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I know what an amazing gift healthy feet can be. When I was a kid I watched my mom struggle with heels that cracked and bled and looked so painful. I always though it was just the worst. But as we often, do we turn into our mothers as we get older and now I suffer from the same dry, cracked heels.
I don’t help matters by wearing flip flops 90% of the year but I’m not going to walk around in socks day in and day out to keep my feet healthier. First off, my feet get crazy freaking hot. It’s the weirdest thing. I must be a freak of nature. Everybody talks about their feet being cold but mine burn like the dickens in socks unless it’s really cold.
*** Quite a number of readers are experiencing separation of the honey from the balm as it sets. Please be aware that this could occur. If you are worried about wasting ingredients I’d suggest adding an essential oil rather than the honey to be safe. Tea tree oil or rosemary is good for an antiseptic and you can add some coconut oil for good moisture.
Many years back I got my first electric foot file and I was instantly in love with it. Prior to that I had been trying to make my heels better with this thingamajiggie that looks like a cheese grater. I don’t know how many times I cut in too deep and made my situation worse. But most of the time it worked okay so it was worth the risk of getting a nasty deep dig. Suddenly with my electronic file I was able to slough away the dead, dry skin without ever hurting myself. Huzzah! And I realized that it was taking a fraction of the time and I wasn’t having to bend over all crazy and get a crick in my neck or a pain in my shoulder from pretending I’m flexible for 30 minutes. Because I’m, like, totally not flexible. I am completely inflexible.
Today I’m pretty stoked because I’m going to show you how you can give the gift of soft feet with Amope Pedi Perfect™ Extra Coarse Electronic Foot File. P.S. It comes in PINK!!!
You can also gift the gift of nourished and naturally shiny nails with Amope Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Nail File. Both of these nifty gadgets can be purchased at all Target stores. And guess what? I’ve got a way for you to save!
PLUS I’m going to show you how to make an amazing heel balm with beeswax and honey with a cool and refreshing splash of peppermint. This is my FAVORITE recipe for foot lotion of ALL TIME. After realizing that the brand I was using contained urea (Google it, ew) I started to make my own. And today I’m going to share how you can make it, too!
For this project you will need:
- 1/3 c. beeswax
- 1/3 c. shea butter
- peppermint essential oil
- microwave safe bowl (I use a glass measuring cup)
- jar or deodorant stick empty for balm
Measure out 1/3 cup of beeswax. I use pellets I purchase at Amazon. You can get both yellow and white pellets and oftentimes the cost isn’t much different. Since this is a balm containing honey I wanted that natural, yellow honey color without adding anything so I used the yellow pellets though I more often prefer the white. It’s totally a preference call as the difference is only cosmetic.
Measure out 1/3 cup of shea butter. This step is messy and shea butter is super duper greasy. As long as it is roughly a 1/3 a cup you’re set. No worries packing it perfectly in and then scraping it out. That’s just a headache none of use need. Eyeball it and let’s move on!
Melt the beeswax and shea butter in a microwave safe bowl or cup, stirring every 30-60 seconds. Once completely melted add a healthy squeeze of honey to the mix. I used approximately 1/4 cup. Place back in the microwave for another 30 seconds or so to melt the honey and incorporate it fully into the mix.
Add 30 or so drops of peppermint essential oil (less is okay if you want to limit the cooling sensation the balm gives you) and give an easy stir to incorporate. Don’t get all crazy and froth this business up or you’ll get weird air bubbles. Easy does it, Margaret.
Pour your mixture into a glass jar (one with a hinged lid is my preference as your hands will get greasy after using and screwing a lid back on can be a bit of a nightmare). You can also use an empty deodorant tube and then you just swipe this business on your feet without ever getting your hands greasy. Yay!
Allow the balm to set with the lid open.
It will lighten in color and become firm to the touch once completely solidified. If using a jar you can peek underneath to see if it has set in the middle, also. Allow to sit several hours or overnight for best results.
Your homemade balm given with the Amopé(R) Pedi Perfect(TM) Electric Foot & Nail File will make for lovely, soft feet that everybody wants for Christmas!
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