The smell of coffee is such a favorite of mine that some nights I fall asleep already anticipating the ritual of brewing the following morning’s cup. It’s the scent of so many memories… of my mother’s kitchen, where coffee is almost always enjoyed with a slice of fresh-from-the-backyard blueberry pie and of good times spent working as a barista. I love it, and could never give it up, no matter how hard (or not so hard) I’ve tried.
Lucky for my coffee-loving heart, there are so many ways to enjoy the stuff beyond a morning mug-up, and these exfoliating coffee cubes have been my favorite way to indulge lately. During a season when many of us are plagued with dry skin, these little beauties provide a much-needed pick me up, with coffee granules to slough away dead skin and plenty of nourishing coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize. Beyond giving your skin a good scrub, using coffee as a body and facial exfoliant has many other benefits. Used in the morning, the caffeine soaks through your skin invigorating body and mind, reducing the appearance of cellulite, and making your skin feel firmer to the touch. Plus, you can’t beat how easy these little cubes are to use, just rub ’em in and rinse!
Coffee Coconut Exfoliating Cubes
1 cup finely ground coffee (freshly ground beans are best, but store bought espresso-ground works fine as well)
1 + 3/4 cups coconut oil
2 tbsp pure shea butter
1/4 cup sugar
a few drops vanilla essential oil (optional)
Ice cube tray or soap mold
Place the shea butter and 1 cup of the coconut oil in a glass jar and heat in the microwave until just melted, but not hot (about 15-20 seconds). If the shea butter is still solid, stir the oil for a few minutes to melt it down. Combine the oil mixture with the coffee grounds and sugar in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Add a few drops of the vanilla essential oil, if using, and mix.
Fill the ice cube cups halfway with the coffee/oil mixture (about 2 tsp each, depending on size), and place the tray in the freezer. Once frozen, remove from the freezer and melt the remaining 3/4 cup of coconut oil. Pour the melted oil over the frozen coffee cubes, and place back in the freezer. Allow to freeze completely before removing the cubes from the tray. Store the cubes in the freezer until you’re ready to use one!
Face: After removing any makeup, rub a cube on your face to exfoliate, rinsing grounds away with warm water. Pat dry.
Body: Use as you would an in-shower salt or sugar scrub, exfoliating with the grounds. After your shower, pat skin dry and allow the coconut oil to soak in before dressing. Be sure to rinse all grounds down the drain with hot water to avoid clogging.
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