Whether you're looking for a handmade gift idea or something to pamper yourself with during the holiday season, this Whipped Body Coffee Scrub will not disappoint! It smells amazing, it's easy to make and it's fantastic for the health of the skin thanks to three superstar ingredients - coffee, shea and castor.
Even though I rarely recommend drinking coffee, I'm a big fan of applying it to the skin. Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants to prevent free radical damage and as a scrub, it's great for exfoliating off dead skin giving the skin a fresh glow. The caffeine in coffee might give you the jitters when you drink it, but applied on the skin it acts as an astringent which reduces puffiness and helps to minimize pores. Many people also find that regular use of coffee scrubs reduces cellulite. When buying coffee, I'd recommend buying organic to avoid pesticides.
Shea butter is excellent for the skin. Rich in vitamins A, E and D to improve skin elasticity and provide moisture. Very healing for eczema and offers great protection for skin during dry and windy winter months. When purchasing shea, make sure to support fair trade.
Castor oil is fantastic for protecting the skin against harsh weather extremes, making it a great addition to a scrub. Castor is also astringent, helping skin to regenerate and stimulating the flow of lymph. You can increase this benefit by applying the scrub moving from your extremities (hands and feet) towards your heart. You can rub in circular motions or rub in lines towards the heart, stimulating the movement of lymph while also helping blood flow to the heart. Combined with the energizing aroma of the coffee and peppermint oil you'll be sure to feel energized!
Coffee Body Scrub
1/3 cup organic brown sugar
3 Tbsp coarse sea salt
2-3 Tbsp organic ground coffee
2 Tbsp castor oil
2 Tbsp shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops vanilla essential oil
Soften coconut oil by emerging container in hot water.
Meanwhile stir sugar, salt and coffee together in a medium-sized bowl. Add castor oil and stir.
Add shea butter and softened coconut oil and use a beater to mix together until combined and fluffy. Stir in essential oils. Transfer to containers. Wide-mouthed 250ml mason jars are quite cute, just remember hands get slippery when using it, so if you're a butter fingers like me, perhaps use something non-breakable!
I like applying scrubs while I'm standing in the shower, before I turn the tap on. Apply gentle pressure to help exfoliate and increase circulation, letting up on sensitive areas like the tummy. Once you're scrubbed, turn on the shower and allow the water to remove the grainy bits, but leave the oils on your skin, don't soap them off. When you're done your shower, gently pat dry and allow the oils to moisturize and protect your skin.
Holidays can be busy times, but we all need a good pampering once in awhile, so I hope this scrub helps you to find the time and space to treat and love yourself and your skin.