Most of Washington state's beaches aren't exactly easy on bare feet and many of Whidbey's beaches are no different. The gorgeous rocky shorelines bring sea life right up to our noses, but those same beaches can be awfully hard on our toeses. ;-) Hey, it's summer. I'm going to be rhyming! Anyway, wiser people might wear heavy beach boots or at least swimming booties, but--I can say this out loud now that I'm 50--in our family we tend to be more stubborn than wise. I want to be barefoot often when it's warm out! And so I often am. And so my feet pay the price. In summer, they get noticeably drier and more scuffed and scraped up, especially in early summer as they reacclimate to the abuse of barnacles, ragged rocks, broken shells, and everything else the beaches here throw our way.
These bars have been named with summer here on Whidbey in mind. And. These bars will also work for hardworking and hard playing feet in general. Feet in hiking boots, high heels, clogs, work boots, cowboy boots, and sandals, for example. It is an honor and a privilege to have time to be at the beach and time to tend to tired and sore feet. If you can afford to get an extra bar for your hardest working friend, do it. Not everyone can get away to the beach.
Important: This lotion bar is for softening dry, scuffed, and scraped up feet when you're back home after time out on the beach or elsewhere. If you actually cut your foot, seek help. Our Whidbey Boo Boo salve can help with minor cuts. But don't mess around with larger cuts. Get yourself medical help ASAP! Love those feet. They deserve it. All feet do.
Ingredients: Grown on Whidbey (here at Silly Dog studios) lavender, peppermint, spearmint, yarrow; comfrey leaf and flower gathered at Workin Dreams Farm, a local organic farm; and Usnea lichen (gathered off of windfall branches and the forest floor after windstorms here--never off of standing trees, living or dead) infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, plus coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and just a couple of drops per bar of lavender essential oil from Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey.
To use: 1. Hold the lotion bar between your palms to warm it. In summer, or just out of the bath or shower, when your skin is unusually warm, you may not have to do step #1 at all. In winter or when your hands are unusually cold, this step may take a few more seconds that normal. 2. Rub the bar into your skin like regular body lotion. For this particular bar: Focus on your dry, walk-, work-, or play-weary feet, toes, ankles, and calves. Important: Make sure to rub the lotion in really well on the bottoms of your feet, so that your feet aren't slippery before you start moving again, or put socks on after you've pampered your feet.
Size: These lotion bars are hand poured into molds and are roughly (almost always) 2.3 ounces.
Packaging: These bars come in a silver, reusable metal push-top tin.
Why this bar costs a little more than some of the other bars: These new summer 2021-release lotion bars are slightly larger than our older lotion bars (2.3 oz vs 2.0 oz), and they come in a reusable tin instead of a compostable piece of paper. This is where the $1 price increase came from, just to cover our expenses. If you would prefer to spend less, let me know and I can adjust options for how these bars are packaged. Important: If you cannot afford this bar but you or someone you know really needs it, reach out to me personally. Together we can figure out how to not allow money to stand in our way! We are smarter than money!
Notice for people who live in warmer climates: These bars were made for locals and formulated for the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. They begin to melt at body temperature. If you live in a place substantially warmer than here (where summer temps are usually around 70-75 degrees F), you may find them too melt-y for your taste. Also, if we ship them to you during warm months, watch for them and get them out of your warm mailbox or out of the box on your warm porch ASAP!
Medical disclaimer: Please don't use this bar if you are allergic to the ingredients, and always stop using a product if your body doesn't like it. These plants are our trusted friends, and yet we all respond to plants differently: that is the nature of relationships with the living. To make well-informed decisions for yourself, seek the guidance of your qualified health professional, such your medical doctor, nurse practitioner, naturopathic physician, and/or clinical herbalist with questions regarding your medical conditions, dosage information, and possible interactions with prescription drugs. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription drugs, have a chronic disease or any chronic concern, and/or you have allergies.
The information on this page is for general reference for further exploration and study. It is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice. I'm an herbalist who leans on ever-deepening relationships with local forests and plants and herbs and flowers and lichen, local wise women, ancestors (my own and others), other herbalists, and learning traditional folk ways from people who love to share them, every chance I get. I intentionally study forests and plants directly, plus community wellness and connectedness, resilience, self-organizing groups, playfulness and deep fun, and life as lived by regular folks who don't take themselves too seriously--because I believe these are what humanity (at least my part of humanity) needs to learn more about and become better at right now. I don't study illness or disease. I'm not a doctor or a scientist. I'm not a professional researcher in the allopathic (western) medicine sense. I've also never been pregnant or had children.