Pumice is created when super-heated, highly pressurized rock is violently ejected from a volcano. The unusual foamy configuration of pumice happens because of simultaneous rapid cooling and rapid depressurization. The depressurization creates bubbles by lowering the solubility of gasses (including water and CO2) that are dissolved in the lava, causing the gasses to rapidly exsolve (like the bubbles of CO2 that appear when a carbonated drink is opened). The simultaneous cooling and depressurization freezes the bubbles in a matrix. Eruptions under water are rapidly cooled and large volumes of pumice are created. So basically, it's a small block of lightweight, hardened lava foam. Pumice is similar to glass in physical and chemical makeup, but unlike glass, pumice is a much softer abrasive—fine-ground pumice is the softest abrasive media you can use and ideal for applications where the quality of the finished surface is paramount.
Feet are naturally dry and some people who are predisposed to dry skin (also known as xerosis) have even dryer feet. As we walk, the pressure causes the edge of the heel to squish out which often causes fissures or cracks in the skin. Pumice is used as a mild, yet effective, abrasive suitable for a multitude of uses, including in hand pumice soap and pumice hand cleaner. In soap, pumice offers a light abrasive quality which easily removes almost any grease or grime. Give your feet some loving care by using a pumice stone to help wear away corns and calluses and remove the dirt and dry skin that can build up, especially on your heels.
Pumice powder is typically used in mechanic's soap, foot scrubs, and used in your household cleaner recipes where you really need a good scrubbing. Because pumice is a soft media and a natural mineral, it isn't harsh or toxic to people or the environment.
Pumice Powder is great in a scrub because it does the job of the stone without being so harsh on the skin. Additionally, by making a scrub with the powder you can incorporate different carrier oils and essential oils to boost the effectiveness of the powder. Olive oil is great for dry, cracked feet. Calendula or marigold is great for getting rid of symptoms of Athlete’s Foot. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that alleviate the rashes, itchiness and burning antifungal properties keep fungal infections at bay. Also, tea tree oil has been popularly used as an anti-fungal and antibacterial foot treatment due to its antiseptic properties.
Our Heel to Toe foot scrub is amazing for people who are on their feet all day. This scrub is made with ground pumice stone to gently and effectively remove callouses and dead skin on your feet. Organic Peppermint Oil and Organic Tea Tree oil is to sooth your aches at the end of a long day and revive tired and overworked feet.