Coffee and chocolate both are excellent skin conditioners. Coffee, especially, diminishes inflammation and redness and even may help with cellulite. Chocolate has flavanols which are strong antioxidants and have been shown to reduce wrinkles and hydrate the skin. That is a good thing when you have wrinkles on your bum! Or wherever. There is also real vanilla extract and brown sugar in the scrub. Peppermint essential oil is a great wake up for the skin, bringing the blood to the ends of the capillaries close to the skin surface.
These scrubby cubes have really caught on. One excellent reason is they do not require preservatives. Scrubs in jars, even if they have no water in them, still require chemical preservatives because usually one scoops out a scrub with dripping wet hands and that introduces the bacteria from the water into the scrub. These little sugar cube scrubs are single use, so that is not an issue.
Although they are very time consuming to make, they are also always interesting. First, one must make the soap. A great soap will make a great scrub and a mediocre soap, will make a mediocre scrub. Then that great soap must be grated and melted with a little liquid. I do that in the oven. In the coffee scrub went coffee, of course, as the liquid. A large portion of oil is added. The Floral Garden scrub from yesterday used Macadamia nut oil, which is high in linoleic acid. Skin loves that! The coffee scrub is rich with coconut oil, which in itself is anti inflammatory and helps rid the skin of bacteria. Some essential oils are added for therapeutic purposes, not simply for scent. The Ylang Ylang in the Floral Garden scrub is very relaxing to the senses and peppermint enlivens and awakens. The Floral Garden would be a great bath scrub and the Peppermint Mocha would be fantastic in the morning shower.
The Fat Ewe Farm Store is set to open in two weeks or so. Better late than never! There is always so much to do on the farm that things like the store are put off until there is real spare time. This morning two men and I caught all the sheep and goats and checked them for parasites. Fortunately only a few had to be treated, but everyone was checked. Then there was time to do the scrub inbetween grocery shopping for company coming on Wednesday.
Do stop into the store in a few weeks. There will be lots of goodies along with the scrubs to entice your senses and make you smooth all over! Til then....