As I live my life and gain experience in the world, I find I am growing more eco-conscious. I find myself wanting to grow my own food, reduce the amount of garbage I send to the land fill, and make my own health and beauty products. The last of these is the topic for today. I want to phase out all of my store-bought products in favor of homemade ones by the end of the year. I started with something simple, a recipe for facial scrub. I made some up this morning and as I was making it, my brother asked why.
There are many reasons for making your own products at home. It can help reduce the amount of plastic that is thrown away. It can be a way of finding products that don’t aggravate your allergies. It can save you a boat-load of money in the long run. But for me, there are two main reasons why I want to make this change in my life. The first is probably common to almost everyone who makes this choice. I want to know what’s in the product I am using. If I make it, I can control what goes into it. I can use ingredients that came from Fair Trade companies, companies that do not use GMO (genetically modified) crops to make their products, that do not use chemical pesticides, herbicides, or hormones. I can support small businesses and local farmers. OR not…the choice is mine. The second reason is that I know that my health and beauty products were not tested on animals. This is something that is very important to me.
The recipe that I used is very simple.
- 1/2 cup sugar – I used brown, white will do
- 1/4 coconut oil
- A few handfuls of used coffee grounds, you can take them directly from your coffee maker, just make sure to squeeze out any excess liquid. You could also use fresh grounds if you want.
- The contents of 3 vitamin E capsules
- A very small dribble of honey
- A few drops of peppermint extract – optional
- Mix the sugar and coconut oil. I found that melting the oil, just slightly helped when combining the two. No more than 10 seconds in the microwave.
- Add in your coffee grounds, and mix well.
- I used liquid gel vitamin E capsules. Using a pair or scissors, i carefully cut the tips off and squeezed the liquid into the bowl. If you can find the vitamin E oil, that works well too, just a few drops of it.
- Add the honey and peppermint extract
- Stir together well and pour into a jar. Place the jar in the freezer to allow the coconut oil to solidify again. Store in an airtight container (mason jar works well) and use every other day.
Rub a couple of teaspoons worth on your face and massage gently in circular motions. Wait a few minutes and rinse off. Your face will feel sticky while the scrub is on and it will feel slightly oily as you rinse it off. This is from the coconut oil and once you dry your face, it will feel smooth and soft, and not at all oily. You could maybe use it everyday, depending on how delicate your skin is. As with any new product, use sparingly until you know how your skin will react. If you do have very delicate skin, use only once a week and use other, less abrasive creams in between.
A few notes:
If you keep this jar in your shower, be warned that the heat from your shower will cause the coconut oil to melt. This product will keep for weeks outside of refrigeration. It is my personal opinion that you should only make a month’s worth at a time. You can make less or more, per your preferences. I will use this product every day for the next couple of weeks and see how it affects my skin. I will update this post with my findings.