Even though I don’t have a neatly written New Year’s resolution, I do feel like there is this great joy of having a clean slate and the ability to pick up new habits. When I read this article about letting go of commitments and mental clutter it made me laugh out loud and, at the same time, it felt painfully close to home.
I would be happy to make it a 2016 goal to care less and enjoy more. Part of that is probably admitting that we all have strange habits.
So in a very 2016-liberating way I am saying out loud that I am scrubbing my bum with old coffee grounds.
And making this scrub resonates very much with something that I am trying to achieve for years already, namely to actively relax more instead of always running around. Doing a weekly scrub (hopefully accompanied by a splash in the bath tub) sounds like a great start to that.
A couple of notes to this scrub: it will not make the prettiest gift (in that case I’d rather advise you to make this one) and you will have to rinse your shower cabin extra afterwards.
Having said that: this is a great product (some even claim that you end up all perky due to the caffeine in the used coffee grounds, how promising is that!) that is easy and cheap to make.
- 1 cup of used coffee grounds (or as much as you have)
- ½ cup of coconut oil, slightly softened, hazelnut oil or any other oil that you find pleasant (you can even use olive oil) (or as much as you need to transform the coffee grounds into something that resembles very wet sand)
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (optionally)
- Mix all ingredients together and head off to the shower. One note is that the coffee grounds have a limited expiration date, so don’t store this mixture for longer than let say a week. The cinnamon will make the mixture smell divine, but is a sheer luxury.
- In case you decide to play with the amounts, just make sure that you have enough oil so that the end mixture resembles something like very wet sand.