Service Recipes

A Feast for the Feet (or Hands)

Food staples in your kitchen can be blended to create scrubs or masks to personalize any mani or pedi. Healing properties in the food benefit the skin, and nature’s comforting aromas soothe the soul.   

Perfectly Pumpkin

Deb Blowars, Artistic Trends Salon, Sellersville, Pa.

1 1/4 hours/$65

 

1. Brew a bag each of pumpkin tea and cinnamon tea and toss into the foot bath. Soak feet about 10 minutes.

2. Remove feet from water. Buff and exfoliate feet and legs with pumpkin scrub. (Blowers puts the scrub in a metal bowl and heats it in the towel warmer before she applies it.)

3. Rinse off the scrub, dry the feet, and apply the mask with toes exposed.

4. Prep, shape, and shorten the nails.

5. Rinse off the mask.

6. Massage a pumpkin or vanilla-scented lotion into the skin.

7. Polish the nails.

 

Pumpkin Scrub

1/8 C. white sugar

1/8 C. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie filling

1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix white sugar and brown sugar together. Mix in pureed pumpkin and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Mask

1/4 C yogurt

1-2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie filling

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Combine all ingredients.

 

Chocolate Strawberry Mani or Pedi

Cheri Moore, SPA by Cheri, Powdersville, S.C.

1 hour/$35 (pedi)

1. Mix together powdered milk and cocoa powder and add to foot bath.

2. Remove and dry feet. Remove polish, treat cuticles, and file and shape nails. Buff feet.

3. Exfoliate the skin with strawberry scrub.

4. Dip feet into white chocolate paraffin dip or brush on chocolate mask.

5. Wrap feet in warm towels.

6. Wash feet and legs to cleanse the skin.

7. Massage with your favorite lotion.

8. Cleanse and polish the nails.

 

Strawberry Scrub

2 Tbsp. crushed strawberries

2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil

1/4-1/3 C. sea salt or sugar

Mix all ingredients together.

 

White Chocolate Paraffin Dip

Melt white chocolate wafers into paraffin wax. (Wafers can be purchased at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.)

 

Chocolate Mask

Oatmeal powder (made by placing 1 C. of whole, unflavored oats into a food processor or coffee grinder)

2 tsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. honey

1-2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil

Mix all ingredients together.

 

Gingerbread Manicure/Pedicure

Susan Harrison, Soak Nail Spa, Columbia, S.C.

1 hour/$52

 

1. Soak feet in warm foot bath.

2. Remove feet, dry, and buff. Shape and shorten the nails.

3. Exfoliate skin with gingerbread scrub.

4. Rinse feet and legs.

5. Massage the legs and feet with vanilla or gingerbread-scented lotion.

6. Paint on Belle Luccé Honey Drizzle Mask.

7. Wrap feet in warm towels and allow to rest 5-10 min. (Leave client to relax and take the time to clean off the pedicure cart and take used implements to the back room.)

8. Rinse feet to remove mask.

9. Dry and apply polish.

 

Harrison chooses to use Belle Luccé products because she trusts the quality of its products and supports its business philosophy. However, Lela Rain Barker, founder of  Belle Luccé, shares this recipe so techs can create a homemade scrub.

 

Gingerbread-Inspired Scrub

3 C. white sugar

1 C. brown sugar

2 C. sunflower oil (organic if possible)

1 C.  olive oil (organic if possible)

1/4 C. cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a clean bowl and mix well.

 

Sangria Sunset Pedicure

Cindy Huynh, Isle PediSpa, Houston

1 hour/$68

 

1. Provide clients with a heated herbal neck wrap and a glass of wine or sangria as they soak their feet in a foot bath that includes two glasses of red wine and fresh grapes, which clients stomp to release the grapes’ anti-oxidant properties.

2. Remove, dry, and buff the feet. Shape and shorten the nails.

3. Apply cabernet rub to exfoliate the skin.

4. Remove with a grape rub. (Place quartered, fresh grapes in a cheese cloth and squeeze grape juice over legs to remove scrub.)

5. Paint grapeseed oil on the bottom of the feet and place feet in a paraffin bag. Let rest 5-10 minutes.

6. Remove mask and apply your favorite lotion.

7. Cleanse the nail plate and polish.

 

Cabernet Rub

Isle PediSpa mixes a proprietary scrub in front of the client using the following ingredients:

Sea salt

Grapeseed oil

Olive oil

Cabernet fragrance

Fresh grapes 

 

Peppermint Patty Pedi

Meggan Anderson, Nail’d by Meggan, Burley, Idaho

1 1/4 hours/$35

 

1. Add peppermint-scented Pedi-Redi to pedicure bath and soak for about 10 minutes.

2. Dry feet. Shape and prep the nails.

3. Apply CND Marine Mask.

4. Remove mask and apply peppermint scrub (about 1 Tbsp. per leg).

5. Buff feet.

6. Empty water and refill tub. Fully cleanse product off the skin.

7. Remove feet, pat dry, and massage legs and feet with your favorite lotion.

8. Polish the nails.

 

Peppermint Scrub

Combine 1/2 C. brown sugar with olive oil to desired consistency.

Add 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract.

Add a couple drops of peppermint oil.

 

 

Tropical Citrus Pedicure 

Cindy Huynh, Isle PediSpa, Houston

1 hour/$63

 

1. Soak clients’ feet in a foot bath using a few drops of orange essential oil, sliced grapefruit and oranges, and a few flowers of your choice.

2. Buff the feet; shape and shorten the nails.

3. Use half a lemon slice to scrub the nail plate to lighten any yellowing from prolonged polish use.

4. Exfoliate the feet and legs with tropical citrus scrub.

5. Holding two slices of grapefruit in each hand, gently massage the legs.

6. Rinse; apply a citrus-scented lotion and massage the legs and feet.

7. Spray the feet with cooling orange-menthol mist.

8. Polish.

 

TROPICAL CITRUS SCRUB

Sea salt

Orange essential oil

Coconut essential oil

Coconut shreds

Mix all ingredients together.

 

Apple Dapple

Sadina Warren, Tips & Toes, Royston, Ga.

1 hour/$35

 

1. Put dried apples into the pedicure bath and light an apple-scented candle in the room for aromatic ambience.

2. Remove feet and prep nails.

3. Buff feet.

4. Apply Apple Dapple scrub to slough off dead cells and moisturize skin.

5. Cleanse legs and feet.

6. Remove from water and dry.

7. Apply polish.

 

APPLE DAPPLE SCRUB

Make a mixture of softened fruit by chopping two to three apples, including skins, in the blender or food processor. You may need to simmer the apples to soften them first. (You can also use 100% applesauce.)

Mix fruit with 1-2 Tbsps. of brown or white sugar and add olive oil to desired consistency.

 

Sugar or Salt?

Choosing to use a base of sugar or salt for a homemade scrub is purely a matter of preference. “While salts are rich in minerals, salt-based exfoliants can sting and irritate freshly shaved skin. For that reason, I typically prefer sugar scrubs for pedicure treatments, since it eliminates that worry for clients,” explains Lela Rain Barker, founder of Belle Luccé products.

 

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