Apparently Wednesday was “National Relaxation Day.” I don’t know who comes up with these, but I’ll take any excuse to relax I can get. Body scrubs are one of my favorite ways to pamper myself. They’re inexpensive and you can make them any way you want. There are no rules!
First, a little about the ingredients
Sugar: gentle exfoliator; natural source of glycolic acid which increases cell turnover; helps to hydrate your skin and keep moisture in
Coffee: rich in antioxidants; protects against harsh sun rays (like UVB); increases skin collagen and elasticity; improves circulation; helps tighten skin and reduce cellulite
Cocoa Powder: rich in antioxidants; helps to hydrate your skin; reduces acne; protects against harsh sun rays; firms and tones skin; anti-aging; reduces cellulite
Cinnamon: improves complexion; tightens skin and improves wrinkles; may provide relief from eczema; reduces acne
Vanilla Extract: rich in antioxidants; reduces inflammation; may help reduce anxiety and depression; anti-aging
Vitamin E Oil: rich in antioxidants; improves wrinkles; anti-aging; helps to hydrate your skin and keep moisture in; reduces the appearance of scars
Shea Butter: anti-inflammatory; reduces acne; may reduce wrinkles; may provide relief from eczema and dry skin; protects against harsh sun rays
Grapeseed Oil: anti-inflammatory; may reduce wrinkles and scars; helps reduce stretch marks; may provide relief from eczema
Cinnamon mocha body scrub
- 3/4 Cup Sugar (1/2 Cup + 1/4 Cup)
- 1/4 Cup Coffee*
- 2 tsp Cocoa Powder**
- 1/2 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon Powder
- 1/8 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 1 T Shea Butter
- 1/4 Cup Grapeseed Oil***
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a small bowl, microwave the shea butter in 15 second increments until melted.
- Add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir well.
- Scoop into a small jar or plastic container. Use caution with glass in the tub/shower.
- It’s ready to use! Relax and enjoy! Feel free to tweak the ingredients to your liking.
* I used a coffee grinder (linked at the bottom of this post) on the “french press” setting for a more course scrub. If you have sensitive skin or would prefer a softer scrub use the “drip” or “espresso” setting when grinding.
** I used dark cocoa powder but you can use whatever you prefer.
*** I used grapeseed oil as it is light and doesn’t feel greasy, but you can substitute whatever kind you like. I would recommend skipping coconut oil in this scrub since it may cause your pores to become clogged (resulting in acne). You know your skin best though, and if you want to use coconut oil – go for it!
- This scrub should last for several weeks, but if you start smelling anything off in your scrub it probably needs to be tossed. Use your best judgement.
- Since the coffee in this recipe is course, be gentle when using it. Make sure your skin is damp as it could be a little more rough on dry skin. You can always make the coffee grounds finer if you think it might be too rough. It makes a great heel scrub.
- I like keeping this scrub in the kitchen and use it after washing dishes. It really helps to soften and put moisture back into my skin.
- The oils in this scrub might make your tub/shower slippery (I did not personally experience this after using), so use caution.
- Leftover coffee grounds from your french press can be used so you don’t have to waste any fresh coffee.
Not into DIY?
Not everyone loves to make their own products, that’s okay! I’ve got you covered! Check out my shop to see some of my current favorite store-bought scrubs.
I hope you enjoy this scrub as much as I do. What are your favorite scrubs to use? Do you prefer making your own or buying them from someone else? Let me know in the comments!