Before we get into how to make my amazing mani/pedi scrub, I should probably let you know why I’m even bothering to do a mani/pedi at home, rather than spend an hour at the nail salon without my children or work.
I hate pedicures. There. I said it. I also hate seeing photos of your pedicures on Instagram. *shudder* I can’t justify spending $40 for someone to touch my feet.
It’s not at all relaxing for me…probably because I have extremely ticklish feet and I spend the entire time tensed up and hoping I don’t kick someone in the face (and, yes, I’ve actually kicked someone in the face before. She got a huge tip.).
The problem is, runner feet are not pretty and I needed some pampering in the worst way.
I decided to go ahead and make my own pedicure scrub, lock myself in the bathroom and try to make my feel look presentable. I wasn’t sure it would work, but it turned out to be fabulous and now I want to use it every day. It smells incredible, made my skin feel silky smooth and stores easily.
All you need to do is take a small tupperware container and combine pure, unrefined coconut oil (it’s easiest if you do this when the coconut oil is in its solid form), brown sugar and coffee grinds. You don’t really need a true recipe. Slap some coconut oil in the container. Add about 1/2 of that amount of brown sugar. Then, add 1/2 that amount of coffee. I guess you could call it 4 parts coconut oil to 2 parts brown sugar to 1 part coffee grinds. I’m not good at math. Mix everything really well, smooth down, put a lid on the container, and pop it in the fridge for a few hours.
When you’re ready to give yourself an at-home spa experience, run the bottom of the container in warm water until the block of scrub releases from the container. Rub the block along your skin. The oil will melt and the brown sugar/coffee will act as an exfoliant. Rub the mixture into your skin and rinse away with warm water. (hint: you may want to get a fine mesh cover for your bath/sink drain to catch the coffee grinds) You’ll be left with a slight layer of coconut oil on your skin. It may feel a bit greasy at first, but it will absorb into your skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth.
If your pampering includes nail color, be sure to clean your nails off with polish remover before painting as the coconut oil may keep the polish from properly adhering to your nails.
I’m storing mine in the fridge, with a little note:
Note that coconut oil will turn to liquid above 76 degrees, so storing this mixture in the bathroom may not work. Also, I love the cool sensation the bar provides when it’s fresh out of the fridge.
Do you have any tried and true at-home spa recipes? Share in the comments!