After a long, cold, snowy winter, I am craving the sun and vitamin D (making sure I apply a bit of DIY sunscreen lotion to my nose and shoulders).
Another thing that comes with spring, since you know that I like to keep it real with you, is getting my body back into shape for the new clothing I’m excited to get back on my body. My long hippie skirts don’t ever go out of style all winter long, but shorter ones do make a reappearance (so I must shave those legs just a bit more often). I also bring back out my flippity-flip-flops.
One of the first things I notice after a long winter is the horrific shape of my crusty and cracked feet and heels. Ewwwww. While I have been known to go to the salon for a pedicure visit (maybe twice in my life!??), I prefer to take care of my winter-time feet myself. You know that the stuff they are using in the salon/spa most likely isn’t the best non-toxic option available.
No worries! Pronounce has you covered. Today I bring you a super simple, crazy effective DIY Cracked Foot and Heel Salve Recipe that will absolutely get your feet ready for spring and summer. Hooray!
Two Key Ingredients
Per my typical DIYing style, I want you to know why I specifically choose to use two key ingredients in this DIY Cracked Foot Salve Recipe.
I’ve already written a pretty intense post about raw, organic, unrefined, sustainably-sourced cocoa butter here, but I want you to understand why I chose cocoa butter over shea butter for this recipe. While it’s true that both shea and cocoa butters are wonderful moisturizers, cocoa butter is one of the most rich, emollient oils available. This makes it an excellent choice for super dry skin (source). Plus, who doesn’t want to give their feet a faint chocolate scent!?
Without hesitation, tamanu oil is always my #1 go-to for healing damaged skin. As well as having anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antibiotic properties, raw, organic, unrefined, and sustainably-sourced tamanu oil is a natural antioxidant. Sounds perfect for restoring your cracked, dry winter feet and preparing them for spring and summer. Although it can be a bit pricey, it’s something that will pay off to keep around. On our site here you can make two DIY skincare recipes using tamanu, including…
- DeFunkifying DIY deodorant recipe (also available for sale here in the Pronounce Skincare shop)
- ‘Fix Pretty Much Anything’ DIY healing salve
Learn more about tamanu oil and purchase our favorite brand here.
Ready to make it? Follow this easy recipe and your feet and heels will be in spring & summer condition ASAP!
DIY Cracked Foot Salve Recipe (7OZ)
- Double-boiler (I always make my own with a pot and glass bowl on top)
- Kitchen scale (like this fantastic glass-top scale)
- Glass jar(s) &/or tins for salve at least 8 oz in size – Find them in the Container section of the Pronounce Skincare Shop
- Beeswax – 1 oz (sustainably-sourced beeswax)
- Cocoa Butter – 1 oz (raw, organic, unrefined cocoa butter)
- Avocado Oil – 1 oz (this is a great quality avocado oil)
- Tamanu Oil – 1 oz (my very favorite raw, organic, unrefined tamanu oil)
- Coconut Oil – 3 oz (nothing compares to this hand-pressed, organic coconut oil)
- Vitamin E – 1-2 t (non-GMO vitamin E oil like this)
- Essential Oils – Max of 10 total drops
- My favorite EO combination for this recipe (for scent & healing effects)
- 2 drops German (blue) Chamomile, 3 drops Sandalwood (sustainably sourced sandalwood), & 5 drops Lavender.
- Combine all ingredients in your lightly simmering double-boiler (EXCEPT the Vitamin E and Essential Oils).
- Melt everything down; the beeswax will be the last to melt. You can encourage melting with a wooden spoon.
- Remove glass bowl from heat and wipe down the HOT outside to remove moistur. You don’t ever want water getting into your DIY skincare creations, as this can contribute to and encourage bacterial growth. Now, add the Vitamin E and Essential Oils.
- Carefully pour mixture into your clean, sanitized containers.
- Let cool for a while (at least 30 minutes), but you’ll be surprised at how quickly this actually cools (it’s the beeswax).
- Apply to your feet at bedtime and (if you can stand it) wear socks over the top. As Marybeth mentioned, this salve works quickly, with only a treatment or two you should start to see improvement.
*T=tablespoon and t=teaspoon
I love to sample my DIY recipes before sharing them with you. I always have people try them out so you aren’t just taking my word for it, but the word of others. My lovely retail store neighbor came to me wanting something for her feet. Of course, I had a recipe just for the trick. Marybeth is currently on container #2. She even recently brought a friend up to the store so she could grab her own container!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Pronounce Footcare Salve! Literally overnight, this salve healed my dry, cracked feet, without making my socks oily. I now use it 2 or 3 times a week and my feet feel great! Also, I like the fact that one small tin of it lasts a long time.Marybeth Kelsey, MoonStones Jewelry Store in Bloomington, IN
Not feeling particularly DIYish?
Simply not enough hours in the day? No worries. I have got you covered. Please, head on over to my Pronounce Skincare Shop where I sell this salve.
While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for you!