Friday, April 16, 2010

Coffee Coconut Body Scrub

Hi Everyone,
Sorry for my lack of postage the past month, but I'm here to make it up to you with a recipe for a super moisturizing and exfoliating body scrub! This scrub is very easy to make and although some of the ingredients are a little pricey, you will get A LOT of scrub out of this!

Turbinado Raw Sugar or Sugar in the Raw

Coconut Oil (you can use extra virgin, virgin, or pressed, but the more pressed, the less coconut scent)

Apricot Kernel Oil (or Jojoba or Sweet Almond)

Step 1: I didn't really measure out the ingredients precisely, because I made it to fit the only container I had, and there's no real science to this, so just eyeball it :) The first step is to get your coffee grounds started- either make a cup of coffee and get your caffeine jolt or use left over grounds from your morning joe.

Step 2: Pour the sugar into your container and break up any clumps if necessary. Add a few tablespoons of coconut oil. Coconut oil is more of a solid than it is a liquid, and it comes out in clumps if you get anything but extra virgin.

Step 3: Put your coffee grounds in. If the grounds are hot, it will very quickly melt the coconut oil making it very easy to stir together.

Step 4: Add more sugar if necessary (and if I had cocoa powder, I would use that here because it's a great skin detoxifier and works great in scrubs).

Step 5: Put in a few squirts of Apricot Kernel (or other oil) and stir together. And there you go! A moisturizing, quick, and effective body scrub!

You can also use all the ingredients for other things as well. The sugar has obvious uses as well as the coffee, but coconut oil is indeed edible. You can put it in smoothies or use it for baking- but if you want an actual coconut smell go for the extra virgin (which means it's only been pressed once). The more it's pressed, the more it loses its coconut scent, but also the cheaper it is. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer, and melts into your skin. The apricot kernel oil has a lot of vitamin E and can be used as a moisturizer all over your body, on cuticles, or I'd even use it on my hair. If you like aromatherapy, it can be used as a carrier oil so that you can make safe bath blends.

In case you were wondering what the cost of these products are, here they are:
1. Whole Foods 365 Raw Sugar- $3 for 32 oz
2. Coconut Oil expeller pressed- $8 (compared to extra virgin which is 12 to 15)
3. Apricot Kernel Oil- $4.69 for 4 oz
4. Coffee- up to you :)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!