Can you believe it’s already November? Before you know it, Christmas will be here – which means if you’re anything like me, you have the best intentions of getting those gifts done early but will instead find yourself frantically shopping on Christmas Eve. Sound familiar?
In the last couple years, I’ve tried to step up my game a bit with handmade gifts – but soap takes 4-6 weeks to cure and my knitting needles can only move so fast. Most handmade gifts don’t lend themselves to my procrastination. Sometimes, I just need something that can be made simply and quickly – and if it uses items I already have on hand, even better. Enter Coffee + Vanilla Sugar Scrub.
Sugar scrubs are easy and inexpensive to make. And instead of the harsh chemicals that accompany many store-bought bath products, this recipe uses natural ingredients that are nourishing and refreshing for your skin.
Freshly roasted coffee, coconut oil and seeds from a whole vanilla pod make this scrub smell and feel luxurious – no fake fragrances or chemicals needed! Best of all, it’s a great gift that can be made ahead of time or at 3am on Christmas morning. You may just want to make 2 batches, because I promise you’ll want to keep some for yourself.
Coffee + Vanilla Sugar Scrub
Makes about 20 ounces of scrub
½ cup coconut oil
1 cup fine to medium ground coffee (I used FreshGround Roasting’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Medium Roast)
1 cup raw sugar*
1 tbsp olive oil
1 whole vanilla bean pod
1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (but make sure its not so hot that it melts the sugar when you mix them together).
2. Mix coconut oil with the coffee, sugar and olive oil.
3. Split the whole vanilla pod lengthwise and scrap out the beans into your sugar, coffee and oil mixture. Combine well.
4. Transfer scrub to jars for gifting. I split this batch into 2 smaller jars, cut the leftover vanilla bean pod in half and put a half into each gift jar for added fragrance.
*You can use regular granulated sugar, but I prefer raw sugar for scrubs because of its grainier texture.