Um, okay, has anyone’s skin been ridiculously dry lately? Because mine has.
And not just any old kind of dry, either. Think desert cracks dry. Flaky dry. Especially my legs.
I know, I know. It’s definitely not cute, and it’s also not healthy.
Because I’ve been ON IT with my internal hydration lately (I’m serious too – like 4 litres of water + fish oil + avocado erry day) I know it’s something that needs to be fixed topically. I’ve started moisturising after my evening shower (which I should’ve always been doing), but to fix the dryness and dead skin (ew) I’ve already accumulated, I decided to make a scrub out of things I have in my house. Don’t get me wrong – I love to buy a good body scrub on the odd occasion, however it’s just something I don’t always have on hand. This scrub is for those days.
I made it out of things I already had in my pantry, which means you could LITERALLY eat it (and yes, I did taste it, just to make sure I could write that. While it is completely edible, it doesn’t taste great. So maybe no).
It contains zero sulphates/parabens/chemicals/shady shit. I didn’t test it on animals (unless you consider me to be one) so it’s completely vegan aka cruelty free. And if you shop smart*, you might even be able to consider this scrub a zero-waste beauty product, which definitely has its merits, esp. in the age of over-packaging (!!!).
Anyway, enough of the needless rambling, let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
Salted Mocha Body Scrub
flaky sea salt
ground organic coffee
what to do:
Grab yourself a small mixing bowl, a spoon and a jar. How much you’ll make will depend on how much you want. I wanted to get 2-3 uses out of this scrub for testing purposes, so I used 6 tablespoons of solid coconut oil, maybe even a little more. Please know there is no wrong way to make this scrub.
However, for the sake of being helpful, let’s say you want to make the same amount of scrub as me. Put 6 tablespoons of solid coconut oil into your mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of coffee into the bowl. Mix well.
Then, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of flaky sea salt to the mixture. Gently fold through – you don’t want to crush the salt too much.
The mixture should now resemble dark chocolate gelato – super thick, kind of whipped and real dark. Put this into a jar, and then when you are in the shower, rub this mixture all over your body – including your face. Scrub with a medium to firm pressure, in small circles, paying extra attention to the knees and elbows. Rinse well – really well – trust me when I say you don’t want this mixture through your bed.
Store the remaining scrub in an airtight jar out of the sun until your next use. I wouldn’t leave it for longer than two weeks.
The best part about this scrub is it not only exfoliates and energises your skin – thanks to the cinnamon, salt and coffee – but it’s also gonna leave your limbs feeling ultra moisturised, even after you step out of the shower.
And also – using coffee as a topical scrub is known to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, both of which I unashamedly have (who doesn’t?!), so get scrubbing!
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