Coffee Butter Foot Creme

Work this creme into tired feet for an indulgent treat. The addition of beeswax makes for a nice, thick consistency and I like that the Peppermint 2nd Distillation Essential oil seems to give my feet a subtle pick-me-up. Adding Dark Rich Chocolate Fragrance Oil enhances the Coffee Butter’s natural aroma and makes for a delicious and seasonally appropriate scent blend. This creme is great for putting on feet right before bed, and then covering with cotton socks for extra softness in the morning.

Coffee Butter Foot Creme


0.7 oz White Beeswax

3.1 oz Coffee Butter

2.4 oz Sunflower Oil

1.2 oz Stearic Acid

1 oz Emulsifying Wax

15.6 oz Distilled Water

5 mL Dark Rich Chocolate Fragrance Oil

5 mL Peppermint 2nd Distillation Essential Oil

0.2 oz Optiphen

6-4 oz Jars or other containers

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ONE: Start by disinfecting all of your  tools (including mixing containers) by dipping them in a 5% bleach water solution and then drying them with fresh paper towels. TIP: Set business ends of certain tools (stick blender, spoons) on a paper towel to maintain the integrity of the disinfection while they’re waiting to be used.

TWO:  In heat-safe container, combine and melt the E-Wax, Stearic Acid, Beeswax, Coffee Butter and Sunflower Oil. The waxes have high melting point, so be sure your container is appropriately sized for the amount of material it contains, and use caution when removing your container from the microwave. Glass containers can get pretty hot!

Melted Oils

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THREE: In a separate heat-safe container, heat up the distilled water. You’ll want to get the temperature pretty high in order to keep the Beeswax in the oil mixture melted as it emulsifies, so shoot for about 150-155 degrees.

FOUR: Check the temperature of the oil mixture. Stick it in the microwave for a few more seconds if it’s not within 5-10 degrees of your water. Add the oils to the water and stick blend continuously for about 2-3 minutes.

Adding water to oils

FIVE: You don’t want to add the preservative Optiphen to anything that is over 176 degrees or it will be rendered ineffective (if you’re using another preservative, check the maximum temperature that it can withstand). Once you’ve ensured that the temperature is good to go, add the Optiphen, Dark Rich Chocolate fragrance oil and Peppermint 2nd essential oil and stick blend for another minute or so.

Mixing in the preservative and fragrance oils

SIX: While it’s still warm, pour the mixture  into the jars. Allow it to sit in the jars for about 24 hours before putting the lids on so it has plenty of time to cool (and no condensation forms on the inside of the containers). Enjoy!

Pouring into jars

Note: I had some bubbles on top of the warm creme when I poured it into the containers. Once the creme had cooled in the containers, I took a disinfected spoon and mixed it up a bit and wound up with the nice, fluffy texture pictured below on top instead of the bubbles.

Coffee Butter Foot Creme

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  1. Sandra Holmes says

    Thanks, I did and it worked fine! I used mango butter and peppermint eo, very cool on the feet!

  2. Sandra Holmes says

    Made your recipe this morning with mango butter and beeswax will not incorparate into the water mix. I reheated 3 times and still have wax on top. What can I do?

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Sandra!

      How long did you stick blend this recipe for? It can take some time to get those ingredients blended. I would recommend stick blending your mixture a little longer. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  3. says

    I tried this recipe the other day and followed it verbatim…the next morning it was still a “thick soup” consistency. What could I have done wrong?

    • says

      Hi T.A.!

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that this recipe did not turn out quite right for you. It’s possible that you did not stick blend it long enough, so I would recommend stick blending again and re-emulsifying it. That may help thicken it up! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  4. NaYeon Kim says

    Hi Brambleberry.
    I’m about to make this cream with Mango butter as i don’t have coffee butter. i’m wondering if i can use this recipe for face and body too.
    Thanks in advance.

    • says

      Hi there!

      You can definitely use this recipe for the rest of the body :). If you want to use it on your face, I would take your skin type into consideration. If you have dry skin, this may be a good recipe for you. But because it is rather heavy and contains oils, if you have oily skin it may not be a good choice. Also, keep in mind that it does contain fragrance. Some people’s facial skin is particularly sensitive to scent.

      I hope this helps, I’m excited for you to give this recipe a try!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Rebecca!

      If you are wanting to add a bit of glycerin as a humectant, I would recommend adding one ounce or so. You won’t need much :). Also, if you do this, just consider that you may want to slightly increase the amount of preservative to maintain a 1% usage rate :)

      I hope this helps!


  5. Linda Daxon says

    What can you charge for 4 oz. of this stuff, given that the cost to make it is rather high?

