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.
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)
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