Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

This brown sugar foot scrub is perfect for a DIY gift for a friend or yourself! You can use essential oils in this recipe to give your feet a spa treatment after a long day.

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I just love this brown sugar foot scrub. I started making it for gifts years ago and though I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit, it has pretty much stayed the same. It pampers my feet and the lemon and peppermint essential oils smell amazing. The bonus is I have all of the ingredients in my pantry so I can whip up a batch anytime I need it. This scrub makes a great gift for a friend, but it also makes a great gift for yourself! This is my at-home spa treatment.  And it’s definitely what I use when I make a creative retreat for myself. Soo nice!

I used a small mason jar for this project but you can use any jar you’d like. Rinsed out baby food jars, jam jars, and of course, small mason jars all work great. I’ve even been known to rinse out those cute containers that hair products come in for my foot scrubs.

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How to Make Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coarse Kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil*
2-3 drops essential oil (I use 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of peppermint**)

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Scoop into a container and label if you’re giving it away as a gift.

To use, take a spoonful of the scrub and massage onto your foot. Rinse off with warm water. Do this before bed and put on some socks to lock in the moisture from the oil. Foot heaven! :)

An added benefit is the oil will moisturize your hands as well. Very gently scrub some onto the top of your hands and rinse off for a complete moisture wrap. I absolutely need this in the winter when my hands get so dry!

*You can use a really cheap olive oil here. I buy the store brand and keep it for my foot scrubs.

**Before I started using pure essential oils, I used to put 10 drops of essential oils in this scrub. Since switching to pure therapeutic grade oils, I’ve been able to use less and have the added health benefits from refreshing lemon and peppermint. LOVE this scrub! (Learn how to get essential oils for wholesale prices.)

If you are making this scrub in this summer or will be exposing your feet to sun after using it, please do not use lemon essential oil as it is photosensitive and will make your feet burn. :( You can use calming lavender, amazing frankincense, or more cooling peppermint instead! :)


You can also make a refreshing ginger mint scrub—this one is my new favorite!

Ginger Mint Sugar Scrub - This refreshing foot scrub is the perfect anecdote for tired feet. And with the envigorating smell of peppermint with a touch of ginger, it will lift your mood too! Oh, and the recipe is super simple!

Do you make homemade scrubs and soaps?


If you’re looking for more creative gift ideas, why don’t you check out my Crafts Projects page? It is constantly being updated with new creative projects, many of which you can make using supplies you already own.

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70 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

    1. Oh my goodness, Nichole—thanks so much! :) I saw your tweet re: the scrub and it inspired me to make some for my poor feet today. Ironic how things circle around, right? Hope you have an amazing weekend!

  1. Thanks for sharing on Two Uses Tuesday! Your foot scrub was picked as a Sarah Celebrates Favorite! Stop by this week to see your feature and share some more =)

  2. Enjoying the posts on the link party from Katherine’s Corner. This a wonderful idea. I can’t wait to try it. Still new to this link parties but am loving everyones talents…

  3. I had a foot spa from hubby for Christmas which I am currently addicted to. This looks like an awesome scrub to try :-)

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  4. This is such a great idea for making as a gift….but I also can sure use it for myself during these cold winter months. The secret is to remember to use it AFTER I make it :) Thanks so much for sharing this at our part this week…..I chose it as my feature at Your Turn to Shine. Hope you are having a great week Jennie!

    1. Thank you so much, Jamie! What a nice surprise to be featured by you. I love this scrub–makes my feet happy. :) :) Have a great day!

  5. This looks incredible! I need this right now. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Teresa! I hope you enjoy this recipe–it is so easy to whip up a batch. Just measure and mix! :)

    1. Haha, it sure smells good enough to eat! :) My feet have been loving this scrub this winter…have a great weekend!

  6. Wow! I was JUST looking for a good foot scrub, and as coincidence has it I have every ingredient in my kitchen cabinet. Yay! Thanks so much for sharing! :-) #HomeMattersParty

    1. Awesome! I love that I can just whip this up whenever I want to–no strange ingredients needed. :) I think you’ll like it! :) Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! This is such a versatile recipe–half the recipe if you just want to try it out and are not sure if you’ll like it, change up the essential oils to what you like, etc. It is literally just measuring and mixing–hope you enjoy it! :) :)

  7. This is exactly what I needed after running around like crazy the past two days. Stopping by from the Tuesday blog hop. Pinning this as well!

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