Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub from Earth Therapeutics is a subtly sensual product that teases your senses of smell and touch. It is not a particularly glamorous product: It’s not pink or aqua with girly perfumes. It’s, well, natural. But when you grab your new tube of Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub and flip open the cap, the mild and slightly minty fragrance lets you know that you’re about to have a very refreshing experience. Being an experienced general podiatrist, I can assure you of the benefits that you get with Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub.
Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub is an aromatic exfoliating paste for men and women. It revives hot and tired feet in a matter of minutes (not that you should rush through the process). You can’t help but groan and sigh as you massage it all over your feet (and don’t forget between your toes). It just feels that good.
Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub contains natural pumice and crushed apricot shells to slough away dry and flaky skin and sebum, a glandular oil that, when it breaks down, emits an unpleasant odor. Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub deodorizes with ylang-ylang, a natural perfume extracted from tree blossoms that relax and stimulates and is claimed by many to have mild antiseptic properties. It also contains chamomile, a long-recognized medicinal herb that is believed to help reduce mild inflammation and puffiness. Its key ingredient, tea tree oil– an essential oil also called Melaleuca oil, named for the Australian tree from which it is derived–has a long history of being used by Australian aboriginals to heal cuts and wounds, skin infections and burns. A substance found in tea tree oil reportedly has antiseptic and antifungal properties, which is why it’s an often-used ingredient in many creams and ointments.
I confess that I don’t use Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub the way the directions on the tube suggest, mainly because I’m uncoordinated. The user is instructed to clean and dry his/her feet, then apply the product and massage it in, and finally rinse with warm water. For logistical reasons, that just doesn’t work well for me. What does work is to lather up and rinse in the shower, then apply it and massage it over clean, wet feet (you have to block the shower spray during the massage part so it doesn’t rinse off before you’re ready)? For those who shower in the morning, yet want to have sweet feet at bedtime, you can spritz on another Earth Therapeutics product, Tea Tree Oil Foot Spray, which effectively cools and refreshes those tired dogs.
Although many drug and specialty stores carry some Earth Therapeutics products, Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub is not usually one of them. It can, however, be ordered from the Earth Therapeutics web site.
If you have a skin condition or any wounds on your feet, be advised that these products will aggravate rather than refresh. If you have very tender tootsies, you could have a mild reaction and should stop using them. The scrub is too intense for children (think Altoids).