Moisturizing Heel Butter

For tired and cracked heels, this moisturizing Heel Butter will freshen up your feet in no time. The secret ingredient is the Cera Bellina Wax, which gives the balm a smooth and luxurious texture. It also contains a number of skin loving oils and butters, including Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil. For a step-by-step how to guide on giving yourself a home pedicure, check out our free PDF guide. The cute labels for the jars are also available as a free PDF item.

This project is part of the Happy Feet Home Pedicure series. See all the projects here: Invigorating Foot Soak, Rose Clay Foot Mask, Cranberry Seed Foot Scrub and Summer Shimmer Nail Polish.

What You’ll Need:
2.1 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
1.4 oz. Avocado Oil
1 oz. Deodorized Cocoa Butter
1 oz. Castor Oil
.7 oz. Cera Bellina Wax
.7 ounces Shea Butter
8 oz. Glass Bail Jar

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ONE: In a large container, combine the Fractionated Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil and Castor Oil.

TWO: In a separate heat safe container, melt the Shea Butter, Cera Bellina Wax and Deodorized Cocoa Butter. Be sure to use an appropriate size container because if there is too much head space, you risk exploding the container in the microwave. Place in the microwave and heat on 30 second bursts until the mixture is liquid.

THREE: Add wax mixture to Fractionated Coconut Oil mixture and stir.

Note: If the wax mixture solidifies as shown below, microwave the container on 30 second bursts until the mixture is fully melted and combined.

FOUR: Pour balm into 8 oz. Bail Jar and allow to fully cool for 3 – 4 hours before using.

Your Balm is ready to use once it is solid.

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  1. carolina_girl says

    I added 4 ml of peppermint EO to this recipe. Is this a safe amount? When using Brambleberry’s calculator, do I chose lotion or melt and pour for this particular recipe. Thank you for your time! I’m feeling dangerously new to all this…

    • Kelsey says

      Hi there!

      That’s a great question! For this recipe, I would recommend using the “Lotion” option on the Fragrance Calculator. For a strong scent, we recommend 3 mL. I think 4 mL should be just fine! It may cause a cooling sensation on your feet. If you find it’s irritating at all, you can actually make another batch of the recipe and mix it with the peppermint scented one. That will help dilute it a bit. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      Fragrance Calculator:

  2. carolina_girl says

    Deodorized cocoa butter is not longer available through Brambleberry. Is there a substitute? I apologize if this question has already been addressed in the feed. Thank you for your time.

  3. Meg says

    so I made this balm using beeswax instead of cera bellina wax. its consistency was great when i poured it and for days afterwards- until I had some of it outside – now the tin that i have has small white dots through out… it sounds like possibly crystalized cocoa butter? they melt as you rub the balm into your skin, but the consistency of the balm has now changed. What can I do to avoid this? Is this because I exposed it to some heat (sun from outdoors)?

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Meg!

      Hmm, that’s strange! When we tested this recipe with the cera bellina wax, we didn’t notice any white dots. I’m wondering if the beeswax has something to do with that. You may try this recipe with cera bellina wax and see what you think.

      It could also be temperature. If cocoa butter or shea butter are heated too much or too fast, they can feel grainy. To avoid this, you can melt the waxes and oils together. Then, remove them from the heat and add the cocoa and shea butters. That melts them gently and helps prevent that grainy feeling. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Cadence!

      Cera bellina wax has a unique gel-like texture. It adds a smooth and easily-spreadable quality to the balm. Adding soy wax will change the texture of the balm. Although soy wax is softer, it won’t give you the same luxurious feel. I would recommend making a small test batch with the soy wax to see if it works for you. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  4. says

    Hi Guys, this recipe is so simplistic and I love that you shared it with us. I like the idea of creating at home projects to save time and money while also learning to do something that is healthy for my body. Your tips also let me teach someone else how to do it, which makes me feel good about spreading the health, Yippie!. It would be lovely to see other tutorials from this series, or perhaps I can suggest some of my own ideas for you guys? Thank You once again!

  5. Katie says

    Love this balm! I made it right after the recipe was posted. Added some 1st Distill Peppermint EO and Menthol crystals to it. I brought a teeny bit on a four day backpacking trip. My husband was soooo happy that we had it. The EOs and menthol still smell wonderful in it, about 1.5 months later. I just whipped up another batch. Subbed Mango Butter for part of the Shea and replaced the Coco Butter with Beeswax because that is what I had in stock. I gave some free samples of this to friends and they love it. It’s a heavy duty balm, so a little goes a long way. This is keeper!

  6. Vee says

    Quick question, I made a 8 oz batch and made very sure to sanitize everything from my spoon to jars and measuring equipment. Now I see small white spots through out the balm. Because I want to be on the safe side and you never know what fingers will be going into this balm would Optiphen be a good choice for a preservative ? If so how much? I’m making a 40 oz bath again so would that be 40 x .01 which would be .4 oz?? Thank you in advance for your help?!

    • says

      Hi Vee, Those white spots sound like crystalized cocoa butter. It’s tricky to work with – kind of like chocolate. So you can try tempering the balm (you’ll find instructions in any good chocolate recipe) but it isn’t dangerous. If it were mold or bacteria growth you would see some growing on top first and then spreading – it wouldn’t be evenly distributed throughout out the balm. And while you don’t need a preservative in this recipe since it has no water or water-based ingredients (and hence nothing for mold to live on) it never hurts to be extra cautious. Optiphen or Phenonip would work great.

  7. Vee says

    I would like to continue the peppermint theme. I know that when working with peppermint EO it will leaving a cooling effect. I’m using the fragrance Calculator and there isn’t one for Peppermint 1st distill but since the only difference is the smell would I be safe in using 3-6 ml in a 8 oz batch? Thank you in advance for your help!

    • says

      Hi Vee!

      I love peppermint in my products :). That usage rate should be just fine. Because it is a leave on product you do want to be extra careful, and remember to not use on mucous membranes or sensitive areas :).

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Stephanie!

      The Cera Bellina Wax gives this product a really nice, thick yet soft texture. You can definitely switch out the Cera Bellina Wax, but just keep in mind that it will change the texture :). You could add a bit of beeswax instead, but it will result in a harder balm.I hope this helps!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Joyce!

      It depends a little on what you would personally consider natural. Cera Bellina Wax is a derivative of beeswax in which the free fatty acids have been converted to polyglycerols esters. So while it comes from a natural source, it does undergo a process that some may not consider natural. It can definitely be used for lip balms :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Margo!

      The Cera Bellina Wax is a unique wax, in that it gives this recipe a soft, vaseline-type texture. You could use beeswax, although it will make the balm much harder. If you use beeswax, I would recommend using slightly more coconut oil to help soften :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Shelly!

      If you are looking for a substitute for coconut oil, you have a lot of options! Basically, you would want to use an oil that does not turn solid at room temperature. You could increase the amount of Avocado Oil, or use oils like Apricot Kernel Oil, or Grapeseed Oil. I would definitely recommend making a small test batch first, because swapping out recipes will change the consistency :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Erica!

      Although we haven’t tested it, I’m sure you could! I would recommend swapping out the cocoa butter for beeswax since cocoa butter is a hard oil and behaves similarly :). I hope this helps!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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