Today in the Scrub Me Down Kitchen we are going to be making some emulsified foot scrub. Now I don’t know about you, but for me, I love having my feet scrubbed. I love that feel of coffee massaged over my feet. I love soaking my feet in bath bombs, but that doesn’t really help all that much in ways of an exfoliating massage.
Which is what I want. Oh yeah!
I want to rub my tender tootsies after a day of jumping around on my feet all day, students accidently jumping on my toes, getting my feet stuck as I get out of cars (I wear a size 45, it happens often!) and other foot damage in my day to day life. I wanted something that would make my feet feel better, to give them some TLC.
And, I wanted something to help with dry and cracked heels, dry feet too, and ugly nail beds. And that’s where this idea came from. I was looking in my supply room and thinking of various ways I could use up my lemon essential oil and most of my favourite ideas were nixed as lemons and sun are not the best of ideas. Most citrus essential oils are phototoxic which means that just by wearing even a little bit of a citrus essential oil, you run the risk of some very nasty sun burnage.
So to make this scrub, we are taking a blend of some skin delicious oils and butters and then blending them with our exfoliants, preservatives and essential oils. Once everything is in, I blast it with my immersion blender to make sure everything is mixed well. We’ll then pour it while it is still quite liquidy let it cool and cap.
And that is about it!
If you’d rather whip it good, once you’ve got everything mixed up well, toss it into the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour. Then blast it with your electric mixer. And spoon it into your containers. To be honest with you, I don’t really notice a difference between just pouring after using the immersion blender and whipping it. When you whip an emulsified scrub, it really truly does look better, but for performance? It doesn’t make a difference.
I’ve decided to use a preservative in this scrub as I plan on using this scrub around water. And even though I am careful to keep water out, I’m not perfect. So for my own piece of mind, I’d suggest a preservative. But, if you’d rather not use a preservative, just follow the recipe as is leaving out the preservative, and scoop out a spoonful into a plastic container to use each time you need it.
This scrub does make a really nice body scrub too! I found my elbows were quite happy with the results!
Let’s talk about some of the oils we are using:
Sweet Almond Oil; is a star of a lot of commercial hand and foot care products. The oil claims to be reparative, act as an anti-inflammatory, help with barrier repair- but I really cannot find any literature to back up those claims from a reputable source so take this with a giant grain of salt when reading about sweet almond oil online. So I will tell you what can be easily found; it helps to soften skin, is high in oleic acid and provides great moisturising properties. I don’t really work a lot with sweet almond oil other than in some lip care, I think last year I bought 500mL for the entire year and found myself throwing most of it out as it had expired. I feel there are better oils out there to play with and that is why I don’t usually play with it. Other light oils you can use in its place, camellia or hazelnut would be my personal choices, but they are considered to be “dry” oils (as they don’t leave an oily finish).
Shea Butter: contains a boatload of vitamin E and also gives us some allantoin. Allantoin can speed up the natural healing process of the skin from things such as cracked and dry skin (amongst others) when I saw that, I decided to say YES to shea in this recipe instead of the cocoa butter I was originally going to use. Not to mention, shea butter also leaves a wee bit of a greasy feel when it is used. And I thought on the feet, that would be a good thing especially on feet that need some end of summer care.
Exfoliants: I decided to use a healthy mix of salt, sugar and coarsely ground coffee. But, you can use all of one and none of the others if you so choose. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to use and decided upon all three for giggles. For the coffee, my hope was by washing the coffee twice, I wouldn’t get a coffee looking product. Yeah, no. My finally product looks like chunky baby poop. I so rock with products that look like baby poop.
Stearic Acid: I’m using Stearic Acid here to help keep the sugar, salt and coffee suspended. There is nothing worse than buying a scrub only to have all the sugar or salt sink to the bottom.
Emulsifying Wax: I’m not sure about you, but for me? I like soft feet, but I don’t like the feel of oil that won’t come off my skin. I want to be able to rinse my feet of all the extra oils and dirt and skin and watch it go down the drain. The ewax will help to bind the oils to the water and dirt and wash it away leaving behind your clean and beautiful looking tender tootsies without the oily danger in the foot bath!
We will also be adding in some skin yummies too! Because we will be using lemon essential oil, some some sea buckthorn fruit oil for added colour, lemon essential oil and some peppermint and lime essential oil too! Feel free to leave the sea buckthorn fruit oil out if you don’t have it and just add in extra sweet almond oil.
- In a heat resistant container, weigh out your sweet almond oil, emulsifying wax, and stearic acid. Place into your water bath on a barely there simmer. Let sit in the water bath until the stearic acid is completely melted. This can take upwards of twenty minutes. Be patient.
- Take your morning coffee grinds, and put them all into a bowl. Add some boiling water and stir for a few minutes with a spoon. Drain the water, and place the grinds on a cookie sheet, and toss into the oven for a few minutes to dry them out.
- In another bowl, measure out your shea butter.
- In a third bowl, measure out your sea buckthorn fruit oil, essential oils and preservative.
- And lastly, measure out your exfoliants into a large bowl.
- Once the almond oil, ewax and stearic acid are all melted, remove from the water bath and add in your shea butter, stirring as it melts.
- Keep an eye on the temperature, and once the temperature drops below 40C, add in your sea buckthorn fruit oil, essential oils and preservative. Stir, then include your exfoliants.
- Grab your immersion blender and give your scrub a few bursts. Pour into your container and allow to cool before you cap!
Feel free to switch out the essential oils for scents of your choice! Fragrance oils are fantastic in scrubs! I used sea buckthorn oil in this recipe hoping that the twice used coffee grinds wouldn’t result in a baby poo colour… I got baby poop again. Embrace the poopness!