DIY Coffee Scrub
In a recent issue of Womans World, I came across this wonderful DIY Java Scrub recipe that I thought would be great to share with you dear reader. It was listed under ‘Cures for Tiredness’ and hey, I’m an 8-to-5er who is constantly busy- whether I’m working out, pursuing creative endeavors or just out and about, so I definitely get tired from time to time. The article claims that a coffee scrub will clear away dull skin and leave you with a brighter complexion, that the caffeine helps reduce swelling and the massaging action of applying the scrub flushes out excess fluid that make your hands, legs and feed look puffy. Whether the scrub does all of these things, I have no idea. What I can tell you is that it smells wonderful, gives you that wonderful spa scrub feeling without spending a fortune (and who doesn’t like to save a little money??), and it leaves your skin soft. I especially love a good scrub by the kitchen sink because I like to paint. This is an easy, sweet-smelling way to get all of that stuck-on creativity off and down the drain.
Recipe (altered a little bit by me):
- 1 cup ground coffee (any that you like, I used regular coffee, no special flavoring)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbsp fresh ground cinnamon (this is what really topped it all off for me, I used a coffee grinder to pulverize 2 cinnamon sticks…but you could just use ground cinnamon from a jar too)
Blend all of these ingredients together in an airtight container, (I used a mason jar w/ a screw top lid -it is pretty and will look nice sitting in my bathroom or by the kitchen sink)
Use: Massage scrub over clean, damp skin; rinse and pat dry (you might want to use a little soap when rinsing if you don’t want too much oil left behind on your skin).
The scrub will keep for 2 months if kept in a cool, dry place.
Inspired by how easy this was, I have all of the ingredients in my pantry, woo hoo…I went Google-ing for more salt and sugar scrubs. Simply search for: ‘DIY Sugar Scrub’ or ‘DIY Salt Scrub’ and you’ll be amazed at all of the fun recipes you’ll find. I developed my own concoction, recipe following…
Cinnamon-Almond Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon extract
- 1.5 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp fresh ground cinnamon (or from a jar, whatever is easiest for you)
Mix together in an airtight container and scrub on all over your body whenever you want that ‘spa-at-home’ pampering treatment.