DIY Foot Scrub

A few nights after my rice flour face scrub experiment, I was wishing I had a really good foot scrub, as my heels were getting rough. And so, my moisturising peppermint foot scrub was born!

I started with clean, damp feet (after I showered - the water from the shower softens the skin and makes it easier to scrub) then rubbed small amounts in circular motions until it was crumbly and stopped sticking to my skin. Then I rinsed it all off and was left with super-soft, super-moisturised, minty-fresh feet!

Obviously you can use whatever scented oil you want, but I had peppermint handy and it's a scent I usually associate with foot products, so it seemed appropriate to me.

I already had these ingredients in my kitchen, but you might need to go to a health food store for some of them:

  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 1 tablespoon rock salt

Mix together and you're done! Your mixture should end up with the texture of wet sand. The addition of the rock salt gives it a bit more grittiness for tough feet, so you might need to experiment with it. The above proportions worked for my flour, but be prepared to tweak it until you get the desired texture. This made quite a bit of scrub, as the flour expands as it absorbs the oil. I'm not sure how long it will last, but I've scrubbed my feet several times since and still have about half left. Coconut oil is supposedly antibacterial and antifungal (another great reason to use it in a foot scrub!) so it shouldn't go bad/rancid for a good long while - six months or more, I'd expect. 

[EDIT: it's now six months later and it's still going strong, but I'm fairly certain this will vary with your climate and bathroom conditions. I live in a dry climate with a well-ventilated bathroom, so I'm probably at the 'best-case scenario' end of the spectrum. If your scrub is more than a month old, make sure you inspect it thoroughly before use!]

Have you tried something similar? Which oils would you use for your feet? As always, the comment box is right there below this post - let me know what you think :)