DIY Handmade Foot Soap Recipe – Make Your Own Cold Process Exfoliating Foot Soap

After many many years of producing and selling my handmade Exfolimint™ Peppermint Foot Soap through Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen, I have decided to retire this particular handmade soap. And, since I am retiring it, I thought I’d share the recipe so you can make your own!

My handmade, cold process Peppermint Exfolimint™ Foot Soap is a special handmade soap created just for feet! It’s refreshingly scented with natural peppermint essential oil and contains finely ground pumice to scrub rough soles to a happier state. Forget about that boring pumice stone, this soap is the perfect replacement, exfoliating tough skin as it cleans. You’ll love the difference the fresh peppermint scent and the addition of shea butter make in these unique bars. It works like a pumice stone but without the dry feeling pumice stones leave afterward. This soap is all natural and vegan. Want to make your own stockpile this winter so you have awesome feet by sandal season in spring? Then read on for the recipe! (This recipe is intended for personal use only and is not to be reprinted without permission.)

DIY Handmade Exfolimint™ Peppermint Foot Soap Recipe

(Recipe © Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen)

Ingredients:
33.6 oz. 76° Melt Point Coconut Oil
38.4 oz. Olive Oil
19.2 oz. Palm Oil
4.8 oz. Unrefined Shea Butter

32 fluid oz. distilled water
13.8 oz. sodium hydroxide

2.5 oz. peppermint essential oil
.75 oz. tea tree oil
1 1/2 cups fine ground pumice

Instructions:
If you’ve never made cold process soap before, please read my cold process soapmaking tutorial and do some research before getting started. You need to take proper safety precautions to avoid getting hurt and to create a successful batch. I also highly recommend the book The Soapmaker’s Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How (Natural Body Series – The Natural Way to Enhance Your Life) by Susan Miller Cavitch. Additionally, for step by step photos and instructions on the cold process soapmaking method.

Start by measuring your distilled water into a glass or plastic container. Then weigh out your lye and slowly stir it into the water until dissolved. Because lye puts off fumes, you’ll either want to do this outside or under an exhaust fan. Set aside to cool.

In a stainless steel pot, weigh out the coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, and shea butter. Heat on the stove until fully melted then set aside to cool.

Weigh out your essential oils and measure out the pumice and set aside.

Once your lye water and oils have reached about 100°F you can begin mixing. Slowly pour your lye water into the melted oils. Then mix well using a stick blender. Once your soap has reached a thin trace, stir in the essential oils and fine ground pumice. Continue stirring until thoroughly mixed and trace is achieved. Pour into your mold, cover, and insulate. You can unmold your soap 24 hours later and cut into bars to cure. Wait 3-4 weeks before use.

I use basic wooden loaf molds for this recipe measuring 11″L x 3.5″W x 3.25″ H from the interior, but you can substitute basically any loaf pan mold. This recipe yields three of my loaf molds with some room to spare at the top or approximately 36 3.5- 3.8oz. bars. If you’d like to make your own molds, you can find a tutorial for crafting a wooden soap mold for cold process soap here.

For quality, organic soapmaking oils and essential oils I recommend shopping at Mountain Rose Herbs. I generally use triple distilled Japanese peppermint oil in my soaps as it doesn’t smell as medicinal, but the choice of peppermint essential oil you use is up to you.

Following is some of the feedback I’ve received regarding my handmade foot soap:

Arrived quickly and soon as it did, I scrubbed my sorry little feet real good. It’s an EXCELLENT product and I recommend it to all!

I love my soap! And, in time, I will learn to love my feet again. Thank you! I will definitely be back.

I love your Exfolimint Peppermint Foot Soap. It really works! I love the ground pumice for exfoliating and the oils and butter for moisturizing. One day I used my pumice stone in the shower instead of this soap to see the difference and my stone dried the soles of my feet out. I was surprised the soap did a much better job and kept my feet moisturized too. If anyone enjoys the smell of peppermint, you can definitely smell it. I am not a big fan of mints but, I found the scent while showering exhilarating. It wakes you up!

I love love LOOOOOVE this soap! :) One smell and I ran off to the bathroom and gave myself a soak and scrub. Then I did the same for my husband’s feet. Now that’s love (of him AND the soap)!

Have fun and happy soaping! And for more cold process soap recipes, click here.

Comments

  1. I love the scent of peppermint! I don’t think I would ever try to make soap but I know others will appreciate the recipe! thanks! ♥

  2. I’ve never thought of making soap by myself, but with that recipe making it seems possible..lol

    I’m your new follower from Etsy team “Bloggers and Readers” :)

  3. Thank you very much for sharing your recipe. I would like to try it using fresh goat milk. Would you change the recipe to accommodate milk vs water?

    • You don’t need to change the recipe to use milk instead of water. Simply sub the liquid of your choice for the water. It’s recommended if using milk to make it slushy cold as with any cold process milk soap.

  4. Hello! I am going to attempt your recipe. Do you mind sharing where you find your pumice?

  5. How much lye did you use for this recipe? I’ve never madder soap, but would love to try this one for the first time.

  6. Donna Hootman-Hillin says:

    Rebecca, thank you so very much for sharing your pumice recipe. I’m making a batch tomorrow and I had no idea how much pumice to add to a batch. I shop at the website you recommend as well as another (I always compare prices!) but neither had any advice re the amount of pumice to add to a CP soap recipe. My next adventure will be a combo with pumice & shredded loufah, I know many mechanics that will need my soap. Getting ready for the spring markets and I can’t tell you how much I needed your recipe. You are a Peach for sharing.
    Thanks.

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