The Greatest Lanolin Butter! (In my opinion)

One of my favorite recipes that I just keep coming back to is this Lanolin Butter. We have already featured this on the blog before.My feet can get really dry and cracked. (Part of that is because I hate to wear shoes.) However, it can get so bad that I will refuse to put on socks because of the tugging and snagging. In fact, last night they were even catching on my blankets. Argh. That is one sure fire way for me to get a very bad night of sleep. :-( (Please forgive the sleepwalking zombie here.)

I like to apply a generous amount to each foot in the morning and then put on my socks. This way, I prevent tracking the salve all over the place and it gets worked into my feet as I walk around for the day. By then end of the day, when I go to take my socks off, my feet are softer, smoother and far more supple than when they were that morning. Whew! Relief is only a day away! Come join me in the kitchen as we try to combat dry hands and feet with this wonderful lanolin butter.

This balm/salve like butter is good for cracked hand and knuckles as well. Do you have dry elbows? Try this recipe! I really enjoyed it when it was scented with our Chai Latte Essential Oil blend. Mmm, it was so yummy smelling.

 

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Lanolin
Shea Butter, Refined
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Liquid Glycerin, Vegetable Derived
Conditioning Emulsifier
Optiphen
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products

Recipe: (Makes 8 fl oz)

Recipe in grams for 8 fl oz
112 grams Lanolin
56 grams Shea Butter, Refined
31 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
5 grams Vitamin E Acetate
50 grams Liquid Glycerin
5 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
2.59 grams Optiphen
Recipe in ounces for 8 fl oz
3.95 ounces Lanolin
1.98 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
1.09 ounces Colorless Jojoba Oil
0.18 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
1.76 ounces Liquid Glycerin
0.18 ounces Conditioning Emulsifier
0.09 ounces Optiphen
Recipe in Percentages
43% Lanolin
21% Shea Butter, Refined
12% Colorless Jojoba Oil
2% Vitamin E Acetate
19% Liquid Glycerin
2% Conditioning Emulsifier
1% Optiphen

Weigh all ingredients except the Optiphen into the microwave safe container. Microwave using short bursts of time. Stir after each burst to help melt the Lanolin without making the temperatures too hot. It took my batch a total of 2 minutes in the microwave with stirring every 45 seconds or so. Stir until all of the  ingredients have been mixed together thoroughly. Allow the mixture to 160° F before you add your preservative. Stir in your preservative and package off into containers. Enjoy!

Notes:
If your Lanolin is very stiff and hard to get out of the container feel free to microwave it for about 30 to 45 seconds to warm the Lanolin enough to scoop it easily.

I would recommend that you put this butter into a jar. It is really hard to get out of bottle!

You can also find this recipe in our Recipes Section in the Lotions, Creams & Other Things Section under Tina’s Lanolin Butter.

Taylor

Cooled Butter on my finger
Cooled Butter in Jar
Oils ready to melt
Adding Optiphen

Filled Jars
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13 thoughts on “The Greatest Lanolin Butter! (In my opinion)”

  1. my dermatologist told me that dry cracked feet are actually the result of a fungus. i was pregnant at the time so i didn’t do anything about it, but i plan to go back for treatment when i can. in the meantime, this looks nice.

    i have a question though – the lanolin? suitable to use for breastfeeding moms?

    thanks for a great blog!

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    1. fort,
      It is true that severely dry and cracked feet are typically a result of fungi like the one that causes Athlete’s Foot. I would use a three pronged attack to help your feet.

      1. When washing any clothes in your house, use a combination of bleach and a disinfectant. I use the 3/4 cup of bleach in the rinse cycle and the 1/4 cup disinfectant in the wash cycle. (I prefer LYSOL® Brand Concentrate Disinfectant.) This fungus can become trapped in a washer and everything that runs through that washer can be infected. The bleach and disinfectant help prevent this as well as killing the fungus in your clothes.
      2. Wash your feet daily and then apply a topical Athlete’s Foot treatment cream. If you have about 15 minutes to do so you can use the method my doctor recommended using household bleach. Fill a tub (or basin) with water that you can soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. Add 1/4 of bleach (Clorox or a similar chlorine laundry bleach).
      3. Rotate shoes and never wear the same shoes 2 days in a row. As aggravating as it can be, you need to let your shoes dry completely between uses.

      You can wear this Lanolin Butter to help your feet from drying out and I think you will see a massive difference with this and the treatment of your feet.

      Lanolin is suitable for use by breastfeeding women. Lanolin is actually used in many creams and ointments to help treat crack and/or sore nipples. Lanolin is a “grease” produced by sheep to help the sheep stay dry when there is inclement weather. The lanolin is removed from the fleece when the sheep are sheared each spring.

      I hope this helps!
      Andee

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      1. I know this is a while ago. But, I personally like using apple cider vinegar instead of bleach as a foot soak. You get the same benefits. 15-20 minutes once or twice a day. You change the vinegar out every 7 to 10 days. Not only does it kill any bacteria or fungus, but it also does an excellent job of exfoliating. Just a towel when drying is enough to rub off the dead skin. I also think that it helps then feel better and take out some of the soreness when I’ve been running around all day, and they feel refreshed. Plus, it should interfere with being pregnant or breast feeding, since it’s just vinegar.

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  2. I just made some more of this last weekend. I’ve been using it on my dry legs. It’s helped them out tremendously. Good recipe.

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    1. Lisa,
      I love this recipe too! I swear it is the best stuff for preventing my normally dry hands (in a dry climate) from cracking and bleeding everytime my hands are flexed in anyway.

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  3. Can I use Germall Plus as preservative instead? Since there is no water in the recipe, I am not sure if Germall Plus will work. Thanks.

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    1. This recipe exceeds the amount of oil recommended in
      a lotion when using Liquid Germall Plus. LGP has a limit
      of 25% oil when talking with the technicians that work with
      this product daily.

      While there is not any water, there are water soluble ingredients.

      I hope this helps!

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  4. What, you mean I’m not the only one with scraggly feet? :D (Worse still, my husband likes to use them as a scratching post.) I am in love with lanolin, so I’ll be trying this recipe this weekend….thank you for the temptation.

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  5. Wow! I didn’t know all that! Thanks, Andee!

    (I’m currently pregnant, so I will wait until later, but am definitely saving this info)

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  6. Mmn (should be: Mmm)
    **help us fix our errors challenge**

    I see a lot of run-on sentences, too. If you want me to edit in-depth, please let me know. I am an English teacher. :) I will gladly trade my services for product. :)

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