Mmmm… coffee! I can do without most things in life, but coffee is bliss in a cup for me. It’s the only thing I found hard to give up when I was pregnant.
My batch of lemon detox body scrub ran out and it was time to try something new. Apparently, coffee’s stimulating properties create an invigorating and cellulite-reducing body scrub. Needless to say, this sleep-derived and wobbly-bottomed mama is really interested in both of those properties…
How much will coffee help our cellulite woes? Who can say? I figure it’s a better option than most, especially when it’s so easy to make, costs so little and smells so good. Besides, it’s the massaging action of a body scrub that really gets the blood moving and this is the mortal enemy of cellulite, anything else is a bonus.
I couldn’t resist having a leetle look around and according to the boffins, small amounts of caffeine and some of its antioxidant friends can penetrate the skin. This makes it better than a lot of anti-cellulite ingredients, as most have particles too big to pass through the various membranes.
Coffee may well live up to its potential as a cellulite slayer, but either way you have a delicious body scrub for less than fifty cents, assuming you use coffee grains that were destined for the bin as I did.
The other plus with a homemade scrub is that a lot of commercial scrubs use little plastic spheres that end up in the water ways and in the mouths of anything from, ‘Otters to octopi’. And don’t get me started on all the weird chemical preservatives we might be rubbing into the body’s largest organ.
The recipe below is based on this body scrub post. There are a lot of coffee exfoliant recipes around, all of them recommend using new coffee grains, which is fine, but I have an addiction to reusing things whenever I can. I wanted to see if it’s possible to use the morning’s coffee grains to make a month’s supply of body scrub.
And, yes, you can. Trust me, it still smells really yummy! The coffee needs to be dried first (just pop the damp grains on a tray in an oven that has been on and is cooling down or some other warm spot).
The body scrub is also one of the best ways to moisturise with coconut oil if you don’t like that slick feeling. It’s how coconut oil was traditionally applied, according to my mum’s quaint book, ‘The Handbook of Natural Beauty’ (1975). The author says, ‘In the islands they rub coconut oil into the skin prior to bathing, to bring suppleness to dry skin.’ She shares a cute story about two boys climbing a coconut tree in the Panama Islands so that she can be shown how to make coconut oil. I’m tempted to try her coconut oil recipe. Let me know if you’re interested and I could share it here.
UPDATE: Because coconut oil can be such a fickle thing in climates like Sydney, where the scrub can be runny one day and rock hard the next, I now tend to use Macadamia oil instead of coconut oil, but it’s expensive and sunflower and grape seed oils are my other favourites.