Natural Foot Scrubs

Foot scrub recipes that soften and rejuvenate your feet

We often find our feet callous and cracked, dried out. A foot scrub is what our feet need so that the dead skin layer can be removed and the new one can emerge.

Recipes for feet

Facial exfoliants and body scrubs have the same effect. They should be applied after you have taken a shower or have soaked your feet in a homemade foot soak. This way the skin is softened and easier to scrub off.

It is also a good way to treat the bothersome foot corn that appears on the hairless parts of the foot. Homemade foot scrub recipes come with different ingredients. Each has to have an exfoliating agent: sea salt, brown sugar, Epsom salt, oatmeal.

Each one also has to have a relaxing and soothing ingredient that calms the skin down and prevents any possible irritations.

Some are more elaborate, beach sand foot scrub for example, a scrub that has become very popular in recent years, but they all do the same thing.

Let’s start with a simple scrub

Brown sugar foot scrub

Same as in the brown sugar body scrub, brown sugar helps slough off the dead skin cells.


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground oats
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil (in case you don’t have almond oil, use olive oil, it is a great substitute).


  • Before you start preparing this scrub, grind the oatmeal using a coffee grinder or food processor. It has to be of sandy consistency, flaky and light otherwise it will scratch the skin.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until it resembles a paste
  • Use circular motion and massage gently.
  • Rinse off with warm water.

Salt Scrub


  • 1 cup of sea salt or Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil


  • Start off by gradually adding water to salt and lavender oil
  • As you are adding it, you want to make sure the mix starts looking like a paste. It has to be not too liquid and not too solid, it should be like soft though otherwise, it will run between your fingers
  • Rub your feet and soles in circular motion
  • Rinse off with warm water

Beach sand foot scrub

Foot scrub recipeThe beach sand foot scrub might not be your usual foot scrub recipe, but if you are already at the beach, go for it! If you think about it, it makes perfect sense that this recipe would be great for scrubbing off the rough skin. Sand granules are rough enough to slough off the dead skin cells but they are small enough to not cause damage. An added benefit is the oil added which will soften and moisturize the feet.


  • 2 Tablespoons Canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons dry beach sand
  • 3-5 drops rosemary oil


The next time you decide to spend the day at the beach, take advantage of the “on location foot treatment.” Brazilians, particularly, are known for scrubbing their entire bodies, particularly the feet, deep into the sand while they relax on the beach.

When going to the beach, take a small vial of ingredients with you: 2 tablespoons of canola oil (or use your suntan oil!), and, a small vial of rosemary oil — or premix and take one vial.

Once at the beach, use an empty container (a soda cup is fine) to mix the ingredients together. Mix into a paste.

Massage the sand scrub onto feet (and elbows), concentrating especially on problem areas. Rinse off in the foamy waves, pat dry with your beach towel.

Homemade strawberry scrub


  • 8-10 strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons Apricot oil (you may substitute with olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse salts, such as Kosher salt, or Sea Salt


  • Mix all ingredients into a paste, massage into feet, rinse and pat dry


This foot scrub is a great introduction to the application of homemade foot cream or a store bought one for that purpose. Here is a recipe to a wonderful overnight foot masque.

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  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 dry oatmeal
  • 3 tablespoons food grade cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Process almonds in a blender or coffee grinder until finely ground
  • Set aside
  • In the same blender, pulse your oatmeal until the same consistency
  • In a bowl, combine ground oatmeal, cocoa butter, honey, and ground almonds
  • Rub into your clean feet, step into cotton socks, and leave on overnight
  • The next morning, remove the socks and rinse feet in cool water
  • Pat dry
  • We recommend you not remove the socks until you’re standing in the tub


Let me tell you why this mask is so good. Almonds and oatmeal act as exfoliators, gentle on the skin, yet powerful to remove the dead skin.

Oatmeal is hypoallergenic at the same time. Cocoa butter moisturizes and nourishes the skin, while honey adds an antibacterial touch to the whole mix. Great recipe!

A friend told me about this foot care tip:

Use a regular foot cream or any greasy cream. Apply on your feet and wrap up in foil. Leave the foil on for a couple of hours. After you remove it, the best thing to do is foot massage after which you wipe off the excess cream.

Citrus Foot Scrub

Mix 1 cup Epsom Salt, 3 teaspoons organic olive oil and the juice of one small lemon. Immediately massage soles of feet (don’t give the Epsom Salt time to dissolve), giving extra attention to any areas of th ick skin. Rinse with warm water.

Honey foot scrub

This pedicure uses honey in all stages. The honey that you use should be organic and produced locally for best effects. (Vegans can skip on the honey or opt for a little organic agave nectar).


  • Hawaiian or any sea salt: 1 cup
  • Honey: 1 teaspoon
  • Coconut or any oil: 3 tablespoons


Mix all the ingredients and then rub them on your feet. Make sure you cover the achy spots too. You can even massage this preparation on your hands too. Use warm water to rinse it off.

Sour Cream foot Scrub

Rub just soaked feet with 1 cup organic cornmeal then apply a mixture of 1/4 cup organic sour cream and 2 tablespoons organic olive oil. Massage well, giving extra attention to thick skin. Rinse with warm water.



  • 4 tablespoons of ground coffee (fresh is the best)
  • 3 tablespoons of corn meal (or ground oatmeal)
  • 3 tablespoons of sea salt or Epsom salt
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive or Almond oil
  • 2 drops of lavender oil (or peppermint if you don’t need relaxing, but simply want some energy boost


  • Mix all the ingredients well
  • Scrub your feet in circular motion
  • Rinse off with warm water and pat dry

Finish off your foot care routine by giving yourself a relaxing foot massage by using a free foot reflexology chart or watch this free video:

Free foot massage video

I hope that some of these homemade foot scrubs intrigued you enough to try them and show off wonderfully pedicured feet!

Click on the link if you would you like to learn how to make your own natural skin care recipes!

About the author

Monika Hristova

Monika is the Editor-in-Chief at SkinPractice. She is a skin care addict and researcher, who feels strongly about helping people with different dermatology conditions from alopecia to warts.

You can read her recommendations and advice both here at SkinPractice or at Quora where she answers skincare-related questions frequently and is the most viewed author in the Skincare category with more than 3 million views or follow her on LinkedIn.

She is also a certified skin care specialist with certification from the Medical College in Sofia.

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