Love Your Skin: Ground Coffee Body Scrub

 

Hello Lovely,

No matter the season, loving our skin is always in!  And what better gift to give this holiday than the gift of glowing skin? The latest body scrub combines 3 amazing ingredients that not only leave your skin feeling silky.  Each of these hold essential properties that give back to our body's biggest organ in effective ways:

 

·        Coffee -This natural bean contains Caffeine helps tighten the skin, which can help reduce cellulite and improve circulation.  This ingredient can also help reduce stretch marks and varicose veins.

·        Olive Oil –As one of the few oils that can penetrate deeply into your skin it has ultra-moisturising properties and contains three natural antioxidants including Vitamin E which is a top skin care vitamin.

·        Brown Sugar – A 100% natural ingredient with alpha-hydroxy acid, and draws moisture out of the environment and can impart it into the skin.  Brown sugar also improves area of scarring and is ideal for exfoliation.

 

This scrub is one of my favourite that I've used for years and as my husband would say, leaves the bathroom smelling like Starbucks when I walk out!

 

Follow this recipe for amazing results:

·        1/2 cup Ground Coffee (I love the smell of Folders' but any brand will do.  You can select between the grades of coffee or types such as roasted, medium, classic, etc.)

·        3/4 cup Olive Oil (This depends on the consistency of the scrub, some prefer thick and some prefer a bit smoother.  Adjust this amount based on your preference.)

·        1/2 cup Brown Sugar

Directions:

Place oil, coffee and brown sugar in a bowl and mix well.  Sample a small amount onto your hand to test texture and enjoy!  This makes a 1oz batch.

Tips to remember:

·        Remember to apply the scrub in gentle circular motions for best results.

·        The finer the coffee, the smoother it will be applied onto the skin, while the course will be used in bigger chunks as you scrub.

·        An even coffee/sugar ratio works well with gaining the best out of your scrub.

·        It's best to use a scrub once every week or 2 for best results.  Remember to rinse with warm water, pat dry and use a moisturiser afterwards.

·        Coconut Oil is also very nourishing and is my usual go-to for skin care.  Substitute Olive Oil for this.

What are your favourite body scrub recipes? How did your skin feel after using this scrub? Is there anyone you know who would love this as a Christmas gift? Share with us your reaction in the comment section below!

Coconut Oil & Coffee Body Scrub

Hello Lovely,

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.

Make sure to check out the other DIY projects I share this week.  You might also like these previous posts:

How To Make Your Own Brown Sugar

Island Gal Themed Desktop Notepad

DIY Body Wash with Honey + Coconut Oil

XoX,

 

 

Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend

Hello Lovely,

Now that we've had time to adjust to the spring weather and fashions (my allergies still haven't adjusted) there’s no better way to celebrate the weekend than with a good DIY project. Take advantage of the sunshine and get a couple of your besties together for a craft date, complete with home décor and beauty treatments! So here are the 5 projects I’m looking forward to the most to tackle this weekend before Monday rolls back around!

1.       Getting an edge, business cards – I love my business, but I can’t believe how easy it is to give them a quick face lift! This is a great 2 minute project that allows you to tackle other projects as well since it won’t take long to complete.

2.       Coconut oil & Coffee Body Scrub – I tried making my own exfoliating coffee soap bar, but the tutorial I followed left me with more questions than answers, and soap that may have done more than exfoliate (more like take my skin off because it was so hard and jagged). So let’s hope this one goes better.

3.       DIY Gallery Wall – I’ve wanted to do this project since February but kept putting it off. Well now I’m ready and can’t wait to show you guys the end results!

4.       Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet Coasters – OMG how cute are these! I don’t have washi tape or know where to find any on my island, but I know how to improvise. This should be fun!

5.       Zipper ring – When I read the tutorial on how to do this, I couldn’t believe it was so simple! This is another project that shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to complete!

What DIY projects are you making this weekend? Did we inspire you to try something new? Show us your project by tagging us on Instagram + using the hashtag #iamcreative!

DIY Baby Rose Sugar Scrub

I've never received a bouquet of flowers (mainly because they always irritated my eyes, and I can't stand the smell of most flowers), but I have always admired roses. Roses and orchids. Sometimes my mum would receive flowers but even after they died, she would still keep them. So our home would be adorned with dead, brown flowers because my mother believed she was making potpourri. Well today, thanks to Smart School House, I can give you another option for wilting flowers besides "potpurri."

I've never received a bouquet of flowers (mainly because they always irritated my eyes, and I can't stand the smell of most flowers), but I have always admired roses. Roses and orchids. Sometimes my mum would receive flowers but even after they died, she would still keep them. So our home would be adorned with dead, brown flowers because my mother believed she was making potpourri. Well today, thanks to Smart School House, I can give you another option for wilting flowers besides "potpurri."

For this DIY sugar scrub recipe, you will need:

  • 1.5 cups of plain white sugar

  • 1/4 cup of baby oil

  • 12 rose petals

  • a food processor/blend/old fashion mortar and pestal

  • a pretty jar

 

Here’s how this magical little rose scrub comes together:

Just blend until everything is combined! If you prefer a smoother sugar scrub, simply add more baby oil. The sugar fluffs it up, the oil smooths it out. Aside from being gorgeous, roses are *thought* to contribute to our well being. This scrub leaves your skin baby soft and smooth! I love it already! So keep it for yourself or use it as a nifty Christmas gift. This project costs little to no money, smells great and is great for you too!