The Greatest Lanolin Butter! (In my opinion) 18

Cooled Butter on my finger

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.)

Cooled Butter in Jar

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.

Oils ready to melt

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:

Shea Butter, Refined
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Liquid Glycerin, Vegetable Derived
Conditioning Emulsifier
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Transfer Pipettes
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

Adding 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!

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!

Filled Jars

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


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I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.

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18 thoughts on “The Greatest Lanolin Butter! (In my opinion)

  • fort

    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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    • Andee

      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!

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      • Erin

        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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  • Lisa Geeck

    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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    • Andee

      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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  • Chris L

    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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  • Jen

    What, you mean I’m not the only one with scraggly feet? 😀 (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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  • fort

    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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  • Carmen

    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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  • Tina

    My poor feet were so dry and scratchy and I landed here searching for remedies. I made this yesterday with the supplies I had on hand- 1/4 recipe based on the lanolin supply and substituted cocoa for shea butter. Holy cow!! Scraped out a marble sized blob for each foot, cozy socks and 12 hours later there’s not a sharp edge on my feet!!! It’s a bit firmer than it would have been with shea but still a soft salve. Thanks a million for this!!

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  • Cheryl Ann Shier

    hello, I am going to test this out and maybe add it to my line of products! Would BTMS50 work as a conditioning emulsifier?

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    • Andee

      It may give you a different finished texture due to the higher content of the Behentrimonium Methosulfate in BTMS-50 vs. the lower content that is our Conditioning Emulsifier. You can definitely give it a try and let us know how it works for you!

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