Growing up with 7 siblings and one full bathroom had its challenges. We all had a some sort of shower caddy because there was no way all our products could be stored in the bathroom. What made the bathroom situation even more challenging was my mom’s love for soaps, body oils, scrubs, and the list goes on. For the last 27 years that I’ve known her, her love never strayed. Every Mother’s Day, which is “everyday” says my mother, birthday and ‘just because day’, I add to my mothers collection of products. This year, I made her a DIY coffee scrub.
Last mother’s day I surprised my mom with a visit home. My sister Mary and I took her out for a nice breakfast and little shopping spree afterwards. My mom loves picking out new products, rather than being handed a gift. After over an hour of shopping, I left that store with such a headache from sniffing every product pushed in my face, but it was worth spending time with my mom and seeing her so happy.
This year, this DIY coffee scrub is already a winner. The last time I gave my mom something handmade, it was covered in macaroni noodles and had a picture of me in the middle. I’ve been obsessed with this coffee scrub from Lush, which I use every morning, so I wanted to try to make one of my own. I had some extra epsom salt from our last salt scrub, fresh coffee grounds, and a cabinet of essential oils.
DIY Coffee Scrub
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- Combine the coffee, salt and coconut oil in a large bowl.
- Stir in your vanilla and oils.
- Add more oils as desired.
- Mix well.
- Store scrub in jar and enjoy.
The steps and ingredients to make the scrub were simple and allowed you to make changes based on your preferences. I used this coffee and coconut scrub as a foundation. My mom loves lavender, so I added some lavender oil. I also added vitamin E oil which helps hydrate and moisturize your skin.
Coffee also has several benefits, which includes more than just keeping me awake. Coffee works as great exfoliator and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help improve circulation. I tested the product on my arm to make sure I had the result I wanted and my skin didn’t have any adverse reactions. Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist or an expert on skin.
After making the scrub, I wanted to keep it for myself! The smell was amazing and my skin felt great. While the scrub doesn’t compare to my macaroni frame masterpiece, it does come close.
It’s always easier to go out and buy something or send flowers on Mother’s Day, but I wanted to do something a little more special. My mom has and still is doing an amazing job raising us kids and grandkids. This was a little way to tell her, “thank you.” I cannot wait for her to try it!