DIY Cellulite Battling Coffee Body Scrub

 

Although there are plenty of products that promise to get rid of cellulite, I simply don’t believe it is possible to get rid of it all.  A healthy diet and exercise are the number one ways to battle the unsightly dimply annoyance, however that doesn’t always work.  The fact it…a person is either genetically prone to having cellulite, or they’re not.  I happen to be one that is.  Awesome.

Cellulite consists of fibrous bands that go from the top of your skin to the fat layer, pulling it down.  These bands need to be severed to make cellulite go away.  Unfortunately for those who seek to make cellulite disappear, coffee grounds can’t achieve this indefinitely.  Going into trying to ‘treat’ cellulite with this mindset, I do believe there are things that we can do to help reduce the appearance without going through any drastic procedures.

Again…the most recommended approaches are mentioned above…proper diet and consistent exercise.  Then we turn to beauty products.  This DIY scrub is so easy to make, requiring only five ingredients.  I use it a few times a week on my problem areas.  Caffeine from the coffee stimulates dilation while the scrubbing motion increases circulation, plumping up the skin and making cellulite look less obvious.  Additionally, coffee grounds contain antioxidants, so they can increase collagen production.  Brown sugar assists with exfoliation of dead skin.  Coconut oil and jojoba oil are both natural skin conditioners that work to hydrate and leave the skin smooth.  Vitamin E is absolutely amazing for your skin.  It is a natural anti-aging agent that works to heal scars and gets rid of dull dry skin, along with many other benefits.

I’ve been making my own skin care products for awhile now.   Like so many others, for years I would blindly buy products promising to give dramatic results and didn’t give any thought about what was in it or how it was tested if there was a chance that there was a miracle cure for whatever real or made-up flaw I had.  After I became vegan, I began doing some research on beauty products for the sole purpose of separating the vegan and cruelty free companies from the others.  This was a great start, but then led me to further research the ingredients. (This post isn’t about animal cruelty, although I do implore you to do a google search on animal testing in beauty products)

Vegan product or not, there are some disgusting things in beauty products, many that you probably don’t know are there. Other than vowing to never buy products that have been tested on animals again, I also decided that I wanted to stay away from unnecessary chemicals and preservatives.  After all, your skin is your largest organ and it really does matter what you expose it to.  Just another reason to make your own concoctions…aside from how easy it is and how much cheaper to make.

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Coffee Body Scrub

  • 1 and 1/2 cups coffee grounds
  •  3 tablespoons of brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup cold pressed unrefined coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
  • 20 drops of vitamin E oil

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until fully combined using either a fork or your hands.  Store in an air-tight glass jar at room temperature.

2. To use, wet skin with warm water.  Scrub and massage area well and rinse with warm water.

 

Did you try this?  Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture using #gingerveganista on Instagram and tag @TheGingerVeganista or Twitter and tag @GingerVeganista or Facebook and tag The Ginger Veganista.  Can’t wait to hear from you!

Harvey Prince Organics

After making the commitment to use only vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, I purged the majority of my stash.  It hurt.  We get attached to our make-up and beauty security blankets that we know we can rely on…I mean, I need to have eyebrows to go out in public so I don’t look like I’m homeless…what am I going to do now?  There was initial panic, but with my mind focused on the reason why, I packed up a box and just let go…

The second step was research, research, research and the third, and most fun, was to replace!   Some items had to be replaced immediately…as in, like, that day…such as mascara and the aforementioned eyebrows.  Sigh, thus is the life of a ginger.  Replacing other items weren’t as pressing.  For the past five years or so, I haven’t used much perfume, primarily because I took the metro every day to and from work and had regard for other people’s noses.  There is seriously nothing worse than sitting by someone who stinks, good or bad, for an hour (FYI, great way to get a migraine).  Then I had a couple kids.  Babies have very sensitive senses of smell and I didn’t want to overwhelm them.  And frankly, I had two small kids and barely put on real people clothes if I didn’t  have to, let alone put on perfume…who am I trying to impress?  Well, I no longer have to take the metro to work, the kids grew up a bit, and date nights have increased in frequency (thanks, Grandma!), so I started getting around to finally replacing my stock of perfume.

