I'm a huge fan of body scrubs. Actually, I'm a huge fan of all bath/body products. I also have a tendency to greatly overestimate how much product I can use in a given period of time, so I end up with a lot of half-full containers of forgotten beauty products. Now, if you're a beauty aficionado like myself, you know all too well the havoc that some of the best buys can wreak on your bank account.
I think I speak for all of us when I say that I don't want to choose between Chipotle and the latest release from LUSH. They're both essentials in my book!
So that's where this DIY French Vanilla Coffee Body Scrub comes in. I've been wanting to try a coffee body scrub for some time now, but haven't found a product that feels like it's worth the investment. So what do you do when you can't find something? You DIY it, duh.
Now let me preface this by saying that I am NOT a DIY kind of girl. Every project that I touch somehow backfires and ends up costing me more than if I had just bit the bullet and actually purchased the finished, in-store item. Somehow though, I do have a bit of a talent in the area of recipe creation though. So, I figured I'd give it a shot and see if I couldn't create the scrub that I've been looking for.
One of my favorite parts about this scrub is that it only has five ingredients, all of which you probably already have in your pantry:
♥ 1 cup coffee grounds
♥ 2/3 cup brown sugar
♥ 1/2 cup honey
♥ 2 tbs. vanilla extract
♥ 1 cup coconut oil
The other great thing about this recipe in addition to its convenience is that each ingredient has a specific and targeted benefit for your skin. I nixed all the unessential sh*t that tends to appear in similar recipes, but added a few of the best natural skincare ingredients that most people miss.
I know, I'm bragging, but once you feel your skin after using this body scrub, you'll understand.
Now here's a breakdown of the ingredients and their purposes, just as an FYI. Knowing what's in my beauty products (and food) and why is VERY important to me. There's a lot of sicko ingrediens in products nowadays that are completely unessential and sometimes even harmful. But anyways, tangent over. Here's what's going on in this scrub:
Coffee: exfoliates, decreases inflammation, reduces appearances of cellulite, improves circulation, smoothes skin
Brown Sugar: exfoliates, reduces appearances of cellulite, moisturizes (brown sugar is a natural humectant, which means that it draws moisture from the environment and deposits it into your skin -- via)
Honey: antibacterial, full of antioxidants (reduces signs of aging), soothes and smoothes skin
Vanilla Extract: high concentration of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, scent
Coconut Oil: anti-aging properties, moisturizes and softens skin
Also feel free to play around with the ingredients. It's not a science by any means, so if you'd like to add something, don't be afraid to try it! Definitely let me know in the comments if you create an alternative recipe though, because I'd love to try it out.
Let me know what you guys think of this scrub in the comments! I loved coming up with the recipe, and will definitely do some more posts like this if you guys are interested. Until then, happy hump day!
Let's dive into one of my favorite topics, shall we?
I'll admit I'm a tad obsessed, and it's not uncommon to find me romping around the house with the latest mud mask or blackhead strip plastered to my face. Trying products is genuine fun in my book (and believe me, I've tried a lot)!
Today though, I want to hone in on a sector of the skincare market near and dear to my heart, and that is...affordable skincare products. We've all had that devastating moment in Sephora where we lock eyes with a small jar of some fancy looking skincare item, just knowing in our hearts how transformational it must be for our skin.
Despite the fact that New York is currently awaiting a massive snow storm right now (*sigh*), spring is right around the corner.
Aside from doing a deep clean of my closet and going on a major clothing haul to prep for the next few months of fashion posts, I also try I try to reevaluate my beauty/skincare routine each season. Spring is one of my favorite times, because it brings lots of beautiful colors and delicious new scents.
However, it can be a tricky transition going from the dry winter weather to luscious spring in the blink of an eye. Of course, this is always how it seems to happen in New York. Luckily though, I've established a few rules of thumb (totally through trial and error) that'll help even the most troubled skin transition seamlessly into the upcoming season...
Dry brushing is one of those topics that I reference all the time and have been meaning to do a full-fledged post on for what seems like literal ages. I started dry brushing after reading another blogger's lowdown on it a few years ago, and I've pretty much been obsessed ever since. It's something that I try to do almost every time before I get in the shower, and my skin is definitely thankful for it!
But wait, WTF is dry brushing?
If you read TBC's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide (and you should, bc it features some real goodies), you're probably not surprised to see more V-Day inspired content. It's obvious that I love the color pink, so I'll pretty much take advantage of any opportunity to exploit that passion — Valentine's Day included, of course.
Today's post is extra special though — not just because it's pretty, but because it's a damn gem when it comes to skincare. You ladies know how I feel about sick-o unnatural products, especially when they cost a small fortune. I mean, how am I supposed to save up for this bag when I'm blowing my entire paycheck on glorified soap? Thanks, but no thanks.
Lately, I've become V picky about my nighttime routine. I only use a handful of products nowadays, and I'm always careful to check the ingredients before applying anything to my skin. After all, most people would be shocked to hear that, according to this source, women absorb up to FIVE POUNDS of damaging chemicals a year — all thanks to their beauty products.
But does this mean you should immediately toss everything that's currently housed on your vanity without second thought? Thank the Lord, no! My motto has always been that slow and steady wins the race. Cutting something out cold turkey doesn't typically work for anyone, and I will always stand by the idea that one of the most important factors in creating a healthy lifestyle is about finding balance. Know your facts, and actively choose what you allow to go in (and on) your body.
If you read the 'Best of 2016' roundup last week, you already know that one of my goals for this year is to publish more DIY beauty recipes. I only created a few in 2016, but they were some of my most-visited and shared posts of the entire year. This one even got featured in a Bloglovin' edit, which was kind of a big deal considering it was the first natural beauty tutorial I'd ever posted here on The Blonde Chiffon.
So, cheers to the first DIY beauty remedy of 2017 here on TBC. It's one of my favorite concoctions yet, so I know you'll be just as obsessed as I am.