I used to work in cosmetics. I worked for the most prestigious French skincare brand. Our body scrub was $122 retail and the top skin cream was a whopping $360 dollars – that was all the way back in 1997. I still remember the thrill of selling one as a counter girl, or later helping sell truck loads of them with my team of consultants once I was a senior manager. I genuinely believed I was doing good. I genuinely believed I was giving people the best they could afford. I genuinely believed the brand made our customers look and feel beautiful.
I’m now 42 and honestly love the look of my natural skin. Now that the low fat, depleted nutrient days are over, my skin is plump, healthy and far from wrinkly. I still love my beauty products and have quite few delicious natural, organic ones in the cupboard, but I also am a big fan of the ol’ DIY. Here’s a super simple scrub that will take you exactly 40 seconds to whip up, using spent coffee grounds, coconut oil, sea salt and vanilla extract. If you missed the video (my very first one. I’ll get better, I promise!) it’s here. Gents, this is so easy, you could surprise your lady by making it for her as a pressie – not saying the boys shouldn’t use this too. One for all and all for one!
Drain clogging prevention memo: Please use sparingly and ensure lots of hot water runs down the drains after use, so do it at the start of your shower, not the end – This way you minimise scrub-drain-clog potential. I’ve also found swapping out the coconut oil for olive oil to be good if you have pipes that clog easily.
Home Made Coffee Body Scrub
- 2 tbsp spent ground coffee from an espresso
- 1 tbsp celtic / himalayan / fleur de sel / dead sea / touched by the fairy godmother of an angel salt
- 2-3 tbsp coconut oil (more oil = gentler scrub)
- 2 tsp vanilla bean extract
- Mix in a bowl. Put into a jar. That’s it. Takes less than a minute!
- And for a cute gift look, a little spoon and a gift tag!
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