This cooling foot butter recipe will soothe your tired and hot feet with essential oils that cool, deodorize and naturally kill bacteria. The creamy lotion will also smooth and soften your feet with coconut oil, mango butter and vitamin e.
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Poor feet! They really take the brunt of long days hiking, jobs that require long periods of standing, weddings spent in high heels, flip-flops on sandy beaches, and hours trapped in running shoes.
Take a little time to thank your feet for all their hard work with a little TLC.
How Cooling Foot and Leg Butter Works
This Cooling Foot Butter contains three essential oils that work together to cool feet and eliminate foot odor:
- Peppermint oil contains menthol which is soothing and cooling to the skin and/or skin irritations. Peppermint oil also smells great and may have some bacteria killing properties.
- Tea tree oil is both antibacterial and antifungal, learn more from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
- Eucalyptus oil has a fresh and clean aroma and has been used as both an antiseptic and antifungal according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The recipe also uses three extremely effective natural moisturizers to soften your skin:
- Mango butter is pressed from the seed of the mango fruit. It is highly emollient (softening and soothing) to skins and has a high content of both oleic and stearic acid which seal in moisture.
- Virgin coconut oil is a raw vegetable oil that is an excellent moisturizer with a high content of lanauric acid which is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.
- Vitamin E oil is a vitamin oil know for its skin healing and antioxidant properties; it is often used in beauty products to reduce the signs of aging and treat skin conditions such as sunburn psoriasis, eczema, and stretch marks. It also acts as a natural preservative in homemade body care items.
Cooling Foot and Leg Butter Ingredients
- ¼ cup virgin coconut oil
- ¼ cup mango butter
- 1 tsp vitamin e oil
- 15 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops eucalyptus oil
- 15 drops peppermint oil
- 4 ounce storage containers
Cooling Foot and Leg Butter Directions
1. Melt coconut oil and mango butter together in a glass jar or metal container. (For this recipe I place my metal mixing bowl in a saucepan of simmering water to make a fake double boiler.) Watch the mixture carefully and remove from the heat as soon as the mango butter is melted. Do not overheat!
2. Remove the container from the heat, stir in essential oils and vitamin e oil. Cool the mixture to room temperature. (Place the bowl in the refrigerator for a few minutes to cool faster.)
3. Whip the room temperature mixture in a stand mixer or with a whisk until it is creamy and lighter in color.
It will start out as pale yellow and turn to shiny ivory as it is whipped.
4. Store in a closed container and use within 3 months. I store mine in the fridge for extra cooling power. It can also be stored at room temperature.
To use: Apply to feet and in between toes and rub into the skin on your legs. The cooling oils feel heavenly on hot or tired feet and legs. The foot butter also works great for a DIY pedicure. For extra moisturizing, liberally apply the butter at night and then put on cotton socks. You will wake up with soft, sweet-smelling feet.
Cooling Foot and Leg Butter Cost
My Cooling Foot Butter costs around $6.00 for 19 ounces or $0.32 an ounce. That’s approximately $2.16 for the coconut oil, $3.00 for the mango butter, $0.53 for the vitamin e oil and approximately $0.50 for the essential oils.
A similar natural alternative on Amazon costs $16.00 for 8.4 ounces or $1.90 an ounce. You’re saving more than $30 by making your own all-natural foot butter and you know exactly what it contains!
I hope you try my Easy Cooling Foot and Leg Butter Recipe; your feet with thank you for the special treatment! If you’re looking for more easy ways to pamper your feet you should try Cooling Foot and Shoe Deodorizing Powder and No More Stinky Feet Spray. Together these three all-natural, non-toxic products will keep you feet and shoes smelling and feeling great all year-long.
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Any substitute for peppermint oil?
I have not tried a substitute for the peppermint essential oil since it contains the menthol that triggers the cooling sensation in this leg and foot butter. Spearmint oil also contains menthol, but it is significantly less than peppermint.
Finally gave it a try. Let it sit outside to cool (it is January after all) and after whipping on high (10 on kitchen aid) and letting it go for more than awhile it came to the consistency of sour cream. Wondering if that’s how it was supposed to be or if something went wrong… the pics look more like a thick body butter vs a lotion.
It should be very thick. It may have over whipped or you may need a bit more mango butter. Hope this helps!
