Kristin wrote me with the most lovely sounding recipe request—she was looking for a “rich, tingly foot butter that smells like a pine tree”. Mmmm. As a lover of all things forest scented, I absolutely had to make this awesome (and as of yet hypothetical) rocky mountain foot butter.



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The ingredient list she sent over was short, and featured menthol, rosemary, fir, lavender, and tea tree essential oils in a rich shea-buttery base. It sounded luxurious and divine.


I opted for a base of unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) and cocoa butter (USA / Canada) instead of the original shea and coconut oil as I find coconut oil is so thin that it doesn’t pack much of a moisturizing punch against Calgary’s dry climate. I’ve also made some shea/cocoa body butters before, and they’ve been downright indulgent.

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To my luxurious buttery base I’ve added a good dose of menthol crystals and rounded it out with rosemary, fir, lavender, and tea tree essential oils. Then I’ve whipped it all together into a thick, creamy foot butter that melts into the skin beautifully, leaving your feet soft and tingly. I think you’ll love it!

Rocky Mountain Foot Butter

50g | 1.76oz unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
25g | 0.88oz cocoa butter (USA / Canada)

10g | 0.35oz menthol crystals
20 drops rosemary essential oil
20 drops fir essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil

Weigh the unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) into a mixing bowl and grab your electric beaters. Blend it up a bit, until it’s whippy and creamy.

Weigh the cocoa butter (USA / Canada) and menthol crystals into a small heat resistant glass measuring cup and melt them together over a double boiler (menthol crystals are oil soluble).

Pour the melted cocoa/menthol mixture over the unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) and whip the mixture together. Blend in the essential oils. Keep coming back to the mixture and whip it for a minute or so until it’s set up nicely.

Scoop your lovely foot butter into a 120mL/4oz wide-mouthed jar and enjoy!

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