Crumbs and Whiskers


Monday June 29, 2015 comments   

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Last weekend you might have seen on twitter/tumblr that I got the chance to reserve time at DC’s first “cat cafe.” It’s located in Georgetown off of a really peaceful street. It’s by reservation-only which means you’re guaranteed a spot and there are enough feline friends to go around.

I’m too allergic to have a strictly indoor cat (which is the only kind allowed where I live) so this opening up is like a haven. Of course after spending an hour in the cafe my eyes were a bit itchy afterwards and I was a bit stuffy but it was expected.

We ordered some drinks and cookies which are provided by a neighboring cafe. Everything was easy. There’s a lot of light in the cafe. It’s clean and the cats are playful and friendly. And best of all you can follow their feeds to see the cats go to happy homes. So far it seems they are adopting out a cat per week. Really great kitties I remember seeing and playing with at the cafe.

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inside crumbs and whiskers in washington dc

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So to compare this to the 2 I’ve visit in Japan? They’re different. I wouldn’t say one is better than the other (unlike some articles I’ve read.) I do like the aspect that these are rescues though. That these cats get to live in a nice home with loads of attention before finding a permanent place. The atmosphere is very “DC.” There’s no other way to put it. It’s posh and comfortable but with textures of metal and brick. So if you’re looking for a “Japanese cat cafe” in DC you’re mistaken. This is a “DC cat cafe” through and through and I’d hope you’d expect nothing less :).

Crumbs & Whiskers

website: crumbsandwhiskers.com
hours: tues-sun:10am-2pm, 4pm-8pm
for reservations book here

Previous Cat Cafe Blog Post – Cafe Calico Shinjuku
Previous Cat Cafe Blog Post – Cafe Calico Kichijoji

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Homemade Body Scrubs


Wednesday June 17, 2015 comments   

simple ingredients for at home body scrubs

Last week I thought I’d try some homemade sugar scrubs. I recently had one from LUSH that left my skin so soft, but I’m also incredibly lazy and I didn’t feel like a trip to the store. I used only what I had available at home. Sugar, coconut oil, essential oils. And after I used them I was really happy with the results! My skin was soft for days after using them. Seriously, days. So I’d thought I’d share them here.

simple ingredients for at home body scrubs

Feel free to adjust the ingredient amounts to your own liking. I like body scrubs that are drier and crumbling compared to a smooth more lotion-style of scrub. So if you like a more creamy scrub use less sugar in these recipes.


Lavender Body Scrub

Ingredients
- Granulated sugar
- Lavender essential oil
- Coconut oil (room temperature)
- Dried Lavender (optional)
lavender
Directions
Mix 1 part coconut oil with 3 parts sugar.
I used 1/4 cup coconut oil with 3/4 cup sugar.
Add a few drops of essential oil (between 2~5.)
Add the dried lavender (optional.)
Mix, mix, mix, until everything is blended.
Place the scrub into a glass jar (preferred.)

Lavender body sugar scrub


Rose Body Scrub

Ingredients
- Granulated sugar
- Rose essential oil
- Coconut oil (room temperature)
- Rose petals (optional)
pink rose petals
Directions
Mix 1 part coconut oil with 3 parts sugar.
Adjust for preferred scrub consistency.
Add a few drops of essential oil (between 2~5.)
Cut the rose petals with kitchen scissors and add (optional.)
Mix, mix, mix, until everything is blended.
Place the scrub into a glass jar (preferred.)

Rose body sugar scrub



I found the coconut oil very moisturizing but it also leaves a thick film on the skin I had to rinse off with body wash afterwards. So I tested out grapeseed oil as an alternative to the coconut oil. Grapeseed is often used in facial moisturizing packs. CAUDALIE is a popular beauty brand that uses grape seed oils for their products. It’s virtually orderless like coconut oil. I used the same measurements (1 part oil to 3 parts sugar) for this ginger scrub.


Ginger Body Scrub

Ingredients
- Granulated sugar
- Ginger essential oil
- Grapeseed oil
ginger root
Directions
Mix 1 part grapeseed oil with 3 parts sugar. (I used 1 Tbsp oil.)
Adjust for preferred scrub consistency.
Add a few drops of essential oil (between 2~5.)
Mix, mix, mix, until everything is blended.
Place the scrub into a glass jar (preferred.)

Ginger body sugar scrub


I actually think epsom salt would be a good substitute for the sugar and provide an added benefit when used in a bath. I usually have epsom salt on hand but I had run out. I recently bought some more and will try this with the epsom salt instead. I read brown sugar can also be used (but brown sugar costs more I think.) I have a lot of essential oils already because of my aromatherapy humidifier. Some of these oils like the rose ones are very pricey! But others, like eucalyptus and peppermint, are much more affordable and can be found at Whole Foods type of groceries or online.

You could also just use coconut oil + sugar and still have a great skin softening body scrub!

The rose petals were from some roses I had that week and the lavender is actually from a bunch of dried lavender I bought a l’occitane a few months ago.

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