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Homemade coffee body lotion

I’ve made this body lotion for a few times now, and it’s always great.

When I made it for the first time I added too much (for my taste) essential oils. The second time I didn’t add anything at all and I actually didn’t like it so much, as well. without the essential oils this lotions smells like mocha coffee. It’s actually very pleasant scent, but I like it to have a delicate citrus scent to it as well.

So this time, I think, I’ve found the perfect recipe for me.

So, this is how I made it:

1) 1/2 cup of emulsifying wax (you can get it from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

2) 1/2 cup of almond oil

You can use what ever oil you’ve got. The better quality of the oil, the better quality of your body lotion.

For example:

coconut oil – very moisturaizing and great for irritated and sensitive skin.

sunflower oil – is loaded with Vitamins A, D, and E. great for damaged and aged skin.

for more oils and their descriptions go here.

But you really don’t have to focus on that. Olive oil or sunflower oil will work just fine!

3) Over double bath melt the wax in oil. DO NOT MICROWAVE IT!!!

4) When the wax and olive oil are mixed well together so there isn’t any piece of wax floating on the oil pour it into a glass jar or glass bowl or whatever jar (it should be glass) you want to use for this purpose ( I use a jar after TOSTITOS salsa).

5)  add 1 1/2 cup of hot coffee. I made mine very strong (Hazelnut Creme, btw. Yumm! and smells sooo good)!

*According to Esthetician Jennifer Tanner from CancerLynx.com, when coffee is applied topically it redistributes fat cells and helps to prevent cellulite from forming. She goes on to say that it helps to get rid of varicose veins by shrinking and tightening your blood vessels.

6) Stir it well. Very well.

7) Don’t let the coffee to separate from the rest of the mixture. If you see something like on the picture below stir it again. Stir it very well. And after 2, 3 minutes stir it again, and again… and again… Until the mixture is thick. If you forget to do that and you let the mixture to separate don’t worry… You can heat it up a little, and start the process of stiring the mixture every couple of minutes again 🙂

8) Sometime in the middle of the stirring process, when the mixture is not hot anymore add (or not) essential oils, or fragrance oils, or both. This is what I used today. 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and 5 of amber rose fragrance oil.

The difference between them is that the fragrance oil is mostly for the scent, while especial oils have therapeutic properties (and they smell nice, too). Before the decision what kind of essential oil you want to use for your lotion you have to check it out if it’s safe. Not all of them are safe to use on skin. So, just google it.

For example grapefruit essential oil helps to boost digestion, benefits the immune system by helping to clear the lymphatic system, helps with skin problems, and can be used for muscle stiffness, water retention and for bolstering the nervous system.

BUT

it can irritate the skin if exposed to strong sunlight after treatment.

9) At the same time open a few capsules of vitamin E and pour the liquid into your body lotion.

10) Ready to use!!!

or to play with 🙂

* this lotion is not a miraculous protection from cellulite!!! If you don’t drink enough water every day, if you don’t exercise and eat a healthy diet this lotion won’t make you cellulite to disappear or it won’t prevent the cellulite to appear. As a woman who already had one child and is expecting another one in a close future I do have to admit I have cellulite and this lotion didn’t make it disappear. My cellulite hasn’t gotten any bigger since I started to use this lotion, though (and I’ve used it for about a year). If you want to fight cellulite you should try to use this lotion with coffee body scrubs and body wraps using coffee grounds and olive oil.

For even better recipe check out my post: Cocoa Butter Coffee Body Lotion. That lotion helped me to fight with stretch marks thanks to cocoa butter in it.

Happy mixing and using! I hope you’ll all enjoy it!


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Tasty Tuesday Morning!

I wish all of you could join me for some real coffee and my naleśniki! Instead, I’ve just dicovered that every Tuesday there is a virtual meeting for coffee drinkers! 🙂 yeay!

I’m getting more and more addicted to reading blogs, or just browsing through them!

Anyway,

Today I made naleśniki for breakfast. I do not post the recipe because I do not have one. All I do is mixing some flour, one egg, milk, pinch of sugar and oil… No measures…

My little trick that I’ve learned from my sister:

pour 1 tablespoon of oil or olive oil or whatever oil you use in hour home to the batter, mix it well. that way you shouldn’t have to use any oil on the pan while frying tha crepes.

..and you know what my first neleśnik came out super good. weird… isn’t it!?

My Little One liked only  the first few pieces… I think because I didn’t use sugar for her ‘s.

She started throwing it on the floor… but I don’t know if she didn’t like it, or because she wanted to feed our doggy. She started doing that sometime like a  week ago. She hangs down from her chair throwing the food and watching Di eating it.  I hope she won’t be like her daddy… so picky and so not into Polish (or any other different-than-american) cousine. Fingers crossed! 😉

Hopefully she’ll like it more with strawberries and different kinds of fillings… Someday!

