DIY Coffee Scrub

I love the way my body feels and skin looks after a good exfoliating scrub, however the scrubs you often buy in stores are full of chemicals and can leave your skin feeling dry and tight afterwards. However, coffee scrubs are becoming more and more popular in Australia, and are starting to replace the chemical loaded scrubs found in pharmacies and grocery stores – which is fantastic! However rather than buying a coffee scrub online, why not save your money and make your own. It’s super easy and cost effective too. (Between you & me, put that extra money to a new bikini to show off your newly polished pins!)

My coffee scrub only contains 4 ingredients: ground coffee (1 cup), coconut oil (1/2 cup), granulated cane sugar (1 cup) and cinnamon (2-3 teaspoons). Use organic ingredients – the whole point of making an all natural, at home scrub is to avoid chemicals after all!

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Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container (I used an old Mason jar). Hint: if your coconut oil is solid, boil a small amount of water in a pan and sit the jar in the hot water. This will soften the coconut oil. Beware: if the coconut oil is heated too much it can dissolve the sugar and coffee so aim for a slightly softened texture.

Coffee is full of antioxidants, and can help reduce the appearance of cellulite as well as helping to minimise acne, eczema and psoriasis symptoms. Did any body say super ingredient?!

Coconut oil is full of vitamins and minerals and is antibacterial (therefore can be used safely on cuts and grazes). It also helps to hydrate, moisturise and even skin tone (even helping to prevent sagging skin & wrinkles!) Winner!

The granulated cane sugar acts to exfoliate skin by smoothing bumpy and lumpy texture and removing dry skin.

Cinnamon as well as smelling yummy also increases blood circulation to the skin surface helping to improve skin tone.

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This scrub feels so luscious on the skin once applied (rub-a-dub in circles on your skin, allow the scrub to work its’ magic for a few minutes then rinse off) and leaves skin feeling silky smooth. Since using this scrub, I have yet to go back to my store bought alternative. Definitely worth a DIY go this week!

PS want to take your scrub to the next level? Swap 1/2 the coconut oil for almond oil (among other amazing properties it reduces inflammation), add desiccated coconut as another sweet smelling exfoliant or even include cacao powder for extra antioxidant benefits.

JB xx

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