Coffee Grounds and Coconut Milk Face Scrub For Pennies


The sensual wake up call of your morning coffee can be extended to your shower by mixing the used grounds of your favorite brew into a healthy, inexpensive, face scrub.

This natural coconut milk/coffee scrub has high levels of Vitamin C to help maintain the elasticity and flexibility of your skin. It is rich in copper and antioxidants to prevent wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots.  And! It exfoliates and moisturizes.


4 tablespoons finely ground coffee that has been brewed

1 tablespoon coconut milk

In a glass container with a tight lid, stir the coffee grounds and the coconut milk together until it makes a smooth paste.

Canned coconut milk is pictured because we used the remainder to make rice for dinner.  For a purer scrub, you may choose to make your own coconut milk and eliminate the Bisphenol used in manufacturing canned products.

To make your own coconut milk:

Combine 4 tablespoons coconut flakes with 1/4 cup hot water in a blender on high speed.  Cover the lid with a towel to avoid burning yourself with the hot water when you turn the blender on. Place a cheese cloth or metal mesh over a bowl.  Pour the liquid and ground coconut pulp into the cloth or metal mesh.  Squeeze out the milk.  If you are using a metal mesh filter, press the milk through the mesh with the back of a spoon. This method can be repeated to get even more milk by adding another 1/8 cup hot water to the remaining coconut pulp. Squeeze.

Extend your commercial face cleanser, that needs to be used up, by adding coffee grounds.   Cetaphil is popular because it is fragrance free.  But, it contains no skin health ingredients, beyond water.  It is made by Galderma , the offspring of Nestlé and L’Oréal, who charge you a lot for water, a plastic container, and convincing your doctor to prescribe it to you.

Each morning scoop the mixture out of your container with your fingers and massage gently into your face.  Rinse, Smile, and Glow!

Until next time,

Garbage Girl


Products And Ideas From Our Waste Matters

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Until next time!

Garbage Girl

Your Soap Slivers Aren’t Finished Yet

When you can no longer keep your favorite soap in your wet hands, put it in an organza bag with a drawstring pull.  My friend, Stuart Fischer, came up with this idea and its really great!  The soap gets used up completely.  The ends stay out of the garbage.

Other sites show you how to boil the ends down and melt them all together to make new full size bars of mixed soap.  The organza bag eliminates the need to save lots of old soap ends.   And!  It makes terrific suds!

When you find a really great soap at your farmers market but its size is too big for your hands, cut it with a sharp knife and put the smaller section in your organza bag!

The bags are made of 100% Silk.  Once tied, hang it from a hook on your shower caddy and its ready for use over and over.   If you would like to purchase your very own please click the Buy Now button below.

Until next time,

Garbage Girl

Great Tasting Toothpaste For A Penny

Find a water tight glass container.

Place 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda in the container.

Add 3 tablespoons of water.  I like sparkling water.

Mix until smooth.

Add your favorite extract to taste.  I like Peppermint and I use about a teaspoon.

If you want a toothpaste with a little smoother consistency, use coconut milk for the liquid. You can make coconut milk from coconut flakes and hot water squeezed through cheese cloth.

Dip your toothbrush in the mix and brush.

Remember, the method you use to brush your teeth is really important.  Most tooth decay starts at the gums.  I like to use a Japanese toothbrush because the bristles are soft, finer and on a smaller bed.  Plus the handle is made out of one material so it can be recycled.  Just snap off the bristles and recycle with the plastics.

With your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, gently vibrate your brush in tiny back and forth movements where the teeth meet the gums.  Let the bristles surround the tooth. With a small, downward, pivot of your hand the toothbrush pushes anything out from between your teeth and away from the gums.  Move to the next tooth.  Continue front and back of top and bottom of all your teeth. Stimulating and cleaning under the gums is the important part.

1/4 cup toothpaste will cost less than a penny a brush.

Baking soda helps support a more alkaline oral pH.  With a pH of 8.3, baking soda gently nudges the environment of our mouths to a healthier place.

Baking soda is effective for reducing periodontal pathogens because it is sodium bicarbonate;  a salt and all salts are naturally antimicrobial.

Fluoride helps in the prevention of cavities, so if cavities are your concern, alternate with a fluoride toothpaste.

Healthy Teeth, Happy Gums and a Bright Smile!

Until next time, 

Garbage Girl

Corporate PR Is Immorally Wasting Our Valuable Time

Aquafina=PepsiCo Dasani=CocaCola Pure Life=Nestle because Poland Springs was a fraud

Definition of morality: principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.

Our Earth needs us to behave morally and do the right thing.

The Earth Crisis we have created will not go away by eliminating plastic water bottles one at a time.  BUT, that water bottle can get us to think about what is right.

1/4 Of Your Water Bottle May As Well Be Oil

These products are brought to us by the extractive oil industry.  They spend billions of PR dollars annually to convince us to pay them to drink water (we can get for free) from their containers that can only be used once.

Their product makes annoying crunchy noises when handled.

Their product is made of a material that mimics hormones; causing bodily changes when ingested.

Their product is ugly compared to every other container you can drink water from again and again.

Their product says the contents are “natural spring water”.  This is often not true at all, having come from   municipal sources. Would you pay $2.50 for 16 oz. of water from your kitchen tap?

Their product often contains flouride and other chemicals like Bisphenol A which is linked to obesity, diabetes and cancer.   Their product is not required to be tested as frequently or as closely, under Federal and State laws, as Municipal Tap water.  Their product is not required by law to list the ingredients found in their water on their labels.  Their product is not required to make public the results of all tests done on their product.

Their product wastes 100oz. of water for every 16oz. bottle they sell.

