Moisturizing Heel Balm

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.

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34 Comments

    • 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

    • 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 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 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 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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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