It’s so nice taking care of myself again. It feels like it’s been years. All the me stuff slipped away in the early years of parenthood. Somewhere between drinking cold tea, sleeplessness and the lovey-dovey new baby stuff, I forgot how therapeutic it is to take some time out. Now that I am fifteen weeks pregnant, I am hoping it won’t be as long between drinks this time. A girl can dream.
Some notes on the peppermint foot cream recipe
I made the foot cream as a gift to go with my peppermint crush foot scrub for the cuddle of mothers in my life, but I made it just how I like it. It is really minty and rich (I wander around barefoot a lot and get VERY dry feet), but I have to warn you the cream is a little eccentric and a tad moody, ahem, somewhat like its maker…
Don’t get me wrong, it’s about the easiest lotion you can make, aside from this whipped coconut body butter. I’d like to try this other fancy pants recipe one day, but I wanted to ease myself back into moisturiser making world with something a bit easier.
The recipe is based on lotions and potions I made when I was a beauty therapist, and the idiosyncrasies are partly because of its simplicity. Using coconut oil as I like to do makes it set pretty firm, so I have listed below with sweet almond or grape seed oil instead. You can overcome the firmness by whipping the cream as I did in a food processor. The lack of emulsifiers and preservatives mean that if it’s left in the sun or heat above 36 degrees Celsius or 97 degrees Fahrenheit it could melt. This is easy to fix by re-mixing and putting in the fridge, where it’ll set hard again.
If you’re pregnant, check with your doctor before using essential oils,* otherwise feel free to skip them in this recipe as I have designed the foot cream so that it still works really well without the peppermint and tea tree essential oils.
Store it in a cool dark spot and if the weather is really heating up then pop it in the fridge and it’ll be tickety-boo.
140g or 5 oz. cocoa butter (ideally pellets.) I used cocoa butter to create a choc-peppermint scent. However, you can use shea butter.
60g or 2 oz. sweet almond or grape seed oil
2 teaspoons peppermint essential oil
¼ teaspoon tea tree oil
Optional: 2 drops green food colouring
Good electronic scales (sadly, the ones in my picture are not accurate enough)
Mix master, Kitchen Aid or hand blender
How to make the peppermint foot cream
1. Melt the cocoa butter over a medium-low heat until melted. I would not recommend the microwave for this one, because the uneven heating could cause problems.
2. Mix in all the other ingredients. If you’re adding food colouring and it doesn’t disperse straightaway, don’t worry it will do once the mix has cooled to room temperature and been whisked.
3. To make a cream allow the mixture to cool at room temperature or in the fridge if you’re in a hurry.
4. If you would like a fluffier texture, you can whisk the solidified potion in a mix master, Kitchen Aid or with a hand blender. It should only take a few minutes. 5. Bottle and label with the date made and a note to store below 36 degrees Celsius or 97 degrees Fahrenheit and out of the sun.
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* The problem is that there have been very few official studies into the impact of essential oils on pregnancy and there is a lot of conflicting information with what oils can and cannot be used in pregnancy, which is why I think it is something that you and your doctor will have to decide what is appropriate for you.
It is interesting to note that the FDA has listed a lot of the essential oils as safe to eat as food additives on their big list.