  6. Connie Turnage says

    This might be same as above question. I was hoping to use cocoa butter in place of beeswax to get some chocolate scent. Can that be done or is it too hard or will it need to be whipped? I like beeswax too and I have some to make it anyway just in case. Thanks, so much good info. I will be using several recipes for christmas gifts from one of your sites

    • says

      Hi Connie!
      So happy to hear you’re going to give this a try :). While we have not tried switching out beeswax for cocoa butter in this recipe, you could certainly try it! The beeswax does give the butter a thicker consistency, so my guess is that your butter wouldn’t be as thick.

      Hope this helps!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  7. Andrea says

    I am curious, but why do you use beeswax? Beeswax like lanolin clogs the pores so your not really getting moisturized, your pores are clogged and the slickness on the surface is the wax. Do you have a recipe that does NOT have beeswax in it?

  8. Carly says

    This looks like such a yummy lotion to make, I can’t wait! I’m planning on using the cranberry pomegranate FO to make it part of a set for Christmas and was wondering – can I tint the lotion with Lab Colors to make it match the rest of the set that I’m doing? If so, how much colorant should I use?

    • says

      Hi Carly!

      The Cranberry Pomegranate sounds absolutely amazing, we can’t wait to see how it turns out for you! You can use LabColors to help colors your foot creme, and we only suggest a small amount to get the color you want. I wouldn’t use any more than 5-8 drops per pound of mixture. I hope that this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  9. says

    Hi Anne-Marie

    Many thanks for your reply – I think I will give it a try and just see what happens ( It was 2 of my customers who just happened to say they were allergic to stearic acid in any products)



  10. says

    Hi Becky,

    This sounds a wonderful foot treat but I was thinking

    do I have to use stearic acid as it seems some people are allergic to it?

    What could I use instead?

    Many thanks


    • Anne-Marie says

      It’s a super common additive to skin care and I’ve not heard of it being a wide spread allergen issue. That said, you could skip it in this product but the product will be more heavy, oily and waxy without it. There is no real easily available substitute for it unfortunately.

  11. Hope Gonzales says

    This sounds like a nice thick lotion! I aas wondering though, someone that mades their own toiletry products once told me that water in lotions dries out your skin more. Is this true? If it is, is there a cream or lotion recipe that doesn’t use water? Could you substitute aloe vera gel for water in summef months?

  12. Janet says

    I am totaly hooked on making foot cream, I made 2 batches of mango butter. and just did a batch with lemongrass shea butter and Almond cocoa butter they all worked out wonderfully and i have been giving them to all my friends and family. I have found I use 1/2 of the mint measurments because the other scents are a little milder but i still want some of the mint scent.

  13. Janet le says

    I made a batch after a dear friend made me some of this foot cream for Christmas, I am totally hooked now and ordered materials to make it with the mango butter for my sister in laws!! Now I want to maybe try Sugar scrubs because they are my all time favorite gift my friend gives me along with soaps and lotions!! She is my inspiration!! I will never be as good as she is at making products. Any easy sugar scrub recipes?

  14. Heather says

    Is there any replacement for the Emulsifying wax for this? I’m swapping out the Beeswax for Candelilla Wax, I know I have to use about half as much. Could I use more of the Candelilla Wax in place of the Emulsifying? If so, do you know what would be the substitute? Thank you in advance!

    • says

      Hi Heather!

      Unfortunately, there is no replacement for a synthetic e-wax. Anne-Marie actually has looked for them and has been unable to find an all-natural one. The e-wax in this recipe specifically helps to combine the waters and oils together to create a stable emulsion. The Candellila Wax is not going to do that as it doesn’t have those properties. But, if we ever find an all natural, quality e-wax, our customers will be the first to know. In the meantime, you can also try out the Polawax Emulsifying Wax.

      Polawax Emulsifying Wax:

      I hope this helps to answer your question. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  15. Joann says

    I make soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion every year for my friends and family. This year the little extra was this foot creme and let me tell you, it was a big hit!!! Even had to tell one of the girls where to get the recipe and supplies so she could make some of her own! Almost everyone I have given it to has sent me a message about how much they love it. Thanks Anne Marie for all your recipes and research and inspiration!!!!

    • says

      That’s so great to hear, Joann! All of us gals in the office just adored this recipe and still can’t get enough of it. Thanks for the great feedback, we always like hearing how the recipes turn out for others. =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  16. Susan says

    This recipe is definitely a keeper! I made a couple of batches to give to friends as Christmas gifts and everyone I’ve given it to has raved about it and have had requests for more.

    I’m wondering if you have any other EO/FO scent suggestions that would go with the coffee butter besides the chocolate/peppermint combination?


