May 14, 2013

Homemade Rosemary and Peppermint Foot Scrub


We're approaching that time of year where sandals and other strappy toe & heel baring shoes make their way into our wardrobe. And if you're like me and haven't had a pedicure in about a 5 months it may be time to give your feet a little tlc

What you won't find on this post? Photos of my feet. Not because I don't like them, I think they are fine, but simply because there is no way, NO WAY I tell you, to photograph feet in a "cute, blog-able" way. So, I will trust that your imaginations will fill in the "steps" where my feet are not shown.


First, this is the easiest project you may ever do. And you can create whatever "flavor" or type of scrub you desire. You can swap out salt for sugar, kosher salt for sea salt, peppermint for vanilla, etc. It's completely up to you.

I was in a minty fresh mood when I created this scrub so I reached for the peppermint essential oil and the rosemary. I was wavering between that combo or perhaps grinding up some coffee beans and mixing a little vanilla in for a coffee scrub. Maybe I'll do that next week. 

So, grab your ingredients of choice and measure out, to your liking, what you would like to mix it. I like using table salt and kosher salt for a variety in grit.

Here are my rough measurements for a 1 time use scrub on 2 feet.

1/4 cup Kosher salt
1 tbsp table salt
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tbsp olive oil
3 drops peppermint oil
1/2 tsp rosemary


Toss everything in a cup, and stir together. If it's too dry, add a bit more oil. If it's too wet, add more salt.


I loved the fresh smell of this scrub and the peppermint oil completely cleared my sinuses as I used in on the shower*. My feet felt smooth and hydrated when I was finished. 


Have you made a homemade scrub before? What are your favorite ingredients? 

*of course, be careful using this in the shower since the oil will be slippery on the shower floor. And use a plastic container, instead of glass, to avoid a potential disaster of glass shards in the shower from a broken dish. This did not happen, but in hindside I should have grabbed a plastic bowl! 

24 comments:

  1. This looks divine! Especially since getting my feet scrubbed at a pedicure place makes me crack up. When I do it to myself maybe I won't be so ticklish....
    Ashley Rane Sparks
    www.makeitrane.com

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  2. Love it! I use kosher salt, a coulple pinches of sugar, lavendar and olive oil! I love using this stuff :) Thanks for the post, I never thought of the rosemary before! Great idea!

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  3. I love the look of this! I am definitely going to give this a try. It looks devine just from the pictures.

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  4. Ooooo...I need to try that! I gotta get my feet pretty for my little brother's wedding next month. :-)

    I like to do a body scrub of sugar and olive oil in the shower, especially during the dry winter months. Especially right before I shave my legs. Talk about smooth!

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  5. I bet this smells amazing! And thank you for not posting feet pictures. Baby feet are cute, but adult feet freak me out..haha

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  6. Love this! Sounds so easy to make and much less expensive to make your own, then buy some at the store. Can't wait to try it out!

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  7. I am definitely going to have to give the peppermint a try. My latest is olive oil/sugar/coffee scrub and I adore it!
    ~K

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  8. that looks so easy and I bet it smells so good! I would really like to give this a try!
    thank so much for sharing...you've inspired me to do a little project this weekend!
    -april

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  9. Where do you find peppermint oil?

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  10. I love the idea of peppermint! I have made body scrubs before, but never a foot scrub.
    http://www.bumpstobabies.blogspot.com/

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  11. I'm liking this recipe and all the possible variations!

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  12. Where do you get your essential oils?

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  13. I cannot WAIT to give this a try. THanks for sharing!

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  14. Looks delicious - thanks for sharing! I use a homemade body scrub, the recipe for which I found in a Redbook magazine. It is particularly effective in the winter months. I can't seem to find a link to it online, but here it is, with my modifications in parentheses:

    Shower Smoothie*

    2 oz wet coffee grounds (I use a French press for my morning coffee, and recycle the coffee grounds from there - love the coffee smell in this scrub, especially first thing in the morning!)
    2 oz Epsom salts (I use whatever bath salts I have on hand; if the salt is too coarse, I grind it a bit)
    1 ripe avocado, mashed (I personally find that a half an avocado is plenty for one time; if you have an avocado that is starting to go bad, don't throw it away - use it for the scrub!)
    2 oz plain Greek yogurt
    Sunflower seed oil (I never have this, so I use olive oil)

    *I found that the amounts listed in the Redbook recipe make too much scrub for one time, so I start with half an avocado, a couple of teaspoons of yogurt, and combine the rest of the ingredients to get the right consistency. Also, I usually let the avocado and yogurt sit on the counter for 20-30 minutes before using - otherwise the scrub is too cold. Or, just make sure you warm it up a bit in your hands before scrubbing!

    In a medium bowl, mix coffee grounds and salts. In another, mix avocado and yogurt. Combine contents of both bowls, stirring thoroughly. Mix in just enough oil to make a smooth - not runny - paste. Now step into the shower, get wet, and turn off the water. Here comes the fun part: using the entire palm of each hand, vigorously scrub your body from feet to neck for several minutes. When you're gone, just rinse and glow!

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  15. This looks lovely! I went to the spa on Sunday (my mother's day treat) and had a foot soak that consisted of Epsom salt, dried flowers and dried sage. I think they also had a rosemary version, but I didn't get to see what else was in it. I love spa at home too!

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  16. I made this last night and did it on my sister, brother-in-law, husband, and myself and it was AWESOME. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. this looks so fab :) would be such a great gift! xx

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  18. Where did you get those measuring bowls from!? I LOVE them...too adorable...

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  19. I don't have any peppermint oil, but I have lavender handy, now I have to make this over the long weekend! I had a pedicure a couple weeks ago, even added the paraffin upgrade for my rough heels, but they are still not so good. Time for a little DIYing. Lol.

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  20. LOVE Rosemary and never thought of adding it to a scrub - GREAT IDEA - THANKS!!! I just recently got into being a little more home-made so I know what products are being used, and its also fun. Because of my sensitive skin, I made a scrub with Shea Butter/Euro Salts/Grape Seed Oil/Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil. I love it. But I can say I will change it up a little and add Rosemary next time :-) For those wondering about ingredients, I got them all at www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com ... and they give you free shipping too!!

    Great recipe - Thanks Kate!!

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  21. Exquisite! I'm trying it this weekend! :)

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  22. Go to footsmart.com They have a few diff kinds and some heel wraps to help with the rough heels too. Good luck and a local CVS should have some Sally Hansen stuff which is good also
    http://www.footcentersofnc.com/doctors.html

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