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Homemade foot scrub

Peppermint foot scrub

By Cybele

I always find it hard coming up with presents for my mother-in-law. I’m not sure why, as I’m lucky to have a lovely one. An online battery company keeps sending me emails about their gift specials and I giggled at the thought of giving her a pack of AA batteries with a nice cheesy tag of ‘you recharge me’.

Now, I hate to assume, because no doubt someone out there has a fierce love of collecting batteries and would get a real buzz out of receiving a four pack of AA batteries. As for the rest of us and for about the same cost as that four pack of batteries I can give my mother-in-law a peppermint foot scrub and matching foot lotion as well, but I think I might throw in the whole pedicure kit and kaboodle, using my kit and instructions for a home foot spa and cuticle oil.

I have used sugar in this homemade foot scrub recipe, because I’m making it as a gift and want to take advantage of its slightly sweet smell. When making it for myself I’m sold on Epsom salt. You can read why I’ve fallen head over heals for the humble salt here.


  • 1-2 cups of sugar, the coarsest available or Epsom salt (the quantity range is because some brands and grades of sugar and salt seem to absorb more liquid than others)
  • ½  cup of warmed coconut oil (or grapeseed or olive oil)
  • 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops of green  food colouring (optional.) I used 4 drops, but I think it’s a bit too dark.

1. Mix them all together and pour into a jar. Use enough sugar or salt until you’re happy with the consistency.

2. Label with a six month used by date and with the following instructions: Test for irritation on a discrete spot. Use once a week prior to showering or in a foot bath. Made with love x

Cybele x

What presents has your mother-in-law loved?

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Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine

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  1. All the exfoliating in the world wouldn’t help my battered feet, but I’ll try anything once!!

  2. Thank you for sharing your recipes to “beauty”. I have just started to make my own lotion bars and foot scrub. I just happened on your site and LOVE it! I appreciate your time to type it up and take pictures.

  3. Hey Cybele,
    I just am across your blog via craftgawker and I juts love it! So inspiring and I love the way you write – makes me smile the whole time 😀
    My mom is on holiday during mother’s day and she already got her gift but this foot-scrub is kind of perfect as a “welcome back” gift ;D I bet she’ll love it!
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Lots of love from Germany

    • Hello Maria, Thanks for the lovely comment. How good is Craftgawker! It has the most amazing stuff. I hope your mum has a great holiday. This would make a fantastic welcome back gift.Just remember to keep a bit for yourself x

  4. holly pomichter

    Can’t wait to try this! Coconut oil comes in a solid mass. Did you melt it down before mixing it together?

  5. Good point. I made this in hot weather and my coconut oil was already soft. But, yes, you’ll need to soften the coconut oil before mixing. I better change the post. Thank you for noticing and letting me know!

  6. I mixed this together yesterday for Christmas, I used exact measurements listed and the mixture was very wet and it separated as it sat. Is it supposed to be that way? I even added a little extra Epsom salts to try to absorb the excess oil and it is still the same way

  7. Oh no! How peculiar. What carrier oil did you use? There is definitely no harm in adding extra salt or sugar until you get a good thick consistency and this should stop any separation. I hope this helps!

    • Yes it did. I looked at it again today after it had set for over night. It was much thicker and set nicely. I may have to sir it before I give it out but it is much nicer today than yesterday

      • Thank you for letting me know. I just tried it with a different brand of Epsom salts to the one I normally use and I needed to add more salts. For some reason there seems to be a bit of variance between brands. I have made a note in the recipe. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. Have a wonderful NYE!

  8. Hi there,

    I just stumbled across your site, it’s wonderful!

    A quick question about the foot scrub… could I use mint leaves instead of essential oil?

    • Hi,
      So lovely to have you stop by! Excellent question. Fresh ingredients are wonderful and super effective when fresh, but they deteriorate quickly when wet. If you were to make a little batch and keep it in the fridge the mint leaves would be great and should last a week.

      Although, as I type this, you’ve just reminded me of a cooking technique where various flavoured salts are made by putting fresh herbs in salt and similarly for flavoured sugars. I think you might be onto something. How exciting.

      If the mint was allowed to sit in the salt and dry out for a week or two, before the oil is mixed in, it should work. What a wonderful product that might be.
      Thank you for asking! I think I need to try this x

  9. Your style is really unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff from.
    Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity,
    Guess I’ll just book mark this page.

  10. Love this recipe and so easy to make. The photos look lovely too!

  11. This seems like the perfect gift. But I’m having troubles finding a good sized container for it. How many oz would you say one batch of the recipe makes?

    • Hello Cate, I have to confess everyone seems to love this gift. One of the things I love about making my own is that I can make it exactly how I or friend might want it, but it can be challenging to give exact quantities, because it depends on the salt or sugar you use, as some need more oil than others and you may prefer and runnier mix. However, I used a 1/2 pint jar and had some leftover to use on my feet that were in desperate need of some loving care! I hope this helps. Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with on your diy beauty adventure!
      Bele x

  12. Hello,
    I’ve been trying to find a good foot scrub forever without needing all different kinds of ingredients. One question I have is, can I use pure peppermint extract instead of the essential oils?

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