Turn a simple coffee scrub into soap cubes for easy use and a perfect DIY gift for coffee lovers.
I love my coffee. Lattes, cappuccinos, you name it. There’s nothing like a steaming mug of French press with some hot oat milk and a little cinnamon sprinkled on top….Ahhhh…
But did you know that coffee also has loads of benefits for your skin?
Coffee grounds are ideal for making a natural and inexpensive homemade body scrub because they’re effective without being harsh. Plus you can utilized the grounds AFTER you’ve used them so you’re being extra frugal! (Make sure to dry out the ground thoroughly before you use them).
Coffee grounds naturally & gently exfoliate dead skin and will leave it silky smooth sans irritation. Your skin will feel softer and rejuvenated. And as an added bonus, the antioxidant properties can help generate new skin cells.
I would imagine there are a fair number of us looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Am I right? Well, since coffee is a diuretic, it can minimize the visibility of cellulite by drawing fluid away from fat cells, essentially dehydrating them. This shrinks their size, resulting in a tightening effect from the outside.
This scrub is gentle enough to use on your face. It can reduce puffiness and energize you. To add a glow to your skin, apply on your face and leave for about 10 minutes then rinse with warm water. Finish with toner and moisturizer and you’ll feel like you just left the spa.
While you can use other oils, I really like using apricot kernel oil for this recipe. Apricot kernel oil can help to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles and protect skin from UV damage. It is an especially good oil for those with mature skin who are allergic to nuts since this oil has a lot of the same properties as sweet almond oil.
For the soap, I like to grate one of my homemade cold process soaps. One of my favorites to use is French clay & yogurt. Goat’s milk soap would also be amazing. I have a bowl of assorted soap shavings right now from cleaning up a variety of different soaps after I cut them. Even those shavings would work great (just make sure not to add water to help it melt. I had a bit of a “Nailed It” episode…) . I’m all about being smart and using available resources. You can use a melt and pour base for this if you prefer; I’d recommend the goat’s milk base.
Coffee Scrub Cubes
1/2 cup grated soap or melt and pour base
1/4 cup Apricot Kernel oil (or oil of choice)
20-25 drops essential oil(s) such as cardamom, orange, cedarwood, frankincense, copaiba, or neroli)
1 cup coconut sugar (or sugar of choice)
1/2 cup dry, used coffee grounds
Melt soap over double boiler. While it’s melting combine other ingredients. Once soap is melted mix into coffee mixture and be ready to press mixture into molds quickly (soap will harden in no time)
Allow cubes to harden several hours in mold, then remove and store in airtight container.
Coffee scrub cubes are awesome and super handy to use in the shower. It limits the mess while still giving you the benefit of the coffee grounds.
AND these make great gifts. I filled a mason jar with cubes, tied some jute around the jar and added a cute label. Perfect teacher gifts, to surprise a friend, or as part of a pampering spa gift basket (add the detox bath salts to it as as well!)
Coffee Scrub Cubes
- silicone molds
- ½ cup grated soap or melt and pour base
- ¼ cup Apriot Kernal Oil (or oil of your choice)
- 20-25 drop essential oil(s) such as cardamom, orange, cedarwood, frankincense, copaiba, or neroli
- 1 cup coconut sugar (or sugar of choice)
- ½ cup dry, used coffee grounds
- Melt soap over double boiler. While it's melting combine other ingredients. Once soap is melted mix into coffee mixture and be ready to press mixture into molds quickly (soap will harden in no time)
- Allow cubes to harden several hours in mold, then remove and store in airtight container.