I would first like to say, I am so excited to guest blog for Wolven Threads and talk about a combination of my favorite things: organic living and skin care! I was raised in a family that valued organic produce and products and have not only found that eating healthy and organically are paramount but also, when something is homemade and organic, it's that much better. For my first post, I wanted to come up with a recipe that could be universally used by all skin types and would leave your skin soft, hydrated and refreshed. So let's first talk a little about our ingredients, and why I chose them.
Coffee: enlivening, full of antioxidants, enhances circulation, natural exfoliant – coffee is a great ingredient for combating cellulite
Sweet Almond Oil: aromatic, moisturizing
Turbinado Sugar: natural exfoliant, helps in cell regeneration, natural humectant (draws moisture from environment into the skin)
All of the aforementioned items can be bought at your local grocery store, and more likely than not, are already in your cabinet. In fact, after trying to recipe a few different ways and using different oils, I happened to find a bottle of Sweet Almond Oil I used to massage my daughter with when she was an infant and discovered it was the perfect fit. If you have a nut allergy, grape seed oil or coconut oil are great alternatives. Please note, this scrub is meant for your body and may be a little rough for your face, turbinado sugar is quite coarse. If you want to adjust the recipe to use it as a facial scrub, substitute with organic brown sugar or organic cane sugar instead.
2 Tbsp Ground Coffee
1 Tbsp Turbinado Sugar
1 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
This will be enough for scrubbing individual sections of your body (for example exfoliate both legs or stomach region). It is important to always test any new skin care product, home made or not, on a small portion of your body first to make sure you won’t have a negative reaction.
For this recipe, a mortar and pestle will work best. I tried using a spice grinder first and it did not grind the Turbinado sugar fine enough for the scrub. Pour all ingredients into the mortar and then in a circular motion grind them together for a few minutes. You can check every now and then to see if the texture is to your liking. Everyone’s skin is different so the more sensitive your skin, the more you are going to want to grind this mixture. The Sweet Almond Oil is very hydrating so even if you skin seems a little dry, this is okay to use. Once all ingredients are ground, transfer them into a small mason jar to store. To use on your skin, grab a handful and rub (not too hard!) all over the area you want to exfoliate. You will notice how the oils of the sweet almond oil and sugar emerge from underneath the coffee (and no this won’t stain your skin!). Rinse and feel how hydrated and fresh you skin looks and feels! Enjoy ☺