Anyway I think they were delicious and even my loved one ate it… Don’t know what he liked more… the crepes or the strawberries sauce. I think the second one! 😉

I at the other hand ate two of them despite my terrible tooth ache!

Say: “homemade ravioli”…

and be sure that I’ll run as fast as I can these days to the biggest hidden somewhere in our house gun (if I have to I know where they are), and I’ll shoot you dead. I’ll choose the biggest one so to be sure that I’ll kill you for sure! DO NOT SAY: homemade ravioli around me… at least for the next few months.

Yesterday I decided to use my pasta maker. It’d been standing on my kitchen’s counter since Christmas and it was haunting me every time I looked at it… Finally I said: ok, that’s enough, time to face my ghosts.

Instead of making pasta I’d decided to make a ravioli. Why not I thought. What’s the difference between pasta and ravioli… I was soon to find out :-/

Everything had started so innocently.

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

2 eggs

pinch of salt

1 tablespoon of buttre

1/2 cup of milk

I used my pseudo kitchen aid to mix the dough. It wasn’t working as good as I thought it would so I started to knead it with the power of my own hands 🙂

Not a big deal since I always do it with a homemade pizza dough. It’s even fun imagining that I’m working out that way 😉 After around 10 minutes of kneading the dough was ready for the pasta maker. It took me a while to figure out how that damn thing works, and why my dough is coming out with holes, looking more like a swiss cheese (my husband’s idea how to desribe it 🙂 )

I didn’t have enough space in the kitchen to spread the rolled dough and to start filling it after being done with rolling. I had to roll part of the dough spread it, fill it, seal it, cut it and put it aside. ufff… and all over again.

My kitchen was a mess! I got tired just thinking about cleaning it after all. In the middle of making this yummy mess (I wasn’t sure if after all it’ll be yummy or not) I wanted to sit down and cry. WHY oh WHY oh WHY I had that idea of making ravioli… I was simply pissed!

Despite this little break down I put myself back together, threw away the rest of the dough ( I had already had done 13 HUGE raviolis), cleaned the kitchen, and relaxed a little waiting for the water to start boiling

Time for the best part – waiting, after all that work put in those raviolis, to see how many of them will come apart…

At the end I was tooooooo tired to take any decent picture of ready to eat homemade ravioli. I placed my butt on the chair and didn’t want to move or do anything else. It was hard to move my plate around.

I finished my dinner, packed the past maker in the box and hide it deep and high in the closet for it to be forgotten. I do not want to see it again.

What’s your comfort food?!

Mine is called BUDYŃ – and it works almost every single time. It does not work when it’s chilled, cold, or whatever different than hot, hot, hot…

I’ve tried a few that are not from Poland, and I hated it… I thought I don’t like pudding anymore until I tried it again. Polish this time… My World stopped turning.

I remember my first attempt to make a pudding. The American one… I didn’t read the directions because I asummed that pudding is a pudding and you HAVE TO boil the milk first… So I did it. I boiled the milk, I added the pudding, and I started stirring… and I was stirring, and stirring, and stirring waiting for it to get thick… and it didn’t. So I took the empty package and I read the damn directions… It said: mix it with a cold milk! WHAT THE HELL!?! COLD BUDYŃ!?! YUCK!!!

My second attempt was a dissaster, too! I used a soy milk… Milk is milk, right! So, NO!

This time I did everything as it suppose to be, and it was delicious!!!

… and by the way… today is a MACRO FRIDAY:

…and LEM photo challege day:

Continue reading What’s your comfort food?!

Homemade coffee body lotion

Who do not like coffee?!?!?
or at least the smell of fresh brewed coffee, or sweet cappuccino 🙂

Who do not like body lotions?

Who would say “no” to both the “body lotion and fresh smell of coffee” in one ?

Hm… Ok, I know some people, but I think they are weird 😉

This is my creation using a base of Hirono’s recipe

Ah… and my very original body lotion jar:

There is a small difference in my recipe…
Instead of only water I used 1 1/2 cups of fresh brewed coffee.
After you mix the oil, wax and coffee you shouldn’t leave it for a night because the water will separate from the rest of the body lotion, and you will get water on the bottom, and big chunky piece of oily something on the top. We don’t want that!

It’s better when you are able to stir the mixture every 5 minutes until it gets cold. That’s all what you need to make AMAZING COFFEE BODY LOTION.

I added a 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil. You do not have to do that because this body lotion smells like cappuccino itself.
…with or without essential oils the body lotion is amazing!

CAN’T WAIT TO USE IT!!!