Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Coffee Scrub How To

This is my favorite coffee scrub. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

You will need:

-espresso ground coffee (The finer the grind is, the less abrasive the final product)
-coconut oil
-vitamin e (optional)

-a measuring cup
-measuring spoons
-stirring spoon
-3 2oz containers (I got mine at the Container Store)

1. Measure out 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil

I microwaved it for about 20 seconds--coconut oil is soft, but solid at room temperature. You want it to be liquid enough so that you can mix in the coffee grounds, but you don't want it to be too hot.

2. Add in 2 Teaspoons of honey

Honey does great things for the skin--it has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and it's used in many health care products from lozenges to face masks.

3. Then add in 18 Tablespoons of coffee

I know it sounds like a lot but it's just over 1 cup of grounds. I use Cafe Bustelo because it's what we drink here, and it's finely ground. You can use a coarser grind, but keep in mind it will be a coarser scrub.

4. You can also add 1-2 capsules of vitamin E at this time if you have it

Vitamin E is used in many skin care products as it protects cell membranes from oxidation. It protects against free radicals (hence the anti oxidation) and is generally considered to be 'good for you.'

It looks like mud, but it smells oh so good

5. Spoon it into your containers

And there you have it. Your very own fancy homemade bath and body product!

It's so easy to make--and really hard to screw up. The ratios are somewhat adjustable; you want the coffee to be saturated by the oil, but not dripping. My ratio is 9:2:1/3 (coffee:oil:honey) But you can change it per your tastes. You can also add ingredients like vanilla or almond extract, orange oil, or any other scent that mixes well with the strong coffee.

This recipe will fill 3 2oz jars, but it's pretty easy to make more or less if you roughly follow the ratio.

The scrub exfoliates better than any I've bought in a store and it leaves your skin feeling super smooth. It also makes a great gift!

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