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!

Pacifica Hair Care

 

Pacifica Beauty is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free company that has a full range of cosmetics, perfumes, and skin care.  It can sometimes be hard to find vegan and cruelty-free products in main stream stores, but aside from being able to order online, you can find a variety of Pacifica products in many stores near you such as Target, Whole Foods, and Ulta.

I love anything coconut, so when I saw the Coconut Power shampoo and conditioner at Ulta, I snatched it up.  My hair can get pretty dry and frizzy, especially in the DC heat and humidity, so I also purchased an anti-frizz serum and moisturizing oil to complete my regimen.

Coconut Power Shampoo and Conditioner

There very first thing I noticed was the smell.  It should not have been surprising since the founder’s first interests included the art of scents and making her own fragrances.  It is really amazing and lasts long after you shampoo.  The coconut aroma is sweet and strong, so if coconut is not for you, you may want to pass on this variety.  I did receive quite a few compliments about smelling nice while using the products.

The shampoo is gentle and cleanses well.  I cannot attest to which product is responsible, as I used the shampoo and conditioner together, but my hair was super soft both wet and dry.  I thought this would pass, since sometimes I notice that after using a product for awhile my hair reverts back to its rough texture, but for the entire month I used it (washing every other day), it remained soft.

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Anti-Frizz Serum and Nourishing Oil

The Dragon Tamer Anti-Frizz Serum can be used on wet or dry hair and before or after blow drying.  Now, having two small children, my showers occur in the evening after they are FINALLY asleep and usually end with me going to bed with wet hair and almost NEVER ends in blow drying.  I either put my hair up in the morning or break out the flat iron, usually the former.  With no product, my hair gets pretty frizzy.  I tried the Dragon Tamer both on wet hair right out of the shower and on dry hair the next day and found the frizz factor definitely decreased, but didn’t take it away completely.  That being said, I have zero expectation that any product would take away all frizz on its own.  Now, using the Dragon Tamer in conjunction with the straight iron…perfection.  Much better than straightening without any product.

The Native Flower Nourishing Oil is to be used on dry hair and a little goes a long way.  The oil definitely was a nice finishing touch making my hair shiny and smooth without weighing it down.  A couple of times I used too much on the ends and the result was not pleasant, but that was more due to me not paying attention.

 

Products:

Coconut Power Strong and Long Healing Shampoo – $10 for 8 ounces

Coconut Power Strong and Long Healing Conditioner – $10 for 8 ounces

Dragon Tamer Anti-Frizz Serum – $14 for 1.7 ounces

Native Flower Nourishing Oil – $14 for 1.6 ounces

Overall, I give these products my full approval.  I have used them since my first purchase and will continue to use them in the future as part of my rotation.  I absolutely adore the smell and love how soft and smooth my hair feels.  Have you tried Pacifica hair care products?  What did you think?  Leave a comment below!