Try this recipe after chopping garlic or any time your hands need a good scrub and odour-eliminator.
- 2 TBSP coffee grinds (used or unused)
- 1/4 cup 100% cocoa butter
- Work the butter and grind together with your hands in a small mixing bowl.
- If the cocoa butter becomes too soft while mixing, simply refrigerate a few minutes and then finish mixing.
- Work the mixture into a nice ball.
- Keep this ball in your fridge and take it out any time you need to scrub or deodorize your hands.
- Simply rub the hands thoroughly with the exfoliator ball and then rinse with a little warm water.
General Guidelines for Applying Scrubs
It is best to use the palm of your hands and the peace fingers to apply exfoliating scrubs. Some people swear by mitts or sponges made of loofah fibers for exfoliation, but I prefer to use bare hands and allow the abrasive ingredients of the scrub to do most of the work.
Use gentle pressure so as not to aggravate the skin. Use repetitive circular strokes to massage the scrub over the area needing exfoliation. Again, keep your touch gentle; a little pressure goes a long way since the scrub already contains a mildly abrasive scrubbing substance.
After exfoliating you’ll want to rinse off the area with warm water. If any of the ingredients of the scrub are harsh or acidic when left on the skin you’ll want to use soapy warm water to rinse.
You’ll want to follow with a good moisturiser to help restore a bit of moisture to the treated skin and reduce any chance of irritation exfoliation may have caused.
You can create your own scrubs, by mixing sugar or salt with your favourite essential oil. Add in some Shea butter, cocoa butter or coconut oil to create a scrub that also offers some moisturising properties.
Here are a few ideas to get you going. Increase the quantities and package them up in recycled glass containers for beautiful hand made gifts. I enjoy nothing more than giving these recipes as gifts to family and friends at anytime of the year. Be sure to label and date the products in case your recipients have skin sensitivities.