To all my ladies with naturally smooth, gorgeous feet , this post is NOT for you. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still got mad love (and envy) for your photogenic tootsies, but the rest of us living in cracked heel hell, well, we’re the ones who need help.
After spending the winter ignoring everything around my ankles, I’ve ended up with two very cracked heels and a few square feet of scaly skin. My feet, as my eighth-grade self might describe them, look “hella gross,” and it’s time for action. I’ve started testing Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme ($9 for a 4.34 oz. tube). I sure hope it helps me turn my tootsies around in time for sandal season.
One of Burt’s three foot creams, it’s been out for a while, but this is the first time I’ve given it a try. The company says it prevents and protects dry, cracked or rough skin with deeply penetrating emollient botanical oils.
Sounds good, right?
Well, it gets fantastic ratings on the Burt’s Bees website ( 97% recommendation rate!), so I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
After one week with this thick, greasy cream, I wouldn’t say my feet are foot fetish worthy yet, but I do think I’m back to being able to wear flip-flops without feeling self-conscious. My heels aren’t as cracked or dry as they were, and there’s a definite decline in skin scaliness around the tops of my feet and toes. My toesies are soft again, just like the tummy of my favorite tabby, or post-Britney Kevin Federline.
A hefty 4.34 oz. tube of the stuff costs just $9 at Target… What do ya think of the yellow packaging? Not bad, right? I dig the old-timey illustrations of coconut halves.
Notice the black bar on the tube that says 99.4% natural? Burt’s Bees states the percentage of natural ingredients on all of their products. Right now, they’ve got about 150 items for face, hair and body, and half of them are 100% natural. This happens to be one of the ones that’s just a tiny shade shy of 100%, but the company says they’ll have this one and the others to 100% natural soon.
But back to this minor miracle in a tube. The star ingredient in Coconut Foot Creme is — yup, you guessed it — coconut oil. Coconut oil, which comes out of the white part of the flesh after it’s pressed, not only smells delicious, but is also a natural, fatty moisturizer. Solid at room temperature, it melts right into the skin. Its consistency makes it ideal for emulsifying, or binding, ingredients in natural beauty products.
Along with coconut oil, Burt added peppermint and rosemary oils to the product, and they’re a toe-rific delight.
That’s not what I expected though. The thought of coconut and mint mixed grossed me out at first, but it works. The coconut smells natural and fresh, not like that sugary sweet synthetic coconut stuff in teeny bopper body splashes.
There is one big thing I wish I could change about this cream: “grease is the word.”
Heavy in plant-based oils, it feels very, very greasy — so greasy that it takes a solid five minutes of vigorous massaging per foot to rub it in!
Consequently it’s not the most practical cream in the world for busy daytime use. On more than one occasion I’ve slipped clean out of my flip-flops, oops!
Now I’m slathering it on under a pair of socks right before bed to trap it in like podiatric magic.
I’m nuts over this stuff, ha ha! It works fast, smells great and made my feet respectable once more. Big ups, Burt, for creating this natural, affordable beauty gem. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
You might like Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme if…
- You dig drugstore prices and like the sound of $9
- You like natural skincare
- You go coo coo for coconut
- Your heels need heavy duty hydration
- You don’t mind the time it takes to apply
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. We made it through Monday, hooray! Are you still in one piece? I hope so. What are you doing tonight? First, I’m hitting the treadmill, and then I plan to re-re-re-watch episodes of Sex and the City: Season Three.
I’m trying to make it through the whole series before the movie comes out at the end of the month. Yes, I know…