Recipe: Peppermint foot cream

thecatandthewitch:

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This is a recipe I adjusted a bit from the Kokum butter foot cream by Karen Gilbert in her book A Green Guide To Natural Beauty.

Ingredients:

Oil phase

5 g shea butter

10 g cocoa butter

5 g emulsifying wax

2 tsp jojoba oil

Water phase

4 tbsp peppermint infusion (soak a pure peppermint tea bag in hot water for this)

1 tsp glycerin

1 tsp raw honey

Cooling phase

20 drops vitamin E oil

20 drops preservative (I use Paratexin IPT)

20 drops essential peppermint oil

1. Oil phase: Melt the shea and cocoa butters and emulsifying wax in a double boiler. ***It will take a bit of patience but melt the emulsifying wax thoroughly. Otherwise you will have unpleasant wax lumps in your finished foot cream.***

2. Water phase: Heat peppermint infusion, glycerin and honey in another double boiler.

3. Add jojoba oil into the oil phase and heat the mixture. Take the water phase out of the water, but keep the oil phase in the water.

4. Start mixing the oil phase with a milk frother. Pour the water phase into the oil phase and keep mixing it for about a minute.

5. Move the mixture dish into a bowl with cold water in it and keep mixing until the mixture thickens a bit.

6. Add vitamin E oil, preservative and the essential oil into the mixture when it has cooled down a bit. ***Do not let the cream cool too much. Otherwise the oils and the preservative won’t mix with the cream properly and you are left with oil floating at the top of the cream.***

7.  Move the foot cream into a sterilized jar with a spoon.