by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Alexandra, one of my Homespunspa blog readers, inspired me to come up with this home spa recipe. She asked, “What do you do with the rest of the orange?” after I posted an Orange, Coconut and Cinnamon Cookie recipe which only involved some grated orange peel and no juice nor pulp. That comment got me thinking and this is the recipe I came up with. I hope you enjoy it. And let me know how it turns out — it might get a little messy, but that’s part of the fun. And if you have any questions like Alexandra did, please post them in the comments and I’ll put my thinking cap on to answer them.
Put your feet up — home spa masque recipe for the feet
by Maria Koropecky
There are endless benefits associated with foot treatments. This masque recipe will help with detoxification and relaxation. It’ll also help soften callouses and moisturize dry skin.
Of course, you can apply this recipe yourself to your own feet but I strongly suggest teaming up with a friend on this one. You’ll have a few laughs for sure.
- 1/4 cup Green French Clay — A key spa ingredient which helps remove surface dirt and dead skin cells.
- 1/4 cup Milk — Moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin.
- 1 TB Honey — Has moisturizing and antiseptic properties.
- 2 TB Orange Juice — Packed with Vitamin C which helps soften skin.
- 1 TB Olive Oil — Calms, soothes, softens, cleanses and moisturizes skin.
- 1 tsp Orange Peel — Makes a useful exfoliating scrub.
- 10 drops Orange Essential Oil — Softens and hydrates skin.
You’ll also need the following things for your foot masque treatment:
- foot bath
- 1 bath towel
- 1 tsp Orange Flower Water — (in a spray bottle) Tones and moisturizes all skin types.
- 2 dark medium sized towels – soaked in hot water and wrung out.
- 2 dark medium sized towels – dry
- 2 plastic bags
- moisturizer for your feet
- Remember that orange that was left over from the cookie recipe? Here is your chance to use it. First grate about a teaspoonful of the zest. Then peel the orange. Taste a couple of the orange segments for a snack. Then put the rest of the segments of the orange into a bowl to catch the juices while you use a mandolin to chop them into a pulp.
- Combine the green French clay, orange juice/pulp and orange zest in a separate mixing bowl to have them ready to go.
- When you’re ready to apply the masque to your feet, gently warm (do not boil) the milk and honey for a couple of minutes on low heat in a saucepan or in the microwave. Stir the warmed milk into the clay mixture.
- Then add the drops of the orange essential oil to the olive oil and then pour the oils over the clay mixture. Stir to combine. You should have the consistency of a loose pancake batter. (Reserve the orange flower water for the treatment).
- Soak your feet in a foot bath for at least 5 minutes. Blot dry with a bath towel. Save the bathwater to re-immerse your feet to remove the masque later.
- If you want to do a full pedicure today, do all of your nail work like clipping, filing and nipping first — but leave your polish application to the very end.
- Place a towel under your feet to catch any drippings.
- Add the warmed milk and honey to the clay mix and prepare your masque. (step 3 above).
- Spray your feet with the orange flower water.
- Scoop some wet clay into your palms and apply the masque quickly, while it’s still warm, to each foot, avoiding the nails.
- Wrap each foot in a towel that has been soaked in hot water and wrung out. Then wrap each foot in a dry towel. Then put each foot in a plastic bag.
- Put your feet up and relax for at least 10 minutes.
- Unwrap the right foot and remove as much product as possible with the damp towel. Repeat with the left foot. Place each foot back in the foot bath to rinse the remainder of the masque. Pat dry with your bath towel.
- Apply moisturizer to each foot.
- Apply nail polish (optional).
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