Friday, December 19, 2014

homemade body scrubs


A few weeks ago, we shared a couple recipes for homemade facial toners made with herbs that are great for sensitive skin. Today we have two recipes for natural, homemade body scrubs. The first scrub is a simple coconut oil and sugar scrub. The sugar polishes the skin and washes away and the coconut oil stays behind, keeping the skin moisturized. The second scrub contains coffee (my lifeblood and soul mate), sugar, and coconut oil. Coffee makes a great exfoliant that leaves your skin super smooth and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. You can also get a nice little buzz from the caffeine being absorbed through the skin. I exfoliate with one of these scrubs at least once a week in the shower (just make sure you wash down the tub with soap afterwards). Try adding a few tablespoons of lavender or a few drops of scented oil to the sugar scrub or use hazelnut coffee in the coffee scrub to give it fragrance. In a pretty jar wrapped with a ribbon, these scrubs (or toners) would make a lovely last-minute holiday gift.


Sugar Scrub
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil

Add coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Add sugar and stir until thoroughly incorporated. Pour into a jar or plastic container and seal.


Coffee and Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil

Add coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Add sugar and coffee and stir until thoroughly incorporated. Pour into a jar or plastic container and seal.

Note: Since coconut oil is usually solid in the colder months, I place the jar on the floor of my tub near the drain while I shower. The hot water melts the oil and makes the scrub easier to scoop out of the jar.

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