Pamper your hard working hands with this quick DIY scrub!
Between all the gardening, tending to the flock, and other farm chores, by this time of year our hands are in need of a little bit of love. Ok a lot of bit of love! This mint coffee hand scrub recipe is so easy to make, and you can easily find the ingredients around your house.
What we like about this scrub is we can use some of the fresh mint we have growing in the garden. A few years ago, we planted the cutest little mint plant, and it has REALLY grown. Mint can take over an area quick! Needless to say, we are have plenty of fresh mint and love to use it in recipes!
Gather Your Ingredients
To make this scrub, start by gathering your ingredients –
- 3/4 cup coffee grounds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil (you may need a little depending on the consistency of your scrub). You can use other oils like olive oil as well.
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (finely chopped)
- 8 ounce mason jar or storage container
Some hand scrubs use coffee grounds that are recycled from the morning cup of coffee, which you can do. We like to keep a can of coffee grounds around for recipes just like this, so we use fresh coffee grounds with our scrub.
You can also use regular white sugar for your scrub, or if your hands really need some extra scrubbing, a courser type sugar. The brown sugar we have found is course enough for a good scrubbing, but not too course to be really rough.
Mix it Up!
Mixing up your mint-coffee hand scrub is very easy! Start by mixing together the coffee grounds, and brown sugar.
Next take your finely chopped mint leaves, and work them a bit into your coffee ground-sugar mixture. This will help to release some of those great mint oils.
To your mixture add your melted coconut oil. The coconut oil helps to firm up your scrub a bit, and the coconut oil has great benefits for your skin as well. You can also use other oils, like olive oil for your scrub, it will just have a looser consistency. Be sure to check the texture of your scrub, if it feels a bit too dry, add some more melted coconut oil. You want the consistency of wet sand.
Allow the coconut oil to firm up a few minutes before adding your mint-coffee scrub to your mason jar or storage container.
Time to Pamper Hands
Because this recipe does include fresh ingredients, you will want to store it in the fridge. This is an even better treat now, because the scrub will be cooling on your hands. You want to use your scrub up within a week and make a fresh batch afterwards. We rarely have any scrub left at the end of the week but if we do the extras head to the compost pile or garden!
To use gently scoop out about 1 tablespoon of scrub (more if you really need some scrubbing), and work gently into your hands. At first its doing to look pretty weird, like you are scrubbing dirt with dirt, plus it works! Wash off under some warm water, and admire your clean, soft hands! Note, be sure to put a strainer in your sink to trap any larger mint pieces. We love to use the scrub in our outside sink, instead of in the kitchen sink.
This recipe can easily be doubled to make some special mint coffee hand scrub for your friends and family! You can add more mint if you would like. If you would like some anti-bacterial properties, you can add a drop or two of tea tree or lavender essential oil. You can really make this scrub how you like it!
Hopefully we have given you some inspiration to make some mint coffee hand scrub of your own! Mix yourself up a batch, you won’t be disappointed, and your hands will thank you!