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Coconut Coffee Body Scrub

coffee body scrubSeveral months ago, we decided to buy a new brand of coffee at the grocery because it was on sale. We’ve never tried it before and were excited to open the bag to breathe in the wonderful roasted smell of coffee beans. However, that familiar smell was barely there. Slightly confused, we decided maybe it’ll taste fine and brewed it, hoping for the best. Sadly, the coffee had zero flavor and I didn’t want to drink more than a sip of it. You know it’s real bad when I don’t even try to finish a cup of coffee.

Since I never throw out food if I can help it, I was determined to use the bad tasting coffee for something, and after much thought, I decided to make a coffee body scrub that I ended up loving so much, I’ve now made and have gone through several batches of the stuff with the same coffee grinds.

coffee body scrub

coffee body scrub

coffee body scrubWhat I love about this coconut coffee body scrub is that it really leaves your body so soft and smooth. The combination of the coffee and the sugar exfoliates the body while waking up the skin, and the coconut oil is so soothing and moisturizing. Also, coffee is known to be rejuvenating and nourishing for the skin. Here are some of the known benefits:

Benefits of Coffee For the Skin

  1. Coffee, along with coconut oil, contains antioxidants that are known to reduce the signs of aging (bye bye, wrinkles!). Antioxidants are also great for reducing inflammation, which may help with improving acne or other skin conditions.
  2. Caffeine in the coffee gets absorbed by the skin and increases blood flow into our skin. This is why you don’t want to use decaf coffee for this recipe. It’s the caffeine that increases circulation and brings radiance to the skin.
  3. Coffee scrubs are known to reduce the appearance of cellulite, contributing further to leaving your skin feel ultra-smooth and firm.
  4. The scrub is so effective in exfoliating the skin. The combination of coffee and sugar physically work so well in removing dead skin cells, and the massaging action while using the scrub also stimulates lymphatic drainage. It really does help the skin look brighter and more beautiful!

coffee body scrub

coffee body scrub

coffee body scrub

Coconut Coffee Body Scrub
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup ground coffee (must be dry and caffienated)
  • ⅓ cup organic cane sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 5-7 drop lavender essential oil
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients together and place in a jar. You can leave this at room temperature, as long as no water or moisture enters.
  3. Massage onto face and body in gentle, circular motion. Wash off after 5-10 minutes.
Notes
If you want to use coffee grinds that has already been used, dehydrate them in the oven for at its lowest setting. Any moisture may cause mold in the container.

DIY Homemade Coconut Coffee Body Scrub

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

homemade clay toothpasteHomemade clay toothpaste is something I started attempting after I became a fan of Earthpaste, an all-natural toothpaste without chemicals and additives. I hate that conventional toothpaste contain hormone disruptors like triclosan and fluoride, unnecessary artificial sweeteners, and foaming agents like DEA which is linked with various cancers. No thank you. While Earthpaste worked for me for a while, I didn’t like that it had a sweet flavor and I thought it would be fun to make my own.

As a side note, my dental health has improved dramatically through the past several years as I changed my diet and started using natural toothpastes. Remember: your dental health reflects your overall health in general, so if you find that you are prone to cavities and inflammation in your gums, it’s worth looking into your diet and finding out what imbalances are happening in your body.

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

Why Use Clay?

Clay, specifically bentonite clay, is known to contain an abundance of beneficial trace minerals and vitamins and has traditionally been used to boost immunity and to treat mineral deficiencies. It also has an amazing quality of binding to heavy metals, toxins, bacteria, and harmful substances so they can be removed from body. When used in toothpaste, it helps remineralize our teeth with calcium and magnesium, and its binding component also cleans out the mouth of any bacteria that may be forming.

Coupled with stain-reducing baking soda, the antibacterial component of coconut oil, and essentials oils that optimize their effectiveness, this recipe makes an awesome toothpaste that leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Remember, When Using Bentonite Clay…

Bentonite clay should NOT come in contact with any metals. When this happens, it loses its effectiveness because it absorbs the metals that it comes in contact with. When using bentonite clay, use glass, ceramic, or plastic with your utensils and containers.

Also, I recommend you purchase bamboo toothbrushes to reduce your exposure to plastic (something like this). Making small changes to our daily routine can ensure that we reduce the amount of toxins that enter our body and the environment, while saving money at the same time if you go the DIY route!

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste
Homemade Clay Toothpaste
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp bentonite clay
  • ¼ cup filtered water + more, if needed
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (I like the combo of peppermint and thieves)
Instructions
  1. In a glass, plastic, ceramic container (do NOT use metal), mix together bentonite clay, melted coconut oil, and water with a non-metal spoon until well mixed.
  2. Add baking soda and essential oils and mix again.
  3. If the toothpaste is too thick, add a little bit of water at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
  4. Put in a glass or plastic container, where you can dip your toothbrush to use the toothpaste. Alternatively, if you have other people using the toothpaste as well, you can store in a bpa-free plastic squeeze tube.

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DIY Homemade Clay Toothpaste

Homemade Liquid Dish Soap

homemade liquid dish soapIn an effort to reduce toxins, chemical fragrances, and hormone-distruptors in my life as much as possible, I’ve been making many of my household cleaning products (It’s amazing what baking soda and vinegar can do). One product I’ve been experimenting with for over a year has been homemade liquid dish soap. Whatever recipe I found, I was never 100% happy with. They left a film on our dishware, the consistency was too thin, and/or they didn’t effectively cut through grease. After many trials and errors, I’m quite happy with my current formula and I’m excited to share it with you!

homemade liquid dish soap

homemade liquid dish soap

homemade liquid dish soapI want to mention that this recipe contains xanthan gum. While I don’t encourage ingesting it and I personally try to avoid it when I see it on the ingredients list, it’s considered relatively safe for anyone without digestive issues. It’s also the one ingredient that has been able to thicken castile soap beautifully from my personal experience (and I’ve tried many things), so I do use it to get that thick consistency of store-bought dish soap. If you want to avoid xanthan gum completely and don’t mind your soap being thin, you can leave it out.

In our household, C is the one that’s usually doing the dishes, and he really likes this soap. He’s actually quite picky when it comes to fragrances and rolls his eyes at my “hippie” homemaking, but he’s totally on board with some of my homemade products, including this one. It’s simple to make with relatively short ingredients list, cuts through grease fabulously, and I highly encourage you to try it out!

homemade liquid dish soap

homemade liquid dish soap

homemade liquid dish soap
Homemade Liquid Dish Soap
 
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  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the water to boil and then turn it down to simmer.
  2. Add washing soda and whisk until it dissolves.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine xanthan gum and vegetable glycerine, and whisk until xanthan gum is dissolved.
  4. Add liquid castile soap to the vegetable glycerine mixture and whisk again.
  5. Pour this into the washing soda water, and whisk until they are thoroughly combined.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Add essential oil drops, pour into a pump bottle, preferably made with glass.
  8. Use to wash dishes as your normally would.
Notes
The soap may separate or clump up in the bottle. If this happens, you can run hot water over the bottle and shake it to make sure that the liquid is evenly distributed before using.

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DIY Homemade Liquid Dish Soap