Pedicure at Home: Penny-wise or Pricey?
It's also easy to forget how much we rely on them to get around. Did you know that the average person walks about 100,000 miles in their life? That's about 4 times around the Earth!
All that walking can be tough on our feet. Plus, in the summer we're making life harder for our feet by going barefoot or wearing sandals or, even worse, flip-flops. Sweating, swelling, sunburn...the list of foot abuse goes on!
Time to give your feet some much needed TLC! How does a relaxing foot soak, a foot scrub and some pampering for your cuticles sound?
What you need
1 gallon hot water
1 cup Epsom salts
1 teaspoon niaouli essential oil
1 tablespoon honey
Juice of 1 fresh lime
2 tablespoons avocado oil
18 drops niaouli essential oil
1 ounce dropper bottle
What to do
Below are the details on how to make and use the Foot Soak, Foot Scrub and Cuticle Oil.
I would recommend making the Foot Scrub and Cuticle Oil first, and then the Foot Soak so that you have everything ready when you want to indulge in the full pedicure experience!
Add the Epsom salts and the hot water to a large bowl or foot bath and mix until the Epsom salts have dissolved.
In a separate bowl, mix the honey with the essential oils and then add some of the hot salt water and stir until the honey has dissolved.
Add the lime juice to the honey/oil/salt water mix and then add it to the hot salt water in the large bowl or foot bath.
Soak your feet in the Pedicure Soak mixture for at least 15 minutes.
Then dry your feet and scrub them with the Pedicure Scrub.
Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir thoroughly.
Rub the scrub into your freshly soaked feet in a slow, circular motion.
Rinse with water and dry feet.
Add the avocado oil and niaouli oil to the dropper bottle and shake well.
After soaking, scrubbing and drying your feet, apply one drop of cuticle oil to the base of each nail.
Rub the oil into the cuticle and then leave it for 2-3 minutes.
You can then use a cuticle stick to push the cuticle down. Whether you cut your cuticles is up to you, but dermatologists do not recommend it.
You can then apply another drop to each nail and massage it in.
Finish up by filing and buffing your nails, and painting them if you prefer.
How much time?
All of these were very quick to make. The times below include how long it took me to measure out the ingredients and mix them. They do not include the time to use and enjoy them!
Foot Soak: 12 minutes (including time to heat the water)
Foot Scrub: 5 minutes.
Cuticle Oil: 2 minutes.
Here's what it cost me to make these 3 products:
Foot Soak: $5.95 or $5.67 without the peppermint oil
Foot Scrub: $5.48
Cuticle Oil: $2.86 including dropper bottle.
In comparison, here are the costs of buying similar products:
Foot Soak with Neem & Epsom Salt: $0.63 (Total cost is $15.70 for 25 soaks)
Neem and Sea Salt Foot Scrub: $5.75 (Total cost is $11.50 for 1 lb)
Clearly, it's better value to buy your foot soak, but making cuticle oil is a significant saving. As for the foot scrub, there isn't much difference in the price.
Is it worth it?
Although these products were easy to make, were wonderful to use and made the house smell like a swanky spa, I have to give them a 3-pig grading. This rating is due to the cost to make them - especially for the foot soak!
Essential oils are costly so if you do buy them then make the foot scrub or cuticle oil more than once, or find other ways to use the oil so that you're not wasting your money. Perhaps making them to give them as gifts may be an option!
If you try these let me know what you think. Would you give them a 3-pig rating too?
Anything else I should know?
What is niaouli essential oil and what else can I use it for?
This oil comes from the Niaouli tree, which is closely related to tea tree and eucalyptus. It smells similar to eucalyptus and is a powerful stimulant that can be used to clear respiratory congestion. It is also a good alternative to tea tree oil because it has antiseptic/antibacterial properties but is gentler on the skin.
Another way to use niaouli oil is a deep cleansing masque for acne-prone or combination skin. Just mix 2 tablespoons of kaolin clay with 1-2 tablespoons of water (so it makes a smooth paste) and then add 1-3 drops of niaouli oil and mix well. Then apply the masque to your face and neck, leave it to dry for about 10 minutes and then wash it off.
What is neem oil and what else can I use it for?
Neem oil comes from the fruit and seeds of the neem tree, which grows in India. It has both antiseptic and antifungal properties which makes it a great addition to the Pedicure Scrub.
Here are some other neem oil recipes that you could try:
Note: Neem oil is potent (and can be smelly) so it should be diluted and it is toxic so should not be consumed.
How long can I store these for?
Here's my recommendations:
Foot Soak: use immediately after making it.
Foot Scrub: about 6 months.
Cuticle Oil: up to about a year in a cool, dark place.
If you've had them awhile and they smell funky, then best not to use them!