{Spa Party} Peppermint Tea Foot Soak & Foot Scrub Recipes

 So yesterday, I promised I was going to be sharing some spa recipes this week leading up to my spa party. I actually think I should officially call this week: Spa Week! I am trying to make many of the products we will be using at the party. Not only will this save me money but it is fun to do. Plus, you can use the recipes I will be sharing to relax during the holidays and make extras to give as homemade Christmas gifts! One of the ingredients I am using to make some of the products is Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Yep, the stuff in the orange box that everyone has in their cupboard can be used for more than baking and cleaning!
 
I will be using Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for my holiday baking and cleaning to get ready for guests so I was excited to receive this box and shaker of baking soda from Arm & Hammer. I planned to put the box in my refrigerator to keep things fresh and use the shaker for baking or cleaning. But once I realized that I can use it for my spa products, I was really excited and realized that I might need to buy some additional containers of baking soda! Here are a few pampering tips that Arm & Hammer shared with me:

Pamper Yourself 
After all your hard work cleaning for your holiday parties, it’s time to treat yourself to a relaxing bath to unwind. Add ½ cup of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to your bath for a refreshing soak. Your skin will feel silky smooth.

Give Yourself a Natural Glow: Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
For smooth, radiant skin, give yourself a gentle facial and body scrub with ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda.  Make a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to 1 part water.  Consider enhancing the treatment by including 1 part ground oatmeal. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. (Be careful to avoid eye area.)  Rinse clean with warm water.  Leaves skin feeling nourished and refreshed. Gentle enough for daily use!

Relax Your Tired Feet: Exfoliating Pedicure
Blend 2 tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda in a basin of warm water. After a nice soak, make a scrub using 3 parts ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda and 1 part water. Follow with an application of a rich moisturizer and a warm towel foot wrap. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Feet will feel smooth and clean.

I decided to use the recipes Arm & Hammer shared as a starting point for my recipe. The first thing I made was a Peppermint Tea Foot Soak. Not only does peppermint add a wonderful smell to the foot soak, it also refreshes tired feet. I used 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cups of espom salt and the contents of 4 peppermint tea bags.
Put the baking soda, epsom salt and peppermint tea into a bowl and combine with a whisk. At this point, it can be stored into an air tight container. When ready to use the foot soak, add 2 tablespoons to a basin of warm water.
Since we are having a party, we put the foot soak into individual containers that are ready to use. I don’t have a funnel so I just made one out of paper. I purchased the containers in the beading section of a craft store and used a 40% off coupon. If you are going to be giving the foot soak as a gift, you could put it in a larger container with directions to add 2 tablespoons to a basin of water.

**Update ~ KarenB asked for more information about the size of these jars so I thought I would update the post for everyone. These plastic containers are actually for beads so the volume size isn’t written on the package. They are 1 7/8″ tall and 1 1/2″ in diameter. Each jar held 2 tablespoons which is enough for 1 foot soak. Here is a link to what the package looks like: http://www.joann.com/bead-organizer-6-3-x4-8-/zprd_09035874a/

I made some vintage looking “foot soak” labels using Pixlr and PixMonkey. After cutting out the labels, I attached them to the containers using craft glue.

 You can download this free foot soak printable HERE. I made it so that it is printable on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper but feel free to resize as necessary.

Then, we had to test the recipe…I know, I know…it’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it!
Looks wonderful doesn’t it? Yes, it felt as good as it looks!

After the foot soak came the foot scrub! We combined 3 tablespoons of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with 1 tablespoon of scented body wash and 1 tablespoon of water. Gently rub this mixture onto your feet and rinse well.

Peppermint Tea Foot Soak Recipe
by The Gunny Sack

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup epsom salt
Contents of 4 peppermint tea bags (can substitute with your favorite tea)

Whisk ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. To use, add 2 tablespoons of peppermint tea foot soak mixture to a basin of warm water and soak feet in it.
Scented Foot Scrub
by The Gunny Sack
3 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon body wash
1 tablespoon water
Combine ingredients in a small bowl. After soaking feet, gently rub the mixture over both feet before rinsing well.
What flavor tea would you add to your foot soak?
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Comments

  1. I believe that for a single cup of tea (loose leaf, which would be equivalent to 1 tea bag) you would use 1 tbsp. I know that for my pot of tea I use between 4 and 5 tbsp of tea. However I don’t like SUPER strong tea, I like it at a happy medium and this is what achieves that. Usually gets me 4 cups of tea.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Do you think it’s okay to substitute tea bags with loose leaf tea? If so, would around 3 tablespoons be the same amount? Thanks in advance!

    • Yes, you can substitute loose leaf tea. I’m not familiar with it so I’m not sure what the exact measurements would be.

  3. Anonomous says:

    does any baking soda work?

  4. Hi There, Love your blog!! Can you tell me about how long your scrubs will stay fresh in the jars? I want to be able to tell my friends if they have to use it immediately or if it will last if it sits for a couple of months.

    thanks.

    • Hi Maggie,
      I am not sure how long they will stay fresh. I would suggest to your friends that they use them within a month. Thanks!
      ~Tonia

  5. Hi – About how many containers does one recipe make with 2 TBSP in each small container?

    • Hi Michelle,
      One recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups which is 24 tablespoons so that would be about 12 containers. Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Tonia

  6. Good idea Might do that with sisters and nieces when I go visit them . And of course for my self

    • Thanks, Anna! I need to do this to my feet right now! I’ve been wearing sandals and my feet need some pampering!

  7. Tonia,

    What container did you put the foot scrub in? I am going to make these as thank you gifts for my female den leader!

    Thank you!

  8. http://www.siddysays.com/blog/2012/11/beauty-homemade-foot-scrub-recipe.html

    Hiya,
    Featured your blogpost in my blogpost lol.

    Best,
    Sadaf

  9. Gosh Tonia. I need a whole lot of this stuff. My feet always get neglected in winter and now that its Spring and its time to wear open footware, my feet are shocking. I’ll need to spend a few days with some of this stuff bringing my feet back to normal! LOL

    xx

  10. I bet that foot soak felt so good!! I will put it on my to do list!

  11. Cool, thanks. My husband could use this, he really takes care of feet. This man uses lotions, creams, rub-on rub -off, soaks, he can spend some money on them. Anything u can think of for his feet. LOL. He loves his feet. Wait til I tell him he can make his own.

  12. These spa recipes are so fun!! Thinking about a ladies pampering party SOON!

  13. YUM! This sounds incredible, Tonia!!!

  14. What fantastic idea – amazing gifts. I would make vanilla or cinnamon scented. I am putting baking soda on my shopping list for tomorrow. Another great idea – love it.

    • Both of those sound wonderful! It would be fun to make up a bunch of different foot soaks in various varieties so you could grab whichever one you were in the mood for! Thanks Lesleyanne!

  15. Love the idea! What size jars did you use?

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