I’m excited to try this. I’ll be using a hand electric mixer with the whisk attachment. Approximately how long do you have to whip this to get it creamy? I plan on trying this for myself first and then if I like it I’ll be making more for part of my Christmas gift baskets including homemade jams. Thanks!
It takes a few minutes of whipping. The exact time depends on the size and strength of the mixer.
Hiya! Great recipe, thank you! I had to use cocoa butter instead of mango butter. It whipped fine but has set completely solid! Is that because if the cocoa butter? Any ideas on if I can melt it down, add mango butter and whip again?! Thank you!
Shelly L Williams
Hi, like some others I can’t get mine to whip, I had to use shea butter but saw that was ok. Do you think it is because I also had to substitute the tea tree out with lavender? I had all the other ingredients except those 2. Oh I also tried using a regular mixer before using a whisk, does that matter?
I’m also not receiving the news letters, tried several times to sign up, love your recipes and ideas. My family and friends are getting all kinds of goodies as freeie gifts from me. Lol.
I think it should still whip with the substitutions, but I can’t be sure b/c I’ve never made it that way. I would make sure it is well chilled and then try whiping again. You can use a regular mixer with a whisk attachment. Good luck!
Would Shea butter work as an alternative to the mango butter? Thanks
Yes, you can use shea butter. It may change the scent slightly.
Hi, thanks for the recipe. I made it and it looks fav although very greasy… I made it to substitute the colling gel I use at the end of the day after 11 hours standing up. Mine gives me that cooling icy sentation but I didn’t feel anything like that with this product. Shall I add more eucalyptus or peppermint you think?
Noola, adding more peppermint would give you more of a cooling sensation. It’s the menthol in the peppermint that is cooling.
I tried this but cannot get it to whip up. Changed co!or to ivory white but stayed liquid. I whipped for 45 minutes. 😖. Any help would be appreciated.
Lynn, sorry you’re having problems! 45 minutes may have been too long! Let the mixture rest in the refrigerator until cool then try whipping it again.
Hi, Just wondering if after its whipped should it stay liquid in the fridge or turn solid?
After it is whipped it will stay whipped and creamy unless it gets too hot. At room temp it will be whipped.
Hi Bren, here in Belgium we are not familiar with ounces, cups, etc. If you use that, does it mean liquid ounce? Or weight?
Thanks for sharing your recipes!
It is a bit confusing if you are not from the United States, sorry! In the U.S. liquid measurement is not only used for liquids such as water and milk, it is also used when measuring ingredients such as flour and butter. The standard unit is called a “cup” which is 8 fluid ounces. In this recipe 1/4 cup equals 2 fluid ounces. If you have a have measuring cup that holds 2 fluid ounces you should fill it to the top with the coconut oil and then the mango butter (it should weight about 57 grams). Hope this helps! We love our unique measurements in the US; cups instead of weight, inches instead of cm!
What can I use in place of the coconut oil, as we have allergies.
Do you also make a body powder (I saw your lovely foot powder, but need a body version).
Love your creations!
Thanks, Jennifer! You could increase the mango butter by 1/8 cup and use 1/8 cup of almond, avocado, or olive oil in place of the coconut oil.
How much does this recipe make? I’m looking to make favors for my niece’s bridal shower, and plan to use 2 oz. jars. I’m trying to determine how much I will need to duplicate it. Thank you in advance for your response.
The recipe makes approximately 4 ounces. Good luck with your shower gifts!
Where do you get mango butter? Never noticed in stores before.
Kim, I buy mine online.
Going to try this today! Looks great! Do you think I could substitute shea butter for the mango?
Yes, you can sub shea for the mango butter. It has a bit more scent but works great.
I’m having trouble getting mine to whip…any suggestions?
If it is runny wait for it to cool more or refrigerate it for a bit. If it is rock hard from the fridge you may need to let it soften a bit. Think whipping butter texture, softened but not melted.
How many ounces are the containers you use? Recommendations of where to get them?
Amanda, my tins are 4 ounces each. I bought them when I was living in Japan, but I have seen similar tins on Amazon and eBay. I paid about $2.00 per tin, but they can be washed and reused many times.
I’ll have to try this on my diabetic feet! I’m glad that mangos get more use than the small amount of fruit that we can cut from it. We were just talking about it yesterday what waste that is… i had no idea of mango butter.
Now if I could just press the mango butte myself! LOL! Hope you enjoy the foot butter!