The other day I walked into Sephora with the intent of buying one bottle of mascara. Pretty soon I was lost in indecision. Should I buy the organic face cream? What about the matching coal eyeliner? Oh, and that fragrant lotion… There are so many luxurious makeup and body care products on the market to choose from. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t afford to get every item, and natural beauty products are unbelievably expensive.
Since I’m crafty and love to experiment with foods and spices I have right at home, I created a body scrub recipe using leftover coffee grounds from my morning coffee routine. This body scrub recipe is a lovely blend of natural and edible ingredients, each element contributing an array of health benefits.
Coffee is full of antioxidants, caffeine, and vitamin E, which helps to get rid of dead skin cells and bring life to your skin with firming properties.
As I’ve said many times before, coconut oil contains innumerable benefits for your body, but here the coconut oil moisturizes the skin!
Cinnamon is a super spice, full of antioxidants with healing, smoothing, anti-bacterial properties. It also acts as a mood enhancer!
The coconut sugar exfoliates for soft skin!
Finally, I add vanilla and almond extract for a delicious fragrance - yummy!
1/2 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil/olive oil (half and half, or whatever combo you like!)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
Mix all the ingredients together, and combine. Store in an airtight container. To apply, lather/massage the mixture onto your body in the shower and rinse it off!
After using this recipe, my skin stayed so soft for days! I kept saying to Matt, “feel my skin, feel my skin!” It completely removes the need for lotion, and it is super inexpensive since most of the ingredients are already in the cupboard! :) #Victory.
P.S. See the rest of the Natural Beauty Series!
and for fun this weekend? Fun things to do in New York City.