Fall is here, so we’ll start with some fall-inspired skin care items. Exfoliation is very important for healthy and glowy skin, so use face and body scrubs once or even twice a week. But to change this a bit, I will share some re-creations of scrubs published in various ebooks. If you’ve ever browsed Amazon Kindle’s store, you know there are thousands of great ebooks about natural handmade and homemade skin care products, so why not give them a try? 🙂
In this post, we will re-create a recipe by Miranda Ross from her book Body Scrubs: 30 Organic Homemade Body And Face Scrubs, The Best All-Natural Recipes For Soft, Radiant And Youthful Skin (Organic Body Care Recipes, Homemade Beauty Products Book 1).
The ingredients are slightly different from the original recipe and this is what we used:
- ground coffee: freshly brewed is the best, but unless you’re making a small batch for one use, the coffee will lose its scent in days, so use any ground coffee. Don’t use instant coffee, though, it has none of the benefits of real coffee. 🙂
- crystal sugar: great and affordable exfoliant that isn’t suitable for very sensitive skin (use oatmeal or cornmeal instead).
- coconut oil: commonly used cosmetic oil that is light-weight and a good base for scrubs.
- olive oil (almond oil in original recipe): olive oil is more nourishing, but should be used in smaller amounts than almond oil.
- vanilla extract (substituted with vanilla essential oil): vanilla extract can make the scrub go bad in a week (depends on what extract you choose), so I recommend essential oil instead.
Why use coffee? It has many great properties for our skin, especially for reviving and improving appearance.
BEAUTY PROPERTIES OF COFFEE:
- improves blood circulation
- reduces puffy eyes
- exfoliates dead skin cells
- makes hair look smoother (due to acids found in coffee)
To make this scrub, combine sugar, coffee and oil and mix well. Then add essential oil or vanilla extract. This way the oil will be more evenly spread through the scrub. Mix well and it’s ready for use. 🙂 Always use with clean and dry fingers or use a spoon (I like plastic ones and clean it after each use).
And here is the finished product, just look how creamy and rich it is! If it feels too oily, add more sugar and coffee, but don’t add any water! This would create a perfect environment for bacteria growth.
This is all you need to do to make this delicious and wonderfully smelling scrub. 🙂 Comment below, if you’ll give this recipe a try!