Zerowaste Christmas #1: Coffee Scrub

Updated: Nov 26, 2018

Easy to make, just 3 ingredients, 5 minutes or less, no waste. Who's in?



With Christmas approaching, everyone is looking for the perfect presents. This can be a hard and stressful time considering all the waste that is being produced during that time. This is especially hard if you don't want to waste much and don't want to fall into the consumerism trap. I thought I'll therefore do a #zerowastechristmas series where I show you how to make super cute and affordable presents at home or what you can purchase to celebrate a zero waste Christmas with your loved ones.


Within the past year or so, I have become SO conscious of how much we waste. Whether this is plastic, paper, or food. Yes! Even though food and plant-plastic is biodegradable, this doesn't mean that they are okay to throw away all the time without thinking about it, it's still wasteful. We are too used to look for a convenient way out, aren't we? Humans love habits and convenience but we have to think outside the box. Circular economy is the new "consumerism" (or more like "the way out of it").

A circular economy is opposed to the traditional more linear economy of making, using, disposing. It replaces this linear way of acting with a more efficient one: make, use, reuse/repurpose. It's meant to reduce consumerism with the goal of a more sustainable world. It reduces waste in every possible way. And the best thing is that this is so much cheaper than constantly buying new products.


Try to make use of everything that you would consider as "waste". There is no such thing as waste if you reuse and repurpose stuff. We have to change our minds about the way we think about and label items.


There are small changes that you can do! And I'm gonna show you how. If you are a coffee drinker, then you probably throw away your old coffee grounds after each use. From now on, keep them! You can build a house with it. Jk. But you can make an exfoliating body and face scrub.


The benefits of coffee scrubs are huge. Coffee is a natural exfoliator and antioxidant. This means that dead and dry skin comes off and toxins are released. As a consequence, your body will glow again and your circulation improves.


The caffeine enables a better blood flow, and can reduce cellulites and tone your skin. Coconut oil (the second ingredient) is super moisturising for your skin and helps against ageing. The third ingredient is either salt or sugar, that's entirely up to you. Both have different properties and are great for your skin. Sugar contains glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that helps your skin stay healthy. It both protects your skin from toxins and moisturises it.


Himalayan salt has antioxidant and exfoliating properties like coffee. It balances the skin ph, detoxifies the skin and softens it. It's one of the best salts to use since it's rich in minerals, and contains calcium, magnesium and iron! Therefore, it's beneficial for your body to incorporate coffee scrubs into your weekly routine.


And here comes the recipe. Enjoy making your coffee scrub (and using it or gifting it or both).


Coffee Scrub

Super easy and fun to make. Can be a gift to yourself or a loved one :)







Does it keep? Yes! Use a jar with lid.

Prep Time: 5 min








Ingredients

1/2 cup old coffee grounds

1/2 cup salt (or sugar if you prefer this)

1/4 cup coconut oil


Method

1. Melt your coconut oil. Pour it in a jar, along with the salt and coffee grounds. Mix well.

2. Use every time you take a shower. If you shave, do this after you applied and rinsed your scrub off.

3. Keep away from sensitive skin areas. Enjoy a waste free life :-)


I wanna see your homemade coffee scrubs! Please tag me in your posts #blissfoodflower @blissfoodflower


Love, Viki xx


Sources:

https://www.healthymummy.com/benefits-coffee-scrub/

https://www.livestrong.com/article/128501-negative-health-effects-drinking-coffee/

https://www.healthline.com/health/coffee-scrub-for-cellulite#4

https://www.livestrong.com/article/158987-what-are-the-benefits-of-salt-scrubs/

https://www.spaexperience.org.uk/about/blog/detail/our-blog/2014/01/13/benefits-of-a-salt-scrub-massage

https://beautymunsta.com/10-beauty-benefits-himalayan-pink-salt/

https://wellnessmama.com/140165/himalayan-salt-scrub/


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