This post was inspired by my preparations for the Rebel Eaters Club pajama party, happening May 16 thanks to Netflix Party! I love making DIY body care products, but I can't handle anything that requires an emulsion blender or more than 3 ingredients. Hence... this coffee scrub that I love so much.
All you need is:
I recommend un-used coffee grounds (grounds that haven't been exposed to water), but used grounds are fine if you're going to use the scrub soon. Water hastens mold and used grounds don't absorb oil as well if they have already absorbed water.
>A few tablespoons of oil
I've tried coconut, olive, argan and sweet almond oil
>1 Container (or multiple if you want to give as gifts!)
I like ball jars, but use whatever works for you as long as it's dry
Extra: 2-3 drops essential oil, rose petals, or any dried flower or herb you love
Step 1: Grind the coffee
You decide how coarse or fine you want the grounds to be. Very coarse grounds will be super exfoliating. Very fine grounds will offer a chill exfoliation. I recommend a fine grind if you plan to use it on delicate skin (anywhere besides your feet, elbows, hands, knees). I made one for just my hands, and it's a coarser grind. I keep it in the kitchen to replenish moisture after I wash dishes.
Step 2: Put the coffee grounds into your container
Step 3: Add oil and any extras & mix
You can eyeball the amount of oil you need. Start with a tablespoon and mix as you add. Use a spoon or chopstick (or your fingers!) to mix everything together. When it gets to the point where the mixture feels like it's becoming cohesive (grounds look coated and there's some clumping) you're done. I love adding rose essential oil and rose petals for their heart-mending properties. If you want a more enlivening scent, try rosemary or lemon. I've added dried marigold, and lavender in the past as well.
Step 4: Use
You did it! Now scrub :)
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Virgie Tovar, MA is one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp (a 4 week online course focused on helping people break up with diet culture) and the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012). She writes about the intersections of size, identity, sexuality and politics. See more updates on Facebook.