A Coffee Scrub is the kind of recipe that’s a total gem to have – especially on those days when you need it most! No matter how you feel stepping into the shower, a good coffee scrub sends you out feeling amazing – on the outside your skin feels lovely and soft – and it gives you a jolt of energy, that sometimes we need! ☕️ ☕️
This recipe came to me after a loooong week. I’m standing in my kitchen one morning – feeling like I just want to lie on my couch all day and watch clips of Saturday Night Live… You know when you wake up, and already start the day thinking “Breakfast? Dishes? Work? Maybe not….”
I felt like I needed something that would make me ridiculously happy. And for me, my brain immediately goes straight to food. The thought of coffee makes me happy…. but I’m more of a sit-in-a-cafe person, then a drink-coffee-at-home person. So, I made myself a coffee scrub, and then I brightened it up with oranges, and I squeezed the juice and I zested and I ate the orange and then I got in the shower and decided to have a really good day.
At it totally worked! I won’t make any claims that this scrub is life-changing, but I will make claims that it is day-changing. And since this whole life thing happens day by day…. that’s good enough!
How to Make a Gentle Coffee Scrub
Scrubs are hands-down my favorite recipe to teach – because you get that immediate gratification of softer skin. And it helps to remove build-up so that your lotions and products can penetrate and work better. But more importantly, it’s also really important for your overall wellness. A scrub is active skincare – exfoliating helps to stimulate your body, your lymphatic system and get your circulation flowing. It makes you feel good.
Now, coffee grains make for a really good exfoliant, but – if it’s not prepared properly – it can be too rough for your skin, especially around your face. So, let me show you two tips to make the perfect, face-loving scrub.
Grind it: Something that I’ve learned here in Bali, is to make powdery scrubs – they do the job of exfoliating, but without irritating your skin. So, even if you are using a fine grain coffee, I still suggest that you blitz it in the blender until it’s like powder fine, like a flour
Soak it: After you blitz the coffee grains, soak them in a liquid to soften it even more. It can be water, or it can be something fun and skin-brightening like a squeeze of fresh orange juice! Orange juice is packed with beautifying vitamin C that keeps your skin youthful, it’s amazing for hydrating and it has natural fruit acids that help to clean and clear your skin. But, also, it’s that “happy” scent that I can’t get enough of!
Any time you use citrus, its best to stay out of the sun for a few hours.
Let me leave you with one more quick tip. Normally, a scrub calls for oil – but try adding honey instead. It’s ah-mazing!! The honey will hydrate and soften your skin, without that oil-rich feeling… which isn’t a bad thing!! But options are nice.
And just like that… my exhausted friend – you have an instant remedy for “blah” days.
Gentle Coffee Scrub Recipe
- 1/4 cup fresh ground coffee
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 orange juiced (about 1/8 cup)
- 2 tbs honey
- blitz the coffee until powder fine
- pour it into a bowl
- zest the orange first
- cut open and squeeze the juice of 1/2 orange into the coffee grains
- let it sit for about five minutes to soak up the liquid
- add honey – which is really nice as a facial scrub
- optional: 1 tsp your favorite oil, if you want extra moisture. Otherwise, moisturise after your scrub
Do you love using essential oils? Add a 5 drops of Sweet Orange to boost the aroma and skincare benefit.
Shelf Life: this is a fresh scrub, and because of the water content from the fruit – we want to use it up within 3 days. Store it in the fridge.
I hope this idea finds you exactly when you need it – to brighten you up :)
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