The Cheapest Most Complete Body Scrub!

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The most complete Body Scrub is a powerful selected combination of all the coffee natural scrubs that you can find on the market: https://www.bestproducts.com/beauty/g641/coffee-b..., https://bodynutrition.org/coffee-scrub/

After this research, why having a coffee body scrub with coconut but not green tea? or without honey but it has cinnamon?

In the market, brands show off about its coffee scrub with some special ingredient and this is what makes them different among others. Mine has green tea!, but mine has olive oil! and so on.

Then, why not to gather all these “exclusive” and unique ingredients and to make the most complete, super easy and incredibly cheap Body Scrub?

Supplies:

Explanation of the properties of ingredients is at the bottom of the instructable:)

INGREDIENTS

- Dry ground coffee 115 gr

I have it from my coffee maker. If you don’t, you can get it free from any cafeteria or bar. Just ask for it politely and may take a coffee there, don’t be shy! they have a lot of 'spillage' :)

I prefer it dry in order not to get it fermented.

- Brown sugar 80 gr

Find it in the kitchen, better than the “white” one!

- Salt 35 gr

You may use pink salt from the Himalaya or sea salt if you want.

- Coconut oil 40 ml

Is has many many cosmetics uses, so don’t worry if you think you find a bigger size that you’ll use this time.

- Olive extra virgin oil 20 ml

Always in my kitchen in Spain!

- Green tea 1 teaspoon

You can take it from green tea bags or gunpowder. You make substitute it by other tea leaves you have if you don’t exactly have the green one. You can add more that one teaspoon, as you like.

- Cinnamon 1 teaspoon

Among my favourite spices.

- Cocoa powder 1 teaspoon

Mine is at the kitchen to make hot amazing chocolate, jum jum!

- Honey 1 teaspoon

Again kitchen is your friend :)

- Ginger 1 tea teaspoon

Hidden in the kitchen!. I've used ground ginger for better homogeneous mix, but you can use and grind fresh ginger also making sure that reaches equally the mix.

- Vanilla 1 teaspoon

Kitchen again. I've used sweetened vanilla that is sugar with vanilla that I had in my kitchen.

- Container for the scrub

You can reuse one that contains canned food, don’t need to buy one.

- (OPTIONAL) Printer to make your own personalized label.

If you think this will be too big for you, just divide all the amounts of ingredients by the same number.

All ingredients as you can see can be found at home and if not, they are easy to find. If not, ask me in the comments :)

You can notice also that I spent absolutely NO money at the end to make the scrub;

kitchen is amazing isn’t it?

TOOLS

- Spatula

- Big bowl

- Kitchen scale (weigh and volume)

Step 1: Making Process: Add and Mix!

Gather all ingredients and take a bowl and a spatula to mix then. Pour first the ingredients with largest quantities and after the “spoon” ones with the oils (order here it's not so important). Don’t forget to have your container near you to pour the most complete Coffee Tea Scrub!

Step 2: Print Labels to Put the Icing on the Cake!

After, to put the icing on the cake, print you own custom label at this website and you’ll end having a real professional homemade looking scrub :D

If you want to have the same labels that I used then you can download the attached PDF :) but I encourage you to create your personal ones :D

Step 3: How to Apply the Scrub

- Best to scrub in the shower when skin is a little damp

- Take a few handfuls and scrub in circular motions into your skin concentrating on problem areas

- Let your skin absorb the oils for a few minutes (meanwhile you can soap yourself maybe) before rinsing off

Repeat when necessary; all bodies are different and therefore have different skin necessities.

Step 4: Explanation of the Usage of the Ingredients and Bibliography

- Ground coffee

Coffee grounds make the perfect exfoliator for your whole body, removing dead skin cells naturally and making way for new skin cells beneath.

If you are sensitive to drinking caffeine, you can rest assured you won't be wired from scrubbing your body with it.

Caffeine is also full of antioxidants which may help fight the signs of aging.

- Green tea

The antioxidants present in green tea are able to stimulate circulation, which brings additional resources and oxygen to the skin. Epigallocatechin gallate (compound found in green tea) is a powerful antioxidant that can seek out and neutralize free radicals, which cause oxidative stress and can lead to the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes.

- Coconut oil

It has Antimicrobial properties (helps with acné), Antioxidant and anti-aging properties, Vitamin E for smooth, younger-looking skin

- Olive extra virgin oil

The polyphenolic compounds found within olives are also found in olive oil, which can help to reduce oxidative stress in the body, the same type of chronic inflammation that can cause wrinkles and age spots. When these antioxidants seek out and neutralize free radicals, they can help you look and feel young, while also tightening the skin and increasing elasticity.

Olive oil is known as a great moisturizer, because it can penetrate deep into the skin, delivering important nutrients like vitamin E and A to the layers of skin cells that need it most.

It also has Antibacterial and sun protection properties.

- Brown sugar

The rough texture makes it ideal for eliminating dirt, grime, and dead skin cells from your body.

