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A DIY Treat for Feet

By Charlotte on April 16, 2012 6:39 AM

With strawberries coming back in season, I'm looking for more and more uses for my favorite fruit. Sure, they're utterly delicious in everything from salsas to muffins and jams. But who knew they could also be fantastic for your feet?

I've been on a kick to improve my tootsies (sassy summer sandals straight ahead!). So I'm lovin' Bonding over Beauty author Erika Katz's recipe for homemade Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub. Strawberries take a starring role here because they're rich in salicylic acid, which helps dead skin shed more easily.


You need only a handful of ingredients to make this rockin' foot remedy, three pantry staples (olive oil, vegetable oil and sugar) plus strawberries and peppermint essential oil. The sugar also acts as an exfoliator but is suFoot Scrub DIY - Ingredients - 450.jpgper gentle on delicate skin.


Look for peppermint oil at the Sunflower Shoppe or your local health food store. Besides helping with pain relief, peppermint oil contains skin-nourishing Menthol, which has a cooling effect.


You can whip up this delightful, strawberry-infused scrub in a matter of minutes, and keep it in the fridge for up to a week. I put it in a decorative glass jar to showcase the pretty red color and say "hands off" to Bob ... wouldn't want him to mistake it for an afternoon snack.


When you're ready for a treat, spoon about a teaspoon on each foot and rub gently in circular motions. Then rinse with warm water. I love breathing in the strong-but-sweet, minty aroma; feeling a slight tingling on my tootsies and knowing it's giving ugly calluses the brush off. What a refreshing way to start the day!


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Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub


Store in the fridge - up to one week


 Mix all the ingredients well and put into a pretty jar.



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