Coffee In Beauty Products
From lip balm to soap, from lotions to scrubs, there are many beauty products made with coffee to give you a new sense of "pick-me-up" when you shower or bathe.
One of the advantages for soap made with coffee is its ability to remove odors like onion, garlic, or fish from our hands, and coffee soap is excellent in removing either cooking or mechanical grease from hands, too.
The other advantage is the caffeine in the coffee bean, particularly when blended with herbal extracts known to draw our impurities or firm and tone the skin, can temporarily help smooth the "dimpling" effect of cellulite which forms on the skin of many women (and less so for men) which neither exercise nor diet seems to abate. Although no cellulite cream eliminates the condition, they can definitely give the skin a better appearance.
If you'd like to make one at home, here's an at-home recipe to try:
Do this in the tub, and make sure there's a drainer cover! Better yet, lay some plastic or shopping bags on the floor of the tub!
You'll need some plastic wrap, used coffee grounds, and a little oil.
Mix together ¼ cup warm used coffee grounds with a tablespoon of olive oil. Stand naked in the tub, and apply the coffee mixture to your cellulite areas using your hands or a loofah mitt. Wrap the area with the coffee mixture in plastic wrap so that it "sinks in" to do its magic.
Peel off the plastic wrap, brush off the excess coffee mixture with a loofah mitt, then remove and toss the detritus that has gathered on the paper in the tub. Shower with warm water and enjoy baby-smooth skin!
Want to make your own coffee soap?
Here's an easy recipe with just four store-bought ingredients:
- 1-4 oz. bar glycerin soap
- 1 teaspoon ground espresso or regular coffee ground to a powder
- 1 teaspoon powdered milk
- 10 drops coffee fragrance oil (optional)
In a small saucepan, over very low heat, melt the bar of glycerin soap until liquefied. Remove from heat; stir in ground espresso, powdered milk, and coffee fragrance oil, then pour into a mold. When cooled, tightly wrap the soap in plastic for gifts or until you want to use them.
One More Coffee Body Scrub
- 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee (not used)
- 1/2 cup raw sugar for gentle scrub, salt for a rougher scrub
- 3 tablespoons massage oil or mineral oil
You can substitute milk or yogurt for the oil with equally good results.
Mix all ingredients together and put in a small plastic container. Take it with you to the bathroom and enjoy a hot shower to wet the skin, then rub the coffee body scrub in circular motions everywhere you want smoother skin. Shower off and gently pat yourself dry (no more rubbing!) Add a coffee shea butter or your regular lotion. Using coffee grounds not only adds traces of caffeine to draw out toxins, it acts as a temporary vasorestrictor to tighten your skin.
Brand names online and in stores are focusing on coffee as an ingredient in their products. Neuturogena, L'Oreal, and Avon have added caffeine to various products and some add potassium, an additional diuretic, Vitamin E and other rich extracts of nuts, herbs, and gingko.
If you just cannot get enough of the fragrance of coffee, The Demeter Fragrance Library has cologne sprays with espresso and cappuccino added to the mixture of their fragrances.