This bar has many nourishing ingredients in it, used to exfoliate and moisturize your skin. These bars are great for everyday exfoliating as well as healing stretch marks, cellulite & providing moisture to your skin.
The caffeine in coffee helps to stimulate blood circulation to the affected area so the healing process can begin. Honey is also known for helping to reduce stretch marks and cellulite by removing toxins from the affected areas. Calendula & Coconut oil are amazing at healing nearly anything & they work as intense moisturizers as well.
We talked a bit about the benefits of coffee for our skin over in the post: Exfoliating Coffee Cubes – For Stretch Marks & Cellulite.
This recipe is completely customizable to suit your preference but I’ve outlined the basic recipe that I like to use.
What You’ll Need:
- 1/2 cup Coffee Grounds. ( I used the grounds after making a pot of coffee so they were nice and damp )
- 1 1/2 Organic Cane Sugar ( may need a little more)
- 1/4 cup Organic Ground Oatmeal (optional)
- 2-3 tbs Coconut Oil
- 1 tbs Calendula Infused oil (Infusing your own oils)
- 1-2 tbs Organic Honey (Raw) (optional) a Vegan alternative is Agave Nectar.
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract. (optional, it just smells amazing!)
- 2 drops Peppermint oil for scent (or your favorite scent. You can find a huge list of amazing essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs or Starwest Botanicals. )
- Mixing Bowl & Spoon
- Silicone Molds of choice. (I used THESE round ones and THESE square ones) (The circles may be a bit more of a gentle shape for your skin – also easier to hold)
- Airtight jar for storage
Put all of your ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until everything is combined evenly.
I added a bit more sugar to my mix so it wasn’t quite as sloppy as the top stage. It’ll definitely take much longer to cure this way.
You want to make sure the consistence of the mixture is a little on the damp side. This will evaporate as we let them cure and turn them solid. I’ve put together some photos of what the stages should look like below.
Scoop into your molds and press down firmly so there are no air bubbles.
Here comes the part where patience comes into play. Much like allowing soap to cure, these bars will take a while to completely solidify. They should then be stored in an airtight jar or container.
*Some people suggested putting them in the oven on the lowest setting for a few hours to dry them out faster. ( I was trying to rush things for the craft sale at the beginning of the month) I tried this and it just turned out to be a massive mess. The mixture boiled over and started melting itself to the bottom of the oven. I definitely don’t recommend doing it this way. I think patience is key here.
Allow them to dry completely somewhere safe, dry and clean like you would soap. No where that has any humidity. It’ll take a few weeks for them to solidify completely.
Once they look the the end photo above, you can stretch the mold from side to side like you would an ice cube tray and gently push them up out of the mold without them breaking.
I allowed mine to sit out between brown paper for a few more days. They are now rock solid.
Bring the bar into the bath or shower with you. Gently massage in circular motions.
The bars stay solid and gradually break down while you use them. They stay together very well and work wonderfully for exfoliating.
You will have bits of oatmeal and coffee floating around with you + the oils so just be careful as it could make the tub slippery.
Happy Exfoliating! ~ <3
I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs & Starwest Botanicals for all of your herbal healing needs! You can purchase any extra supplies over at Amazon.ca. Images Edited using PicMonkey. & Please also see my disclaimer. Thanks Friends.
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