DIY Coffee Body Scrub

I told you to save those use coffee grounds!

In my previous post, I let you know how you could make iced coffee like the pros. The end result is killer cold brew and a bajillion used coffee grounds. Instead of just tossing them, I decided to make a body scrub that not only smells like your favorite coffee house and bakery combined, but also is incredibly good for your skin.DIY Coffee Body ScrubDIY Coffee Body ScrubDIY Coffee Body ScrubDIY Coffee Body ScrubDIY Coffee Body Scrub

 

Using only five commonly-found-in-your-pantry ingredients, this exfoliating scrub is as easy to make as..well…coffee! Below is the skinny on these powerhouse ingredients.

Used coffee grounds: Coffee has caffeine, caffeine draws out excess moisture from your skins–this creates smoother and firmer looking skin. Who doesn’t love that?! Coffee is also a great anti-inflammatory because it’s so incredibly rich in antioxidants. If you’re using grounds not from cold brew, make sure your grounds are room-temp or even refrigerated before use.

Coconut oil: Another great use for this stuff! Coconut oil is an awesome moisturizer (Seriously. Use it in your hair, on your sunburn, etc.) and makes your skin smooth and shiny. It’s also filled with vitamins and minerals to keep skin healthy. If your oil is solid, zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds to liquify.

Brown sugar: This acts as another exfoliant, buffing away the dead skin and leaving you with an awesome glow. If you don’t have brown sugar, use a course ground sugar of any kind (I even threw in some sucanat–dried cane sugar–because it’s very course…and also I can’t stand the taste of it–gotta use it where I can!).

Cinnamon: Said to help with blood flow, cinnamon quickly brings blood to the surface of your skin and helps smooth away bumps and wrinkles. It also kills bacteria on the skin’s surface.

Vanilla extract: Used in the recipe to help this scrub smell like a cookie. VERY important.

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Mix ingredients, store in an airtight container, and use in the shower. As with any body scrub, make sure you rinse with warm water to prevent a clogged drain.

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup coffee grounds
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Mix, store, enjoy!

xo

 

 

 

How To: Cold Brew Coffee

Lately I’ve been obsessing over iced coffee. But not just any old iced coffee–cold brew coffee.

You might have seen cold brew at your local coffee spot, and if you haven’t you’re probably wondering how it’s different from regular brewing and why it’s so much better (which it is, FYI).

Cold Brew Coffee

To cold brew means to steep fresh course-ground coffee in room temperature or cold water for 12 hours or longer. This process removes the acidic or bitter taste that traditional iced coffee (ie: hot coffee poured over ice) can sometimes have. Additionally, cold brewing produces a smoother, richer coffee that isn’t diluted by melted ice.

Cold Brew Coffee

Grounds are steeping in my fancy cold brew plastic bin

Cold Brew Coffee

Covered and ready to sit for 16 hours

Cold Brew Coffee

The aftermath

It’s goooooood. Really good.

Use the boldest blend you can find–I use an espresso roast from La Colombe and steep it for 16 hours in a 16 qt. plastic bin from Target (fancy). The next day I put a cheesecloth over a mesh strainer and strain the cold brew into a large pitcher. Leave in the fridge and voila! Cold as ice cold brew coffee available whenever you need it.

Cold Brew Coffee

But what do you do with all those leftover coffee grounds?! Reserve them. Keep them in an air tight container in the firdge until further notice. I have an idea you just might like :)

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Iced Coffee

Yield: 8 qts coffee

Serving size: 1 cup

Points Plus: 0

Ingredients

    • 1 pound of fresh course-ground coffee (grind your own beans in-store for the freshest taste possible)
    • 8 qts room temperature or cold water

Instructions

  1. Dump coffee grounds into large container
  2. Pour water over coffee and lightly stir to make sure that all coffee makes contact with the water
  3. cover and let steep for 12 hours or more
  4. Place a cheesecloth over a mesh strainer and place strainer over new container or pitcher
  5. Strain coffee into new container or pitcher (save those grounds!!!)
  6. Pour yourself a glass of coffee, add milk, sugar, etc.
  7. Enjoy!

xo