Moisturizing Heel Balm

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:15 minutes
  • Yields:One 8 oz. Bail Jar

For tired and cracked heels, this mosturizing Heel Balm 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.

34 Responses to “Moisturizing Heel Balm”

  1. I have just loved this series of tutorials! Summer is bare feet time, and a little pampering was already on my mind. Now I have lots of awesome ideas for an in home spa day for myself. Thanks Bramble Berry!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Margaret!

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this series :). Having a spa day every once and a while is so fun!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  2. Dawnia says:

    Thank you for these great tutorials! It’s time for a girls night of pampering! And I bet these recipes are way better than the chemical treatments you get in a spa!!
    Thanks Again!!

  3. erica says:

    Would it work to use regular coconut oil and beeswax instead?

    • Amanda 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

  4. Robin says:

    Great tutorials. I can’t wait to try some of them. When posting information about each, could you provide what the shelf life is? Thanks!

  5. Shelly says:

    I have a food sesativity to coconut oil, can you suggest another oil I can use in place of coconut oil ? Thank you , Shelly

    • Amanda 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

  6. Jeanna says:

    Thank you for these great tutorials! So great of you to include the cute labels too :) Looking forward to making these for the summer!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Jeanna!

      So glad you liked these tutorials :). If you get photos of your projects, we would love to see them on our Facebook page :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  7. Margo Long says:

    I have everything to try this recipe except for the Cera Bellina Wax, what could be used in place of that?
    Thank You!

    • Amanda 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

  8. Shelia says:

    Can you use the non-deodorized cocoa butter? What about a fragrance, or doesn’t it need one?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Sheila!

      You could use non-deodorized, although it will just smell more like cocoa butter :). You could certainly use a fragrance in this recipe if you’d like!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  9. joyce says:

    just curious, is Cera Bellina Wax a natural product? also, is it safe to be used in lip balms? (i’m trying to justify getting it if it can be used in multiple products…)

    • Amanda 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

  10. Stephanie says:

    Can you substitute the cera belina wax with something else?

    • Amanda 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

  11. 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!

    • Amanda 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

  12. Tricia says:

    Is this balm solid enough to use in a push-up tube container?
    If not, is there anyway to make it solid enough?

  13. 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?!

    • 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.

      • Vee says:


        I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your help and quick response!!! Bramble Berry’s customer service is top-notch and rises WAY above other in the same market. Have a great day and hope everyone at the Bramble Berry family are doing well :)

  14. 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!

  15. Marleny says:

    I made this recipe last night, i just used it this morning I have it say I love it! It feels so smooth and light. I’ll be making more to give as gifts, thanks for this awesome recipe!

  16. Jennifer says:

    Hi, I made this balm and I used bees wax instead, I am not sure I like the result it is very hard I have to dig in with a lot of pressure. How do I rectify this issue ?

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