HOMEMADE COCONUT + COFFEE SCRUB | Tightens & Smoothes

I love homemade scrubs. I've been obsessed with them for years, I use 'em, I give them away as gifts and I'm always on the hunt for different recipes. I use this one pretty consistently for a few reasons, the stand out one being caffeine combats cellulite. Yes, I used the 'C' word, I shuddered as I typed it. I want to say 'we've all got it' to make myself feel better however the universe has chosen to spare some of us from this nuisance.

Homemade Coconut + Coffee Scrub // Oil & Grain

How does it do this you ask? 

Coffee is rich in antioxidants making it a great anti-inflammatory and the caffeine draws out excess moisture from your skin (hence the occasional regret filled headache after consuming too much coffee and too little H2O) leaving it looking tighter and smoother. Hallelujah! Now, this isn't going to make Enemy #1 go away away completely overnight, however studies have shown that using it consistently/frequently has proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite. In addition, the coffee also acts as the exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and letting your beautiful, fresh skin cells shine on through.

Coconut oil isn't just the cool new kid in town anymore, it's proven to have staying power for multiple reasons and I often include it in scrubs as it soothes and softens my skin after the gritty ingredient gets rid of all the yucky.

Cinnamon stimulates blood vessels, bringing blood to the surface of your skin, plumping it up which equals reduced fine lines.

Have I got your attention yet?

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[obligatory mask shot. I still can't figure out where to look when taking a selfie. #selfiefail]

I'm interested in keeping it all tight n' right day n' night so I use this scrub on my entire body 2-3 times a week. This can be a messy venture, the first time I used it in the shower, well, let's just say I had some cleaning up to do + it can get a little slippy with the coconut oil. I'm not so careless with my execution now, practice makes perfect ;) 

Here is my recipe for success:

Equal parts coconut oil & coffee grounds: 1/2 TBSP (if you are just using it for your face) OR 1/2 CUP (if you are using it for your face and body)

1/2 TSP - 1 TSP cinnamon: again, lesser amount if you are doing face only.

*I use used coffee grounds from my morning coffee, you can also use fresh grounds. How coarse it is is up to you - the coarser the grind, the 'stronger' the exfoliant and vice versa.

**If your coconut oil is hard, melt it a little in the microwave but make sure it is not too warm when you mix it with your other ingredients. I get my coconut oil in a giant tub from Costco = $ saver.

***You can store it in an air tight container in the fridge for a couple of days if you make a bigger batch OR better yet, I've frozen them in a muffin tin (you could also use an ice cube tray) and then popped them out and put them in a ziploc container, storing them in the freezer for future use.

Happy scrubbing!

~xo L