Here is a great beginner body product recipe to try! I call these little babies… Yoga Feet-aka- solid moisturizers aka- body rubs or I use them as heel balms. They are called many different things. But the main thing is that you are producing a natural and easy little body balm that you can make in less than an hour! The main ingredient that you need is beeswax, to create a nice solid little balm. And then the fun part— choosing some delicious butters and oils to add to your recipe. The other fun part is finding some interesting molds to pour them into. I found some great little cake tins at Value Village that made these lovely little sugar skull balms!
I like to use a metal cupcake tin-these are easy to find all over second-hand stores. How did I come up with the idea of yoga feet? I have become very fond of Yoga and I noticed many people have dry and cracked heels so I thought, “hey all you yoga people need to rub these scented balms on your heels to help you out. And your neighbours on the mat next to you will get a whiff of your lovely scented heels and feel more at peace.”
The recipe below is for a lemongrass blend, but get creative. I also make a decadent little balm made with rose oil and french pink clay. You can also swap out any of the liquid oils…use almond oil, or sunflower oil… whatever you can get your hands on. Instead of mango butter, I often use cocoa butter. The important part is that you are swapping something that is similar in consistency. You can even swap out the beeswax for candelilla wax, if you are one of those people allergic to beeswax, but I have never tried it myself.
Here is my not so secret recipe, as it is printed up on all the labels.
Yoga Feet / Body Balm Recipe
170 grams Beeswax… I love to purchase the pellets as they are easier to measure and melt, but your local beekeeper may be able to sell you some of their beeswax…it usually comes in big old slabs… you can put it in the freezer for a few hours to make it brittle and then hit with a hammer to break off smaller more manageable pieces.
56 grams Mango Butter
56 grams Shea Butter
56 Grams Aloe Butter
100 grams Apricot Kernal Oil
70 grams Olive oil
a few drops of vitamin e oil… this is not totally necessary but is a nice addition for both skin care properties and as a natural preservative….
8 grams of Lemongrass Essential oil
2-4 grams of Lavender Essential oil
- Measure out all your ingredients carefully on your scale. I love my soap scale that I bought at London Drugs for about 50 bucks. I measure all my ingredients in grams…even my essential oils
- In a large glass measuring cup, I either melt the beeswax in a double boiler… or melt it in the microwave–45 seconds at a time so as not to overheat… beeswax is very flammable they tell me… although I have never had a problem with either method. Stir, stir, stir with a clean metal spoon. Just melt until the last few bits of beeswax are almost all liquid… if you think it is overheating, quickly add in the other ingredients/ the shea butter, aloe butter and the mango butter and stir them in slowly… the heat of the wax should soften them up and cool down the beeswax a bit
- Keep adding your butters to the same measuring cup…and continue to melt in microwave or in double boiler. Only melt until there are no solid bits. I often take it out of the double boiler/ microwave and let the heat of the other melted oils finish melting everything-like the last bits of beeswax or lumps of butter
- Next, stir in your liquid oils such as your apricot and olive oils
- Finally, stir in your vitamin e oil and the essential oils
- Quickly pour the completely melted and stirred oils/ beeswax mixture into your molds. Any kind of mold will work…metal cupcake tins, plastic small soap molds or cake tins
- After they set up ( are no longer liquidy and you can move them without disturbing the surface)… approx. 15 minutes -you can put them in the freezer to speed up the solidifying process. Sometimes for the Lemongrass scented ones I like to sprinkle in a few strands of Calendula petals for colour.
In my picture, I may have used some carrot seed oil… but I really can’t recall. It may be the natural yellowy colour from the Lemongrass essential oil. After about a half hour or so you can take your molds out of the freezer and turn your cupcake tins upside down and either tap them out on a hard surface…(kitchen table) or apply a little pressure in the corner of your mold and they should pop out easily. That’s it. You’re done. They are ready to use.
This recipe makes 12-14 balms if you are using standard cupcake tins, enough to put in everyone’s stockings at Christmas time for sure. Or you can make them for party favours, for a child’s/ grown-up’s birthday party. Wrap them individually in a small plastic bag or some waxed paper. I buy these cute little metal tins that I found at Serf to Surf in BC. http://www.serftosurf.com/prodsupp.html
I also found these great sticky labels at my local Walmart and printed them up myself with the use of their free online program. You could personalize them for each guest. The brand is Avery.
I like to sit at the end of a long day and rub them on my heels while I watch old movies.