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August 28 2014

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A DIY Body Scrub for Bikini-Clad Days

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ohne-titel-bikiniThis 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.

Photo: Courtesy of Ohne Titel

Basic Instincts

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kat burki raw beauty

Interior designer turned beauty-brand founder Kat Burki, knows how to dress up a room—both with her keen eye for decor and her signature collection of aromatic candles and soaps. (It all started when Burki created Tuberose-scented soaps and candles to leave as gifts for her clients, which quickly developed a cult following.) Now she’s stripping away the frills and fragrance (along with parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, and dyes) and focusing on high-quality, natural ingredients with her new collection, Raw Beauty. “I’ve always emphasized the usage of raw materials, even as an interior designer,” says Burki. Comprised of four products—hand cream, body scrub, body butter, and a lip treatment—the line is laced with an organic herb blend (consisting of gotu kola, chamomile, arnica, and lavender) designed to soothe, soften, and improve the skin’s elasticity. Even better: All the products smell clean and elegant, not crunchy like other green goods I’ve tried. My personal favorite: the Glossy Lip Treatment. Never a fan of plumping lip glosses (the discomfort that goes hand in hand with the bee-stung look just isn’t worth it), I’m happy to report that Burki’s balm boasts moisturizing vitamin-E, organic beeswax, coconut, and castor-seed oils, along with cinnamon essential oil to subtly pump up your pout (minus the pain). Going back to the basics never felt so luxe.

Available at katburki.com and, later this month, Space NK.

Photo: Courtesy of Kat Burki