Winter dryness can exacerbate dry skin. A kind touch for brutally sore, cracked feet can be all the kindness a person needs. This lotion bar for those sore feet will invigorate, refresh, and help with fungal issues.
This is perfect to followup after a 20 minutes soak in a skin-softening Dead Sea Salt bath.
Be sure the feet are thoroughly dry, even between the toes. Apply the foot massage bar as a moisturizer, being sure to get into any cracks in the heel, and in-between the toes. This is too stimulating to use for a whole-body massage bar, but it’s cooling and soothing for those achy feet.
Then massage it in to promote relaxation and to soothe the fatigue, soreness, and any hot spots. The peppermint is cooling, while the rosemary relieves mild pain, and the tea tree helps your feet stay healthy.
Don’t use this foot massage lotion bar on young children. The 5% essential oil blend is too strong for young children. If you are making this for children between the ages of 10 and 16 use half to one-third as much essential oils. Children’s livers don’t metabolize essential oils in the same way that adults do. Omit the essential oils completely for children under 10.
This makes a hard lotion bar. Pour the mixed lotion bar into silicone molds for a kind and attractive presentation.
Foot Massage Lotion Bars
The essential oil concentration of 5% is invigorating and soothing, for tired, sore feet. Makes 1 1/2 cups of liquid, enough to fill several molds.
1/4 cup organic cocoa butter
1/4 cup organic coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
80 drops peppermint essential oil
60 drops rosemary essential oil
20 drops tea tree essential oil
Coffee beans, optional
Melt the oil, wax, and cocoa butter in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler improvise one by placing the ingredients in a glass 2 cup measuring cup. Place a canning ring in the bottom of a small saucepan. Place the glass measuring cup in the saucepan, on top of the canning ring. Fill the saucepan half full with warm water. Place over low heat to gently heat the water in the saucepan.
Once the oil, wax, and cocoa butter is melted, stir in the essential oils. Pour immediately into silicone molds. If desired you can put whole coffee beans in the top of the mold to give some texture to one surface of the massage bar. Coffee beans are deodorizing. The beans will eventually pop out of the bar. I made some with coffee beans and some without.
Yield: Makes 3/4 of a cup or approx. 175 ml. This is enough to fill two molds.
This is the mold I have and this one.
Put the filled mold in a cool place and wait several hours for the lotion bars to solidify. If you try to take them out of the mold too soon, the lotion bar won’t be as attractive.
Once fully solid, the foot massage lotion bars will pop easily out of a silicone mold.
Wrap in paper or plastic for gift-giving
Store these lotion bars in a wide mouth, shallow glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in a cool, dry spot, away from direct sunlight.
If you are giving them as a gift, individual lotion bars can be packaged in brown paper, and placed in a jar or box. Label the jar well so your gift recipient doesn’t try to eat the lotion bar.
To use this massage bar:
Apply the bar with light pressure to the bottom of the feet. The warmth of the foot will cause a light film of moisturizing oil to apply to the soles of the feet. Massage this oil using your palm and fingertips. Apply more oil from the bar as needed. Massage the oil completely, paying special attention to dry skin, callouses, and fissures.
Where to find the ingredients for this foot massage lotion bar recipe
Tropical Traditions for coconut oil and essential oils.
Mountain Rose Herbs for cocoa butter, beeswax, calendula infused oil, essential oils
Keep out of reach of children due to choking hazards. Essential oils should always be stored out of reach of children. The essential oil concentration in this bar is too strong for use on children under 10. Reserve this foot massage bar for adults.
Avoid eye contact and contact with mucus membranes. Don’t use it on open wounds or deep cuts.
If you have serious foot troubles talk to your doctor.
You may also be interested in the Massage Melts Recipe. The Massage Melts are a lighter lotion bar, that melts quickly when applied to the bare skin with gentle pressure. They are made in single-serving sizes.
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