December 03, 2015

Alright,  I know I've been MIA for a while, but let's not dwell on that.

I've been really loving scrubs lately and it has caused my checking account to file for divorce. So, I decided it'd probably be in both of our best interests to start making my own. 

I get extremely dry and flakey skin in the winter and I wanted a face/body scrub to remove the dead skin, deep clean and leave my skin smooth and moisturized. A coffee scrub is one of the best and simplest ways to do exactly that.

Why coffee?
Surprisingly, coffee does wonders for your skin. It gets rid of puffy eyes (given). Temporarily lessens the visibility of cellulite and it exfoliates your skin and leaves it super smooth. 

So let's get started.

It's quite simple, actually. All you really need to do is mix the following ingredients in a bowl. 
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2 cups of coffee grounds
2/3 cup of sugar
3 tsp of olive or coconut oil
(optional) scented/flavoured oil

(Yeah, I used Tim Horton's coffee, how much more Canadian can I get?)
I've heard a couple different things about the type of coffee you use making a difference in the quality of scrubs. Personally, I've used Nabob, Tim Horton's, No Name brand Instant Coffee, Maxwell House- you name it. It's never really made much of a difference. If you would rather use coffee beans and grind your own coffee, have at it. It is your scrub, after all. However, I did notice a difference in the type of sugar I used.
The first time I did this I used regular white sugar and it left me kind of sticky and gross after. This could have easily been because I went a little extra on the sugar. I tried organic sugar the second time, which was better but a little rough of the skin but did end up making it really soft, but face scrubs aren't supposed to hurt. I now opt to brown sugar, because it's soft and I use it in lip scrubs, but the organic sugar makes my skin much smoother. So in turn, I use two parts brown sugar and one part organic sugar. This really gave the scrub an even balance of rough and smooth.

I also chose to use coconut oil instead of olive oil because I use coconut oil to moisturize my skin everywhere else. It also provides an amazing scent that seems to go well with the brown sugar and the coffee odours. However, olive oil also works great. Especially, if you're not too fond of the coconut scent or you're using a scented oil.

Once you mix them all together it should look something like this.

Put it in a container and it should be good for about a week, possibly longer if refrigerated. I used a mason jar from the dollar store- If you're fond of home making any types of scrubs or products for yourself, mason jars are the way to go, my friends.

How to use your scrub:
Take a bit on your hands and scrub it on your face or body in a circular motion, exfoliating your skin. Leave the scrub on for about 2-5 minutes, then rinse off with water and you're done.

I hope you all enjoyed this and I can't wait for you all to bless my feed with your smooth and glowing skin.

Stay real friends.

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