If only all weekends were that good! With work left far away in the office, time to spare with loved ones comes a-knocking. And when your loved ones need some time to themselves, what is one to do? Well, here’s one thing you can try at home: make your own coffee body scrub!
I found this recipe and decided to give it a go, especially since all the ingredients are natural, very affordable and so easy to find. To round it up for you, I used:
- 1 cup raw sugar (a mix of white and brown)
- 1 cup ground coffee
- 4 tbsp 100% extra virgin olive oil
- 10 tbsp 100% natural coconut oil
- 4 tbsp sea salt
This would give you four 5oz. (150ml) bottles of scrub, each about 3/4 filled (as shown in the picture above). I added a little more coconut oil than what the original recipe gave, because I wanted the scrub to be a little more moisturising. All the ingredients were specially sourced by me, especially the olive oil and coconut oil. Be careful though, of adding too much oil – you don’t want your scrub to end up being overly greasy.
Any coffee you use is fine, though I’d recommend against using 3-in-1 packs of coffee powder. I started off with whole Toby’s Estate coffee beans, left over from a friend’s birthday celebration, and ground them in a normal food blender. Then I mixed the sugar and salt in. Finally, I added the oils and mixed everything evenly. It can’t get any easier!
Overall, it took me less than an afternoon to do (if you don’t count the photo-taking) and it would definitely be a fun bonding activity for friends and family members alike. You can even make these to give away as party door gifts!
The best time to use the scrub is after you’ve washed off the soap on your body and when your skin is still wet. As the scrub is made of coffee, it’s meant to be an anti-cellulite scrub, so use it for your thighs! And if you’ve got dry shins, the oils in this scrub are great for getting rid of the dead skin and keeping them moisturised as well. When you’re scrubbing up, you’ll start turning brown and that’s the fun part of seeing coffee form on you! It washes off easily, so don’t worry about it. Just make sure that you wash everything off properly – you don’t want ants in your bathroom! Finally, you can keep the scrub for as long as the individual ingredients can last, so take note of their expiry dates and stick to the earliest one.
If you’re interested in more scrub recipes, why not check out my Sea Salt & Coconut Oil Face Scrub Recipe (which can also be used on the body)?