Product Review: Ped Egg

7 Aug

Growing up, my mom had these gnarly heels covered in cracks and crevices.  I shuddered at the thought that that could someday be me.  And guess what?  It is.  It so is. 

I’m not really one for professional pedicures.  I’m very self-conscious of my own gnarly fissure-filled feet plus I may or may not have toenail issues involving some slight discoloring and/or excessive thickness of the big nails.  (Yes, I’ve seen the drug commercials and am fully aware that there may or may not be some fungal issues involved that could be cleared up with a quick trip to the doctor and a painless prescription, but I have not seen a doctor for anything other than the birthing of babies for the past 13 years, and I’m not about to break my streak now, plus what’s nail polish for anyways?) I know pedicurists are paid to handle your nasty feet, but I’ve never wanted to be one of those nasty footed patrons. 

I actually did go last summer to get a pedicure with some friends.  My friends assured me that they all had nasty feet and it was no big deal and the pedicurists had seen it all, blah, blah, blah.  And it actually was a rather enjoyable experience until the lovely gal servicing my feet (why does that sound so wrong?) looked knowingly over to another pedicurist and prattled off something in a language I could not understand, and then she looked at me and chuckled!  I was living a Seinfeld episode! (scroll down to “Ruby’s Nail Parlor”)

So naturally, I will do anything to avoid seeking the professional help I probably need.  I’m a skeptic at heart, so when I first saw the infomercial for the Ped Egg, I was not overly enthusiastic.  (I had been burned—literally—by the Epilady *shudder* once upon a time, and was not anxious for an encore performance.  Fool me once…)  But then a friend of mine said she had a Ped Egg and liked it, so I thought “What the hay?”  I picked one up at Target for their regular price of $9.99, and I’d say it’s arguably the best ten bucks I have ever spent on a foot-related beauty product.

In case you’ve never seen the Ped Egg:

Kind of cute, eh?  And it’s ergonomic egg shape feels good in the hand.

I quickly glanced at the instructions:

Use only on clean, dry, and moisture free skin—Check.  My feet are most assuredly devoid of moisture.

Hold Ped Egg securely in the palm of your hand, start at the thickest area of dead skin, slide slowly in back and forth motion lengthwise, stop intermittently to check for desired results…yada, yada, yada…

And I was off!  When I first got it out, my children were horrified.  Mr. T said, “It looks like a cheese grater!”  And it does:

They had a hard time believing that it didn’t hurt.  But it really doesn’t.

Here’s a before shot of my right heel taken today (brace yourselves, I’m obviously way past the point of trying to hide my plethora of physical imperfections):

I know, I know.  Eeeew.  Like, ew.

I grated away for about 5 minutes back and forth, of course (think “paint the fence”).  Theoretically, the skin you slough off is collected in the little well beneath the “grater”.

But I find it difficult to see what I’m doing and to do a thorough job, while trying to keep the egg in a perfectly upright position so as not to spill out any of the shavings.  I recommend doing it over a towel or a trash can or at least not at the dinner table.

After you exfoliate (I suppose that sounds nicer than grate), you buff out the area (think “wax on, wax off”)with the emery pad located conveniently under the Ped Egg casing.

This is an important step in the process, as it smooths out any rough edges left from the grating exfoliating.  Like I said, today I “exfoliated” for about 5 minutes then followed up with about 30 seconds or so of buffing.  (I was kind of late picking up the kids at piano, so I may have rushed this part just a bit.)

And, voila!  The after shot:

Not necessarily perfection, but a significant improvement, I think.  I’m not completely callous free, but I’m amazed at how much smoother and softer my heels feel.  And the San Andreas Fault lines are nearly gone too!  Bonus!

So I’m recommending the Ped Egg to any of you who may suffer from gnarly heel.  And because I love you all so much, dear loyal readers, I’m going to give one of you your very own Ped Egg!  Free of charge!  Just leave a comment, and I’ll draw a name at random.  But mums the word this time—don’t be going around telling anybody unless, of course, you want to decrease your chances of winning.

Happy Thursday!

P.S.  I enlisted the kiddos’ help to pick out the best before and after shots.  After pulling one up on the screen:

Mr. T:  So this is after you used the pedophile?

Me:  Giggling.

Mr. T:  What?

Me:  Giggling harder.

Mr. T:  You know—the pedophile.  The filey ped thing.  What else do you call it?

Me, still giggling:  You mean, the Ped Egg.

