Sometimes I’m a crazy person who wakes up at the butt crack of dawn to go to hot yoga first thing in the morning. I won’t say I’m not tired the next day (I totally am… but that just means I shouldn’t stay up reading), but it feels really great to work out all the kinks right away.
The other night, I knew I was going to yoga early the next morning and that it was going to be hot and humid when I arrived home. I decided to prep some cold brew coffee, Davida style, to cool me down and keep me awake after class. I very quickly just have to say that Davida’s iced coffee is so good – I had no idea how to make it until her post. Definitely give it a try. PSA over and out.
Anyway, have you ever made coffee and thought about what to do with the leftover grounds? I did, all the time. Once I tried putting them in my aloe plant because I heard they were nourishing for plants. They molded and pretty much murdered the plant. So. Don’t do that.
What you should do, instead, is make some natural body scrub. Did you just ask yourself, “Is this girl nuts? Rubbing coffee on herself??” To that I say, well, yeah I am nuts, check the name of the blog, and also trust me. After I made the cold brew coffee, I had a cup of leftover grounds, whereas usually I only have a tablespoon or two, since cold brew requires more flavor. I felt so bad wasting the grounds, so I decided to recycle them in a body scrub (I think I first heard to do this on the show The Chew).
Coffee grounds body scrub is so easy to whip up, and you probably already have everything you need for it! Make sure to read below the recipe for some quick notes about using this natural body scrub.
Coffee Grounds Natural Body Scrub
- 1 c. used coffee grounds
- 1/3 c. sugar (could be white or brown sugar, I used coconut sugar)
- 1 1/2 tbsp. honey
- 1 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- In a bowl, press out as much liquid from the coffee grounds as you can.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix until you are left with a mixture that looks like dirt.
- Use within the day, otherwise the mixture will begin to mold. Store at room temp if not used immediately.
*A few notes about the scrub (important!!):
– Coffee grounds will clog your drain. Do not wash it all off in the sink or shower. What I did to combat this was spread some newspaper on the floor under and around me in the bathroom, use the scrub, rub a lot of the excess off with toilet paper, and then get in the shower. A little won’t hurt the drains, but the entire mixture would. This will get a little messy, but if you use the newspaper, cleanup is easy. All I did was wad the paper up (you could even dump the rest outside if you wanted!) and then vacuum the floor quickly.
– I recommend using the scrub before your body wash, otherwise you will continue to smell like coffee all day. The coconut oil will resist some of the body wash, so your skin will still be left super smooth once you jump out of the shower. Moisturize afterward, with your lotion or even more coconut oil.
Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever made your own beauty/body product?
>> What other uses for coffee grounds do you know of?