Coffee Vanilla Sugar Cubes

6 Mar

As part of my attempt to “learn new things”, and having been conscious of what I put onto my skin for the last few years, I thought it would be fun to go DIY with skincare. For a while now, I’ve been a coconut oil convert. I use it in my hair, in my food (great for the digestive system), on my skin and recently I bought a tin to put next to my bed, and along with some vitamin E oil, I lather the coconut oil mixture on my skin after a shower. Living in this awfully dry climate that the cold weather creates, and having dry skin anyway, I just can’t seem to get enough moisture.

So when I came across this fun recipe, I thought I’d give it a go. It was WELL worth it. The best part is, they are REALLY easy to make, you can get all the ingredients at the supermarket, they are solid, and one cube is the perfect amount for your shower or bath.

You just need:

- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup of sugar (I find brown is nicer)
- 1/2 cup of unscented soap, shredded (I just grated mine)
- 1/4 cup coffee (ground)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (I used organic)
- Mixing bowl & spoon
- Ice cube tray or other mold

Just mix the oil and shredded soap together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 10 second intervals stirring in between each. Continue until the soap is melted into the oil, but I found that if your soap doesn’t melt, it doesn’t matter too much because it’s so fine, and adds to the texture of the cube. Add in coffee, sugar and vanilla and quickly move mixture to your mold and let firm up (putting it in the freezer helps). Once they are solid, pop them out and into a storage container.

If your house is a sauna, like mine, just keep them in the fridge and grab one before your shower (the coconut oil in them will melt a little if kept in a warm area). Otherwise you can put them in a cute jar in your bathroom. The coffee is a really good wake up first thing in the morning, and your skin will feel amazing thanks to the coconut oil.

This brave soul is out to try the “no-shampoo movement” for the next month. I’ll update you on that soon.