If you follow any major pet Facebook pages you’ve seen Rodney Habib’s (creator of Planet Paws) paw wax video floating around. Well, I tried it and its just as easy and amazing as it looked. It takes four ingredients and 15 minutes to make. Paw wax is used to protect your dogs paws from the snow, slush, salt, chemicals and ice that comes along with these cold winter months. However, once I thought about it more, it should really be used year round. After all, it takes some fancy chemicals to kill weeds and mosquitoes that drive us crazy in the summer.
If you are at home right now, take 10 seconds to go touch your dogs paw pads. Are they dry? Rough? Cracked? Or do they feel soft and smooth? Ideally, they will be soft and smooth. If they aren’t this DIY recipe will do wonders to help them heal.
- 3 oz. Beeswax
- 3 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 3 Tbsp. Avocado Oil
- Pinch of Calendula Flowers or Calendula Oil
- 10 drops Frankincense Oil
In Rodney Habib’s recipe he used 3 Tbsp. calendula oil but I ordered dried Calendula flowers on Amazon by mistake, which turned out to be just fine. He also didn’t include Frankincense oil but with its amazing healing properties I figured that it would only make it better.
Step 1: Melt the Beeswax – Beeswax takes a little while to melt so be patient. I measure out 3 ounces in a kitchen scale. Melt it on medium/low heat. Beeswax has properties that soothe and soften skin. Plus, its what makes the wax stay on their paws and not melt away with their body heat.
Step 2: Add and Melt Coconut Oil – The coconut oil will melt rather quickly depending how big the chunks are. Coconut oil has properties that help heal wounds, its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and moisturizes skin.
Step 3: Add Avocado Oil, Calendula Flowers (or oil) and 10 drop of Frankincense Oil. – These ingredients can be added last because they do not need to melt. Avocado oil helps boost the skins ability to generate new cells. Calendula Flowers (oil) is an anti-septic which helps heal cuts and scrapes. Frankincense oils does pretty much everything! Its an anti-septic, reduces pain and inflammation, helps nourish skin and more.
Step 4: Pout into adorable containers! – Its best to find something relatively shallow but wide enough for your dogs paws.
Step 5: Cool – This process takes 15-20 minutes. I ended up adding a bit more calendula flowers to the top just for fun.
Step 6: Apply and go for a walk! – The residue from the salt trucks is insane! You’d think it had just snowed but nope! That is all salt. So order some ingredients, find some cute containers and make your pups paws happy!