  17. ashley says

    Hi Becky! I made this with Shea butter and it turned out great! I just ordered some pistachio butter from BB, could I replace the coffee butter with pistachio butter for this recipe?

    • says

      Good morning, Ashley!

      I’m so glad that it turned out so well for you! Because the pistachio butter is a soft butter you could totally use it in place of the coffee butter. Let us know how it turns out for you. :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  18. Anonymous says

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial! I’ve been researching lotion making for a while, and this was the first recipe I tried. It turned out fantastic, I love it! I used yellow beeswax, but the cream still turned out a nice white color.

  19. ashley says

    Hi! I only have phenopnip on had as a preservative, can I use that in place of Optiphen? Thanks!

  20. says


    I made a batch last night I substituted coffee for raw cocoa butter it smells divine! I haven’t put the lids on but I seem to have a little condensation under the lip of my containers:(( what should I do?


    • Anne-Marie says

      A little condensation? See if it dries out overnight. Otherwise, take a clean paper towel (inside of a couple sheets in) and wipe away carefully. You are right not to want to cap with the water in there. =)

  21. Rochelle says

    I saw you post you can use mango butter instead of the coffee butter but would it be an even swap out? I might like to try this and I have that on hand, just want to be sure I use the correct amount. Thanks!

  22. Elizabeth says

    I was wondering if there were other things you could do with coffee butter? Can you use it in place of shea butter in lotion recipes for instance? Or in scrub recipes?

  23. Chris says

    I was wondering if you could post the percentages so I can make a very small batch to try it …before committing to filling 6- 4oz jars. Thank you!!

    • says

      Hi Chris!

      The easiest way to make this a smaller batch is to divide each measurement by 2 and you will have a batch that will make about 3 jars, or you could even go farther then that and divide that by 2 again to get a smaller batch! Here is what I’ve gotten to get that smallest batch amount:

      .1 oz Beeswax
      .7 oz Coffee Butter
      .6 oz Sunflower Oil
      .3 oz Stearic Acid
      .25 oz Emulsifying Wax
      3.9 oz Distilled Water
      1.25 mL Dark Rich Chocolate Fragrance Oil
      1.25 mL Peppermint, 2nd Distilled Essential Oil
      .05 oz. Optiphen

      I hope this helps! :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  24. Dawnia says

    Just made this today! Turned out beautiful! I left half unscented, and it still had a slight coffee scent. The other half was for a few customers that love Almond Biscotti FO. Very easy! WIll be making more for Christmas!

  25. Dawnia says

    hi –
    In regards to stick blenders, if you want to find a cheap one, just comb the thrift shops. But be prepared to really clean it up, they’re usually pretty dirty. Also if you get the cool pink one (or whatever color) on Brambleberry, you can order an extra removable shaft piece from Cuisinart from around 15.00. I have one for soap, and another for the kitchen. Get a different color so you can tell the difference.

  26. Christian says

    Love this recipe! I have a little bit of coffee butter left over from a body butter experiment and was trying to decide what I wanted to do with it.

    I just had one question: is the stick blender a must? I mainly make melt and pour and don’t have a stick blender.

      • Christian says

        I have a stand mixer, which I use for mixing body butters. So, I was curious as to whether the hand blender specifically was necessary. I’ll probably go ahead and buy the stick blender. I mean, one more soaping tool can’t hurt, right? :-)

  27. Tara says

    I love your recipes, but I was just wondering why you don’t post your recipes in percentages, which is the norm for the most part, and makes conversion of units and changing batch sizes much easier and user-friendly.

    Just food for thought!

    • Anne-Marie says

      Hi Tara,

      Most of the readers of the blog seem to prefer units of measurement. We hear a lot “I can’t figure out percentages!” (which is why I wrote an article about it) and we try to appeal to everyone. =) Thanks for the feedback though.

  28. Kelly says

    This recipe looks wonderful but unfortunately the cost of coffee butter is quite steep compared to other butters. I would love to see more cost friendly recipes!

  29. Dawnia says

    Hi –
    This sounds great! However, I have lots of customers that don’t like “fake: scents. I was wondering if I don’t add the FO and EO, do you think the coffee scent would come through from the coffee butter? I think that would be great on it’s own, too!

    • says

      Good morning, Dawnia!

      When we were making it, we did notice that the coffee butter scent was still strong enough to smell without the addition of the fragrance and essential oils, so you can totally leave them out if that is what you are looking for. But, I would do a small test batch just to make sure the scent it what you are looking for! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  30. Toni Babcock says

    I love the smell of Dark Rich Chocolate and Peppmermint EO together. I think the mix smells like Peppermint patties!