I haven’t shared an Eco-Friendly Friday post for a couple of weeks (last Friday was a Charcutepalooza posting day), so today I’ve got something cool for you…a DIY all-natural foot scrub you can make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

Homemade Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

I’ve been into making my own “beauty” products for as long as I can remember, and I do this for a few reasons:

1. I try to put only healthy stuff on my body (just like I try to put only healthy stuff in my body)

2. I like saving money

3. It’s fun

Sugar and salt-based body scrubs like this one are crazy easy to make at home. I posted a simple homemade salt body scrub a long time ago (so long ago in fact, that I purchased a stock photo to go with that post because I did not know how to take pictures back then), but I’d sadly gotten out of the habit of making stuff like this as of late.

I was inspired to start up again when I purchased EcoBeauty. I am completely in love with the book, and there are SO many recipes I want to try. My 9 year old daughter Maddie is excited about the book, too- she particularly loves DIY hair treatments :)

In Eco-Beauty, there is a recipe for Summer Sandal Scrub. It’s that time of year when ugly feet just won’t fly, so I tried this scrub out and I really like it. If you cook with organic coconut oil as much as I do (this is the one I use), then you probably don’t even need to go to the store to make this.

Sugar is an excellent all-natural exfoliant. Any kind will do, and raw sugar is probably best, but brown is what I had in the house so that’s what I used.

To make my scrub, I spooned brown sugar into a 1 cup glass jar, then poured in some organic coconut oil (coconut oil is solid in cooler weather but it’s completely liquid here in the summer). I accidentally added too much oil: you really only need a few teaspoons. Mix the brown sugar with the oil to create a paste, then add a few tablespoons of lemon juice (I used organic bottled lemon juice). Mix again: if your paste is too oily, add more sugar. If it’s too dry, add a little more oil. In the book, the recipe contains aloe vera gel, as well. I didn’t have any, but if you do, you can add a little.

This scrub smells fantastic and works great. I even used it on my face (I don’t do this with salt scrubs, because salt is too drying). If you have really sensitive skin, it might be too abrasive for your face so consider mixing in some rolled oats to tone down the exfoliant action. Note that if you use a good deal of coconut oil in here like I did, you will notice a bit of an oily film on your skin even after you’ve rinsed the scrub off. Coconut oil is an excellent all-natural moisturizer with anti-bacterial properties, so don’t be alarmed by this.

Store your scrub covered tightly in a cool place and it should last several weeks.

Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

More homemade body scrubs:
Coffee and Lavender Sugar Scrub from Joy the Baker
Body Scrub from Women’s Health
Homemade Body Scrubs from The Kitchn


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    Ashley — July 22, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    This looks great! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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    shayma — July 22, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    smthg to give friends as a gift! x shayma

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    Monet — July 22, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    What a great idea! I make quite a bit of baked goods at home, but I’ve never thought of making a scrub! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. As always, I’m leaving with a smile. I hope you have a fun and joy-filled weekend. I’m going to be baking and enjoying this Texas heat! Hugs from Austin!

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    LiztheChef — July 22, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    You are so ahead of the crowd…Lovely, Winnie.

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    katrina — July 23, 2011 @ 6:23 am

    Oh, I LOVE this! Thank you – I’m off to make this right this minute!

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    Jayne — July 24, 2011 @ 5:11 am

    This looks good enough to eat! I love this! Such a pretty picture too.

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    Kelly Wilson — July 25, 2011 @ 5:10 am

    I am going to try this!! Thanks for sharing.

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    apaler1 — July 25, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    I love this! I never knew making foot scrubs was so easy. I always spend like $20 on foot scrubs at the bath and body stores. Definitely will have to try this.

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    Micah — July 25, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    My girlfriend is WAY into natural body products. She’s obsessed with Nutiva’s Coconut Oil for adding to scrubs like this. I guess its sold at a great price AND they donate 1% of sales to sustainable agriculture.

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    Rebecca Richmond — July 28, 2011 @ 5:47 am

    my problem would be eating the scrub before I got it on my body. It looks sooooo good.

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    Amelia from z tasty life — November 23, 2011 @ 4:55 am

    This sounds fantastic, Winnie…and would make such great holiday gifts for friends and neighbors. Cant wait to try it!

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    Rose — February 2, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    I make my own Body Butter, and one of my customers has been asking me about a sugar scrub. I will be making the foot scrub and the sugar scrub this week end. Thanks for the recipes.

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    MissFange — August 30, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    I just made this tonight and scrubbed my feet and face – what a delightful treat for my skin! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)