Thursday, July 16, 2009

Happy Feet: Terra Cotta Foot Scrubber

When I was younger, I used to see this odd ceramic - terra cotta device sitting in our bathroom. I never really understood why it was there, or what it's use was - only that my mother swore by it and purchased them in bulk whenever she would travel to India. This terra cotta foot scrubber is what my mother, and grandmother used to scrub and slough all the dead skin from their feet - kinda like the ancient "Ped Egg" and essentially a pumice stone.

Being the rebellious type, I thought she was being ancient in her technique and went on try various pumice stones, pumice files, and pedicures - all were ok but no HG for me. A few years ago she brought one over while I was away at college, and well I have been hooked every since - it really is the best and not to mention Eco-Friendly product I have used. This works great for all types of summer woes, tired feet, dead skin, cracked heels, calauses and exfoliation. Not only is this a grea exfoliator, but it lasts. Unlike pumice stone files, this does not loose its texture over time.

The Terra Cotta Foot Scrubber - has been around for ages in South East Asia. The small holes or pores in the stone are created by insert grass or grains into the clay before it's baked off. Once it hardens, the grains are removed and it creates this rough - holey surface. Because it's baked, it can never wear out - and you can either heat or chill the stone for an added effect. (I usually don't bother)

Another unique feature about the this foot scrubber - is that it comes in a lot of shapes and sizes.


My personal favorite is the heart shape with the handle ... I find that the point allows for precision, while the wider end works great all over the back of the heel.


The traditional rounded rectangle with handle also works great.

How my mother uses it: A 30 second scrub down every morning in the shower, when your feet are already wet. You can use a moisterizing body wash, or not - it's your choice.

Where can you find one? Good Question. They are readily available in Indian Food and Houseware Stores - Even some grocery stores. Or you can try finding them online - usually at Eco-Friendly online retailers. The sell anywhere from $2.00 to $10.00


  1. Oh wow...I need this! I'll get one for my mum and sisters too if it works! I think I know just where I may be able to find one too...all I've used along the lines of pumice stones are..well, pumice. Haha :) Thanks for posting this!

  2. where can I purchase the foot shaped one? I had one (from the body shop) years ago, but recently it broke (slipped from the pedicurist hand at the nail salon). I live in NYC. Thx.

  3. I'm not sure if they still have that shape available - but you can lots of other shapes online. Sorry that I'm not much help. I purchase mine at the Indian Store.



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