While house-sitting for my mother and father this past weekend I saw something on the counter that grabbed my attention and I have not been able to think about anything else since. I found a tube of "foot butter." What is this? Why would we need it? Why is it peppermint?

From the packaging I could wager a few guesses as to what it's purpose might be. I figured it was some fancy ass, niche way to sell moisturizer. I looked it up and apparently it's for dry, cracked feet and heels, gross.

This particular company is selling this "Dirty Works: Best Foot Forward Foot Butter" on Amazon for like $13. Amazon did not have a great product description so I dug a little deeper and found a more detailed description on something called Cosmotrade, here is how they explain this:

With peppermint oil. An intensely nourishing treat for feet with a hydrating, buttery blend of moisturizing Sweet Almond Oil and Shea Butter to banish dry, rough skin. Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil also help to invigorate tired, aching feet leaving them refreshed, soft and super smooth. Massage a generous amount into clean feet. Allow to dry completely before dressing.

They say ingredients include:

Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitan Stearate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Carbomer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Limonene.

I looked up some of these ingredients and cross referenced them with ingredients you can find in regular moisturizer and i'm not seeing a ton of difference so I think I am right, this is just a marketing tactic. What are they trying to pull here?

You add peppermint, call it foot butter and jack the price up by $9 over regular moisturizer and trick my mother into buying it? Is that the game here? I'm putting a stop to this s--- right now, you are not going to steal one more dollar from my mom "Dirty Works!" This is dirty, indeed and gross. The words foot and butter do not make selling points for me, it's an odd and disgusting pairing.

Mom, I'm sorry I had to do this, I was not trying to "out you" but you are overpaying for moisturizer with a nasty name. I'll buy you moisturizer if you need it, for a third of what you are paying now and if you need butter, I can pick that up too.

P.S. Why is it in the guest bathroom? Do you expect all your guests to butter their feet? Please advise at your earliest convenience.

Mom and I
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