Their product has to get to you in boxes, wrapped in single use plastic film.  Their product contains 24 bottles in the cardboard case requiring you to buy all 24.  Their product is loaded on to trucks or planes using MORE oil for fuel, traveling many miles to get to your market.    At its retail destination, their product gets refrigerated — powered by fossil fuel derived energy — in beverage cases that are giant open rooms, with giant glass doors that are optimized for your easy access, not for containing the refrigerated air.

Worse: their company has no obligation to deal with all of this packaging.  Once the water has been purchased and consumed, it flows into the waste stream at no cost to the producer/originator of the waste.

If you do not dispose of their product correctly, it contaminates our water ecosystem, killing marine life up and down the food chain.  The 1 in 5 bottles of their product that get into a landfill will take 1000 years to break down.  Their product essentially never goes away.

This  process is being repeated more than 100 million times a day all over the world.

How You Can Help:

  • The moral thing to do: If we are to act as moral beings, their product would be so repulsive to us that we would not allow these corporations to produce it.
  • The immoral thing to do: Less than a minute of convenience for you = thousands of years of contamination for Mother Earth.

Until next week,

Garbage Girl



Our Best Guide to Waste and Garbage Gurus

My Garbage Girl alter ego and founder of Waste Warriors is Jodie Underhill.  She is on a mission to clean up India and educate people about litter.  Her organization started by cleaning up the base camps after the adventure tourism industry sold the thrill of conquering our earth’s highest peaks to climbers.

This is a glaring example of us having the desire to be “at-one” with our planet’s unique offerings and yet our footprint of accomplishment is our waste.  The definition of waste is an act or instance of using or expending something carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.

What is this behavior?  How is it possible that we don’t feel responsible for what we use once and leave behind?  Why does the next person have to experience our waste?  Who pays the cost for our lack of community and the guardianship of our home?                Kenneth Worthy of Psychology Today blogs about answers to these questions.  

Let’s pause for a moment and consider that plastic bag we saw blowing down the street or the plastic water bottle lying in the gutter.   If it rains before that item is disposed of properly, it is washed into the storm sewers.  There it clogs up the filters in our waste water treatment plants (if there is a treatment plant).  If the storm is heavy enough, and the filters are full, that item bypasses the system and finds its way into our rivers and oceans.  It takes a ride on the currents and gets consumed by birds and marine life.  If it isn’t consumed, it starts to break down further and further to become part of the ocean ecology forever.  Think about that… forever… as in it will NEVER go away.  And then the cycle infinitely repeats itself all over again.   Help Stop Litterbugs explores the global costs of littering and offers anti-littering ads and activities for kids as well as Educational Resources for teachers, parents and volunteers.

Let’s take that plastic bag and fill it with the litter we pass along our way and dispose of it properly by sorting what is recyclable.  We can follow Jodie Underhill and become Waste Warriors in our own lives.


TED Talks is a great resource for ideas about waste.  Here are just a few links to some of the most inspiring waste and garbage gurus:

Until Next Week,

Garbage Girl

3 Urgent Changes Needed to Avoid Wasting Your Life On Earth

Garbage Girl can no longer be on pause because I think I have more important things to attend to when everything I waste contributes to a fragile imbalance with my planet.

For the past year, my life as Garbage Girl, went on hold  because my research made me feel sad and insignificant.  I found so many other ways to distract myself in order to feel better.  My new blog approach will attempt to persuade you, and myself, in every way I can, to take a deep look around us with a new awareness.  Join and share the journey!  You too may feel like you are going over the edge but that can change.  So can you!

Understanding how the greenhouse gases we produce move between our atmosphere, oceans and land is key to gauging how our planet is changing beyond its ability to support human life.  Al is on it!  See his new film,  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.  

 Scientific research, all over the world, is confirming the rapid changes our fragile atmosphere experiences.  This famous Hubble photo shows how little there is between us and deep space.

NASA’s  Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 is giving us a snapshot every 16 days of CO2 in our world’s atmosphere based on 100,000 daily measurements.  NASA combines data from computer models, commercial technologies, fieldwork, satellites, aircraft and research ships to study how phytoplankton and marine environments respond to our warming oceans, and how  wildfires, droughts, floods, severe weather and permafrost melting are interrelated.

The United Nations is coordinating the same tools internationally to study other data on how rapidly species are declining, how increased wealth is making vast populations want more comforts, and how large population displacements are creating a more violent world.  Without drastic actions today, adapting to these impacts will be increasingly more difficult and costly.

The data being collected by increasingly sophisticated tools and increasingly collaborative studies by increasingly smart people and organizations tells a story about our home’s atmosphere, land and water going through changes so fast that it will no longer be able to support us.

As individuals, there is so little we can do to even make a pinprick in this phenomenon. That train left the station years ago.  Our lives need a new priority….. EARTH FIRST….  In everything we do.  All of us.   Imagine yourself as a radical advocate for the earth.!

Human economic interests are the key factor to our challenge as a species.  We like stuff.  We occupy ourselves with more shopping to feel successful.  We indulge in hours of screen time informing ourselves about relationships, politics and current events.  We love new ideas, trends, places, and products.  We compete for more and more stuff.  We work many hours to improve our life comforts.  Imagine yourself as one of NASA’s tools and study the data that makes up your life.

Even if you don’t believe that climate change is the earth’s way of telling us we are on a self-destructive path over the edge, it’s not hard to see that more vulnerable species are having a difficult time adapting to the challenges their environments are putting them through.   Imagine yourself as the polar bear, without the ice, swimming farther and farther for food and land to live on.

What we can do to help:

  1. Change our priorities
  2. Inform ourselves to all the ways we can improve our environment
  3. Become a follower and evolve into a leader.

Until next week,

Garbage Girl