Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

homemade sugar scrub recipe with chocolate and coffee

By Stacy Karen, contributing writer

Coffee and cocoa are a delightful combination when it comes to a warm beverage. Turns out, it’s a great mix for natural body care, too!

Body scrubs are a fantastic way to remove dead skin cells and brighten skin, giving it a more youthful and vibrant appearance and a softer smoother feel. Body scrubs are also invigorating and enjoyable to apply.

Most body scrubs are made by mixing two parts sugar and one part oil. This creates an excellent and effective sugar scrub, but today I want to share a different method of preparing body scrubs that makes them even more nourishing and unique.

Instead of using oil alone, we will be adding cocoa butter. (Other butters would also work well too, but will have different consistencies due to varying degrees of softness/hardness.)

Cocoa butter is a solid butter, so it needs to be melted prior to mixing with the sugar. This adds a little extra work, but I think you’ll find it worthwhile.

By using cocoa butter in the place of oil, we are creating a body care product that is both exfoliating and extremely moisturizing. Cocoa butter also helps the scrub hold together much better than when using oil alone.

This simple coffee sugar scrub recipe would make a wonderful gift.

If you don’t enjoy the smell of coffee, simply leave it out. The scrub will still be successful and luxurious.

homemade sugar scrub recipe with chocolate and coffee

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

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  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 ounces coconut oil (where to buy)
  • 2 ounces avocado oil (where to buy --can be replaced with grapeseed, sweet almond, or sunflower oil)
  • 1.25 ounces cocoa butter (where to buy)
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee beans
  • Seeds of one vanilla bean (optional) (where to buy)
  • Ice (for cooling cocoa butter after it has melted)

coffee cocoa scrub ingredients


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Whipped Body Butter Recipe

whipped body butter recipe using simple, natural ingredients!

Don’t eat this…

I just wanted to get that out in the open right now because it’s very, verrrry tempting.

OK, well technically you *could* eat this whipped body butter recipe, because the ingredients are perfectly safe, but it’ll taste kinda gross.

The Prairie Kids were circling me like sharks when I made this last week, and were utterly confused when I told them to rub it on their hands instead of licking the beaters… It’s hard having a DIY-crazed mother sometimes…

That being said, your skin will absolutely adore this simple whipped body butter made with natural, nourishing ingredients. It’s decadently moisturizing (without being greasy) and it smells like chocolate–need I say more??

It also makes a completely awesome homemade gift and everyone will think you are a DIY-genius–especially if you package it in a cute lil’ mason jar with a bow. (Just remind them not to eat it!)

whipped body butter recipe using simple, natural ingredients!

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Whipped Body Butter Recipe

White Chocolate Body Butter Recipe:

Regular Body Butter Recipe:

(this version doesn’t smell like chocolate)

Instructions for both versions:

Combine all ingredients, except the essential oils, in a small pot or double boiler.

Gently melt and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is liquid.

Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to partially set up. I’m horribly impatient, so I put mine in the freezer to speed the process. (And then promptly forgot and left it in there way to long… *a-hem*).[Continue Reading]

How to Make Stevia Extract

how to make stevia extract

I have a sweet tooth.

There. I said it.

As much as I would like to be one of those people who can happily chug black coffee and has no problem passing up dessert, I’m just not.

Now, as my real-food journey has progressed, I have gotten much better than I used to be. White sugar is pretty much banned from our house, and I don’t even use as many unrefined sweeteners as I used to. Eating a piece of fruit generally satisfies my cravings for sweetness (which have lessened considerably), and I’m pretty darn creative about using small amounts of maple syrup, honey, or stevia to sweeten stuff instead.

Stevia extract is amazing stuff. It’s pretty popular right now, but in case you haven’t jumped on the stevia train yet, here is a quick run-down: Stevia is simply a plant. Yup– a plant. It’s not created in a laboratory and it’s most definitely not one of those scary artificial sweeteners. Stevia is 200-times sweeter than sugar and you can grow it right in your garden. That’s my kind of sweetener!

growing stevia

Of course, there is some debate surrounding stevia, (because, quite frankly, there is debate surrouding everything these days…) Some people question if it is safe to use in large amounts, and other folks don’t like the more-processed forms of stevia powder on the market today.

However, I feel pretty confident in simple stevia extracts, especially when you make them yourself. Just remember– stevia is SUPER sweet, so you’ll only want to use a drop or two at a time!

homemade stevia extract

How to Make Stevia Extract

You will need:

  • Fresh stevia leaves (Dry leaves can work too–see the note below)*
  • Vodka*
  • Clean glass jar with lid

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How to Whitewash Your Barn and Chicken Coop

how to whitewash a barn or chicken coop

Wanna know how you can instantly feel like a homesteading rockstar?

Whitewash something.

I say this because:

(a) It’ll make all your friends give you a weird look (I always enjoy that)

(b) It’s delightfully old-fashioned

(c) It actually does provide some benefits to your barn/coops (besides just making you feel cool)

Whenever I think of whitewashing, my mind instantly goes to Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. But before we dive into a bucket of whitewash, let’s talk a bit about why this is something you’d even want to mess with.

What is Whitewash?

Sometimes you’ll hear people referring to “whitewash” as simply painting something with white paint, but in the most traditional sense of the term, whitewash is powdered lime (lime as in limestone, not the green fruit!) mixed with water.

Whitewashing has been a favorite paint/sealant in farms and homestead for centuries because it is effective, simple, and cheap. It’s also safe for animals, and you don’t have to worry about paint fumes.

It’s important to pay attention to what type of lime you are using in your whitewash–be sure to select hydrated lime (also called mason’s lime)– NOT dolomite lime or garden lime. We were able to find ours at our local building supply store, although you might check feed stores too. Hydrated lime is different than the type of lime you spread on the ground/garden, so make sure you have the right stuff!


Why to Whitewash?

Whitewash is the perfect coating if you want a bit of old-fashioned charm, but it also has some practical applications too. The main reason I chose to whitewash my chicken coop is to brighten the dingy, dark wood. Whitewash also has some antibacterial properties, which makes it a handy option for sealing tough-to-clean surfaces against bacteria and insects.… [Continue Reading]