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Sherman and Leroy love the winter and while most Newfies were made for the cold, the conditions that come along with their favorite season can be harsh on certain parts of their body.
One part of their body that is exposed the most to wintery conditions is their paws. They get little (sometimes big) snowballs that form on their paws when we have a fresh coating of snow. If they get a lot of them that build up when they’re outside, it can become uncomfortable for them and they’ll try to chew them out.
When they chew them out they sometimes pull the hair and their paws get irritated. In attempts to battle the snowballs, I try to rub some paw wax on the bottom of their paws before they go out.
I’ve been making this paw palm for quite a few years and I made a fresh batch this weekend and updated my recipe to share with you.
Supplies Needed For DIY Paw Wax
- Shea butter
- Lavender oil (optional)
- Vitamin E oil
- Olive oil. Pure. Organic. Extra Virgin
- Coconut Oil
Recipe For DIY Paw Wax
- 4 tsp. of beeswax
- 2 TBSP of shea butter
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil
- 5- 10 drops of lavender oil (optional)
Instructions For DIY Paw Wax
- Fill a pot or pan about 1/3 – 1/2 with water.
- Heat on medium heat until the water gets warm
- Place a small glass mixing bowl or measuring cup in the water creating a double boiler.
- Add beeswax inside the glass measuring cup stirring often for about 10 minutes
- When the beeswax is melted slowly add in shea butter, olive oil, and coconut oil.
- Mix until well blended.
- Remove from heat and add vitamin E oil and the lavender oil. (be careful removing as the glass will be hot)
- Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into storage containers
- Allow mixture to cool (Usually about 1-2 hours)
- Cover with cap and label as needed
Store your DIY paw wax in a cool, dry area and it should keep for about 24 months.
You can use any type of container that you would like such as small tins that you can get at most local craft stores, Mason jars, small metal gift card boxes or even lids. I used a lid to our joint supplement tub because it’s big enough to rub a Newfie’s paw in or you could use the lid to one of your Bath and Body 3 wick candles.
The above recipe fills 1 tin so if you are making this for gifts, adjust the recipe accordingly.
For beeswax, I recommend getting the pastilles rather than a block of beeswax. I had the block and had to grate it so I just think that the pastilles will be easier to work with but I couldn’t find them locally.
You can decorate your container any way you choose or you don’t have to decorate it all. I used ribbon and little paw stickers that I picked up a local craft store but you can make your own labels, do a little drawing or tie some ribbon it.
The DIY paw wax makes a great gift or stocking stuffer to give for the holidays and it works out to be cheaper than the paw balm that you buy at the store.
You can also use this as a nose balm for dry, cracked noses!