Vanilla Coconut Coffee Sugar Scrub
I am not your typical beauty person. I own make up wayyyyy over the time frame you should because I just don’t use it enough. I get my eyebrows waxed maybe 3-4 times a year tops! So do I really have anyyyy business providing you with a recipe for a category in life I suck at? Ehh probably not, butttt I made it and used it, and LOVED IT! So I would be doing you a disservice to not share it.
A little background on why I even got to the point of making my own body scrub to begin with… I don’t want to blame it on pregnancy and having a baby, because I don’t think that is 100% the issue, but I do believe that our bodies are sold to these little beings and they do with it what they please, and then leave it confused and a hot mess after they vacate. Yes, our bodies change, inside and out. For me, my skin became EXTREMELY dry and itchy. During pregnancy it was manageable (no, it was not that pregnancy pups, just dry, stretching skin) after, it was okay for a little and then all of a sudden it got really bad. I would itch so bad in my sleep I was breaking my skin open. It was getting bad.
I changed my body wash; switched to homemade (not by me) all natural goats milk bar soap. Helped a little. Started taking vitamins again, ehh I can’t really conclude if that has helped or not. Either way, I’m STILL itching. So I dug out some body scrub I had from pregnancy that really helped! And that does seem to help a little as well currently.
Side note: I’m still breastfeeding so I’m starting to think I need to do some research on skin not shedding or something while nursing…. any insight? Leave a comment!!
So since the body scrub was working well; I felt that was a win!! What I DIDN’T like was I had a thick film on my skin from using it. And I would SCRUB with those exfoliating gloves, and it still wouldn’t get all the film off me. So I just thought ummmm I should just make my own! This way I would know what was in it. And I could pick what I wanted, and how it would smell. I wanted control over my body scrub.
I’ve been on quite the coffee kick lately, so I’m not surprised one bit that this has coffee in it. I know a true beauty person would have all the research on why use coffee, or how coconut oil is amazing for your skin, but quite honestly I know diddly-squat about any of that. My main focus was, try it and see if even a little bit of itching goes away. Well, it did. So score!!!
One thing I love about this recipe is that it smells AHHHHHH-mazing while scrubbing away. But you don’t smell like coffee after your shower. Clearly I don’t think that would be any issue at all, but I do usually shower at night and I don’t want to smell like coffee in bed.
Another side note I feel I should mention. This is messy. It will get all over your shower/tub. And look like a coffee war went down in there. But it easily rinses right off! I did a little reading when looking for some recipes (which I ended up compiling a few different ones coming up with my own) but one girl mentioned she wasn’t sure of the “proper disposal” method for this. Should coffee ground be put down the drain? I don’t know. I usually dump the bulk of our grounds from coffee in the trash, and then rinse the basket out and down the drain, and we don’t have any sewer issues. But if that concerns you, maybe just put something down to catch the grounds and toss.
Vanilla Coconut Coffee Sugar Scrub
2 cups semi-packed brown sugar (I used light)
1 cup coffee grounds (I saved used ones)
¾ cup unrefined coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons white sugar (optional)
- In a medium to large sized bowl, something you can use a mixer and not destroy the kitchen, add 2 cups brown sugar and 1 cup coffee grounds. Beat with a hand mixer using the whisk attachment. Whisk for about 2 minutes until mixed well and a little fluffy looking.
- Add ¾ cup coconut oil and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract. Whisk together with coffee and brown sugar mixture until thoroughly combined for about 2 more minutes.
- If your mixture looks too wet for your personal preference, this is where you can add white sugar, or more brown sugar to the mix. I added white sugar just to add another type of exfoliating agent to it! I honestly have no idea if white sugar has any perks :p
- Store in airtight containers like a mason jar.