Monday, April 25, 2011

Tutorial Tuesdays #1 - Easy Peasy Shower Scrub

Ooh, this shower scrub smells so awesome, makes your skin feel awesomer, and awesomest of all is that the ingredients can be found in your house! I love love love the way this smells of chocolate and coffee (two of my favorite things!). I make it every once in a while and it does wonders for getting rid of those pesky dead skin cells as well as adding a protective moisturizing barrier to my skin.

1 tsp olive oil
1 TBS brown sugar (white sugar can also be used here)
1/4 tsp coffee grounds (I used a hazelnut coffee for this!)
1 tsp hot chocolate mix (any store bought without marshmallows or homemade mix will work fine)
    (don't have hot chocolate mix? replace it with 1/2 tsp cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp powdered milk; or don't use it at all and use a bit more sugar and coffee grounds instead)

Mix all of the dry ingredients together and try to get all the clumps out. Once this is completely mixed you can mix in the olive oil (if mixture seems dry, add a little more olive oil). This recipe will make enough shower scrub for a one-time use. Be careful when making this shower scrub in bigger batches unless you can use them up within a couple of days (and store in an air-tight container). The moistened sugar and coffee can start to get moldy, especially if moisture from the shower gets into the mixture. If you really really wanted to make bigger batches, I can suggest pre-mixing the dry ingredients together and store in an air-tight container, take 2 TBS out and mixing with the olive oil right before going into the shower. Then get wet, and scrub this stuff all over! Using your regular body soap afterwards will get rid of any excess oil but will still leave that protective barrier from the scrub :D

What benefits do I get from the above ingredients?
Olive Oil: very good moisturizer and great for sensitive skin
Coffee grounds: exfoliate and deodorizer
Chocolate: skin softener, antioxidant, and smells great!
Milk: smooth, firms, and softens skin
Sugar: exfoliate, restores balance in the skin's oils

I hope you can try this and enjoy it as much as I do!

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