I’ll tell you, saying goodbye to my go-to perfume was hard.  I was absolutely in love with it, but alas…you lose my support if you test on poor little helpless animals.  Trying to find vegan, cruelty-free perfume is hard!  Many stores don’t stock the brands and, oh yeah, how do you know if you’ll like a scent if you can’t smell it before you buy it?!  Vegan perfume shopping is a game of take my money and hope.  You buy something online and hope you like it.  I came across Harvey Prince Organics on Instagram.  I was perusing the daily feed and on one of the pages I followed, I saw a promotion for a free Harvey Prince mini-roller of perfume if you pay shipping.  I Googled the company, which states it is vegan and cruelty-free, uses organic ingredients, and does not contain harmful ingredients such as phthalates, paragons, sulfates, benzenes, GMOs, or triclosan.  Impressive.  I then took to PETA.org which verified the company to be cruelty-free.  I even emailed them and received a response assuring me that the products were indeed both vegan and cruelty-free…obsessed much?  Yeah, maybe a bit overboard.   Anyways, I thought the promotion was the perfect way to test out some new scents without spending an arm and a leg.

On their website, they have a ‘bestsellers’ tab, so I ordered a mini-roller of each of their most popular scents; Hello, Eau So Divine, Sincerely, and Temptress.  I also ordered a few others; Yogini, Bailando, Ageless, Signature, and Parisienne. Mini-rollers are perfect for trying out something new before committing to a larger bottle.  They are 7 or 8 ml, but last for a long time.  I’m not going to go into detail about what each one smells like, they do a pretty good job of that on their website.  I will tell you that my favorites are Hello, Ageless, and Sincerely.  I did not care for the Bailando, Signature, or Parisienne much, but to each their own.

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Below you can see how big the mini-rollers are…about the size of your middle finger.  With each order, they also send you a sample so you can try out something new.   It was a nice little surprise.  You can choose from different sizes, the smallest being a mini-roller which varies from 7 to 8 ml-ish for $23 and the largest being a 50 ml bottle for $57.  And be on the lookout for promotions!  I saved a lot of money initially, and now I know which scents to invest in the large bottles!

Overall, I have to say that I love Harvey Prince!  As far as shopping for perfume without having it in front of you goes, they make it very easy by having a section outlining their bestsellers and having affordable and different size bottles.  The Ginger Veganista approves!  The Harvey Prince Organics also makes men’s cologne, as well as bath, hair, and body products. Have you tried any Harvey Prince Organics products?  What did you think?  Leave a comment below!

Easy Four Ingredient DIY Sugar Cookie Facial and Body Scrub

I’ve been making my own skin care products for well over a year now.   Like so many others, for years I would blindly buy products promising to give dramatic results and didn’t give any thought about what was in it or how it was tested as long as my skin was radiant and as smooth as baby’s bottom.  After I became vegan, I began doing some research on beauty products for the sole purpose of separating the vegan and cruelty free companies from the others.  This was a great start, but then led me to further research the ingredients. (This post isn’t about animal cruelty, although I do implore you to do a google search on animal testing in beauty products)

Vegan product or not, there are some disgusting things in beauty products, many you probably don’t know are there.  Just to name a few:

  • Formaldehyde – a tissue fixative and embalming agent.  Low levels of formaldehyde have been found to cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.  The National Toxicology Program’s June report classified formaldehyde as a carcinogen under conditions with high or prolonged exposure and in 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as known to be a human carcinogen.
  • Triethanolamine – used primarily as an emulsifier.  It is a reactionary byproduct of two toxic substances: ethylene oxide and ammonia and proved hazardous short term and long term effects ranging from skin and eye irritation, to damaging the respiratory and immune systems and inciting cancer
  • Hydroquinone – used as a skin lightener.  Studies have shown that hydroquinone has some carcinogenic effects when applied to skin. It is considered cytotoxic (toxic to cells) and mutagenic.

Other than vowing to never buy products that have been tested on animals again, I also decided that I wanted to stay away from unnecessary chemicals and preservatives.  After all, your skin is your largest organ and it really does matter what you expose it to.

There are so many ways to make your own face washes, toners, scrubs, lotions, etc.  My recipes vary with the seasons and my mood.  Of everything I make, this scrub is one of my favorites.  I use it on my face a few times a week and on my body about once a week.  It is so easy to make, requiring only four ingredients, and leaves your skin smooth and hydrated, not to mention smelling yummy.  There is something calming knowing that I am exposing my skin to pure, natural ingredients…not to mention saving money making it myself rather than buying something from the store.

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Sugar Cookie Facial and Body Scrub

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup cold pressed unrefined coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until fully combined using either a fork or your hands.  Store in a glass jar at room temperature.

2. To use, wet skin with warm water.  Scrub and massage area well and rinse with warm water.

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Did you try this?  Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture using #gingerveganista on Instagram and tag @TheGingerVeganista or Twitter and tag @GingerVeganista or Facebook and tag The Ginger Veganista.  Can’t wait to hear from you!