• Natalie Alayne

Homemade Coffee Scrub


Did you know that our skin is our body’s largest organ and it absorbs between 60-80% of what it comes into contact with. Let’s face it, most of us want radiant skin and luscious legs but how do we achieve these cover girl results without spending an arm and a leg on beauty products? Body scrubs are a fabulous way to exfoliate, nourish and rejuvenate our skin. They enable us to maintain healthy skin without breaking the bank and best of all, they can be made from all natural ingredients. In this article I am going to share the essence and benefits of a body scrub, as well as let you know how to make your very own at home.


Let’s get into it . . .



The Essence of a Coffee Scrub


Main ingredient: Dry coffee grounds (before or after extraction).

Exfoliator: Raw sugar or fine sea salt.

Bonding agent: Olive oil, almond oil or fractionated coconut oil (any natural oil).

Fragrance: Vanilla extract or lavender oil (any essential oil).

A little something extra: Cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger (any natural spices).


The Benefits of a Coffee Scrub


- Coffee grounds, sugar and sea salt are perfect exfoliators as they are coarse enough to remove dead skin cells but not too coarse that they are uncomfortable to rub on your skin.

- Scrubbing stimulates circulation (blood flow) resulting in a firmer and fuller appearance.

- Coffee is rich in antioxidants, which prevents aging, helps to release toxins and puts moisture back into your skin.

- Caffeine is water-soluble and is known to reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, scarring and eczema.

- Vanilla is a topical anti-inflammatory so it helps reduce inflammation.

- Using your scrub 1-3 times per week will leave your skin smooth, soft and full of moisture.


Coffee Scrub Recipe


Ingredients:


Caffé Aurora Italian-Style Ground Coffee 250g from Woolworths ($3.00AU)

LA Espanola Olive Oil 500ml from Coles ($4.50AU)

CSR Unrefined Coconut Sugar 250g from Coles ($3.00AU)

Himalayan Pink Fine Salt 200g from Coles ($5.50AU)

Queen Pure Vanilla Extract 100ml from Coles ($15.00AU)

Masterfoods Cinnamon 28g Ground from Coles ($2.15AU)

Masterfoods Nutmeg Ground 30g from Coles ($2.50AU)

Masterfoods Ginger Ground 25g from Coles ($1.75AU)

8x 300ml jars from Target ($5.00AU)


Total cost for all ingredients = $42.40


* Some of these items were purchased on sale.

* You will be able to make several jars of body scrub with these ingredients.



Measurements:


1x cup of ground coffee

1/2 cup unrefined coconut sugar

1/4 cup Himalayan pink fine salt

5x table spoons of olive oil

1x tablespoon of pure vanilla extract

1x teaspoon of cinnamon

1x teaspoon of nutmeg

1x teaspoon of ginger


= 2x 300ml jars of coffee scrub


Instructions:


- If you are using fresh ground coffee, pour 1x cup into a mixing bowl.



- Add 1/2 cup unrefined coconut sugar.



- Add 1/4 cup Himalayan pink fine salt.



- Mix the dry ingredients together with a spoon.


- Add 5x tablespoons of olive oil and stir into the mixture.



- Add 1x tablespoon pure vanilla extract and stir.



- Add 1x teaspoon of cinnamon, 1x teaspoon of nutmeg and 1x teaspoon of ginger.



- Stir ingredients altogether.


- Your scrub should bind together but still look quite airy. If the coffee is too wet you will need to add more dry ingredients. On the other hand if it looks too dry you will need to add more olive oil or vanilla extract.



- Once you are happy with the consistency of your scrub, spoon it into a jar, airtight container or zip lock bag.



If you are using used coffee capsules follow these steps:


- Extract and drink a bunch of coffee.

- Store the used capsules in the fridge so they don’t permeate or go mouldy.

- Carefully open the capsules to expose the ground coffee.

- Scrap out the ground coffee and collect it in a mixing bowl.

- Recycle the capsules appropriately.

- Continue with the above instructions.


You can either keep your scrub at room temperature or place it in the fridge (I keep mine at room temperature). Fractionated coconut oil is recommended over virgin coconut oil as it will not solidify and clog up your drains.


If you are not a fan of coffee you can substitute it with cocoa to create a chocolate scrub or orange, lemon or lime juice to create a citrus scrub. You would just need to increase the measurements of dry ingredients (sugar and salt) to make sure your scrub still has substance.


How to use Your Coffee Scrub:


Wet your body and lather on the scrub. Massage gently in a circular motion. Wait 5-10 minutes for the scrub to penetrate into your skin. Rinse off and wash your body as normal. You may find that you want to use your normal body wash afterwards so that you will not be left with a fine layer of oil on your skin. Follow up your shower with a good moisturiser. Repeat at least 1-2 times per week. Do not continue if irritation occurs.


Please Note:


If you have sensitive skin I would suggest doing a patch test first and avoiding use on your face. Be mindful that the oils in your scrub may make your shower or bathtub more slippery than normal so move about with caution. Make sure to rinse the coffee scrub down the drain thoroughly as it may stick to your tiles.



I am a simple girl when it comes to my skin care. I don’t gravitate towards pricey products or skin care regimes that have me following a million steps to get desired results. I like body scrubs because they are the three C’s, convenient, cost affective and chemical free. I find that scrubbing my body once a week (sometimes enjoying a sneaky second) leaves my skin feeling invigorated. Plus, you can’t beat the aromas from a good scrub.


Next time you reach for a store bought beauty product why don’t you consider creating your own scrub at home. It’s fun, easy to make, will save you money and has many natural benefits. Scrubs are even a great gift idea. One of the jars I made is for my Mum as part of her Mothers Day hamper.



Do you have any recipes for homemade body scrubs? I would love to hear from you. Please share them in the comments section below.


Happy Mothers Day to all the Mummies and a special shout out to my beautiful Mumma Bear, love you Mum X