For Sandal-Friendly Feet

If crocuses are blooming, can sandal season be far behind? We canít wait to let our feet go free–but first weíll use this fun fix to slough off winter-dead skin and make them smooth and pretty. No expensive spa treatment can beat this, and it uses kitchen cupboard ingredients like olive oil and (believe it or not!) used coffee grounds for fresh and tender feet that are fit to be seen.

3 tablespoons used finely ground coffee grounds
1 teaspoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon whipping cream
1 tablespoon whole wheat, rice, or white flour
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil

1. Mix together the coffee grounds, cornmeal, and olive oil. Add whipping cream, flour, and essential oils, stirring well.

2. Stand in the tub and scoop up a quarter of the mixture, scrubbing gently on skin of one foot. Repeat with second quarter of mixture. Rinse foot, then repeat process with the other foot. Rinse well and pat feet dry, then apply a moisturizer.

Inspired by Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions, by Donna Maria (Storey Books, 2000).


Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago

I have sandal feet all year round. I take very good care of my feet and do my own perfect pedicure as I'm barefoot in the house and I like my feet and nails done beautifully...Besides, what man wants sand paper on his back, LOL!

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago


Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Santanita G.
Santanita G6 years ago

thanks Courtney. love to use vinegar.

Brenda Marie C. C.

Interesting! will give the suggestions a try.

gail d.
gail dair7 years ago


Courtney G.
Courtney G.9 years ago

If you have a lot of dead skin, then before you go for the above recipe, try soaking your feet in straight vinegar (some people say mix with water). It will help with the fungus you have growing under your toenails as well. Get your foot scraper(i got mine at the dollar tree), and after soaking for about 10 minutes, you will be amazed with all the dead skin you will scrape off. If you do this often enough, (if you have yellow discolored nails,or they are growing funny, you likely have a fungus)your nails will clear up and the fungus will be gone. Tea tree oil applied in the morning and at night (after your vinegar soak) will quicken the process of killing the fungus. Try to keep your feet dry at all times. Do not use nail polish (for various reasons) but the main being it harbors the fungus.Avoid soaking your feet in straight water because that helps harbor the fungus as well. If you HAVE to soak in the bathtub, then put a drop or two(too much will sting) of tea tree oil and add some vinegar(as much as you can stand the smell) to the bath water. You too can have beautiful sandal feet if you follow this.

Amlys L.
Amlys L10 years ago

Is the coffee smell too overpowering?

Miss World
Khulood A10 years ago

sounds great! will give it a try.