Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DIY Beauty: Cinnamon Coffee Scrub


It's no secret that I'm a recovering beauty junkie. I love products of all kind and I used to spend hundreds of dollars like it was nothing on all manner of creams, potions and body washes galore. A few weeks ago some girlfriends and I were talking bath and beauty products and happened upon the subject of body scrubs and I mentioned that I had made my own in the past and that recently my friend Christie of Living Simplistically made a homemade soap with coffee. I was pretty impressed and for a brief moment wished I knew how to make soap. I love the idea of homemade beauty products and then I remembered how much I loved a coffee scrub that used to get from my girlfriends stores and thought, well I could try to make I that myself right? I mean , a few years ago I made brown sugar body scrubs for myself and a few girlfriends for Christmas so surely I can make a coffee version right? 


And I LOVE  the smell of coffee even if I don't drink it everyday and if I remember correctly it was a great way to start my day so, after a quick trip to Google, I immediately checked my kitchen to see what I had on hand and set to work playing around with additions. Obviously the coffee was a given as was the coconut oil but what else to add in? I remembered an infographic I'd seen about the effects of coffee + cinnamon on the body so I thought, what the hell. 
I planned to take the sane measurements I used on my sugar scrub and apply them to this version. But for me, the consistency was off so I went ahead and added some coconut sugar I have but never use. No time like the present right? 





Coffee is not only an excellent exfoliant, it's full of antioxidants and helps to tighten the skin and thusly reducing the appearance of cellulite when applied over time. The caffeine in the coffee draws out excess moisture in the skin causing it to look firmer and smoother   while the cinnamon helps clear skin by bringing blood to the surface. (thank you Google & Pinterest for all the infographics) Combined with the moisturizing coconut oil and the extra coarseness of the coconut sugar your skin will be baby soft post bathing. 





All you need are four simple ingredients and you're good to go. Seriously. Four. Ingredients. You probably have most of them already on hand. Oh and a jar to put it all in. 

  • 1/2 c ground coffee
  • 1/4 coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Combine coffee, coconut sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and if your coconut oil is in solid form melt it to get it to a liquid then mix it all together and voila! Feel free to substitute with the oil / sugar of your choice. You could also even sub with sea salt for a more coarse scrub. 





I'm kind of obsessed with how it turned out.  The consistency was fabulous and my skin felt amazing. Not too mention it was a great way to kick start my day after an intense workout. 
Added bonus? It was super simple and easy to make and shoot. (seriously I've been procrastinating on doing this for over a week and the whole thing took maybe 30 minutes. and that's including setting up the shots.) I may or may not be mass producing some of this for the holidays to give out because hello, everyone wants soft skin no? I think, yes!
So if we're friends and I breathlessly exclaim, "I have something for you!" don't be surprised if it's this.  Just sayin'.


Have you ever made your own beauty products? Would you make this one? 























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