Life is more enjoyable and carefree when your feet look and feel their best. It's our mission to simplify comprehensive foot health and beauty by creating the best products in the world to help nourish your skin, freshen your step, ease your pain, revive your nails and save your soles. Because we believe your feet deserve the same kind of regular tender, loving care as the rest of your body.
No. We love our furry (and not furry) friends. Barefoot Scientist products are not tested on animals.
Most of our products are vegan.
Barefoot Scientist products are for anyone who needs a little more TLC for their feet… which is probably everyone. Our customers are from all walks of life, careers, ages and locations, and we genuinely love to hear from you. Let us know how you #loveyourfeet.
We take pride in sourcing high quality ingredients from a network of trusted partners. Our suppliers provide ingredients that are proven to be safe and effective.
Barefoot Scientist formulations are designed and manufactured in the United States. Select accessories and hardware items are crafted in the USA, but may include international components or construction.
We are working on adding a referral program to our website. Please check back later this year.
Orders, Shipping, Returns & Exchanges
We offer free shipping on most orders. The rate is calculated at checkout.
We process and fulfill orders in a timely manner in hopes of getting your order to you as soon as possible. Most orders arrive within 3-5 business days, and you can check on the status of your order by clicking on the tracking info provided in your shipment confirmation email. Orders including PreHeels+ take the longest due to government restrictions on shipping aerosols.
We do not currently ship internationally. Please email us if you'd like information on where we have international distribution or request to be put on the mailing list for when we expand to your country.
We use all major carriers, and local courier partners. You’ll be asked to select a delivery method during checkout.
Due to strict regulations on shipping aerosols, we can only ship PreHeels+ to the 48 contiguous states at this time.
We provide the tracking info on all orders via email after the shipment is fulfilled. If you do not see this email update, please make sure that you check your spam folder for the email used to place the order at least one business day after the order is placed.
Providing our customers with a safe and secure shopping experience is critical for us. Your credit card transactions are encrypted and our servers are secure to protect you and your information.
It depends on where you are. Orders processed here will take 5-7 business days to arrive. Overseas deliveries can take anywhere from 7-16 days. Delivery details will be provided in your confirmation email.
Once your order is confirmed, we cannot guaranteed a modification or cancellation. However, if you email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, we will do our best to make the update. Please include your order number and any relevant details in the email request.
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Returns & Exchanges
We stand behind the quality of PreHeels. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us at email@example.com for assistance. Returns are accepted within 30 days of receipt. We do not offer free shipping for returns.
Please email our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the return or exchange. Please include your name, order number & return or exchange details. Our rep will give you further instructions.
You will receive your refund after the shipment is returned and receipt is confirmed.
PreHeels+ creates an invisible barrier on the skin that sits between your feet and your shoes to block the friction that causes most hot spots, irritation and blisters. It protects more than 20x better than wax sticks, it works with all types of shoes (not just heels), it's hypoallergenic and dermatologist-approved, and provides ~6 hours of protection with a typical application before it begins to naturally break down for easy removal with a washcloth, soap and water.
PreHeels+ works with ALL types of shoes, and it is a general, fast-drying, super strong-yet-flexible-and-breathable skin protectant. High heels and strappy shoes are some of the worst offenders, but virtually all shoes can irritate your skin: flats rub over the toes, sandals irritate between your toes, and even boots and running shoes often blister the back of your heel.
PreHeels+ is like invisible armor designed to block all of that friction, from any type of shoe and it is safe and effective for use wherever else clothing-induced friction occurs, like under bra straps or a backpack. It can even be used to protect you from sports-related chafing. Note: If using for skin-on-skin friction, it is essential that you allow the barrier to dry fully on both sides before allowing the surfaces to touch, or they can stick together.
Wax sticks work by temporarily lubricating your skin, but then rub off on your shoes within ~15 minutes, quickly leaving your feet vulnerable to hot spots and blisters. Bandages and inserts are unattractive, quickly fall off, are uncomfortable and can cover only small areas of your foot. PreHeels+ provides more than 20x better protection against blisters than wax sticks and won't rub off on your shoes. Unlike bandages and inserts, PreHeels+ is completely invisible and provides 100% comfortable protection to any part of your foot.
We spent several years working with a team of talented cosmetic scientists who specialize in skin protectants to create PreHeels+. We thoughtfully chose each individual ingredient to ultimately develop a hypoallergenic formulation that's safe and gentle on skin, yet tough on friction. Here's what each ingredient does:
Dimethyl Ether: propellant that enables the formulation to be sprayed evenly in a mist. This is an organic compound and common aerosol propellant that does not harm the ozone.
Mixed Acetate Solvents: liquids designed to evaporate quickly to leave the protective barrier on your skin. All of these have been shown to be completely safe over decades of use in consumer nail polishes.
Acrylate copolymers: safe, friction-blocking particles that sit on the skin and bond together to form a strong, flexible breathable barrier. These polymers are also used in nail polishes and other common coatings.
Non-phthalate plasticizer: helps make the barrier flexible so that it can move and flex with your skin. This ingredient is even approved for use with food contact.
Siloxanes: allows the barrier to feel soft and smooth on your skin. This is a common smoothing agent used in deodorants, hair sprays & facial moisturizing creams.
Extensively. In addition to choosing individual ingredients with excellent safety profiles, we have had our formulation reviewed in 3 separate independently-run clinical studies of more than 150 human volunteers, under the care and observation of clinical dermatologists to ensure the product is effective, safe and completely non-irritating.
