Coffee is an excellent base for an exfoliating body scrub. While sugar and salt are all the rage, I’m a girl in love with her coffee [I wake up every day simply to get my hands on a hot mug of it].
Pampering yourself is important and it dosen’t have to cost a fortune. With a few simple ingredients from your kitchen, you can whip up your very own body scrub. Make your morning shower as invigorating as your morning cup o’ joe [or tea].
Coffee is widely used for spa treatments in Bali and Hawaii. Some research has shown that the active constituents of coffee, when applied topically, can protect against damage to the skin caused by sun. Caffeine is known to have vasoconstrictive properties which might tighten and shrink blood vessels, adding in the reduction of varicose veins.
Even if it doesn’t erase your varicose veins, the delicious smell and coarse texture of coffee works perfectly for this recipe. Used coffee grounds could be incorporated into this recipe, however, the caffeine [vasoconstrictive effect] is removed by the steeping process. If you are primarily interested in exfoliating, feel free to reuse the grounds from your morning brew.
- 1/2 cup coarsely ground caffeinated coffee
- 3 tablespoons of the oil of your choice (olive oil, almond oil, kukui nut oil)
- Put the coffee in a pretty glass jar
- Incorporate the oil into the coffee, one tablespoon at a time
- Put the lid on your pretty glass jar
I chose to use Kukui Nut Oil and Kona Coffee [grown in Hawaii]. The Kukui nut tree is the official tree of Hawaii and has a rich history of use; it’s superb for sunburns [which I learned last summer when I visited Hawaii]. The oil is highly penetrable and soothing; allowing it to be well absorbed into the skin. It provides tissues with essential fatty acids which can be beneficial for dry skin, psoriasis, acne and eczema. Plus, I recently made a multi balm using it and I am in LOVE!
Disclaimer: you WILL smell like coffee! If you don’t enjoy the smell of coffee, use this scrub on target areas vs. your whole body.
As always, buy high quality beans and oil. Anything that is applied to your body should be of the highest quality. Date your creation and if it doesn’t smell or look quite right after a few days, toss it! Preservative free doesn’t last forever!
P.S. I made the labels by cutting sheets of printer sized paper from old paper bags. I traced a sheet of paper on to the paper bag, cut, and then placed it into my printer tray. Here’s the PDF if you’d like to download my labels.
Botanical Medicine Dispensary Class Notes, C. Stelzer