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!

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!

Bare Bones Body: Cross Bone Special

I stumbled across Bare Bones Body Care on Instagram and immediately felt the brand calling my name.  The company was started by owner, Monica, after years of allergic reactions to mainstream body care products.  She was tired of all the chemicals and decided to make her own products.  Most of the products have less than 8 ingredients and they are all natural, non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free!  Raise your hand if you’re sold, yet…

Well, my skin is pretty sensitive.  In fact, I recently recovered from a pretty severe allergic reaction to a facial cleanser.  I used said cleanser and woke up in the middle of the night super itchy and eyes swollen nearly shut, so yeah, that was fun.  I had to go to the dermatologist and spend weeks applying hydrocortisone and using every ounce of willpower not to scratch my face off.  Even after the swelling went down, I would have flare ups of itchy red spots on my eyelids and forehead (cute, right?), so it’s been a struggle to find something gentle enough that works.

You can imagine how excited I was to find Bare Bones.  Monica’s story sounded a lot like mine and any product that is vegan and cruelty-free gets two thumbs up from this ginger. The icing on the cake is the simplicity of the formulas.  Anyone that knows me knows that added chemicals are my nemesis.  Keep it simple, keep it pure… Bare Bones delivers.  I absolutely love the adorable skull and cross bones logo and all of the products, except the lip balm, come in reusable glass bottles.

There are a variety of products, all super affordable, which I’ll list at the end of the article.  Today I am reviewing the Cross Bones Special Gift Pack, which includes the cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and two lip balms.  The package is $35, $5 less than purchasing the items separately.

Cleanser

What’s in it:  Vegetable glycerin, organic rose water, organic tea tree oil

How to use:  Apply to dry face in circular motion, rinse with warm water

Thoughts:  First of all, the cleanser smells fantastic, which I assume must be the rose water.  It also tastes pretty darn good…not that I recommend drinking the stuff, but if some were to accidentally get on your lips and you were to lick them, it wouldn’t be terrible…  Now this cleanser feels different than most main-stream cleansers…it does not foam and it is very thin, almost the consistency of water.  It instantly makes your face feel smooth. Because of the thin consistency with no foam or lather, it is easy to think that it may not be working, but there is a really easy way to test that…use the toner.  Is there dirt or makeup on the cotton pad?

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Toner

What’s in it:  Organic lemon juice, witch hazel

How to use:  Apply after cleanser with a cotton pad in upward motions on your face and neck

Thoughts:  I just love that this is made with only two ingredients.  After applying with a cotton pad, your skin feels fresh, clean, cool, and a bit tingly.  Did the cleanser pass the test?  Yep!  Not a single speck of makeup on that puppy.

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Moisturizer

What’s in it:  Organic shea butter, organic olive oil, organic coconut oil

How to use:  After face wash and toner, apply to face and any other thirsty skin

Thoughts:  I love this moisturizer.  It leaves your face super smooth with no traces of dryness.  Normally, I use coconut oil as a face and body moisturizer so I am used to an oil based one.  If you normally use a cream based lotion, this will definitely feel different to you.  First thing to know is that you need to use a lot less than you think.  If it doesn’t absorb into your skin, you’ve used too much.  After a week of using this, my face was noticeably softer.  My two year old sat on my lap, stroked my face, and said, “Nice.  Nice.”  Adorable.

 

Lip Balm

Peppermint Balm – What’s in it: Organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, candelilla wax, organic peppermint essential oil

Spiced Balm – What’s in it: Organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, candelilla wax, organic cinnamon leaf essential oil, organic tangerine essential oil

Thoughts: These balms melt right on your lips and make them soft as can be.  There is a little tingle that happens with the peppermint balm which is nice.

 

Products:

Deodorant – 2 oz stick for $8.  Made with organic coconut oil, shea butter, candelilla wax, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and different essential oils depending on what scent you order.  This is not an antiperspirant, however is Bare Bones’ top seller.  It moisturizes and keeps you smelling fresh.

Cleanser – 4 oz bottle for $10.

Toner – 4 oz bottle for $10.

Face Oil – 2 oz bottle for $25.  Made with organic hemp seed oil, organic grape seed oil, organic jojoba oil, organic palmarosa essential oil, and organic grapefruit essential oil. Man I wish this was included in the package.

Moisturizer – 4 oz for $14.

Lip Balm – $3-$4 per tube.  Bare Balm, Peppermint Balm, Spiced Balm, Coffee Balm, and Citrus IPA.  Made with organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, candellila wax, and various organic essential oils.

Tattoo Balm – 2 oz for $10.  Made with organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, and candelilla wax.  I cannot wait to try this.  I am finishing up my sleeve in the next few months!

Black Magic Mask – 2 oz for $18.  Made with organic matcha green tea powder, bentonite clay, and activated charcoal.  This looks awesome, although I might scare my kids if they see me with it on!

Cross Bones Special Gift Pack – $35 for the set.

 

Overall, I just love Bare Bones.  It gives you the warm fuzzies to support a small business while buying products that were neither tested on animals, nor use animal products.  Knowing exactly what is going on my skin, without having to research an extensive label, is such a relief.  I haven’t had any more bouts of itchiness yet.  And most importantly, I don’t have to worry about what kind of residue is rubbing off of my skin onto my adorable baby boys.

Have you tried Bare Bones?  What did you think?  Leave a comment below!