A typical application of PreHeels+ lasts ~6 hours. It may last longer or less long depending on many factors including how thickly you apply it, how aggressive your shoes or your activity are, or how humid the weather is. If the the coating begins to wear down sooner than desired, you can apply a second layer while on the go. The coating is designed to resist light sweat and water, and to be flexible and breathable enough to stay comfortably in place while you walk, run or dance. We wanted it to last long enough to protect for a typical day or night's use, but not to last so long that it becomes difficult to remove (e.g., like super glue or something).
As such, after several hours, the PreHeels+ coating is designed to begin to break down and flake off, allowing for easy removal with a normal wet washcloth or loofa and light scrubbing. No chemical remover is typically required, but for a little extra help softening the barrier, you can use nail polish remover (acetone), ethanol alcohol (like vodka) or most common body oils.
You will receive effective coverage with one layer, but you can apply a second layer for added protection. Generally, two layers is plenty; three layers may cause the coating to become so thick that it begins to break down sooner.
No. PreHeels+ is designed only to prevent blisters by creating a protective coating on your skin. It will not help to heal existing blisters, and you should be careful NOT to spray it on existing blisters or broken/irritated skin or it can sting.
The product’s aerosol formulation is designed to enable the coating to dry ~5 times faster than a roll-on or brush-on application. As this delivery system evaporates leaving behind the strong dry barrier, a temporary alcohol-like scent will float away in around 20 seconds. The scent fades quickly as the product dries, but you can apply the product in an open area with proper ventilation or an open window to clear it even faster. Once the coating has dried, only a light (hypoallergenic) fragrance will remain.
No. We designed PreHeels+ to help prevent the most common source of skin irritation and blisters: the friction that results from your shoes repeatedly rubbing against the skin on your feet. However, the product will not help to prevent the types of blisters that are caused by pressure or when your shoes do not fit correctly. So don't spray it onto the bottoms of your feet.
No. PreHeels+ is designed only to prevent blisters by creating a protective coating on your skin. It will not help to heal existing blisters, and you should be careful NOT to spray it on existing blisters or broken or irritated skin or it can sting.
Yes. All sizes of PreHeels+ meet the TSA requirements for limited quantity aerosols and are viewed to be safe to bring aboard aircraft. It is important to remember that TSA requires all liquid, aerosol and gel items fit in a clear, sealed 1-quart plastic bag, and only one plastic zip-top bag is permitted per passenger inside carry-on baggage.
Please note that international guidelines might differ from US requirements, so we recommend checking with your airline prior to international travel.
Yes, this will help reduce swelling and inflammation. We included arnica montana in the formulation which is an effective ingredients for helping with bruises.
Sigh of Relief
Many people will feel a cooling sensation following by a warming effect. This is completely normal.
Because the product creates a warming/cooling effect on skin, you want to make sure that the sensation is limited to the treatment area. If the cream is left on your hands, it can easily be tranfered to other parts of the body - including more sensitive areas - where you don't want or need treatment. If you do get the product on skin where you don't want relief, please wash carefully with soap and water.
Twinkle Toes combines multiple powerful anti-microbial agents to kill and prevent future growth of the bacteria and fungus that cause odor on feet and in shoes.
Yes. The nail oil will further moisturize nail cuticles and the nail bed to help strengthen and smooth the foundation for new nail growth.
No. You can allow the moisturizing lather to absorb into skin, or you can wipe off with a towel, if preferred.
No, but a pumice stone will help further exfoliate the feet and slough off dry skin, so you might want to consider using them together.
We packed this formulation with a combination of 15 of the most potent moisturizing and skin healing agents from nature and cosmetics. It features a deep-absorbing and long-lasting delivery system designed for thicker skin AKA the feet.
Each package includes 2 booties, one for each foot.
We recommend using the product on freshly washed feet. You may experience more effective results by soaking your feet for 10 minutes and then drying your feet before putting on the treatment bootie.
Use scissors to cut a straight line across the top edge of the bootie, so there's an opening for your foot at the ankle area.
We recommend keeping the booties on your feet for 60 minutes. Afterwards, you can remove them and wash your feet. Please dispose (do not attempt to reuse) the booties.
No. This product is a one-use only treatment.
Do not pull or tear at skin when it starts flaking. Allow the skin to naturally fall off. You can possibly accelerate the process by soaking your feet daily.
It's important to note that everyone's skin is different. Some people experience massive amounts of peeling very quickly while others notice a subtle shedding over a week later. On average, you will experience peeling about 3 to 7 days after the treatment, but be prepared for peeling to occur up to 2 weeks later.
For the most effective exfoliation treatment, don't use moisturizer or creams on your feet until the peeling has stopped.
Use as needed, but no sooner than 2 weeks after treatment.
Sleep On It
Yes. Simply adding foot cream before you slip on the socks will amplify the results, but it's important to note that wearing the socks alone while sleeping will hydrate your feet.
Nail clippers are personal items, but we do recommend cleaning them in between uses. You can disinfect the clippers with rubbing alcohol, rinse with hand soap and pat completely dry.
These are made out of SEBS which is a safe, flexible silicone alternative with better tear resistance.
You can wash the toe spacers with warm water and soap.
In The Buff
Our pumice stone is made out of siliglass, which is a cured silicone that makes the material super clear and glass-like in texture… perfect for buffing rough skin patches.
We recommend using our product Pure Grit with the pumice stone for extra exfoliation and buffing of rough skin on feet. You can also use body soap or nothing at all. For best results, always use warm water.
It should stay relatively clean if rinsing after each use. Use dishwashing soap and hot water in between uses in order to further clean the pumice stone.
No, you can use this carefully on other rough patches of skin on the feet, especially underneath.
We recommend using very light strokes to remove a minimal amount of excess dead skin to start. Take care to not cut the skin or remove too much skin.