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Your Home, Your Spa: Homemade Coffee Body Scrub

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013

Your Home, Your Spa: Homemade Coffee Body Scrub

I am an ardent “spa aficionado”.  In fact, my passion for this pampering treat was what inspired me to write my To Spa or Not To Spa post.  When my schedule and budget permits, I try to make it a point to go to the spa twice a month.  One of the treatments in which I indulge myself when I go to the spa is a body scrub.   There are usually several different kinds of body scrubs to choose from, but my absolute favorite is the coffee body scrub.

At the very least, a body scrub treatment should be done every two weeks, in order to maintain that healthy, glowing, smooth skin.  This is true for a coffee body scrub as well. However, at a price range of P1,600 to P2,600 per treatment (which lasts for 90 minutes and is usually inclusive of a full-body massage), I realize that this is not an indulgence into which many women would be willing or able to invest that often.  So, I thought, “Why not make my own coffee body scrub , see if it’s as good as the one I get from the spa and then share it with you guys?”

Well, I did just that and I’m here now to share the recipe with y’all, but before I get to that, let me lay down some important facts/information about this coffee body scrub and the benefits one can get from it.

 

Why Do A Body Scrub?

First of all, a body scrub is just one method of exfoliation (the process of removing surface dry skin cells).  Regular exfoliation of the skin removes residual dirt and dead skin and leaves your skin looking young and fresh.  After the skin is exfoliated, it is able to absorb and retain moisture from your body lotion/body butter/body oil more effectively as well.  A scrub can be done as often as 2-3 times a week to once every 2 weeks, depending on the present condition of your skin and what you are aiming to achieve.

 

Why A Coffee Body Scrub?

Because of the caffeine, a coffee body scrub is said to be the best choice for improving blood circulation and reducing the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins.  Caffeine, being a natural antioxidant, prevents premature aging and draws out toxins from the body.  The aroma from the coffee also works as an anti-depressant and can combat feelings of nausea.

“A study conducted in Korea found that the caffeic acid found in coffee grounds can significantly affect anti-inflammatory activity and skin wound healing.” (ehow.com)

“Rejuvenating coffee scrub energizes tired, sluggish skin, jump-starts circulation and helps with cell metabolism and cellulite treatment.  Recommended bi-monthly treatment.” (The Spa)

 

Other Important Ingredients of A Coffee Body Scrub

Some coffee body scrub recipes call for any type of oil (olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc.).  I recommend the use of extra virgin coconut oil (if you can find one that’s organic, much better) because coconut oil possesses the most excellent moisturizing, antioxidant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

There are also some coffee body scrub recipes that use salt instead of sugar, or a combination of the two.  Generally, salt is most suitable for oily skin, while sugar is for normal to dry skin.  In the following recipe, I used just the sugar because although I have oily facial skin, the skin on my body tends to be more on the dry side if I don’t pay enough attention to it.  I particularly chose brown sugar simply because it is much less abrasive and therefore more gentle on the skin than refined (white) sugar.  In the recipe below, feel free to replace the sugar with salt (or use a combination of the two) to suit your body skin type.

I also added a little bit of honey just to suit my preference for the consistency of my coffee body scrub.  I prefer mine slightly thick in consistency.  Honey is great for achieving that.  Honey is also excellent in retaining and locking in moisture, as well as promotes healing of various skin problems and prevents irritation.

 

Homemade Coffee Scrub

Your Home, Your Spa: Homemade Coffee Scrub and Milk Bath | MylaUpshaw.com

Homemade Coffee Scrub ingredients: ground coffee, extra virgin coconut oil, brown sugar and honey

Your Home, Your Spa: Homemade Coffee Scrub and Milk Bath | MylaUpshaw.com

Store your Homemade Coffee Scrub in a pretty li’l mason jar, clip seal jar or any clear glass jar with rubber seal.

Your Home, Your Spa: Homemade Coffee Scrub and Milk Bath | MylaUpshaw.com

Adjust the consistency of your Homemade Coffee Scrub by increasing or decreasing the amount of coconut oil and honey.

