This scrub can be as gentle as you like based on the grind of your coffee beans.
Why coffee and vanilla? Coffee has been used as medicine or in skin care routines for hundreds of years. The caffeine not only wakes you up, but it wakes up your skin. Coffee is loaded with rich antioxidants that can help to combat damage caused by free radicals. It is has anti-inflammatory properties to help with swelling.
Vanilla is loaded with antioxidants that are good for your skin. Vanilla is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. This makes vanilla an excellent way to sooth and cleanse your skin. Plus, vanilla smells amazing. It is a comforting scent that is often used in aromatherapy to calm and enhance moods.
The oil used in this recipe is olive oil. Olive oil is full of vitamin E and is deeply penetrating without clogging pores. Olive oil softens the abrasiveness of the ground coffee while cleansing the skin. This gives your skin a nice smooth glow without being greasy.
This scrub is a combination of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, moisturizing antioxidants. Seriously addicting, you have been warned! Most of us have these ingredients already in our kitchen.
What do you need?
- 1/4 Cup of Ground Coffee – the grind size is based on your preference and unbrewed
- 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
- 1 tsp of PURE vanilla extract
Combine the coffee and oil, adding the oil slowly until you get a pudding like consistency. Once you have a thick, but wet mixture, add in the vanilla extract. Give it all a good stir to incorporate the vanilla. Store in a tightly sealed container.
It is a great body scrub to use in the shower. Using circular motions, scrub and rinse off. The scent of coffee and vanilla are enhanced in a steamy warm shower. If you are worried about clogging your drain, you can put a piece of mesh over it to collect the coffee. When using this as a face scrub, use the finest grind of coffee. Use the scrub to remove dead skin and to moisturize your face. Olive oil won’t clog your pores, but if you have sensitive skin, do not use everyday on your face.