Mr. T:  Yeah, so?  What’s so funny?

Me, trying to compose myself:  A pedophile is a child molester.

Mr. T:  Oh crap.

DynaGirl:  What’s a child molester?

Me, no longer laughing:  A child molester is someone who hurts children—who abuses them, in a not nice way.  (As opposed to abusing them in a nice way?)

My apologies to the fine folks at Ped Egg for the unfortunate word association.

And just because

37 Responses to “Product Review: Ped Egg”

  1. Alison Wonderland August 7, 2008 at 1:24 am #

    I found this whole post to be rather disturbing. I hate feet, I hate anything having to do with feet. Well, except really cute shoes but that’s a whole different matter.
    Anyway suffice it to say that I need not be entered in the drawing but I did want to say.

    “it’s arguably the best ten bucks I have ever spent on a foot-related beauty product.” -Woah, try to be a little less effusive with the praise next time.

  2. Ribeezie August 7, 2008 at 1:57 am #

    OK, the Seinfeld episode mention alone had me cracking up…I LOVE Seinfeld!

    But seriously, good doing with the pedop…wait…the Ped Egg 😛

  3. thewoobdog August 7, 2008 at 3:49 am #

    My husband had the toenail issue and he finally went to the doctor about it after it actually started to hurt on his one toe. The prescription is NOT easy, quick, OR painless! The list of side effects is awful, it’s hideously expensive, and they’re barely even allowed to prescribe the stuff. Thank goodness his insurance covered it – he had to be on it for 3 months (although it took the better part of a year for the nail to grow in fully normal) and it would have cost close to $500/month if we’d had to pay for it out of pocket. It really upset his digestion while he took it, as well.

  4. thewoobdog August 7, 2008 at 3:59 am #

    Sorry. That last was an interim comment whilst still reading the post. I didn’t want you to believe the hype they try to feed you in those drug commercials (although the Rx DID fix the problem, albeit at the risk of severe liver damage – funky toenail or crapped out liver? You choose…). Now, on to today’s regularly scheduled comment:

    ROFL! And I ALWAYS think of that Seinfeld whenever I pass a nail salon… I think that has been the major deterrent in my life that has kept me from ever getting a pedicure (and believe me, my heels on well on their way to that ‘before’ pic – and I, too, remember looking at my mom’s feet and thinking /shudder/ ew!)

    But now you have me convinced that I don’t NEED a pedicure, I just need a pedophile! I mean, a Ped Egg!

  5. cheryl August 7, 2008 at 5:14 am #

    I have the gnarliest of gnarly feet. And now I have hope! So much hope! Thank you for this hope!

    I will need to buy a pedophi…ped egg. 😉

    And just the fact that you were able to throw in some Karate Kid II stuff AND Seinfeld stuff in here made my entire day. You are my hero.

  6. Susan M August 7, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    I could probably use one of those. My feet aren’t very calloused but they seem to be heading that way. Are they safe for diabetics?

  7. Mother of the Wild Boys August 7, 2008 at 8:05 am #

    I heart you so much right now!! My feet are AT LEAST as crackly as your before picture. I even snagged a hole in my pantyhose with my heel recently. 😯 I hate feet, but I totally related to this post. Although I was glad that I wasn’t eating at the time. 🙂

    Plus, I don’t have a Target store in my little town, the closest one is an hour away. Although, I guess maybe they do have the Pedi Egg in other stores…hmmm.

    And that Seinfeld episode totally ROCKETH! Elaine has always been my fave character, although Mr. Castanza is a close second. We own all the seasons of Seinfeld on DVD…part of our two-year supply of entertainment.

    And whoo-boy, I second Cheryl on the hero award for you. Anyone who re-awakens my childhood crush on Ralph Macchio (and sort-of on Mr. Miagi) is a true friend of mine!!

  8. Julie August 7, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    Well, your feet were gross. Like mine. Seriously, I remember those IDENTICAL feelings about my mom’s feet and thinking I would NEVER EVER let myself go like that. Who had the last laugh? My momma, of course. My heels are naystay, to say the least.

    The cheese grater surface sort of scares me. Are you sure I won’t bleed? I think I hope I get to find out. Maybe….

    And I could not stop laughing at the conversation with your kids. Hil-ar-ious. In a sort of frightening kind of way. I suppose it’s moments like that we really get to teach our kids, though. Good job. And really, pedo-file sounds like such a logical term for a foot file. It’s that whole “ph” factor that sends it in entirely the wrong direction.

