A lover of coconut oil, I made this luxurious, whipped body lotion. The perfect remedy to keep skin hydrated and protected throughout the day. It pairs perfectly, when used after my favorite coffee scrub. Coconut oil becomes light and airy when whipped up, making it much easier to apply after a bath or shower and it becomes more absorbent. I whipped mine up with a little Olive Oil to keep the lotion in perfect consistency, preventing it from solidifying. You could also use jojoba, sunflower, or almond oil in addition to or in place of the olive oil. Add in your favorite essential oil to top it off. I used lemon grass to scent mine.
1 C. Solid Coconut Oil*
1/2 t. Olive Oil
8 Drops of Essential Oil
Using a Kitchen Aid or hand mixer, combine the three ingredients and whip on high for 8-10 minutes to desired consistency. Slather over body after a shower or bath.
* The Coconut Oil must be solid before whipping, in order to get a whipped consictancy. Store in the refrigerator until solid, if needed.
Winter weather has had my skin a bit dry lately. I came up with this recipe for an indulgent DIY coffee scrub. The secret ingredient being cacao powder which is an instand mood booster the moment you smell it. It is also, super reparative, being that it is rich in antioxidents. Lemon Zest, then infuses a bit of brightness, adding antibacterial properties. Dark Brown sugar, along with the coffee grounds exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells allowing hydrating creams to absorb into the skin better. The coffee grounds stimulate the senses as well as help disperse cellulite. The coconut oil and flakes continue to hydrate the skin long after you rinse the scrub off.
I seriously want to eat this scrub being that it smells, and looks a bit like brownie batter…
You will too.
1 C. Ground Coffee Beans
3 T. Cacao Powder
1/2 C. Dark Brown Sugar
2 T. Honey
3 T. Coconut Oil
2 T. Coconut Flakes
1 Zest of a Lemon
Mix all of the ingredient’s together in a bowl. Bottle up, and enjoy this scrub twice a week to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.
The beginning of a new year always feels like we are starting with a fresh slate. A chance to get our lives a bit more organized. The everyday chaos of normal day to day life, can be crazy and hectic at times, so when I get a second chance to start anew.. I’m usually on board. And let’s be honest, the start of any new day can always be the first day of the rest of your life, if you want it to be. But I will totally take a man made holiday as well.
The other night my husband and I were out to dinner with my sister and her boyfriend talking about the new year. My sister’s boyfriend, Kevin, came up with the idea of Try January, a spinoff of the idea Dry January. Rather than feel the pressure to live up to resolutions and restrictions.. We vowed to try to be our best selves in the new year.
Try to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Try to be kinder to myself and others. Try new things. Try to be more present. Try to journal more. Try to not check any tech gadgets before bed. Try to drink more water. Try to nurture my creative energy as well as support others. The idea is everyday I will try my best to enjoy the day and make the most of whatever the day brings, not because I should but because I want to.
Whatever Try January means to you, give yourself a quiet moment, to think or write down your vision of your best self and try!