I love the scent combination of vanilla and mint. There is just something soothing about it. I have a friend who spends all day on his feet, walking and standing. When he gets off work and gets home the first thing he does is take off his shoes. At least once a week, he soaks his feet in water to relax. However, he just wants something more simple and less time consuming. I formulated this foot cream with him in mind. When he gets home, he can now apply a cool, nice smelling cream!
First I started with Emulsifying Wax. Emulsifying Wax prevents the cream from separating. Because oil and water don’t get along, we need to use an emulsifier. Think of an emulsifier making oil and water sing “Why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends!”
Next, I used Calendilla Wax. I wanted this cream to be a little different so I didn’t used Stearic Acid as my thickener. Calendilla Wax also creates a barrier on the skin. I think it also makes the skin less slick, with is important for a foot cream because you don’t want to go slip-sliding away!
Babassu Oil is a wonderful oil. It is smooth, silky and non-greasy. It also won’t break the bank! I love it when oils fit the profile of exactly what I need without me needing to consider selling my car. Whew! That was a close one! 😉
One Menthol Crystal
For my humectant, used used my all time favorite. You guessed it! Hydrovance! Hydrovance is a long term, intensive moisturizer. I use it anywhere from feet and elbows, to arms and legs, to the face! It is wonderful and very versatile!
For my preservative, I chose Optiphen. A preservative is super important. I can not stress this enough. My three favorite preservatives are Liquipar, Liquid Germall Plus and Optiphen. Between all three, I cover all of the products I will make. Scrubs, lotions, creams, butters, etc. It is always good to know the products I make are safe and not a growth-and-transfer point for microbes.
Adding Menthol Crystal
The last ingredients I used where my fragrance oil and menthol crystals. I wanted a fragrance oil so I could change up the monotony of mint. I used the menthol crystals for a cooling sensation on the feet. Always use less than what you think you will need. It is easier to say “Next time I will add more” instead of wanting to run out of your own feet due to the extreme cooling and tingling sensation.
Weigh all of the ingredients except the Optiphen, Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil and Menthol Crystals into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Stir and allow it to cool slightly. Add the Optiphen, Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil and Menthol Crystals. Stir occasionally as the mixture continues to cool. Once it has cooled completely, transfer to containers of your desired size. I used 20 mL jars. Enjoy!
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)
Vanilla and Menthol Foot Cream, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
well this is just yummy–wil have to try soon!
I would like to try this recipe but was wondering about the menthol crystals. I have never tried them and would have to purchase them but I was wondering what do they feel like in the cream? Is it anything like the feeling you get on your skin with Ben Gay or Icy Hot? I really hate that feeling. If so maybe substitute peppermint essential oil?
Using the menthol is wonderful. You can make it light and tingly instead of intense and burning/stinging. I don’t like the products you mentioned either.
Thank you Tina. I think I will make a purchase to try this recipe and menthol crystals 🙂
Tina, just reading the ingredients made my feet want to be rubbed!
I have never used Menthol crystals…how many should be used in this recipe? There’s no gram weight or %’age listed.
I would start with one crystal. I know that is small!
Tina I tried the foot lotion with the menthol crystals and loved it. I was wondering if I can put the menthol crystals in an emulsified foot scrub (oils/butters only no water)
The menthol crystals are oil soluble, so I’m glad to say yes! Simply warm some oil and add the menthol crystals. Stir until dissolved!
So just ‘stirring’ to achieve the emulsion … no blending or whipping? Thanks!
No whipping needed. We use an immersion blender to mix but we don’t want to whip air into the mixture and we don’t want to overmix. The action of beating can break an emulsion.