I’m a big fan of Meow Meow Tweet. Ever since I popped by their Bushwick studio to meet the co-owner Tara, I’ve been working my way through their samples with relish. The lavender deodorant works so freakin’ well, it’s my new favorite. The skin oil is wonderfully nourishing in this frigid weather. And I have their walnut scrub in my shower to buff my face.
So, when they sent over these new recipes that you can recreate at home from ingredients found at the grocery store, I thought it only fair to share with you guys! Here they are:
“Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week is the best way to improve your skin tone. Scrubs unclog pores, promote a speedy turnover of skin cells, balance your body’s oil production, and rid your pores of toxins and dirt, creating a fresh overall look and feel. And scrubs are super easy to make at home–once you have all of the ingredients prepared and measured, the process takes only minutes.
“The recipes we’ve created use organic demerara cane sugar as the main exfoliating ingredient (which means that you can nibble a little in the shower and it’ll be tasty). If you are a savory person, you could use sea salt in place of the sugar, the main difference being that sugar is a little softer on the skin and better for sensitive skin.
(P.S. If you like vegan stuff, I’m a fan of VeganCuts for non-toxic and vegan beauty products in a little gift box every month!)
“These recipes call for virgin coconut oil, which soaks into your skin quickly, is naturally antifungal, and helps to lock in moisture and promote skin hydration. Not to mention, virgin coconut oil also lends its sweet scent and taste to create dessert-like recipes. You could use another pure oil in place of it, like olive, walnut, avocado or sunflower oil. Keep in mind that some have a stronger savory scent or might feel oilier on your skin. These recipes require the oil to be in liquid form for thorough mixing. The easiest way to melt coconut oil is in a saucepan on your range, at low heat. Keeping stirring the oil while it is heating until it’s just melted, and take it off the heat to cool to room temperature. As oils are heated their healing properties change, so the less heat used, the better. To melt oil in the microwave, heat for 10 seconds at a time until liquefied.
“The best place to use a scrub is in the shower. After an initial rinse, scoop out a handful of scrub and massage it onto wet skin. You might step out of the water stream as you do this to keep the scrub from dissolving as you spread it over your entire body. Rinse the scrub off thoroughly and pat your skin dry when you exit the shower.
“You can store the scrubs you make for up to 3 months in a sealed jar.
Tools you will need:
Jars with Lids
Food Processor (optional)
Coffee Grinder (optional)
Spice Grater (optional)
Tea towel or sandwich bags
Saucepan or microwave safe bowl
Java Mint Scrub
½ cup COFFEE GROUNDS
2 tbs MINT LEAVES or 2 peppermint tea bags
½ cup SUGAR
½ cup COCONUT OIL
If the coconut oil is solid, melt it and cool to room temperature. If you are using fresh mint, pluck all mint leaves from the stalks and spread onto a cookie sheet. Bake at lowest temperature for 1 hour. Let the leaves cool completely before crumbling them between your fingers into a powder. If you are using peppermint tea bags, snip open the tea bags and use the leaves. In a bowl, combine coffee, mint and sugar. Pour the oil over the ingredients and mix to combine. Store in a sealed jar.
Chai Masala Scrub
¼ cup BLACK TEA
1 tbs DRY GINGER, GROUND
1 tbs CINNAMON, GROUND
½ tsp CLOVES, GROUND
½ tsp NUTMEG, GROUND
½ tsp CARDAMOM, GROUND
¼ tsp BLACK PEPPER, GROUND
1 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT
1 cup SUGAR
½ cup COCONUT OIL
Grind the black tea leaves to a powder. If you don’t have a coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle, put the tea leaves in a sandwich bag or tea towel and roll with a rolling pin or lightly hit with a hammer to grind the leaves up. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg can be bought already ground (easiest method) or you can use a grater to grate them. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients and vanilla thoroughly. Pour the oil over the ingredients and mix to combine. Store in a sealed jar.