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.
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!
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!
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 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.)
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.)
Homemade Peppermint Foot Cream
What you’ll need:
A double boiler or heat safe measuring cup in a pan of water
small glass jars or tins for your finished cream
1/2 cup shea butter (measure when solid)
1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil (measure when solid)
4 tbsp sweet almond oil
30 drops peppermint essential oil
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!
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