The Minx: Coffee Sugar Pre-Tan Exfoliator, Tutorial

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It’s tanning season!This is a simple DIY to replace costly body scrubs. Whether you’re prepping for a coat of competition Pro-Tan, seeking a smooth application of self tanner or bronzer, or just looking to exfoliate for pennies on the dollar—put on your headband, ‘cause I’m about to blow your hair back with this easy Make-Your-Own recipe.

For years I paid out the wazoo for body scrub. Skin that’s not exfoliated properly can become dry, dull, and acne-prone. I’ve yet to find anyone who thinks that’s sexy. I use this scrub once or twice a week to exfoliate, and it really helps make the most of my tan during the summer months.

I first hit upon the idea of using coffee grounds as a hand scrub when I still ran our trucking business, and my hands were constantly greasy and grimy. Pumice cleaner can get expensive, and coffee grounds did a nice job with the plus of a natural, energizing fragrance. I brewed coffee for Matt every morning, and threw the grounds in with our regular hand soap. Thus, we had a never-ending supply of hand cleaner. BAM!

Fast forward to the recent past…

I ran out of my favorite apricot and walnut shell body scrub, and just randomly had the thought I bet I could use the coffee grounds as a body scrub since I’m in a pinch. It worked so well that my next revelation was, “Dude, I should market this and make a million bucks!” I then googled what I thought to be my own original idea, only to realize a whole lot of other women have been saving money this way for a long time. Dang, oh well. I figured since I can’t sell it, I might as well share it with y’all, my dear readers.

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You Will Need:

  • Coffee Grounds
  • Equal amount of White or Brown Sugar (personal preference and availability)
  • Body Oil (I went with the easy route and purchased bath oil with Sesame and Jojoba)
  • Tea Tree Oil (An anti fungal and antibacterial—perfect for acne-prone skin)

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Dump your equal parts coffee grounds and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Add in just a few drops of Tea Tree Oil. Easy does it on this because we want to be invigorating, not overwhelming.
  3. Add just enough oil to barely cover the coffee and sugar. The oil is more of a vehicle to allow the scrub to slide across your skin, and to moisturize as it’s exfoliating.DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub5
  4. Stir well. Be sure to scrape the bottom of your bowl. The scrub should bind together, but not be clumpy or dry.

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  • One filter basket full of coffee grounds makes enough scrub for a full-body exfoliation (I also tend to use a lot). If you have some left over, it will keep for up to four weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Scrub using a circular motion, and be sure to hit the worst areas last (after they’ve had time to soften in the heat and water from the shower). I don’t advise using this scrub on your face; it’s too harsh for delicate facial skin. There are quite a few comments online about the caffeine from the coffee shrinking veins and diminishing cellulite, but to be honest my dimples didn’t look any different afterwards, so I’m calling BS on that claim. The only thing that camouflages my dimples is Shimmer Lotion, and that’s not a solution—that’s a disguise.
  • You can also substitute the Tea Tree Oil for any fragrant essential oil of your choice. I've used Lavender oil, and also Sandalwood. You're limited only by your imagination.

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub7I've estimated the total cost of all ingredients (not counting the coffee because we've gotten our money's worth out of it already) to be around $15, and it will make enough scrub to last for months and months. I'm personally still on the same original bottle of Body Oil (I used a new, pretty one for this demo) and Tea Tree Oil that I bought around Christmas time, and I scrub at least once a week, every week. I was paying $9 for scrub that lasted less than a month per jar, so I can already see that adding up to a huge savings over the course of a year.


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