I had every intention of trying the new Listerine footbath hype. Just to see what it would give. Now to be honest I don’t like feet. I’m not into foot massages, baths or any other activity that people do with their feet apart from walking. So for me to decide to try the hype is a major thing because I can’t remember the last time I had a footbath. I had ran out of the products I needed, so I had to go to the store which prompted my father to utter his complaint about his body lotion. I told him it was best he used body butter instead of lotion. My inner chemist woke up immediately, because I had been wanting to make body butter for quite some time now. Without hesitation I offered to make one for him. Luckily he said YES! Off to the store we went.
As I am still perfecting the body butter recipe I won’t share it just yet, sorry! I need to be sure that it’s really good first. Anyway back from the store I outlined all the products needed for the body butter. I had my dad smell all my essential oils and he thought all of them smelt bad! In his world lavender smells like cleaning detergent. Granted, lots of cleaning detergents do have a lavender smell but I was still stunned that, that was my father’s first thought. In conclusion he declined the offer of adding lovely smelling essential oils.
Then we faced a minor issue. For the body butter I needed to have a bain-marie, which apparently we didn’t own. Obviously this is easy to create with a bowl and a pot when you have a bowl that is big or small enough. We had an ideally sized pot, well that’s if you ask me, however the bowl proved to be a bit of a problem. We have lots of bowls just not all of them are heatproof, which is really important in this case! After a good search and help from mom we found what we needed and put all the ingredients to melt together and create the body butter. I found out that I need to work on my patience since the oils were not melting and mixing fast enough, I for a moment thought I did something wrong. I didn’t.
After everything became a nice mixture I took the bowl off the water to let it cool which made my father think it was done. Obviously it still needed to harden and be mixed. As the bowl was in the fridge to harden I set up a footbath for my dad. I had to put tea tree essential oil in the water, hot water to be exact, to the dislike of my father’s nose. When shopping I asked if he wanted one too since he usually does, I guess he didn’t count on another run in with my essential oils. I walked him through the entire process of cleaning and washing feet so he could do that while I was doing my hair. I’m telling you my spa day with daddy was a well organized multitasking event!
In all the commotion of my father getting a footbath and me doing my hair I had completely forgotten about the cooling body butter. When I went to check on it six hours later.. Oops!, it had completely hardened. As I didn’t have time to let it sit outside to soften I just put it in the microwave for 30 seconds which got it to the consistency I needed. WIN! You just gotta love a microwave. I whipped it up and it smelt delicious, all the ingredients integrated well with each other. I went all over the house again to look for the perfect jar to put it in and gave it to my father. He did like the natural smell of the body butter. Finally something pure that smells good to him! Would’ve been a shame if he didn’t like the smell of his own body butter!
For the footbath, I can only tell you what my dad said because I sneakily opted out as I enjoyed doing my hair and making the body butter more. He said his feet do feel soft after the footbath. Whether that is in fact softer I leave in the middle. So does the Listerine footbath work? I don’t know. I just know that I had a lovely impromptu spa day with my father.
A complaint turned into an eventful day.