Personally, I LOVE the smell of fresh coffee in the morning! Using this scrub in the shower before work gives me that extra boost I need to get up and going. Plus, it smells delicious….and tastes good too! (Only because I accidentally got it in my mouth, but I DO NOT recommend eating my facial scrub!)
Growing up, I was blessed with blemish prone, oily skin. To this day I still struggle with occasional breakouts of pimples, blackheads, or clogged pores. I always thought that at the young age of 27 (okay, okay ….. 31) I would be over the pre-pubescent era and free of its evil clutches, but sadly many of us still suffer from some form of blemish our entire lives.
So, the challenge began. I needed to find something that would both clean and moisturize my skin without irritating it or drying it up. I tried countless over-the-counter products. Unfortunately, they would either be too drying – which would cause my face to over-produce oil, in turn causing more breakouts (defeating the purpose), or too oily which would give me that too “shiny” look in pictures.
As I began working more with essential oils and carrier oils, I learned about the benefits of use and which ones are most effective in a given situation. Also, early in the testing stages, I found salt scrubs to be too abrasive for the sensitive skin on my face. This is why I decided to try a sugar scrub instead.
Initially, when I tried this scrub for the first time, my first thought (while I was rinsing it off) was, “Wow – this is wayyyyy too greasy!” But, after you towel dry and wipe off any excess oil, you will love the way your skin feels. Now that I have used it 3 times this first week, I cannot believe what it has done for my face. My pores feel tighter, my skin feels smoother, more hydrated, and for some reason, my everyday makeup just looks better.
Now before I give you the recipe, let me list some of the benefits of the ingredients I chose to use in this recipe:
Sugar – Sugar helps remove the outermost layer of dead skin and leaves your skin soft and smooth without causing pain or being too overly aggressive on the skin.
Coffee Grounds – The caffeine in coffee helps increase circulation, exfoliates, softens, and smooths skin.
Solid Coconut Oil – This is the most versatile oil for the body and is extremely hydrating to skin.
Organic Moroccan Argan Oil – Argan is incredibly conditioning and known for its skin rejuvenating properties, rich in Vitamin E, and smooths fine lines and improves skin elasticity. Perfect for those prone to breakouts or those who have sensitive skin.
Near Perfection – This Carrier Oil Blend helps minimize the appearance of imperfections, is skin balancing, softens and conditions irritated skin, and contains Tamanu Oil, which extends to a wide range of natural treatments for blemishes and general oily skin.
Helichrysum Italicum – Also known as Immortelle, alleviates the appearance of bruising, rejuvenates the look of healthy skin, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars, and stretch marks.
Carrot Seed – Nourishes, rejuvenates, assists with healing, and softening and soothing to the skin.
Geranium Egyptian – Well known for the ability to help tone skin and revitalize complexion, and is very skin balancing.
Rose Absolute – Cooling, soothing, perfect for dry skin, helps minimize the appearance of scarring, calming, and smooths skin.
Elemi – Rejuvenating, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, skin supporting, and restores healthy younger-looking skin.
Organic Rose Hydrosol – Aids with blemishes, reduces redness, aids in removing dirt and oil in pores, and is safe for spraying directly on the skin. Hydrosols are also safe for children and pets alike.
- 1 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 tbsp (used)coffeee grounds
- 1/4 cup solid coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Organic Argan Carrier Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Near Perfection (Blend of Almond Carrier Oil, Jojoba Carrier Oil, Avocado Carrier Oil, Tamanu Carrier Oil, and Vitamin E)
- Rose Hydrosol in a spray bottle
- Helichrysum Italicum – 6 Drops
- Carrot Seed – 6 Drops
- Geranium Egyptian – 6 Drops
- Rose Absolute – 3 Drops
- Elemi – 12 Drops
- Combine both sugars and coffee grounds in a large bowl and mix together.
- Add all carrier oils to the dry sugar blend.
- Add all essential oils and mix thoroughly.
- Use no more than 3 times the first week – then use once a week to maintain a healthy glow.
- Use the Rose Hydrosol nightly as a facial toner.
For the Facial Scrub and Toning System I created, I recommend washing your face first. Then, use the scrub 1-3 times a week depending on the needs of your skin.
Begin by gently wetting your face, then take about a quarter sized amount in your hands and gently massage your face with it for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Rinse well and towel dry. Next, spray the Rose Hydrosol directly on your face (as a nightly toner) immediately following the scrub. You will feel a difference almost immediately! First, with how smooth and hydrated your face feels. Then, with how tight your pores start to look and feel. I promise you, this is a scrub you won’t want to live without!
For this recipe, I intentionally wanted to keep my essential oil dilution rate below a 1% since it will be used on the face and used frequently.
What are your morning routines that help put a “spring in your step”?