How to make a DIY foot scrub at home with essential oils

By Alison Angold CIDESCO ITEC

DIY foot scrub with essential oils

A DIY foot scrub with essential oils is so easy to make at home – and so good to use!

You will simply need some sugar or salt, a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, your choice of essential oils and a suitable container to keep it in. Keep this DIY foot scrub in the bathroom, to use regularly to give you beautifully soft and smooth feet!

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DIY Foot Scrub Recipe

The basic recipe for your foot scrub is;

  • A container to store it in – this Kilner style jar is ideal, and looks great in the bathroom!
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • 50ml of sweet almond oil
  • 50 drops of your chosen essential oils

So many different essential oils can work in your DIY foot scrub, so you can choose which ever fragrance suits you but lets look at some of the specific properties of suitable oils so you can choose the best for your feet!

A jar of scrub with essential oil bottles, in front of a brick wall. DIY foot scrub with essential oils.

Essential oils to use for a DIY foot scrub


This is a lovely vanilla scented essential oil that is beneficial for dry, cracked and chapped skin, so a great addition to your foot scrub if the soles of your feet are in this condition.

Carrot seed

A very nourishing essential oil suitable for dry skin conditions and overheated overheated skin conditions. Carrot seed essential oil would be a good addition to a foot scrub if you are on your feet all day, or if you have sweaty feet.


Chamomile is a very soothing and calming essential oil, good for treating dry skin and effective at relieving blisters.


A lovely soothing and calming essential oils, good at treating dry skins. Frankincense also has a rejuvenating effect on the skin, so can really help encourage cell renewal which will lead to fresher, smoother feet!


A great oil to add to your DIY foot scrub as it really helps to stimulate the blood circulation. Ginger would be effective if you are on your feet all day, or suffer with conditions such as chilblains, or varicose veins.


A lovely scented citrus oil that is refreshing and detoxifying – ideal to really refresh your feet.


Lavender is a good addition to most aromatherapy products. Its healing and soothing properties as well as its ability to heal dry skin conditions makes it a good all-round essential oil.


Peppermint is often found in products for the feet, due to its cooling, stimulating and refreshing properties. After a day on your feet, or in very hot weather conditions, a peppermint foot scrub is a welcome relief! Peppermint is also a useful oil is you suffer with sweaty or smelly feet.

Tea tree

With a medicinal aroma, Tea Tree is a good antiseptic essential oil, so good if you are prone to foot infections such as athletes foot.

DIY Foot Scrub Recipes

Cooling and refreshing foot scrub

An ideal blend to refresh and stimulate, especially after a day on your feet, of if your suffer with ‘hot’ feet.

  • 100 g sugar
  • 50ml sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint oil
  • 10 drops Orange oil

Dry and hard skin foot scrub

A great nourishing and soothing foot scrub, these oils will help to relieve dry and chapped skin on the feet, while soothing the area too.

  • 100 g sugar
  • 50ml sweet almond oil
  • 8 drops Benzoin oil
  • 8 drops Carrot seed oil
  • 4 drops Chamomile oil

Foot scrub for stimulating circulation and easing chilblains

If you suffer with chilblains or poor circualtion in the feet or toes, this is a great, warming, stimulating blend for you!

  • 100g sugar
  • 50ml sweet almond oil
  • 6 drops Ginger oil
  • 6 drops Clary sage oil
  • 6 drops Orange oil

Soothing and calming foot scrub

A lovely scrub to use in the evening to not only smooth and rejuvenate the feet, but sooth and relax the body ready for a restful nights sleep.

  • 100 grams sugar
  • 50ml sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 10 drops Chamomile

Anti-infection/antiseptic foot scrub

If you are prone to foot infections or if your feet are constantly in socks, trainers or snug shoes, this is a great blend to freshen, soften and keep the feet clean and infection free – and smell great!

  • 100 grams sugar
  • 50ml sweet almond oil
  • 6 drops Tea tree
  • 6 drops Lemon
  • 6 drops Lavender

Why use a foot scrub with essential oils?

A foot scrub will help to soften the skin on the feet by removing the dead skin cells.  Our skin is constantly renewing itself, which means that a layer of dead cells can sit on the surface.  This dead layer does shed itself, but sometimes it needs to have a little help so we don’t get a big build up of rough, hard skin.

In addition the soles of the feet – being the hardest work part of body – can get very hard, dry and cracked, so a foot scrub will really help to soften these parts of the feet, and help our feet look more presentable and feel so much better.

The addition of essential oils not only makes it smell amazing, so it’s a pleasure to use, but they add in their own unique properties, such as softening dry skin, regenerating the skin cells, preventing bad odours and infection, stimulating the circulation or just refreshing the feet after a long day.

What does a foot scrub do?

Sugar is the main components as they have a great effect on removing the dead skin and really leave the feet soft and smooth.  The grittiness of these ingredients literally lift off the dead skin on the surface of the skin. In addition to this sugar dissolves very easily, so are very easy to wash off, and you don’t get left with bits everywhere or a residue of grit on the skin!

Alternatives to sugar are;

Himalayan Salt – similarly to sugar, salt is a good gritty ingredient that helps to lift the dead skin away and leave the skin smooth. Himalayan salt is particularly good due to its mineral properties.

Ground rice – this is much gentler on the feet and less abrasive than sugar or salt, so good to use if you have very sensitive feet or varicose veins on the feet. The scrub will feel much smoother, but the ground rice still does have good exfoliating properties.

Along with the sugar, salt or rice, we also add a carrier oil.  This allows the essential oils to spread throughout the mixture and helps to moisturise and hydrate the skin, as well as removing the dead skin. Sweet almond oil is the typical oil to use as it has a high vitamin content and is nourishing and hydrating.

How to store a foot scrub with essential oils

Your foot scrub should be stored in a tight container, so that it doesn’t dry out. You can use any jar or container that you have at home – ensuring that you clean and wash it thoroughly before use. However any of these beautiful jars, not only keep your foot scrub for longer, but they will look great in your bathroom!

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.