This post was originally published on January 14, 2014 but we loved it so much, we just had to share it again!
Recently, I seem to be inexplicably intrigued by coffee. I don’t drink coffee. I can’t. I’ve tried. It makes me jittery. But I love the way it smells… the way it looks… I love exploring different coffee shops, too. So when I came across the idea of creating a body scrub using ground coffee, you know I was all in.
This scrub is made from just 4 — natural — ingredients: ground coffee, coconut oil, coconut palm sugar, and ground cinnamon. Try to buy everything organic, if possible. So, let’s talk benefits!
Coffee is rich in antioxidants, making it an awesome anti-inflammatory ingredient. It contains caffeine, which draws out excess moisture from your skin, causing it to look and feel smoother and firmer. In this scrub, coffee acts as a mild exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and exposing fresh, soft skin.
Coconut oilis one of our favorite natural beauty ingredients over here. It’s incredibly moisturizing and filled with vitamins and minerals, which it locks securely into your skin.
Coconut palm sugar acts as a second exfoliant in this scrub. For more of a deep exfoliation, you can use a sugar with
a coarser texture, like organic cane sugar.
Cinnamon helps to clear your skin of any bacteria. It also brings blood to the surface of the skin, helping to smooth out any lines that may be present.
1/2 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
To make the scrub, mix all of the ingredients together until well-combined. If your coconut oil is solid, gently heat it until it melts, but wait for it to go back to room temperature before adding the other ingredients. This is to ensure that your exfoliants don’t dissolve in the oil! Once mixed, store your scrub in an air-tight container.
I was actually in awe about how smooth and moisturized this scrub left my skin when I first tried it. Then, I had a little extra on my finger, so I tasted it. I thought, “Why not? It’s made with edible ingredients!” You guys, it’s delicious. So I had another little taste. And then maybe one more. About a half hour later I totally regretted doing that — I told you, caffeine makes me jittery! — but for those of you who can actually handle caffeine… it wouldn’t hurt to have a little taste during your morning shower. That’s all. Enjoy!
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