An All-Over “Body” Scrub for Coffee, Tea, and Me

You know that expression, “good enough to eat?” Well I like to take it one step further and think “good enough to eat – and slather all over my face and body.” The great thing about being Indonesian is that in our herbal health tradition called Jamu, we don’t think of natural ingredients for singular purposes, like only for eating, or haircare, or bodycare – but for everything. If it grows out of the ground and has a health benefit, we’ll find out many ways to use it – for inside or out, alone, or in combination with other natural herbs, fruits or plants for synergestic benefits to treat ailments from stomach-ache, to helping you get clear skin.

So – does making a body scrub we can put in our coffee or tea sound crazy? Not at all! We don’t all have to be in Indonesia or tropical lands of healing herbs to play with recipes, so here’s one fun recipe I made one night at home that’s easy to make, tasty, and super good for you we can all have and enjoy!

Coconut Honey Sugar Scrub:

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (or palm or brown sugar if you don’t have coconut sugar)
  • 4 tbsp honey

Mix all ingredients in a bowl or a small jar. You can always adjust the amount of the ingredients to suit your taste, literally.

Coconut Sugar Oil & Honey Scrub

Body/Face Scrub: Excellent on the outside.

Coconut oil is great for the skin as it moisturizes without being too heavy, has naturally antibacterial properties, and does a fantastic job of cleaning skin, removing dirt and makeup.

Honey is also naturally antibacterial, and is especially good for softening, soothing, and hyrdating skin.

Coconut sugar has a texture that is finer than granulated sugar, and dissolves nicely – making it a good gentle exfoliator. Use on your wet face or body, scrub in until sugar melts, massage in the oil, then rinse. Your skin will feel deliciously soft and smooth. Make sure you rinse completely though!

We highly recommend you follow a good exfoliation with a moisturizer. Even though a natural oil scrub such as this softens your skin, I always recommend following with our JUARA Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer for added anti-aging benefits, and infused with Kombucha – another health tea, let’s keep the healthy natural ingredient theme rolling! (Or try the Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Oil-Free Moisturizer for oily skin).

Maybe not coconutted out enough? The JUARA Radiance Vitality Oil also contains 12 precious oils, with coconut being one of them, to also delicately and lightly hydrate, firm, and brighten your skin – so that’s always another fantastic option. Plus, it won the SHAPE magazine Product of the Year 2015 award for Facial Oil! Great from dry to combination skin…

Coffee or Tea: Also good for your insides.

Coconut oil contains medium-chain (vs long chain) triglycerides (but not in a bad way!) that gets digested differently and increases your energy and perhaps counter-intuitively, has properties that speed your metabolism. In coffee, it can be a great replacement to creme because it does provide richness and healthy fats, and in tea, it adds a nice touch of aroma and body.

Coconut sugar comes from the sap of the coconut tree and contains Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, even though in small amounts, but is still more than in your typical white sugar. It is also reported to contain the fiber inulin, which is also why coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index – so for those of you concerned about your sugar (pre-diabetic, or the sort), this is a great alternative to regular sugar as it raises your blood sugar levels only to half of regular sugar.

Honey is truly like the nectar of the gods. It is a great throat soother, perfect for your tea, boosts your energy and is a natural, unprocessed sweetener and helps with indigestion.

Store in a tight container in the fridge. But keep in mind the coconut oil may harden in lower temperatures and may need to be gently heated to liquefy, but given the ingredients are naturally anti-bacterial, keep away from contamination with water and the product should last, though I would use within the month – just to be safe! Enjoy this healthy, finger lickin, and face scrubbin’ treat!

Ingredient Spotlight: Plumeria Flower

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A beautiful flower with serious benefits.

Revered as an aphrodisiac in the world of aromatherapy and known to provide UV protection, this waxy flower is more than it appears. Take a look at this list of impressive benefits:

  • Strong aromatherapy benefits to relax, rejuvenate, and stimulate sex drive
  • Reduces inflammation to relieve joint pain and headaches
  • Soothes, hydrates and plumps skin
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Provides natural UV protection
  • Used traditionally to treat bacterial infections (ingested as a tea)

Impressed by all of the amazing things Plumeria Flower can do for you, but not quite sure which products contain it? Here’s a quick list of my favorites:

GlamGlow THIRSTYCLEANSE

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JUARA Radiance Vitality Oil

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Harvey Prince Sea Salt Texturizing Spray

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The Art of the CremeBath

Now here’s a hair/spa treatment we are missing out on in the US. Imagine having big yummy bowls of creamy, dreamy, custardy botanical hair mask slathered all through your newly shampooed hair in a gloriously revitalizing head massage as you sit and relax in a comfy chair. After 20 minutes of head heaven, your hair is then wrapped in a warm, moist steamy towel as this massage wonderfully moves to your shoulders and neck, releasing all tension and stimulating circulation in your scalp – always good for hair.  Then the massage moves down to your arms, forearms, all the way to your fingertips. Delicious olive oil and lotions are combined to create a massage oil that will give you that mmmm-give-me-more-just-right-there-oh-yes! feel as your muscles are released.

Imagine this goes on for another 45 minutes. Try not to drool from bliss. I call this heaven. The Indonesians call it a traditional cremebath.

Short of being a full spa treatment, this head-to-arm treatment is a traditional beauty ritual that you can find in many spas and salons in Indonesia. Convenient because it takes less time and doesn’t require you to disrobe, it nonetheless gives you release and pampering in just the right areas. And since we all need air hair washed, it also has a purely functional aspect to it too, rendering your hair clean, healthy and beautiful, so this treatment is very popular with the women there, myself included. After the treatment, you are served tea or Jamu, an ancient herbal health tonic, you can sip while slowly reconnecting to the world out there… where you can begin to dream about getting the next cremebath…

One can choose from a variety of conditioning masks with different traditional benefits. Their claims for the masks with following ingredients are:
Ginseng – energizing, for thinning hair
Candlenut – increases shine and darkens hair (what I chose!)
Avocado – hydrating nourishment for dry hair
Aloe Vera – straightens hair

Most salons in Indonesia offer this as a service, but for a decadent royal experience, I love the treatment at the luxurious and historical Tugu Hotel in Canggu, Bali, where you can hear the waters from the beach in the background in their open-air cabana, or also in the deliciously serene spa of The Seminyak Resort & Spa in Seminyak, Bali for a more contemporary setting. Both also offer JUARA signature treatments, however as an avid cremebather, I also recommend exploring your own locations!


The Seminyak Resort & Spa feat. JUARA

The Seminyak Resort & Spa feat. JUARA

-METTA MURDAYA