OPIRG Board member Amina led 10 participants in a Do It Yourself “cosmetics” workshop last night, which included a coffee body scrub (pictured above) a facial scrub, and bath bombs (pictured below) using all natural ingredients that are simple to find and cheap to buy.

Why DIY?
Making your own cosmetics is a good idea because:
  1. you know what’s going in to your product
  2. you can avoid toxic ingredients, harsh chemicals or ingredients you are allergic to
  3. it’s cheaper than buying pre-made in store
  4. there is little regulation about what “natural” means in a store product
  5. they are quick, easy and fun to make
  6. biodegradable
  7. make great gifts

 to name only a few benefits.
For a useful database on the dangers lurking in over the counter cosmetics, check out this site.
1 1/2 cups cane sugar
   1/4 cup ground coffee beans
   1/4 cup shredded coconut
   3/4 cup oil (olive, almond, etc)
1 tsp honey
3-5 drops essential oil of choice
A tin or jar with lid
– mix sugar, ground coffee, coconut oil in a bowl until fully combined. Add honey, followed by the essential oil
– transfer mixture to a closed container (it will keep 1-2 weeks sealed at room temperature)
– Rub a generous amount of the scrub over your body, scrubbing medium to hard depending on your sensitivity (skin should be moist when applying scrub)
– Rinse off in the shower under warm water, ensuring that the sugar crystals disintegrate completely. Pat dry to allow the oils to soak into your soft glowing skin.
Coffee Grounds – – reduces cellulite
Sugar – exfoliates the skin and removes dead cells
Olive Oil – – moisturizes skin, makes it soft and gives an over-all glow
Honey – brings blood to the surface, removes impurities, smoothes and softens the skin
Coconut – adds to the aroma and the buffing/exfoliating action of the other ingredients