- Salt

Hydrates the skin, exfoliates the skin and clears the pores, eliminates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, clears out acne symptoms by disinfecting sebaceous glands…

- Cocoa powder

Epicatechin present in cacao aids in increasing the oxygen saturation of hemoglobin, stimulating the healthy flow of blood in the dermal (skin) tissues, and contributing to endogenous photo-protection.

- Honey 1 spoon

Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant characteristics, which can reduce the appearance of age-related spots and wrinkles by reducing the impact of free radicals in the skin.

- Cinnamon

Similar properties to honey. You can use it in the form of power.

- Vanilla

The antibacterial nature of this beneficial flower makes it a powerful ally in the battle against pimples, as it can eliminate the underlying infection and speed up the healing process of the skin. It can even reduce the appearance of scars from a particularly bad bout of acne. Also, its pleasant and natural aroma will

- Ginger

Rubbing ginger delivers gingerol – the active ingredient in ginger. This powerful antioxidant is directly linked to the appearance of the skin and is known to help fade blemishes and age spots.

Bibliography of the properties of ingredients

Coffee ground

https://www.theholisticingredient.com/blogs/wholes...

Green tea

https://www.organicfacts.net/green-tea-skin-hair.h...

Coconut oil

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/...

Ginger

https://www.organicfacts.net/sunspots-skin.html

Olive extra virgin oil

https://www.organicfacts.net/olive-oil-skin.html

Cinnamon and honey

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/anima...

Brown sugar

https://www.organicfacts.net/brown-sugar.html

Salt

https://www.organicfacts.net/dead-sea-salt.html

Cocoa powder

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other...

Vanilla

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs...

Step 5: Comparison With a REAL Market Coffee Scrub

I was used to use a market comercial brand coffee scrub (at the right of the image) but after using the most complete coffee tea scrub never more.

The main difference between both is the finish of the skin.

The most complete coffee tea scrub thanks to its oils proportion (market ones DO NOT say which proportion they use, so I guess it can be 3% or less...) leave skin profoundly moisturized, shinny, and smoothy, while the commercial brand does not at all. Then. I should use a moisturizing cream for my body. So the most complete scrub also has this moisturizing function that the market one does not have. And then it saves me money and time for using a body moisturizing cream! :D

Second difference is the smell;

You can detect on the most complete scrub the touch of coffee, sugar, cinnamon and cocoa after the application on the skin leaving a fine parfum smell (I used my father to do the smell test so you can trust him, he's not into the beauty world, promise) meanwhile, smelling the market brand scrub you can notice the smell of coffee, but not at all the touch of citrus or almond oil they promise it has :L .

Third difference is that I know which real ingredients are used, the proportion and its true origin with the Most complete Coffee Tea Scrub.

Again, knowing the products that you use and the true proportions used for it, is caring about your body and expanding the knowledge about the world. Building your ones invention, creams, scrubs even better than the market ones! or anything, make you conscious of the value daily life things have.

And know go and make anything better than the one already exists! :D

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    jimwi

    18 days ago

    Very cool will have to try this.
    Is the ginger fresh grated or dry ground/
    What sort of vanilla did you use?

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    BreakingTheExpectationsjimwi

    Reply 16 days ago

    Thanks for your comments jimwi! :D
    The ginger i'm using is ground ginger, to make the mix more homogeneous. I guess you can use fresh one, but try to smash or grind it so you can mix it and it can reach equally all the mix.

    The vainilla I've used is sweetened vainilla (sugar mixed with ground vainilla). Of course you can use ground vainilla, but that's the one I had in my kitchen and as it mixed with sugar it's not a problem in the whole mix.

    Hope my reply helps you :) see you !

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    prismaticmem

    19 days ago

    Sounds like it would be amazing. My issues are what amount is a spoon? Is it a teaspoon, tablespoon, coffee scooper spoon? Well that and I don't use metric measures but I'm willing to use a converter so my only problem is the spoon issue. Mostly clear instructions except for those like me who need more fiddley instructions.

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    Thanks for your comment and question prismaticmen,
    I'm using a full teaspoon (with a little mountain, not onlevel) like this of the image:

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    calamidyjane29

    21 days ago

    That was well written and laid out. I especially liked the explanation of each ingredient and what beneficial properties it brought into the scrub. I will be trying this body scrub and am excited to see the results. Only piece of information that I think would be helpful to viewers is what is the average life expectancy of the finished product? Other than that you covered it all beautifully. Bravo!! Thank you for sharing.

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    Thank you very much for your comment!!
    Well, as I have used same ingredients that most of scrubs use in the market (most basics only uses even coffee scrub and nothing else) and I didn't use ingredients like orange or lemon juice (I considered it, then I thought that if you leave that alone it can get rotted as food) and I used plenty of salt that is a natural preservative I guess it should last enough. Cannot really tell you exactly how much, but I've been using it since the post of this instructable (preserved in the jar and mild temperature) and it has no bad olour or change in its functioning.
    Maybe, you can preserve it in the fridge to make it last even longer (like natural toothpaste) and be sure that it does not ferment.
    Although, mine still nice like first day, I'll tell you when smth maybe gets weird.

    Nice day and again thanks for the comment! :D