So I LOOOOOVE coffee! I love it so much so, that when I joked with a teacher to bring me some coffee from her trip to Cuba, she actually brought me some! And another teacher gave me a baggie of coffee. I use it to cure my headaches and refuse to do work until I at least brew my coffee! And as bad as this sounds, one of the reasons I continued going to my church when I first started, was the free Starbucks coffee. Miraculously I don't drink coffee on Saturdays, but you can imagine, with me brewing coffee five days a week, that's a lot of coffee grounds being thrown away....or reused if you know what to do with them!
Yes, you can totally use used coffee grounds to make a spa-like body scrub. Sounds crazy, right? I recommend using 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part coffee grounds. You want to use room temperature coconut oil, not quite melted, still solid but soft enough to scoop out. Pour the two ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Doesn’t look too luxurious at this point, does it? But, just you wait! Then use a hand mixer to whip the oil and coffee grounds together.
And this is what it looks like after you have whipped it up. You guys, it smells so gooooooooooood. I’m not a fan of the scent of coconut but the coffee definitely makes up for it! And doesn’t it look like Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream? But DO NOT eat it. I mean you could because it’s all technically edible, but it would be so gross. So just smell it. And put it on your skin. But not in a creepy Silence of the Lambs way.
This works like any other body scrub. Scrub it on your skin in a circular motion, rinse it off, and pat your skin dry. Since neither oil nor the coffee grounds are shower drain friendly, don’t use more than you need to and run hot water down your drain for a while after use. I found that my skin felt like I had just bathed in body butter, and if that’s an icky feeling for you too, don’t worry; the feeling goes away after about ten minutes, and you won’t even need to wear lotion!
If you store the scrub in an airtight container, it will last a few weeks — but toss it out at any signs of mould or mildew. Keeping the jar of scrub in the fridge will extend its life a bit longer. Also, if you store the scrub above 76 degrees the coconut oil will start to melt again. If that happens just pop it in the fridge for a bit, and then whip it up again.
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