Homemade paw balm

I have done it.

I have made homemade paw palm.

I totally could of just bought paw balm from the store but I wanted to give it a try and see if it could be done easily, and you know what?

It can and it is super easy!

Here’s the low down on how I did.

First, I had no idea what ingredients go into paw balm so I did a little searching. There were a lot of sites that had basic recipes and the one that I liked the most was this one.ย Some of the recipes that I found called for glycerin, but I preferred using one that did not.

Then I headed out to get the ingredients.

Homemade paw balm ingredients

I went to our local health food store and got:

  • Shea butter
  • Lavender oil (Lavendula augustifolia)ย  (I chose this because of its calming healing properties)
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Beeswax
  • Olive oil. Pure. Organic. Extra Virgin
  • Little metal containers

All the products that I got were all natural, human grade.

The actual making was super easy:

I used a double boiler over low heat and combined

I stirred all the ingredients together until the beeswax melted and then poured it into the round metal tins and let it set.

So easy!

What I would different the next time.

  • add coconut oil. (which I forgot to get and it is used in the original recipe)
  • use almond oil instead of olive oil. (not that I didn’t like the olive oil but I’ve never used almond oil before and I want too)
  • not buy a huge block of beeswax because it was super hard to cut. I wound up having to use my grater to get the 4 tsp. Next time I will look for smaller bars, but right now I have a whole lot of beeswax to use.
  • Make bigger batches. This batch only filled about 2 of my round tins so I doubled the recipe. Next time I will double that.

All the ingredients cost me about $30..


I’ve been using the paw balm on Sherman for the last 3 days. I’ve put it on all of his paws and his cracked nose and I’ve been happy with the results. His paws are softer and he hasn’t had any reactions and neither have I. I have sensitive skin so I wanted to make sure I didn’t react to any of the ingredients. Yesterday I put the paw palm to the test in the snow. I took both the dogs for a walk in the woods but I only put the paw balm on Sherman’s paws. Sherman definitely had less snow accumulation on the bottom of his paws than Leroy.

I’m looking forward to giving this as gifts this year to my friends and family!

* I only use this as needed. For instance, I won’t use this every single time the dogs go out in the snow in the backyard, but I will use it when we are going for long walks. You don’t want the pads to become too soft, as this may cause more injury. Also, remember that keeping the hair between your dog’s pads can make the balm easier to apply and help minimize snowballs.

** While lavender oil if safe to use on dogs I have read reports that lavender oil and several other essential oils may NOT be safe to use with cats. I’m not an expert on this so I can’t advise any further.

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84 Comments on Homemade Paw Balm

  1. Hi, I live in a very cold and snowy climate. My newfies also love to cross country ski and the battle with snow balls is ongoing. When newfie #1 was younger, I tried putting lotion (natural and oil based) on his paws. They were very sensitive for a month afterward. I have been very nervous about putting anything on their paws since. However, he tends to be over dramatic. Has anyone ever heard of oils making paws more sensitive? It has been a firm -10 F lately and neither newfie wants to be outside for long.

    • Hi Naia,

      From what I have read you do have to be careful and use the balm or lotion only as needed because you don’t want the paw pads to become too soft because soft pads can lead to more injuries. Have you ever tried dog boots for them?

    • I would totally use coconut oil too. I usually have a big jar of it but I ran out and I get it from Costco, and….well…….. I’m not allowed to go there by myself anymore so I had to use the olive oil :)

  2. You have just discovered a new business venture Jen! Lol, seriously, I think I may try this. If we take the kids out for a snowy walk it will add some protection.

  3. We think that’s cool (even if Gracie isn’t too sure). Looks like a great gift. Wonder what it does on human heels and cracked feet. Worth a try.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    • From what I have read and experienced the paw balm is suppose to help protect against ice, salt, snowballs on the paws and hot concrete, but its not a guarantee.

  4. Cool! All those ingredients for $30 is definitely cheaper than store-bought balm. Though, I will likely continue to pay extra for the convenience (I’m not much of a do-it-yourselfer). But however you get it, we can’t get through a winter without one product or another! (Also, judging by the ingredients, I bet the homemade stuff smells way better than the scentless store bought stuff we use.)
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    • I know you could do this Jen! If I can you can!

      I was looking around and I noticed that some balms have more things in it than others so I decided to try the lavender. I only used a few drops because I didn’t want it to be too strong and it really gives it a nice soothing smell and not too overpowering.

  5. Sounds like you did a great job congrats! Lexie hates any smell and will not let me put it on at all. If by chance I succeed she will lick it all off immediately before she gets up. Ironically she is the one who hates to get the balls of snow in her feet Mica could care less!
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  6. Awesome idea! I have some paw balm from Cain and Able that I love, but I don’t look forward to the day I’ll have to replace it. I think I’ll make this instead! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Got my beeswax pellets from ebay and just made a batch! I doubled what you have posted here and used coconut oil instead of olive oil (nixed the lavender… I have a cat and it was one less thing to buy) It filled a medium sized baby food jar. Feels nice on my skin… going to attempt an application on the dogs tonight when they’re good and tired!

  8. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! My oldest dog is about 10 now and the last time I went home to visit my parents. I realize she was slightly
    limping, upon closer inspection I saw that her paws are cracked! Ouch. I am looking at Amazon to purchase Snout soother for her nose (slightly rough, probably hyper keratosis due to old age), and a good paw balm. I bought Mushers secret or something like that from Canada. But to be honest it’s quite expensive. And I’m not sure if I can secure a good supply (my parents are in Asia). So I will definitely give this recipe a go! Let’s just hope beeswax and shea butter are easy to find in Asia. Any ideas for substitution will be greatly appreciated!

  9. Hey there. We own and raise English bulldogs. On the beeswax I bought from a local beekeeper and five pound blocks you can melt it in a coffee can and then pour it into inexpensive individual small silicone molds to make it easier to pop out and use in recipes. I would definitely use coconut oil because dogs love it and it’s also antibacterial and it’s good for them. I’ve also seen a recipe like this put And sold in and put into an empty, clean, deodorant dispenser. When I’m making lotions and lip balms for myself, I usually melt the beeswax in any other solids like cocoa butter and an empty coffee can because once beeswax touches anything you pretty much have to dedicated just to beeswax.

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