    Thanks for the bright moment.

  9. bythelbs August 7, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    Alison—Consider it payback for your spider post. I’m going to do you a solid, though, and still throw your name in the drawing. If I pick you, I’ll just send you something else. Like spider repellant. Or maybe brownie mix. (I’ve been waiting a long time for the opportunity to use the “do you a solid” phrase. Did I pull it off? Did I just ruin it by asking if I pulled it off?)

    Ribeezie—I have several Seinfeld moments in life. I could probably write a whole post about it. Hmmm…maybe I will.

    woobdog—Thanks for affirming my avoidance of the doctor! My husband’s done the scrip route on his feet and it totally cleared them up quickly and they look great and he didn’t seem to have any of the issues your did, but you never know! Plus, my big toes have always been funky—I injured them both with a poorly fitted pair of cleats when I was younger and they both fell off (I know, ew again!) and they’ve never been the same since. I really don’t think they’re very noticeable except to someone who’s getting all up close and personal.

    cheryl—I couldn’t resist the Glory of Love. Isn’t Peter Cetera awesome with his facial expressions and subtle dancing/hand gestures? He’s so intense!

    Susan—Aw, man! The warnings on the instructions include “Do not use if you are diabetic or have poor blood circulation.” Is it easier for diabetics to damage skin tissue or something? I’m still throwing your name in the drawing, too, and if I pull you out I’ll send you something else.

    mother—I’ve ruined pantyhose. I don’t get why I have a natural tendency towards the heel callousing. I do wear flip-flops a good part of the summer, which I know is terrible for your feet. But even during winter when I’m wearing socks and comfy, orthopedically friendly shoes I seem to have this problem. Maybe I’ll just play the genetics card and blame it on my mom.

    Julie—I really felt bad laughing over the pedophile thing because really, what’s funny about a pedophile? *shudder*shudder*

    You know what’s really sad? In my younger days, Madhousewife used to tell me I had the cutest feet. There’s nothin’ cute about them now. Sigh.

  10. kamillivanilli August 7, 2008 at 10:18 am #

    So glad you like the PedEgg!! I think I have told you before that I have had similar Seinfeld experiences. I can’t stand it when they talk in their Asian language and laugh and giggle at you. I’m pretty sure they were laughing at my tiny feet and toe nails that are wayyyy too short because I can’t stand having any “white” in the nail. I feel like telling them if they speak in their language, then their tip is gone. I want to know what they’re saying at all times. Facial gestures, funny looks…fine…but speaking in Asian languages? That’s just rude!!

    After you do your grating and buffing, then put on some really rich lotion, like a body butter or something. It helps a ton.

    For those who are don’t have a Target, I am pretty sure they sell them at Rite Aid, Walgreens, those kind of places too. I think Linens and Things has them too in their “As Seen on TV” section. hahaha. There is just something funny about buying things with the “As Seen on TV” logo on them, isn’t there?

    Sorry, didn’t mean for this to become a tutorial on foot grating and maintenance.

    Peter Cetera is magical. I have said it before. And his concert goes down as one of my favorites ever. Pure Awesomeness. He is an old man now, and he can’t quite hit or hold the notes like he used to, but I still love him and he is still the inspiration.

  11. Mother of the Wild Boys August 7, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    Kamillivanilli- Strike two, we don’t have Rite Aid or Walgreens either. We do have the evil WallyMart though. Yeah for us.

    And I forgot to say that I couldn’t watch Peter Cetera without thinking of Ellen. Squint a little, you’ll see what I mean.

  12. Julie August 7, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    I just got my new issue of Consumer Reports and guess what they reviewed? The Ped Egg! And they gave it the thumbs up, too. I was glad to have it from two sources I trust.

    MOTWB…maybe we’ll meet up at Walmart buying one if neither of us win?! We’ve been known to do it before!

  13. Evitafjord August 7, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    Is it gentle enough that I can use it on my husband while he sleeps? Because my feet are gross to me, but his heel calluses are just in a class all by themselves. If it could fix that, I’d buy stock in the company. If that were an option.

  14. cheryl August 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    Ha! Evitafjord, now you HAVE to use it on your husband and come back and tell us all if it worked. Ha!

  15. Mother of the Wild Boys August 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm #

    Julie, Sounds like a date! 😉

  16. cheryl August 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    Wha? Have Julie and Mother been dating behind all our backs?! 😉

  17. Julie August 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    You don’t know the half of it. Little Caesar’s…Walmart…the possibilities for this relationship are endless.

