Monday, March 11, 2013

Olive Oil and Coffee Body Scrub

I love all natural things, especially ones that you can make with the random things you (might) have around your house. This olive oil and coffee body scrub is one of those wonderful things! Here's why:

Olive oil is a natural moisturizer and it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.

The coffee helps exfoliate your skin and the caffeine helps to rejuvenate it. Exfoliation removes the thin layer of dead skin cells that are clinging to your skin and gives the fresh and new skin underneath better exposure to oxygen, which helps skin health.

Essential oils (if you choose to use them) also have a wide array of health benefits for our skin.

Honey helps moisturize and heal the skin.




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TOOLS + THE MIX

- Mesh strainer or coffee maker (French press grounds could work but they would be very rough)

- Ground coffee

- Olive oil (if you want to use coconut oil or some other natural oil then that would work too! I use olive because I like it and it's usually stocked up in my pantry)

- (OPTIONAL) Essential oil: I would recommend tea tree, lemon, peppermint, or rosemary because of their benefits for the skin. More details about essential oils here:
http://www.crunchybetty.com/21-things-you-should-know-about-essential-oils

- (OPTIONAL) A small amount of honey


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STEP 1 - Prepare the coffee
In order for the coffee to work properly you need to get the caffeine to release. If you add fresh, dry coffee grounds to the oils then you will get the exfoliation aspect but not the benefits of the caffeine  Therefore, you should either use old grounds from the morning's coffee or steep the coffee in boiling water for about 2 mins. This allows the caffeine to release but it isn't so long that the caffeine is lost.

STEP 2 - Mixing it up
Put your strained and slightly wet coffee grounds into a container and add you honey. After these two ingredients are blended well, gradually add the olive oil. You don't want it to be too oily because then you will only be rubbing coffee infused oil on yourself. Try and find the right balance between coffee and oil. Then add your essential oils. Be sure to use these sparingly because adding too much can cause skin irritation. Also be sure to mix them in very thoroughly to ensure even distribution.

STEP 3 - Apply it!
Rub it all over, let it sit for about 5 mins, and then rinse off! Enjoy!! :-)




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