This is one of my favorite body scrubs hands down. The mixture of coffee butter and cocoa butter give it a chocolatey coffee scent, naturally.
The delicious scent isn’t the only thing to love about this scrub. It leaves your skin super soft and smooth. Both cocoa butter and coffee butter are highly emollient and are excellent moisturizers.
What Is Coffee Butter?
Before we go any further, I want to introduce you to coffee butter. It’s a specialty cosmetic ingredient that you may not have heard of yet.
Most skin care butters, like cocoa butter and shea butter, are fats directly extracted from seeds or nuts. Coffee butter, however, is different.
Coffee butter itself is not a fat itself; it’s a butter that is created by blending a hydrogenated (solid at room temperature) vegetable oil with coffee seed oil.
So, while this butter itself isn’t naturally occurring, it is created with natural ingredients.
Coffee butter smells richly of fresh-brewed coffee, and is an easy way to incorporate the scent into DIY beauty products such as lotions, lip balms, and scrubs (like the recipe below).
Most coffee butters also include sweet almond oil, to ensure the butter stays soft and workable at room temperature.
Coffee butter is highly moisturizing and emollient. It does not contain caffeine, though, because caffeine is water-soluble so it’s not present in coffee oil. This means coffee butter isn’t the right choice for tightening products like undereye creams or cellulite balms.
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RECIPE: Mochaccino Coffee DIY Body Scrub
2 tablespoons ground coffee beans
1/4 cup coffee butter*
STEP 1: Measure out the sugar and ground coffee beans into a bowl and stir until they’re well mixed. Set this aside for now.
STEP 2: Chop your cocoa butter into approximate 1/2″ chunks (no need to be precise.) Measure out 1/4 cup of these pieces and place in a heat-safe bowl. Add in the sweet almond oil.
Place this bowl in a pan of hot, but not quite simmering, water until the cocoa butter is completely melted.
Alternatively, you can heat in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds at a time, until cocoa butter is melted.
Either way, you don’t want your oils to get scalding hot. Just warm enough for the cocoa butter to fully melt.
STEP 3: Stir the coffee butter into the warmed cocoa butter. Coffee butter is super soft so it should melt easily into the cocoa butter. But if your oils begin to solidify you can gently heat them again to remelt.
STEP 4: Pour your melted oils into the sugar mixture and stir really well until the oils have completely coated the sugar/coffee bean mixture.
Pour your sugar scrub into a wide mouth jar or container (this recipe fits in a pint sized mason jar).
Set aside to cool completely; don’t put the lid on the container until your scrub has completely cooled down. This will take a few hours.
As it cools, the sugar scrub will thicken up. If, after cooling, the
sugar scrub is too thick or stiff for your liking, add 2-4 tablespoons extra
sweet almond oil to get the consistency you like.
TO USE: Scoop a few tablespoons out and massage over your entire body while in the tub or shower. Rinse well.
NOTE: Be careful, the butters can make the floor of your shower slippery!
SHELF LIFE: This sugar scrub will last about 4 months as long as you’re not getting water inside your jar. So, don’t take the entire jar into the shower with you and don’t dip damp hands into the scrub.
Instead, measure out just enough for one use into a small shatter-proof bowl. Take that into the shower with you and leave the rest of the scrub in a nice, dry cabinet.