Nov 2, 2015

Pumpkin Coffee Sugar Scrub

Happy November and happy National Pumpkin Scrub day! Just kidding, it’s not National Pumpkin Scrub day. I don’t think. There’s a day for everything now so I wouldn’t be surprised. This scrub is fantastic, but not so fantastic that it needs its own day. However, it is much better than the item whose day it actually is today, deviled eggs. If November 2nd has to be a national day of something ridiculous then I vote for this body scrub over eggs. It’s exfoliating, it’s moisturizing, it’s seasonally appropriate, and it’s a delightful addition to your morning shower. It’s also fat free and cholesterol free as long as you don’t eat it. 

Please don’t eat it.

First though, did you have a lovely Halloween? We definitely had a lovely Halloween. We spend Halloween every year with our friends, Chris and Crystal, and it’s my favorite way to kick off the holiday season. They had a little party with lots of food and games, and somehow I convinced my husband to go over there in a couple’s costume with me. We went as Netflix and Chill:

We had an address written on his envelope, but I hid it here for obvious reasons. It was a really fun and cute costume despite some eyelash malfunctions on my part. Word to the wise, always use your trusted eyelash glue if you’re going out with falsies. Cheap glue = annoying upkeep.

On the subject of Halloween, I have a winner for my Scary Good and Frighteningly Simple Stovetop Mac and Cheese Giveaway. Jillian T., you were chosen at random to win 4 boxes of delicious vegan mac and cheese! I’ll be in touch to get your information shortly. Congratulations, Jillian, and thank you so much to everyone who entered.

Now that Halloween stuff is out of the way we can talk about the real reason you’re probably here, my Pumpkin Coffee Sugar Scrub. This was a recipe that I intended to include in my book, House Vegan: Fall FoMo No More, but it needed some reworking before I released it to the public. Once the book was published I was able to go back to this recipe to get it exactly how I like it. I’m very particular.

I love self-care products, and I’m very deliberate with what I use. In body scrubs, I like items that are moisturizing and exfoliating with large particles like coffee as opposed to small particles like baking soda. I also really like my body scrubs to be scented just enough to be pleasant while using, but not enough for the smell to stay on my skin. To me, exfoliation is a middle step that doesn’t require a strong perfume. As an enthusiastic groomer, I use many soaps and moisturizers whose scents I prefer to have linger. This scrub smells lovely while you’re using it, but washes away easily with soap. I’m not sure you want your skin smelling like coffee grounds all day anyway. 

Aside from fitting my somewhat neurotic requirements, this scrub makes my skin feel wonderful for a fraction of the cost of high priced scrubs. It’s also really easy to make, contains zero preservatives, and includes ingredients that are actively great for your skin like coffee, pumpkin, and coconut. There are a few self-care items that I’ll probably alway prefer to buy, but I can’t see myself buying a body scrub again unless there’s something really special about it. It’s just so easy to make well.

This little scrub has been a wonderful addition to my morning showers. It perks me up, and gets me excited to sit down with my first cup of coffee of the day. Everyone knows that the first cup is the best cup.

Pumpkin Coffee Sugar Scrub
  • 1/4 cup unrefined solid (as in not melted) coconut oil
  • 3 heaping tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 heaping tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon very finely ground coffee beans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. In a large bowl, combine all of your ingredients with a strong spatula.

2. Store your scrub in an airtight container in the fridge between uses. It should last in there for up to two weeks.

To use: In the shower, use your hands to rub the scrub over any part of your body that needs to be exfoliated. Rinse it off with soap and water.  

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