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 


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