I love using coffee in my skincare and beauty recipes. I am still in love with my caffeine eye serum - a coffee-infused oil that I truthfully use on more than just my eyes.
Coffee is also brilliant in scrubs! It's a gentle, antioxidant-packed exfoliate that over time infuses the product with caffeine for a lifting, smoothing effect on your skin.
This mocha scrub combines the real iconic trio: sugar, coffee, and cocoa.
I like to grind the coffee powder to be very fine. It infuses the oils in the scrub faster that way and makes the scrub more gentle.
Add sugar, cocoa powder, and coconut oil for a decadent mocha scrub that's loaded with antioxidants and skin-smoothing power!
- ⅓ cup finely ground organic coffee powder
- ⅓ cup organic cane sugar
- ⅓ cup organic cocoa powder
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup sweet almond oil
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in airtight jars or containers. They don't need to be refrigerated, but be sure to keep water out of your scrubs!
Use the scrub on your face + body 1-2 times a week to slough away dead skin cells and make your skin smoother + more moisturized.
Benefits for Your Skin
Coffee is loaded with antioxidants, which help the skin protect itself from environmental damage. Not to mention the caffeine which helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite with a firming effect!
Sugar is a natural emollient that softens the skin both chemically and mechanically. It's one of the best exfoliants there is.
Cocoa is another antioxidant-rich kitchen staple that's great for your skincare routine. Cocoa also has skin-loving fats for another added benefit. Our carrier oils coconut and sweet almond oil are two lovely plant-based fats that are great for most skin types.
Some people do break out from coconut oil, while others love it in their skincare recipes. Fortunately, in this recipes you can easily replace the carrier oils with each other (or basically any carrier you like) as long as the ratios work out. So no worries if you only have a certain oil on hand or if you have favorite for your skin type.
Have you ever made your own scrub? What are your favorite ingredients to use?