After making so many gifts this Christmas (lotion bars, candy, body scrub, cocoa mix, etc) I realized that I didn’t really keep any for myself! For shame. So I rooted through my Pinterest boards and decided to give this coffee sugar scrub a whirl.
Why coffee? The article states that just the smell of coffee can help perk you up in the morning (SO true), and the caffeine is good for your skin. I took it a step further & used a coffee/chicory blend, because a) this is a Cajun food blog, and nothin’ screams “NOLA” like a cup of chicory coffee, and b) because chicory has some great skin health benefits of its own. It can be used to reduce swelling, it’s an anti-inflammatory, and it can help tighten your skin & reduce wrinkles, while increasing collagen synthesis.
1 cup white sugar
5 Tbsp coffee grounds (I used Community Coffee’s New Orleans Blend w/Chicory)
1/8 - 1/4 cup oil (I used coconut oil, but you could just as easily do almond oil, olive oil, etc.)
2 tsp of extract or essential oils, your choice. The Pinterest recipe recommends peppermint & vanilla to help wake you up, which I really like. You could also use almond, coconut, etc.
Combine the sugar & coffee in a small bowl & mix well. Then add your extracts (I used peppermint & vanilla), and slowly add the oil. You may not need to use the whole 1/4 cup. Just add enough til you get all the grains coated & it will hold together. Beyond that, it’s up to your personal preference. If you accidentally add too much, just mix in a little more sugar and/or coffee.
Transfer to a sealable jar (I save old pickle & olive jars & keep them in my pantry for projects like these—just clean them out really well), and voila—you’re done!
NOTE: The coffee grounds will leave a bit of a mess in your shower, so just be prepared for that. If you have a detachable showerhead or a handheld shower head, it’ll clean up really easily.