Summertime wouldn’t be the same without those barefoot moments, sandals, beach time, pool time, or making memories at the lake. None of which you’ll want regular shoes for. Treat your feet to some self-care using these gorgeous-smelling DIY Pedicure recipes featuring lavender essential oil, peppermint essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil. Treat yourself to a DIY Summer pedicure!
- Step 1: Exfoliate
- Step 2: Care for your Cuticles
- Step 3: Hydrate!
** PLEASE NOTE ** Don’t be fooled by clever marketing. Not all essential oils are created equally. Make sure you’re not wasting your money on fake essential oils, or oils diluted in questionable solvents (even if they’re labeled as “pure essential oil”). Don’t miss our complete guide on how to find quality essential oils to ensure you’re not wasting your money on brands of oils that legally carry out questionable or unethical practices and mislead you through deceitful marketing practices.
Step 1: Exfoliate
First thing is first when preparing your feet for fun summer weather… get rid of the roughness.
This lavender-mint sugar scrub is perfect for helping remove dead skin from your feet. Also works great in the shower on your whole body too… fantastically cooling!
What you’ll need:
We get our sugar from Costco (organic sugar by the huge bag). We alternate from the V6 carrier oil on occasion. Olive oil works great. So does avocado oil, and are relatively cheap to get… we also purchase those from Costco.
In a small bowl, mix together your favorite carrier oil (we love the V6 carrier oil) with 8 drops of your lavender essential oil and 5 drops of your peppermint essential oil. Add that mixture to your raw sugar waiting in a second bowl. Store this mix in an air-tight container (we use mason jars).
** Quick Tip: use a glass jar, not plastic
Just make sure you’re using Quality Essential Oils! And beware of clever marketing. Not all oils are create the same, as many bloggers and aromatherapists claim. We found some interesting information you’re going to want to know about finding quality essential oils.
Don’t want to DIY your foot scrub?
I rarely make my own anymore after trying out this softening mint foot scrub because it works really well, and makes my feet feel amazing.
Step 2: Cuticle Care
Cuticle health is necessary for healthy, happy toenails. We love using a little Tea Tree essential oil in the process. Just roll or swipe a little on before you use a towel or cuticle tool to help push those back.
After soaking your feet for a while (after a shower, bath, or foot bath), apply some diluted tea tree essential olio your cuticle, and rub it in until it’s absorbed.
To help make this easy, we recommend creating a roller bottle using a 10ml roller bottle or an empty 15 ml bottle with a roller topper, filled with 20 drops of Tea Tree and filled the rest of the way with your favorite carrier oil.
Step 3: Hydrate with this Pedicure Perfect Foot Balm
This foot balm is a great recipe to pamper your feet and help them from drying out and cracking. It is the absolute best lotion for dry feet that I’ve used.
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Mango Butter
- 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 15 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 15 drops Peppermint Oil
- 5 drops Eucalyptus Oil
- Wide-mouthed mason jar
Where we find the ingredients to our DIY Pedicure Perfect Foot Balm lotion
For this DIY Pedicure Perfect Foot Balm recipe we usually do most of our shopping over on Amazon. Sometimes I buy coconut oil from Costco, but if I don’t have any on hand I’ll snag some with my order. We get our essential oils here.
- Melt your coconut oil and mango butter together in a glass jar
- Remove from heat, and stir in vitamin E and essential oils
- Cool to room temperature
- Whip in a mixer until your foot balm turns a light buttery texture
- Store in an airtight glass container and store in a cool, dry place.
Don’t want to DIY? My FAVORITE lotion to use for dry feet:
My absolute favorite lotion to use on my dry, cracked feet is the Intensive Moisturizer. I use it every winter, and keep it on hand each summer, and love how it makes my feet feel refreshed and soft.
DIY Pedicure Tools and Rests
Pedicures are a LOT of fun. Not much better than a day of self-care rejuvenating your body. And its no secret taking care fo your feet is important.
Here are some tools (and a foot rest) we highly recommend to help you:
Will vaseline, petroleum jelly, or Vicks Vapor Rub help my dry feet?
This seems to be a popular remedy because it seems to help at first. But the problem with petroleum based products is that they dry your feet out more in the long run.
Does crisco help dried cracked feet
I personally haven’t had any success with a cooking oil being moisturizing, with the exception of olive oil and avocado oil. Personally, I feel there are much better alternatives that work much better… like the DIY foot balm listed above.
Does baby lotion help with dry feet?
I do not advocate the use of baby lotion at all. Not for babies or adults. This is because of the ingredients commonly found in most baby lotions that cause adverse health effects.
- Fragrance (hundreds to thousands of harmful ingredients hidden)
- Synthetic preservatives (cancerous, neurotoxin, reproductive toxin)
- Phthalates (endocrine disruptor)
- … and more…
Check out our Healthy Home course for more information about healthy options and how to identify harmful ingredients in common household products.
Can a vitamin deficiency cause dry cracked feet?
Yes. Vitamin B-3 deficiency may contribute to dry, cracked feet.
Can you use Listerine to soften your feet?
I’ve heard people rave about using Listerine on their feet. I personally refuse to. Why? Its ingredients. There are much better alternatives that are safer for your body.
- The alcohols cause a drying effect… not something you want to use if you’re already having dry skin
- Some studies have linked Listering to oral cancers… knowing what goes on your body is absorbed INTO your body, I don’t feel this is worth even purchasing.
Want to try a mouthwash… use this one instead. it is 100% truly natural and nontoxic.
How do you make your own DIY Pedicure Gift Basket?
I’d recommend taking the tools, essential oils, and ingredients mentioned earlier in this post, and place it in a nice wicker basket along with some nice microfiber towels to create your own gift basket.
Talk with us!
Have you tried this pedicure yet? I’d love to hear what you thought in the comments below!
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A quick note about rough feet…
After having developed and put into remission issues with my thyroid, I’ve learned that one symptom of hypothyroidism is having perpetual rough feet. This isn’t your skin issue that you can’t get rid of… it is a symptom of more. I highly recommend talking with a naturopath, homeopath, or functional medicine doctor to have your levels checked and develop a solid plan.
If you’re dealing with that, whether you’ve been diagnosed or not, I just want you to know you are not alone. I’ve gone through the gambit of chronic autoimmune health crises, and returned on the other side with completely putting it all into remission, 100% naturally, and 100% DIY. Please don’t lose hope. If you need a cheerleader, a friend, or some ideas on what helped me and could help you, please feel welcome to reach out to me.
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