Homemade Foot Scrub Recipes

Make your own homemade foot scrubs and give yourself a lift!

A great way to take care of yourself is to take care of your feet.

Somehow, lavishing a little care and attention on that often-ignored part of your body can give your whole mood a lift.

These quick, easy-to-make foot scrub recipes will not only perk you up, but they'll also leave your feet smooth, soft and smelling wonderful.

I've included a bonus aromatherapy foot soak recipe, as well as some more skincare suggestions for foot lotion, moisturizing oil and a shea butter massage bar to follow the homemade foot scrub. Enjoy!

Refreshing Homemade Foot Scrub

This minty-sweet foot scrub recipe cools and revives tired, aching feet, energizes your whole body and at the same time cleanses by killing odor causing bacteria. Start with a skin-softening foot soak (recipe below) to really amplify the effects of your homemade foot scrub.


1 cup (180g) Cornmeal

1/4 cup (55g) Sea Salt or Epsom Salt

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

4 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil

2 to 4 tablespoons Sweet Almond oil (per use)


  1. Measure the cornmeal and salt into a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Cap the jar and shake vigorously to combine.

  2. Open the jar and drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own spot on top of the corn/salt mixture.

  3. Re-cap the jar and shake again to incorporate the essential oils into the dry ingredients.

  4. Let sit 24 hours to 'cure'. Store in a cool, dark place.

  5. To use: Mix 1/4 cup of the homemade foot scrub with enough sweet almond oil or water (2 to 4 tablespoons) to make a thick paste.

  6. Massage the foot scrub paste into your feet, paying extra attention to any rough, callused areas. Rinse, pat dry and moisturize. (Try this peppermint lotion - yummy!)

Simple Salt Foot Scrub Recipe

This homemade foot scrub recipe uses salt and vinegar to deodorize feet and balance pH. Its combination of peppermint, lavender and black pepper essential oils soothes pain and relaxes your body while boosting healthy energy. Scrubbing helps improve circulation. Awesome!


1 cup (225g) Sea Salt

4 drops Peppermint essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Black Pepper essential oil

2 tablespoons (30ml) Cider Vinegar (per use)

1/4 to 1/2 cup Olive oil or Shea Butter (per use)


  1. Measure the salt into a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own spot on top of the salt.

  2. Cap the jar and shake vigorously to mix the essential oils into the salt.

  3. Let sit 24 hours to 'cure'. Store in a cool, dark place.

  4. To use: Mix 2 tablespoons of the salt with 2 tablespoons Cider Vinegar or water to make a paste.

  5. Massage the homemade foot scrub into your feet until your skin feels tingly.

  6. Rinse away the salt scrub, then massage Olive Oil or Shea Butter into your feet. Slip into a pair of comfy cotton socks and relaaaax!

Try this Sunshine Happiness Bath & Body Oil - the scent is to die for after a good foot scrub. Or for extra dry feet, use this Shea Butter Lotion Bar.

Bonus Recipe: Super-Soothing Foot Soak

This foot soak is terrific for sore, achy feet at the end of a long day.

Soothing, cooling and great for easing soreness and tension, you can use it on its own or follow it with a foot scrub.

If you want to make it extra effective for achy, tired feet, use arnica or rosemary oil to ramp up its soothing powers.

Jojoba and kukui nut oils are especially good for dry, thirsty skin.


1 cup (125g) Baking Soda

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

4 drops Eucalyptus OR Lavender essential oil

1 drop Geranium essential oil

1 teaspoon Carrier Oil of your choice



Fill a large plastic tub (big enough for both your feet) with hot water.


Add the baking soda and borax, stirring to dissolve.


Adjust the temperature to a comfortable level. (Optional: add a bunch of marbles to roll your feet around on for a built-in foot massage.)


In a small jar or bowl, mix together the carrier oil and essential oils, then pour the mixture into the foot bath.


Soak your feet for 10 to 20 minutes.


Follow with one of the above homemade foot scrub recipes and/or moisturizer.

Buying Essential Oils

I've recommended Mountain Rose as my favorite supplier since starting out on this journey. I always research suppliers for quality, ethics, price and selection, and they're great on all fronts. So I feel good about offering their products to you.

Having said that, I have to share another supplier for essential oils that I personally now use because I've found their quality to be the best. I switched to doTerra after buying a few oils like lavender and tea tree and comparing them in my recipes.

What I found was that they worked faster and more effectively than any other brand I've tried. So I want to offer their oils to you as well. It's always good to have options, don't you think?

Here's how I see it...

Buy from Mountain Rose when you're watching your budget. Also for base ingredients like cosmetic clay and carrier oils.

Buy from doTerra when quality is your most important factor. You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me to learn more about the perks of going wholesale.

Buy from Amazon if you love variety. You can always find deals, and you'll never run out of options. Just remember that if you pay a low price you're going to get a low quality, especially in the land of essential oils. This is an area where you need to buy the best you can afford, trust me.

Great Gift Idea!

Make up a little foot care duo with a jar each of foot soak and foot scrub. Add a bottle of homemade lotion or a massage bar for a sweet foot care trio.

Beyond Foot Scrub Recipes

Why stop at scrubbing your feet? Check out these other yummy, easy body and facial scrubs and get glowing skin all over... 

Body Scrub Recipes

Also called 'body polishes' or 'salt glows', these exfoliating body treatments help remove rough, dry skin and unclog pores, leaving you smooth, soft and silky, and smelling wonderful.

Facial Scrub Recipes

Make your own homemade facials tailored to your particular skin type.

Peppermint Lotion

A cool, creamy moisturizer that refreshes and soothes hot, thirsty skin. It
lifts your energy and your mood!

Sunshine Happiness Bath & Body Oil

Terrific for relieving crankiness, misery and tiredness, this is my all-time favorite aromatherapy bath oil recipe.

Shea Butter Lotion Bar

Perfect for wind-chapped and sunburned peeling skin. It makes a solid bar which melts as you rub it into your skin.

Carrier Oils Primer

A quick guide to choosing the best carrier oils for your aromatherapy recipes. Each carrier oil has its own distinct qualities. Don't be afraid to experiment.

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Foot Scrub Recipes

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