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Essential Oils for Skin: Flawless Feet for Summer

Flip flops, open-toed sandals, peep-toe slingback heels, just going plain ol’ barefoot — you know the drill! Warm weather is here; it’s time to let your toes breathe. We want to help you keep your feet looking their best and avoiding the funky feet and toenails that can crop up when exposing them to shared showers or swimming pool areas. The amazing essential oils used in this DIY will help keep your feet clean and fresh this summer!

DIY Flawless Feet

Flawless feet essential oil DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Apply to funky feet/ toenails that result from being barefoot in shared showers or swimming pool areas.

Flawless feet essential oil DIY

*This DIY includes Lemon Essential Oil, which is a phototoxic oil. However, the amount of Lemon used here is much less than the 2% dilution recommended to avoid phototoxic reactions, so you have nothing to worry about! This DIY is perfectly safe for feet that love to soak up the sun!

Watch one of our Certified Aromatherapists, Retha Nesmith, make this craft on one of our live videos, posted June 11th, 2018:

 

62 thoughts on “Essential Oils for Skin: Flawless Feet for Summer”

  1. Is there something I can use other than aloe vera? I get a burning rash when I use it, but I want to try this out

  2. Couple questions:
    How often is it safe to apply?
    Is this a good preventative for being in public pools/showers or is it best as a problem solver?
    Is it good for the whole foot or best for the toes and nails?
    I have all the ingredients so I’m excited to make a small batch for summer hotels and public pools! Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the great questions JH! You can safely use this recipe 2-3 times a day after the problem has occurred. I wouldn’t suggest using it as a preventative but yes, it can be applied to the whole foot. Let us know what you think!

    1. Michelle, the essential oils used in this DIY are perfect for men – with the blend of citronella, tea tree, cedarwood virginian, and lemon, it’s so fresh and clean, your husband will love it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Loving the new recipe graphics! Perfect to save on your phone or print out!
    Also cant wait to try this for my husband who works long hours (sometimes 24+) laying flooring. His feet need some tlc!

    1. Kelsey, we are so glad you love our recipe graphics! We are creating them just so customers have a fun and quick reference and we really appreciate your feedback. I’m sure your husband will be very grateful for a little TLC; thank you for sharing!

  4. I’m definitely going to have to try this one. I’ll be the first to admit that I have gross cracked dry feet and I’m always looking for something natural without a ton of chemicals. Thanks PT for this one. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. Jessica, we are so glad you’re going to give this recipe a try — let us know how it turns out. We hope it helps!

  5. Thank you for posting!
    My feet are not “Summer ready”
    So this is exactly what I need.
    Will a different type of cedarwood work the same?

  6. Definitely going to try this…just bought some cute new sandals yesterday and when trying them on I the store noticed my feet need a little summer maintenance.

    1. Lisa, let us know how it works for you! We know how bad feet can get during these drier months. Hope this is helpful so you can rock those new sandals 🙂

  7. Someone mentioned adding lavender. Curious what other oils might be good to add or swap with some of the oils in this recipe.

    1. Absolutely! If you’re having a difficult time deciding what to use as a substitute you can email us at [email protected] and we would be happy to make some suggestions based on what you have in your collection. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks for pointing that out Tina! A hand sanitizer would be a great choice especially if you enjoy the scent of Citronella.

  8. This is perfect for my grandson who spends hours in the gym in basketball shoes that won’t let his feet breathe. And when they finally come out for air I can’t breath! Lol.

    1. Patricia, that is so funny! Thank you for sharing and we hope this DIY will give those stinky feet the TLC they need so you can breathe!

  9. Is “funky” supposed to mean athletes foot? Or fungal infections? How often is it supposed to be applied and how long does it take to fix it?

  10. This looks AH-MAZING! Can’t wait to try this! I have everything BUT citronella. Is there an oil I can use that would be equivalent? I’m going to be placing an order for citronella soon, but I’d love to try out this recipe ASAP!

    1. Michelle, Aloe Vera dries pretty quickly, so there’s no need to cover your feet with socks! Hope you like it!

    1. Jo, this wasn’t specifically designed to help with dry heals, but it might provide that extra benefit! Aloe Vera Jelly is very hydrating and known to soothe dry skin. You may also enjoy our Healing Balm, which is great for moisturizing dry skin. I hope this helps!

  11. Hi there. Would this help with any kind of fungus on toenails? My husband’s toenails are pretty bad. I was hoping this might be able to help. 🙁

  12. I don’t have citronella – is there something I can use instead? Is this something I can use on my 8-year old to combat his stinky feet??

    1. Teresa, if you don’t have Citronella, I would replace that ingredient by simply adding more Tea Tree. One of our Certified Aromatherapists, Retha, recently did a DIY video on Flawless Feet and another customer asked the same question! You can find the video on our Facebook page or our YouTube page. You absolutely can use this for your 8 year old because all of the oils in this recipe are KidSafe, but this is more to support those “funky” feet we get if walking around barefoot in shared areas. We have a wonderful shoe spray DIY that may help combat the stink if it is also coming from his shoes! Hope this helps! https://www.planttherapy.com/blog/2018/06/08/diy-shoe-spray/

  13. This is a very good recipe. I had already made a similar blend (was lacking citronella) and have been using it, can vouch that it works beautifully. If refrigerated for a bit it is extra refreshing to the feet but can’t always do that if travelling. Plant Therapy’s Cedarwood Virginian is my most favorite oil and I use it in almost everything I make. Definitely loving the recipe graphics! Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes!

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