Homemade Peppermint Foot Cream (DIY Gift)

November 11, 2016

Welcome to week 2 of our Healthy, Homemade Gifts series!   I hope you’ve been enjoying our series!   If you missed last week’s gift idea for my favorite lip balm recipe, you can find it here.

 

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Today we’ll be making a Homemade Peppermint Foot Cream.  You’re in for a treat!  As with all the gifts in our series, it’s quick and easy to make and it smells heavenly!

If you’ve ever been to the mall around Christmas time, you know how popular stores like Bath & Body Works can be. While store-bought lotions and creams can contain a lot of questionable ingredients, our Homemade Peppermint Foot Cream contains only four natural and easy to pronounce ingredients!   I love that!

 

Our Ingredients:

Shea Butter

Shea butter is a wonderfully moisturizing and healing butter from the nut of the shea tree.  It’s rich in vitamins A and E and boosts collagen production when applied to the skin.  That means less wrinkles, and more smooth, supple skin!

Virgin Coconut Oil

You’ll find coconut oil used in a lot of homemade skin products.   It’s an excellent moisturizer and is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal.  You can read more about coconut oil here.  I love to use it in my homemade lip balm!

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is another oil used a lot in homemade skin products.  It has a light texture and easily penetrates the skin.  It’s rich in vitamins A & E as well as fatty acids.  It also makes a wonderful makeup remover and body oil (apply after bathing.)

Peppermint Essential Oil

Not only does peppermint smell wonderful, it adds additional benefits to your homemade foot cream.  Peppermint is naturally cooling and energizing to the body AND it is wonderful for relaxing muscles and relieving pain.

Peppermint is also useful in relieving headaches.  Simply rub a dab of peppermint cream into your temples (being careful not to get it in your eyes.)

 

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Homemade Peppermint Foot Cream

 

What you’ll need: 

 

Instructions:

  • In a double boiler or heat safe measuring cup in a pan of water, melt the shea butter and coconut oil.

  • Remove from the heat and add the sweet almond oil.   Allow the oils to cool to room temperature before adding the peppermint essential.

  • Stir in the peppermint essential oil and place mixture in the freezer for 15-20 minutes until the oils start to solidify.

  • Using  a handheld mixer, standing mixer, immersion blender or blender, mix  until it’s a creamy consistency.  It should only take a few minutes, if that.

  • Spoon your cream into your jars or tins.  Store in a cool, dark place, out of direct sunlight or in the refrigerator (if not using right away.)  Shelf life is at least 3-6 months.

 

 

 Storing Homemade Peppermint Foot Cream

 Keep in mind, natural lotions and creams do not have the same shelf life as those full of preservatives.   Two of the ingredients in our Peppermint Foot Cream (coconut oil and peppermint essential oil) are naturally antimicrobial (they help destroy unwanted bacteria) and will extend the shelf life.

If you’re making a large batch, storing your Peppermint Foot Cream in the refrigerator will also extend the shelf life.  Even without refrigeration, your Peppermint Foot Cream should last at least 3-6 months.  Store in a cool place, out of direct sunlight.

 

Gifting Peppermint Foot Cream

You actually have many options for gifting Peppermint Cream.   Call it what you like:  foot cream, headache relief cream or stress relief cream.  Then, depending on the application, choose an appropriate jar or tin size.

 

I’d love to know what you came up with!

Happy gift-making, friends!

–Jen

 

 

Are you looking for more gift ideas?   You might enjoy these posts:

Coconut Cocoa Lip Balm

Calming Herbal Bath Salts

How to Make Delicious Homemade Chocolate

Infused Culinary Oils

Making Herbal Vinegar

Sage Honey

How to Make Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Or my FREE Ebook, 3 Homemade Remedies You Can Make in an Afternoon 

 

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Homemade Peppermint Foot Cream (DIY Gift)
How to Make Homemade Peppermint Hand & Foot Cream | DIY Gift | Natural Beauty | My Healthy Homemade Life | Healthy Recipes | Stress Relief Cream | Headache Cream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
How to Make Homemade Peppermint Hand & Foot Cream | DIY Gift | Natural Beauty | My Healthy Homemade Life | Healthy Recipes | Stress Relief Cream | Headache Cream
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler or heat safe measuring cup in a pan of water, melt the shea butter and coconut oil.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the sweet almond oil. Allow the oils to cool to room temperature before adding the peppermint essential.
  3. Stir in the peppermint essential oil and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes until the oils start to solidify.
  4. Using a handheld mixer, standing mixer, immersion blender or blender, mix until it's a creamy consistency. It should only take a few minutes, if that.
  5. Spoon your cream into your jars or tins. Store in a cool, dark place, out of direct sunlight or in the refrigerator (if not using right away.) Shelf life is at least 3-6 months.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Jennifer Prentice @ www.myhealthyhomemadelife.com

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3 Comments

  • Reply Mindy E December 17, 2016 at 11:26 pm What is the benefit of heating the shea and coconut oil? And freezing? Is it necessary for consistency purposes?
    • Reply Jen December 18, 2016 at 10:20 am Hi Mindy, The shea butter and coconut oil are melted to combine more evenly and yes, freezing is definitely needed to achieve the consistency you need. I've tried blending it without freezing it first and it just doesn't reach a creamy consistency.
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