  18. cheryl August 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm #


  19. madhousewife August 7, 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    Awesome links!

    I think I’m gonna get me one of them Ped Eggs. Although after reading the Mr. T conversation, I’m always going to feel a bit creepy using it.

  20. bythelbs August 7, 2008 at 9:27 pm #

    kamilli—I enjoyed the tutorial. I’m still a little miffed over not having been invited to the Peter Cetera concert, though!

    Julie—Well, if CR endorses it! Wait, how come my word alone isn’t good enough?

    Evita—While it doesn’t hurt, I’m not sure one could do it completely stealthily. How heavily does your husband sleep?

    mad—Wait to see if you win first. I wonder if anyone has ever suggested naming a foot product ped-o-file and then had someone else tease them mercilessly for the rest of their product development careers.

  21. Evitafjord August 8, 2008 at 7:11 am #

    Not as heavily as I do. Maybe I could just make it look really fun and then he’d WANT to try it. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.

  22. Mother of the Wild Boys August 8, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    Julie, you’re crackin’ me up! 😆

  23. flip flop mama August 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    I’ve seen those around too but I have a pumice stone that I’ve been using for the last few years so I can’t justify a new purchase. Winning one though…I wouldn’t say no!

  24. Lavanda Dolce March 28, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Ok, I did it. After finding your blog about the Ped Egg, I went out and bought one. Like you, I had the same experience at the pedicurist, however, unlike you…I went solo. Like in ALONE. Dumb thing to do. Between the chinese lady doing my feet and the chinese woman doing a young girls nails…they had lot’s of chuckles…at the expense, I’m sure, of my feet. Well…I love it. I LOVE the PEDI EGG! I bought the one with the handle on it…propped my foot on the toilet and grated away! Woops…I mean, exfoiliated away. Naturally I was soooo impressed I brought the egg to my hubby to show him and as you can guess….he wanted to commit me. Not for grating my heels…for bringing something so gross to show him. Well, ok…because I asked him to touch it. Put your finger it in! It’s like the softess talc! YES. You heard me right. I touched it. Come on …tell the truth…you know you did too! 🙂

  25. bythelbs April 1, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    Lavanda, I am so glad you found my review helpful and have discovered the joy of the PedEgg. I very much enjoyed reading your comment. Thank you! And of course I touched the grated skin! Isn’t it amazing how something so rough and disgusting could be so soft? Of course I then threw it away and washed my hands after—it’s not like I have a jar of collected PedEgg shavings or anything. Snort. No really, I don’t.

    You’re my kind of gal, Lavanda. My kind of gal.

  26. Lavanda Dolce April 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    Well, tonite is going to be my experiment…rather experience..with the Smooth Away! I’ll let you know how that goes;) Gotta love RiteAid! They have all these “ONLY ON TV” purchase products…and half the cost:) By the way, love your blog.

  27. bythelbs April 1, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Thanks! Hey, what’s the Smooth Away? Is that hair removal? I’ll want the full report!

  28. Lavanda Dolce April 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    Yes! Ok..promise you’ll get the full report…but I cannot guarantee pics! LOL

  29. lavandadolce April 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    WOW! IT worked great! So now you need to run and buy it and do your thing! The only negative is that my upper lip is a bit sensitive. YES…I used it there….and on my legs. That’s it. Just my lip and legs. You can be the judge should you choose to go “anywhere else with it”… Funny thing is, on the box it shows a woman using it on her forearms? I was born with no hair on my forearms and have always been self conscious…and here now people are shaving it off? hmmmmmmmm. Interesting. But it was certainly worth the $9.95 and it comes with a few sticky pads (made by 3m) that you can replace. Now the real test will be to see how long it takes before I need to “exfoliate” my legs again. Hugs:)

  30. lavandadolce April 4, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    Ok. It’s great for a quick fix, last minute “shave”…but it doesn’t last. By the next day…stubble is back:(

  31. bythelbs April 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    But no burning? One review I read from a fellow blogger complained of burning.

  32. lavandadolce April 5, 2009 at 4:34 am #

    No burning. Just some tingling on upper lip. Do not use any creams after, or lotions, it’s possible whomever complained of burning used something. I see some kits come with a lotion, so that may be the culprit. (Funny they say to not use any…yet I noticed kits come with creams!)

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