Body scrubs can get really expensive so here I've whipped up a super simple, effective and easy recipe to follow to make your own coffee body scrub using just four ingredients!
Depending on the size of your tub you will use to keep you body scrub in, the measurements may need to be adjusted.
You will need:
- 1 cup of ground coffee
- 1 cup of sugar (any will work depending on how you would like the texture of your scrub, I used unrefined molasses cane sugar as it's quite soft)
- 2 - 5 tbsp oil (I used sweet almond oil but again any would work e.g. coconut, olive, avocado etc)
- 10-15 drops essential oil of your choice (I used sweet orange, but note coffee smell is quite strong so choose a smell that would complement that; peppermint, vanilla and citrus smells would work wonderfully)
Get a tub (with a lid) ready to mix all your ingredients and to keep your scrub in for afterwards as well. I used an old 250 g Lush pot that I washed out, but I found it to be quite small so only used about half of what I measured out. All you need to do is mix all the dry ingredients together first, then add a bit of the oil at a time to create the consistency you like. I used 2-3 tablespoons and it made a quite crumbly mixture but if you prefer it to be oilier and leave a more moisturising feel on your skin just add a bit more!
It creates a really nice scrub that isn't too coarse and the oil added will leave your skin nice and soft too. The caffeine content of the coffee stimulates and tightens the skin which with continued use (1-2 times a week in the shower is often enough) should reduce appearance of cellulite, increase circulation and smooth out any bumps or spots on the skin surface too.
What better way to get your wake-me-up coffee fix in the morning?! Let me know if you give it a try :)
My name is Helen Davison and I'm a NIMH registered practising Medical Herbalist based in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. I've had a keen interest in herbal remedies since my early teens and would experiment creating my own balms and bath bombs using natural ingredients, which prompted me in discovering and pursuing a career in Western Herbal Medicine.