In the mornings, I like to wake up slowww. A few extra minutes in bed here, a cup of coffee there, and maybe a little lounging on the couch before the day gets going (when there’s time, of course). Morning relaxation is one of my favorite things – nowhere to be, no strict schedule to follow. Just me, my coffee, and most of the time, my Bible. Wonderful. Part of my routine is my coffee. Now, I’m not a coffee snob. I’ll drink anything that’s dark and has caffeine, with a little sugar and milk added in the cup. I use my Keurig machine, and its great! I’m the only person in the house who drinks coffee, and I only drink one cup per day. The Keurig was pretty much made for me, I think.
But, every now and then, I just need to make this body scrub. Seriously, it is a-maz-ing! So, I brew a big pot of coffee from grounds in a regular drip coffee maker. At this point, the actual liquid coffee is not the priority – you can drink it all, you can save it to make cold coffee concentrate, or put it in a recipe. Whatever you want. The real treasure here is the grounds! They are the main ingredient in this scrub, and it works wonders on your skin.
Scoop your grounds out of the filter to use for the scrub. I measure out all my ingredients before mixing, then adjust as I go. Here’s what you will need:
- 1 cup of coffee grounds
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
Toss it all in a bowl, and mix! I prefer to use a whisk because the coconut oil becomes whipped and really creamy rather than chunky.
Now test the consistency by rubbing a tiny amount on your hand. If it’s too gritty for your liking, add more coconut oil one teaspoon at a time. If it’s too oily and not gritty enough, add either sugar or coffee grounds one tablespoon at a time. I like my scrubs to be seriously gritty. That’s why my recipe has two exfoliators – coffee grounds and granulated sugar. To change the scent a little, you can either use vanilla, hazelnut, or another flavored coffee for the scrub, or you can add more cinnamon, a half teaspoon at a time.
Next you can package it up for a gift, or save it for yourself 🙂 I put mine in a short glass container that has a plastic screw-on lid, then gave it to my sister-in-law/awesome friend Shelley. Justin & Shelley had a sweet baby girl about a week ago, and this new momma needs some wake-up in her morning routine. Shelley is a coffee lover like I am, and I knew she would love it!
Now, when you use this scrub, it’s going to look like you dumped potting soil in your shower. I won’t lie, it freaked me out the first time I used it. My tub looked dirty. But it rinses away as soon as the water hits it. This scrub will not clog your shower drain as long as you’re taking a warm or hot shower. The warm/hot water helps to dissolve the grounds a little and keep the coconut oil in liquid form. I’ve been using this recipe for years and it’s never been an issue.
The end result on your skin is awesome. The coffee grounds exfoliate your skin and the caffeine helps to wake you up. The internet will also tell you that caffeine applied topically on the skin helps to improve the appearance of cellulite. I’m no cellulite expert, but I’m thinking that has some truth to it from my experience! The coconut oil moisturizes your skin to make it silky smooth. I don’t even need to use lotion on my skin after I use this stuff!
If you have made this before, or if you have other body scrub recipes, I would love to hear about your tips and tricks to getting the perfect grittiness. Tell me what you’re thinking in the comments! 🙂