Sunday, October 13, 2013

Coffee and Cream Shower Scrubs

Buying a gallon of refined Coconut Oil was totally a great call.

I've been trying to move my beauty routine to include more natural products in its rotation.  So, the face scrub containing Plant Stem Cells that I have been using doesn't really qualify, but my line of scrubs and moisturizers exceeds expectations.  Coconut Oil has natural health benefits that are great for your skin, and food grade even has benefits for uses in the kitchen.  The properties that I focused on most were the fact that it does not clog pores, it stops and prevents rashes, it leaves skin feeling wonderfully soft and smooth, and it smells good!  These can only be good things.

Coffee has also had a place in some of my scrubs because of its exfoliation, antioxidants, and caffeine, which all help to reduce dull patches and cellulite.  Another win.  The only thing that could make this better?  The addition of Peppermint Essential Oil.  I'm crazy, I put mint in everything, but its aromatherapy benefits include calming stress, and soothing pneumatic issues.

After trying one of these cuties in the shower, I know you will find this a decadent way to start your day.

Make It:
1 cup of coffee grounds (make sure they are as dry as possible)
1 cup of Coconut Oil, melted
ice tray or another mold

Slowly melt coconut oil in a microwave safe glass until completely melted with no chunks.  Spoon dried coffee grounds into cubes of the ice trays, again, make sure there is no remaining liquid in grounds.  Pour melted coconut oil over grounds in ice tray molds.  Stir them gently to make sure grounds are incorporated into the oil to prevent dry and uneven spots.  Place tray into refrigerator or freezer until set.  Once set, pop out of tray and transfer to a jar or other container.

Take one into a shower a use on entire body, taking care to exfoliate rough spots like elbows and knees.  Body will feel soft and moisturized afterward, so make sure to pat dry to let your skin absorb the oil.

Coconut oil melts at 78 degrees, so keeping in in the fridge until use is a good idea.  Unless you live up North, in which a counter top might be ok, but in the South, it is NOT ok.

***Warning!***  Kitties like Coconut Oil, so they may try to be meddlesome.

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