I found this foot mask on the Lush website last summer. I was just as confused as you probably are right now. A mask… for feet? Wha? Anyhow, I was clearly intrigued enough to jot down the list of familiar-sounding ingredients and stuff it away somewhere. I just found it.
Now, I don’t go into Lush. Lush is way, way to stinky for me. There’s one down on Toronto’s Queen Street, and you can smell it from the other side of the road. It’s enough to give me a headache from 20m away, so I am definitely never venturing into one or buying anything there. And why would I? They pride themselves on their (mostly) wholesome ingredients, so I can easily re-create everything they sell from entirely wholesome ingredients. BAM.
Now, this foot mask surprised me. Not just because it existed, but because it worked as was rather fun. My original list of ingredients was pretty humble. It read “Green clay, kosher salt, lemon juice, potato starch, glycerin, lemon EO, cinnamon EO”. I kept everything but the potato starch, which seemed kind of pointless. I also added citric acid, for some extra chemical exfoliation, and some camphor powder because I just bought it and it makes things feel all cool-like. And some seaweed powder because I have half a kilo of it that is going nowhere fast. But you don’t have to have those things. They’re very optional.
Anyhow, I mixed up a pretty(ish) green paste, scrubbed it into my feet, and sat with them in the bathroom sink for 10 minutes or so. Then I rinsed it off. My feet (which are quite calloused from my stubborn refusal to wear shoes for most of the summer) were definitely softer. I slathered them with a cocoa/shea body butter, put on socks, and relished the feeling of soft(er), clean feet. Lovely.
Copycat Lush Foot Mask
2 tbsp Green clay
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp citric acid (optional)
½ tsp camphor powder (optional)
½ tsp seaweed powder (optional)
Lemon juice, as needed
½ tsp vegetable glycerin
4 drops lemon EO
4 drops cinnamon EO
Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the vegetable glycerin and essential oils, and then gradually add the lemon juice to make a soft paste. Scrub into your feet and keep them somewhere easily washable (tub/sink/old bucket/outdoors) for about 10 minutes. Rinse off and moisturize. Sock up and enjoy your clean, soft feet!