There are so many great things you can do with Coconut Oil, from hair treatments to cooking, this is one versatile product. One of my favourites uses for coconut oil is this coconut and coffee scrub! Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple years, you probably know that coconut oil has been a popular beauty and health foods staple for a while now, and for good reason!
I feel like I need to preface this with why I love this so much. I have struggled with Eczema for many years. My first memory of it was on my face in grade two, then my arms, then my hands starting in tenth grade. I remember a time when I worked in a restaurant, after washing my hands with harsh soap over and over again throughout the night, I would wake up crying and shaking in the middle of the night because my hands were bleeding, raw, and incredibly itchy. It was so painful at times that I felt hopeless for a solution. My eczema has been an ongoing battle for me, I have medicines, I’ve taken a variety of different vitamins, and tried a few different diets to help stem my symptoms. I now have a system going that seems to work pretty well. One of the main parts of that system is this scrub; it not only exfoliates, but also hydrates my skin.
I started using coconut oil on my skin a few years back and I absolutely love it. Last year, I stumbled upon some coconut and coffee scrubs on Instagram. I was intrigued after reading of some of the benefits, but just couldn’t justify spending $18 – $30 on a product I knew I could easily make for myself. So, I decided to try it out at home.
The first time I made this scrub I used this PC coconut oil, which costs a whole $4, and some coffee grounds after brewing a cuppa Jo. I loved how it left my skin feeling, I also LOVE how this smells. Since that first trial, I have continued to experiment with this scrub to find the perfect mix for me.
Honestly, I have had this post in draft for a solid six months, slowly testing out different options and adding notes to make this as fulsome of a post as I can give you. So, lets get into it.
First, the recipe. As you may have guessed, this is basically the easiest recipe ever. Take two parts coconut oil to one part coffee grounds, mix them up, and slather it on your skin in the shower. You have a few options here that will make a big difference in how this scrub turns out. No matter how you put this together though, you will end up with coffee grounds all over your tub or shower. Be prepared to clean up after this.
Option 1: Take two parts coconut oil, mix in one part ground coffee after brewing. Throw it in a bowl or mason jar, mix it together, and use in the shower or bath.
Option 2: Use the same mixture, but swap the brewed coffee for freshly ground coffee beans. This is best if you haven’t had coffee yet that day. The first time I tried this I didn’t really think through the fact that your skin absorbs the caffeine in the coffee, and if it hasn’t already been brewed, there is a lot of caffeine left. So, don’t do what I did and drink two cups of coffee before using this in the shower because it will make you H-Y-P-E-R. Seriously. I was wired for many, many hours after that combo.
Option 3: One part coconut oil, one part shredded coconut (I used what was left after making my own coconut milk – eliminating dairy helped with my eczema), and one part coffee grounds. This is my favourite combo because you get both the gentle exfoliation of of the shredded coconut and the deeper exfoliation of the ground coffee. I also particularly love putting this mixture into muffin tins and freezing it. I find it both helps minimize some of the coffee mess in the shower, and the cold scrub mixed with the warm water is an invigorating way to wake up….along with the caffeine of course.
I hope you guys enjoy this easy, and much more affordable DIY coconut-coffee scrub. I think I will try incorporating some lavender or other essential oils in the next mixture. Let me know what you guys think, and if you have other variations I should try out!