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Heel Balm Recipe

An easy-to-make Moisturizing Heel Balm Recipe to help soothe dry heels and feet.

After the success of my moisturizing hand balm, I knew I wanted to follow it up with a moisturizing Heel Balm Recipe.

Some things are just genetic and you have to learn to live with them. Not only did I inherit big long and elegant feet from my mom, but also her dry heels. Thanks, mom! I’m sure it didn’t help that my preferred footwear for years was none (growing up in Hawaii does that to a person).

All this to say, I am always moisturizing my heels. I used to keep jars of foot cream and Aquaphor in my nightstand drawer, but I really don’t like the goop of them. That’s where the beauty of this heel balm comes in.

You can either apply it at night or during the day and then put on socks. After just a few days of daily use, my heels were noticeably softer.

Bonus Points: I can apply it to my heels, but not get it all over my hands, thanks to the wind-up tube. I researched several different varieties of tube applicators, and I’m very pleased with this one. I have one little tip to prevent any leakage in the directions below.

What You Need for this Moisturizing Heel Balm Recipe

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Empty 2.2-ounce deodorant tubes

Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter – Rich in tree-nut oils, shea butter soaks into your skin, creating a smooth barrier that seals in moisture. This moisturizing effect can last several hours. Cocoa butter, rich in fatty acids, will hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity. The fat in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over the skin to hold in moisture.

Beeswax Pellets – beeswax is an occlusive, which means that it creates a protective layer on the skin, sealing in moisture. It is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, both beneficial to the skin.

Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or Olive Oil – Grapeseed Oil is packed with antioxidants, fatty acids, and amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks for building collagen. The elements in linoleic acid help stimulate cell turnover to smooth fine lines and rough texture. Another benefit of Grapeseed Oil is its fast absorption rate.

Almond Oil is highly emollient, which means it helps to balance the absorption of moisture and water loss. It also has antifungal properties. Like Grapeseed Oil, Almond Oil has it has a fast absorption rate.]

Olive Oil is packed full of antioxidants and squalene, which is harvested from plant and animal sources such as olives. Squalene, which is also found in human sebum, is extremely beneficial for hydrating skin.

Essential Oils: I used Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil, but use your favorite scents.

Vitamin E oil or capsules serve as a preservative.

Kitchen Scale


How to Make Moisturizing Heel Balm (enough to fill two tubes)

This recipe is easily halved (for one tube) or multiplied to fill many tubes.

Empty pot on a scale.

Set an empty saucepan on a scale and set the scale to tare or zero, and set the measurement to ounces

Cocoa butter in a pot on a scale.

Add 1.8 ounces of either shea butter or cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter and beeswax pellets in a pot on a scale.

Add another 1.8 ounces of beeswax pellets (total of 3.6 ounces)

Cocoa butter and beeswax pellets in a pot on a scale.

Add 4 tablespoons of the oil (grapeseed, almond, or olive)

Cocoa butter and beeswax pellets in a pot on a scale.

Squeeze 2 capsules of vitamin e oil or 10 drops of vitamin e oil.

Melted oil on a stovetop.

Melt all ingredients over low heat.

Dropping oil in a pot.

Remove from the heat and add 20 drops of each Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil.

Pouring oil in tubes.

Carefully pour just a little bit of your balm into each tube.

Showing oil in tubes.

Here’s my promised tip: by just adding small amounts of the hot balm at a time, and letting it cool between pours, you create a little barrier at the bottom that prevents the hot balm from running through the wind-up mechanism.

Cooled oil in tubes.

You only need to do this 3-4 times until you build up a little base.

Cool and warm oil in a tube.

Then pour the remaining of your hot balm into the tubes and let them cool. They are fully cool in about 30-40 minutes.

Tubes of heel balm.

Add a little label and you are set! Here are the links for the labels. One has shea butter in the ingredients; the other has cocoa butter. I used Avery 22814 labels.



Tubes of heel balm make great stocking stuffers, Galentine’s Day gifts for your girl friends, and a Mother’s Day gift as part of a spa package.

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Heet balm tubes with a bird statue in the rear.
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  1. Hi, do you think this would work for lotion bars also? Would it set up the same in a flatter mold? Thinking of anything else I would need to modify for lotion bars. Thanks!

    1. Hi! I can’t think why they wouldn’t work for lotion bars…that’s basically what they are. If you do make lotion bars, please pop back and let me know how it works!


        1. Good Morning!

          The link to the labels is in the post…they are included in the last step showing how to make the heel balm.


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