Moisturizing Coffee + Sugar Body Scrub (diy + oil-free)

I've gotten into a pretty bad habit of splurging on beauty products on Amazon, possibly the best find so far is hyaluronic acid serum. Second to that, is this coffee scrub that I bought, loved, and then used in a day (only a slight exaggeration). The ingredients were super clean and simple: coffee, vegetable glycerin, and brown sugar. I felt kind of silly for not checking before buying because I have all of those ingredients here. One of my favorite things about this scrub is that it is almost completely dry in the package. No aloe, no oils, basically no liquid in there, except this vegetable glycerin that absorbs super clean. Meaning, definitely no residue and a lot less shower mess. I even liked using it on my face, which almost never happens. 

Aside from scrubbing myself down with homemade body scrubs, I am also day-dreaming of National Parks in Utah (I think about Utah so much that I wonder what would happen if I actually made it out there) and I just learned about this Kings Canyon Byway, which is a 50 mile stretch that I'm determined to take all of this pictures of. Speaking of pictures, if you haven't noticed, I added a Shop button over to the right, where you can buy prints if you feel so inclined, or I'll just share my Society6 link here. 

The veg glycerin looks almost like honey here. It has a funny, slightly gooey, unexpected texture, but not at all sticky. Similar to honey it is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture from it's surroundings and locks it in, making it a pretty good addition/primer to normal moisturizer. 

Coffee has a stimulating effect on the skin, and is said to improve circulation and also is good for reducing cellulite. 

Here's what you'll need:

1/4 cup of coffee

2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin

2 cups of brown sugar - I ground mine up in a blender to be extra fine, but it's super not necessary

pinch of powdered vitamin C - optional 

Directions:

Blend up your brown sugar if you want it finer

Mix in vitamin C powder - it's great for skin and also can act as a preservative to prolong shelf-life

With a spoon mix in vegetable glycerin

Add in coffee grounds and mix again

Store in airtight container

To Scrub: Apply to damp skin and scrub in circular motions, rinse clean and moisturize 

Clarifying Skin Scrub + Mask with Aloe Rose and Hibiscus

Not gonna lie, I ended up taking this whole batch in the bathtub with me and making a big mud bath style mess. Worth it. How I actually intended to use it, and did end up using it was, as a face mask and scrub. The hibiscus tea is what makes it a super mild scrub. This mask has two types of toners in it, if you include the aloe as a toner—if you haven't used aloe as toner, you might want to try it. It's getting pretty popular. As seen here: The Body Shop, the ever popular Mario Badescu, and this DIY from Pins and Procrastination 

This mousse-y looking mask is actually made with red clay and aloe to hydrate instead of water, because why not? Plus the enzymes in aloe vera are pretty amazing, meaning it detoxifies while also hydrating. Thayer's Rose Toner, also has aloe vera in it, but it's primarily made of witch hazel which is good for acne and overall redness. Clay is clay, I mean all the clays are detoxifying, and pull out toxins and dirt in the pores, but red clay is known to be even more absorbent. For more sensitive skin, green clay is recommended. My skin is always a little bit pink after a clay mask, but I noticed a bit extra this time. Nothing too too noteworthy, but if your skin is very sensitive maybe opt for the green. Hibiscus tea is high in antioxidant content, can help rejuvenate skin, and is great for circulation, which could account for my overall redness after taking this mask off. One big thing to note is that I typically don't do any clay masks right before going out because it can make skin a little bit sensitive and it's better not put on makeup right after. So, try this mask on a night in.  

Here's what you'll need:

Directions:

  • Add hibiscus tea to witch hazel and let the hibiscus steep for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Mix hibiscus in with clay until fully distributed. 
  • Add in aloe vera juice slowly, until the whole mix becomes fluffy and spreadable. 
  • Apply to clean skin, exfoliating first is a good idea.
  • For a mask: Apply to skin and leave on for 20-25 minutes. 
  • Rinse with warm water and washcloth, tone, and moisturize. 
  • For a scrub: Start with clean skin and take a dime sizes amount and scrub in circular motions to cleanse, exfoliate, and detoxify. 
  • Rinse with warm water and washcloth, tone, and moisturize

DIY Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub

In the few years writing this blog, I've never made a lip scrub. I've made various other kinds of scrubs. I realized today I've been missing out, instead of having to exfoliate my whole body or face. It might take 30 seconds to just give a quick scrub to my lips and have them feeling better than before. And because of the coconut oil, I can skip chapstick and have healthier skin by taking care of it. Plus the skin on lips, much like the skin around the eyes is very sensitive and probably needs more special attention anyway. So, what I'm saying is you'll probably be seeing way more eye and lip care around here.

Coconut Oil: Saturated fats in coconut oil penetrate and prevent the loss of moisture throughout the day. These moisture retaining qualities not only keep your skin hydrated but less prone to cracking skin and wrinkles in the long run. 

Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is dehydrated coconut sap and is considered a raw food, according to PETA. It's also high in vitamin C, and electrolytes like potassium and magnesium, meaning that it can actually nourish skin. In addition to antioxidants and electrolytes it also has trace minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium. 

I love that picture above. I was trying to mash it up in this tiny container before I finally wised up and but it in a bigger bowl, but I could help and notice how cute it looked before I did. And so, my favorite picture of the day was born. <3

I see a lot of scrubs made with equal parts oil to exfoliant, i.e. sugar and salt. Which is fine, but personally I prefer a less oily scrub, which is why I used three parts exfoliant (in this case sugar) and one part oil. For my recipe I went in quarter cups, but you can start with teaspoons or tablespoons if you'd like. For example, three tablespoons of coconut sugar and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Easy. 

Here's what you'll need:

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil - I recommend organic virgin coconut oil for skincare

 

Directions: 

Place all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and blend together. 

To use place small amount of scrub on your finger and apply to damp, clean skin. 

Scrub focusing on dry areas and the corners of the mouth. 

Rinse well with warm water or a warm cloth to remove excess sugars and oils from your skin