Menthol Eucalyptus Foot Cream: An invigorating lotion for tired and cranky feet.
When it comes to keeping your feet happy, coolness is key. When essential oil just won’t cut it, look to menthol crystals for an extra punch of minty freshness. These tiny crystals have an incredibly strong aroma and can impart a cool, tingling sensation to lotions, creams, salves, and sprays. We used menthol crystals to make this Menthol Eucalyptus Foot Cream, and the results were super cool.
The moisturizing ingredients in our Menthol Eucalyptus Foot Cream were selected for their tried and true performance in lotion and cream recipes. Virgin coconut oil and sweet almond oil are classic natural beauty ingredients, and for good reason. Both carrier oils are highly moisturizing without feeling overly greasy. If you prefer a richer foot cream, try swapping these ingredients for something more intense, such as cocoa butter and avocado oil.
About the Ingredients
Our Lavender Hydrosol offers the well-known herbal benefits of lavender in a gentle, water-based ingredient. Hydrosols are perfect for making sprays and splashes, and facial toners. They can also be used in place of water in lotion and cream recipes.
Easily the most popular natural skin care ingredient of the day, virgin coconut oil helps provide both moisturizing and astringent benefits. This makes it an excellent choice for all skin types, but especially beneficial to oily or combination skin. We love the light texture and dreamy aroma of virgin coconut. It’s semi-solid texture also helps to give body to creams and lotions.
The light texture and gentle moisturizing quality of sweet almond oil has made it a natural skin care favorite for decades. We love using sweet almond oil as a staple carrier oil for massage, aromatherapy, lotion making, and soap making.
Our emulsifying wax is an easy to use, vegetable-based wax formulated specifically for creating stable emulsions. While the wax itself is not naturally occurring, it is made using naturally sourced ingredients and components. Emulsifying wax makes a fantastic alternative to beeswax, as it does not usually require additional emulsifiers or stabilizers (like borax) to work.
Lactobacillus ferment uses the same type of bacteria that you might find in cultured foods such as pickles or kimchi. In oil and water emulsions, lactobacillus helps to battle unwanted microbes and help ensure the longevity and freshness of skin care products.
Elderberry extract is an oil-soluble liquid packed with phenolics, anthocyanins, and flavonols. These components exhibit antimicrobial and anti fungal properties, making elderberry extract a compelling ingredient for use in oil-based formulations and oil-water emulsions.
The potent aroma of menthol crystals can add an intense burst of camphorous mint to formulations including oil, alcohol, or oil-water emulsions. Derived from peppermint, menthol crystals contain an impressive amount of pure menthol, making them extremely powerful. Add menthol crystals at 5-10% to lotions, salves, creams, and rubs to impart a strong mint aroma and a tactile cooling sensation.
The medicinal aroma of eucalyptus brings to mind muscle rubs and massage oils. Aromatherapists often include eucalyptus in blends meant to energize, uplift, and focus the mind. The stimulating scent of eucalyptus gives our foot cream recipe an extra punch of stimulation – helping tired feet to feel renewed and refreshed.
Menthol Eucalyptus Foot Cream
Makes about 2 2-ounce (60 ml) jars
- 60 grams Organic Lavender Hydrosol
- 30 grams Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 20 grams Sweet Almond Oil
- 10 grams Emulsifying Wax
- 5 ml Lactobacillus Ferment
- 5 ml Elderberry Extract
- 2 grams Organic Menthol Crystals
- 1.25 ml Organic Eucualyptus Globulus Essential Oil
- Combine coconut oil and emulsifying wax in double boiler and heat until fully melted. Add almond oil and elderberry extract, followed by menthol crystals. Stir until crystals are dissolved, then set aside.
- Heat lavender hydrosol gently until it reaches about 160F. Remove from heat, and add lactobacillus ferment.
- Slowly drizzle the hydrosol portion into the oils portion while whisking continuously. Continue to whisk for 3-5 minutes.
- When the mixture begins to cool and thicken, add eucalyptus essential oil and whisk again until it is fully blended.
- Transfer cream to jars and allow to cool to room temperature before adding caps.
Usage & Packaging
- We packaged our Menthol Eucalyptus Foot Cream in our 2-ounce Flint Jars. They would also look lovely in PET.
- To use, slather a generous portion of cream onto feet and massage well.
Please Note: While this formula does contain preservatives, it has not been challenge tested for shelf stability. Please keep in mind that any formula intended for sale or commercial use should be professionally challenge tested.
Shelf Life & Stability: Please note that the formulations featured here on The Natural Beauty Workshop have not been challenge tested for stability or shelf life, and may not be suitable for commercial use as-is. For more information on shelf life, stability, and working with preservatives, check out the following article from our Information Library.
Want to learn more about making your own handmade creams and lotions? Check out our guide: Emulsion, The Magic Trick of Creams and Lotions.