Lets just drop it and call our selves the recyclers , shall we ?

Yesterday it was used tea bags and today its left over ground coffee.

Why do I get the feeling, the next one will have something to do with left over curry ?

This Wake Up Coffee Scrub recipe comes to us from Queen recycler Martha Stewart and body + soul magazine.

This is a skin-softening body scrub made from coffee grounds and aromatic plant essences - a traditional treatment that's used in Thai and Balinese spas !

This recipe couples a rich, smoky coffee aroma with the sweet scent of peppermint -- known in aromatherapy for its mentally stimulating, energizing properties. Thanks to raw sugar crystals and olive oil, which exfoliate and moisturize, your body gets a pick-me-up, too. It makes enough for two to three applications.

Things Needed

1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup pure turbinado sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot


1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; using a fork, thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.

2. While showering, apply handfuls of the coffee scrub to wet skin in circular motions, starting at the feet and working up. The scrub contains oil, so it's best to do this over a rubber mat to avoid slipping. Pay particular attention to rough spots such as heels, ankles, knees, and elbows.

3. After scrubbing, cleanse skin as usual using a mild natural soap or body wash. Pat skin dry with a fluffy towel, and follow with lotion to seal in the moisture.

I haven't tried the scrub yet. Remember the coffee story ? Yup still out. But will once I get my hands on that aromatic stuff I plan on trying this. Of course a few creative liberties will be taken...

I ain't got no mentha oil, man. So that stuff wont be in.
I got brown sugar - it'll have to do.
Vanilla extract - will buy that one tonight.

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nikki said... @ December 3, 2009 at 8:48 AM

thanks for this post! it seems quite simple to whip up at home with ingredients from the kitchen shelves!

Divija Reddy said... @ December 3, 2009 at 8:39 PM

LOL...trying to imagine left over curry on my face :) thnq for the post...

which one did u like the most? coffee mask or tea mask?

Husha said... @ December 7, 2009 at 5:27 AM

tried this, but without the essential oils..

anyway it was superb. Kind like LUSH's scrubs in the outcome..
Friggin Canadian winters kill my skin..this is ESSENTIAL now

Katie said... @ December 7, 2009 at 5:29 AM

I actually went to my kitchen and made this after reading this post. And the results are awesome! My skin felt fresh and moisturized after. I didn't even need skin moisturizer cause of the olive oil in the scrub. Thanks!

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