Coffee Body Scrub

My Homemade Coffee Body Scrub… it smelled so good, I could almost taste it!

Coffee Body Scrub Recipe

To fill a small mason jar, I used:

  • 1 1/4 cup ground coffee
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey

Mix all ingredients thoroughly.  Adjust the amount of coconut oil and honey to suit your consistency preference.  Apply by massaging the mixture on moist skin in a circular motion.  To target cellulite more effectively, consider wrapping problem areas with a cling wrap and leave the coffee body scrub on for about 10-20 minutes.  Thoroughly rinse it off with warm water.  Gently pat skin dry with a clean towel.

For extra pampering, follow with a warm milk and honey bath:)

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ADDENDUM

More tips:

  • To avoid accidents and/or injuries in the shower, always lay an anti-slip rubber mat on the bathroom floor whenever you use a scrub that contains any kind of oil; store your coffee body scrub in a plastic jar instead of glass; opt for a wide-mouth jar that can just stay on the floor and not have to be picked up just to get a handful of scrub.
  • This coffee body scrub recipe will stay in excellent condition unrefrigerated for about two months.  You may also opt to keep it in the refrigerator which will give it a shelf life of 3 to 3 1/2 months tops (beyond that, the coconut oil starts smelling funky).
  • You may divide the finished coffee body scrub into equal portions among smaller jars.  While you use your first jar of scrub, store the other jars in the refrigerator to keep the freshness until you’re ready to open your next jar.

 

 


 

About The Author: Myla “MyMy” Upshaw

Myla “MyMy” Upshaw is a stay-at-home mom who prides herself on her status as a Filipino Christian wife and mother and “domestic goddess”. She blogs about popular subjects for stay-at-home moms such as fashion, family, beauty, relationships, entrepreneurialism (“mompreneur”), movies, self-improvement, health & wellness as well as about her faith as a follower of Christ.

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  1. Sue

    I’m going to make this scrub right away! Just a note of caution. I find having glass jars in the shower or tub to be dangerous, especially if you have slippery hands from soap, shampoo, or the oil in the scrub, Dropping a glass jar on hard surfaces when you’re barefoot could be a disaster. So I prefer to keep my scrubs in a non-breakable plastic container. Anyway, thanks for the recipe. I’ve been looking at coffee scrub recipes for a while, and like yours the best.

    • Myla Upshaw

      Hi, Sue! Thanks for dropping by and for the tip. I agree with you. I guess I’m just used to those li’l thick jars (that seem unbreakable) that I used to buy from the store and didn’t give much thought to any glass jar breaking (haha!). But yeah, it’s best to store the scrub in an unbreakable plastic container. :)

  2. Lois

    Hi Myla,
    I am going to make your coffee body scrub to distribute free to my Senior ladies during table events I do for Medicare Insurance Plans. The part about the depression is what made me think of this. Our seniors don’t have a whole lot of money. At least the women I deal with. I feel like this would be a gift to them that will lift their spirits as well as make them think about taking better care of themselves. I ordered black plastic jars with lids, sealing disks and shrink bands, the whole nine yards to package them with and I will make labels with my company name on them, my question is, will this scrub stay good without putting something in it to preserve it? Thanks, Lois

    • Myla Upshaw

      Hi, Lois! Oh wow! Thank you so much for that comment. I was so touched, I can’t find the right words to respond to you. I thank God and give glory to Him for using my blog in helping other people in ways that I didn’t even imagine. Regards to your lovely ladies and more power to your company! To answer your question, the scrub, if unrefrigerated, will last for 2 months, a month and a half more if kept in the fridge. Another tip I can give is to divide the scrub in smaller containers and keep the rest refrigerated until you use up your first container. Stay B-E-A-U-tiful! :)

  3. Precious

    Hi! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Cheers

  4. Klaudia

    bookmarked!! I love your blog!

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