer long!