A DIY Body Scrub for Bikini-Clad Days-------
This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.
From the Kitchen of: Blair Wagoner, cofounder of the newly opened Fig & Flower natural beauty boutique.
“I was inspired to make this on a day when I ran out of an all-natural coffee scrub we sell in our shop. I didn’t want to go without it, so I just decided to whip up my own. Now I use this version every morning—besides the skin-softening benefits, the scent of this recipe really wakes me up! I like to use organic, fair-trade ingredients free of pesticides, and usually prefer the aromatic qualities of medium- to dark-roasted beans. The caffeine in the coffee grounds tightens skin and increases circulation to temporarily decrease the appearance of cellulite, while the sugar and coconut oil exfoliate and moisturize any dry patches. The recipe is actually quite simple, but this combination really does promote healthy, glowing skin.”
One for the Recipe Box: Bikini-Ready Body Scrub
1/4 cup coarsely ground organic coffee beans
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (Note: “This variety is coarser than regular sugar, which I find makes for a better—and softer—exfoliator.”)
2 tablespoons warmed coconut oil (“You can adjust the amount for a more or less thick scrub.”)
Mix the coffee grounds and sugar in a small bowl. Slowly add in the coconut oil while combining with your fingers or a small spatula until well-blended.