DIY Used Coffee Grounds Scrub

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Do you guys make your own coffee at home? 4 months ago we purchased an Aeropress brewing apparatus and 2kg of organic green beans and my life changed forever. As the beans are green, we roast them by hand using a heat gun (you can also use a popcorn maker!) to customise the flavour. I personally like my beans roasted medium to dark. There is something so calming and satisfying about making a cup of coffee from scratch every morning. It's part of my morning routine now and I cannot miss it!

The only negative to the experience is guilt of throwing away the coffee grounds after each coffee. It's like throwing out the vegetable fibres after you make juice! I was putting the grounds into our lime and orange tree pots, but didn't want to overwhelm the trees so I decided to incorporate them into my skincare routine instead.

Coffee grounds happen to have the perfect texture for exfoliating but make sure your grinder is set on the finest setting possible because coarse particles may cut into your skin. Coffee also contains antioxidants and has been reported to tighten pores and prevent wrinkles, although used coffee grounds will contain less. 

I collect my used coffee grounds in a jar- this is around 4 cups of coffee's worth. My recipe is super simple:

1. Add enough organic hemp seed oil to make a thick paste.
2. Add 1 drop tea tree oil (for acne) and 1 drop lavender oil (for moisture and scent).
3. Mix everything up with a chopstick!

You don't even need to add any essential oils if you don't have any. 

The best way to apply it is in small portions, rubbing lightly in circular motions on your face to help it stick. I either use this as a scrub, immediately washing it off with lukewarm water, or a mask where it dries (somewhat) and looks like this:

Afterwards your face will be super soft and glowing from absorbing the oil and the nutrients from the coffee grounds as well from the mechanical exfoliation! I am proud of myself for reducing wastage and creating such an effective product for my skin. I love how it makes my skin feel afterwards. 

Do you guys make your own coffee? Please let me know if you try out this scrub!

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