This homemade antioxidant coffee body scrub exfoliates the skin, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, and moisturizes the skin with coconut oil. It’s the perfect body scrub for the coffee lover in your life!
Body scrubs are a great product to help your skin feeling moisturized and nourished. You can spend $12 to $25 for a high quality scrub or just a few dollars making it home with organic ingredients.
When making homemade scrubs, sugar, salt, oats, grains, and coffee are the key ingredients for a great exfoliant base. They all offer different properties for the skin, but I choose to use coffee for an ultimate exfoliation because it’s high in antioxidants, which help lesson or prevent the effects fo free radicals.
Several years ago, I worked for a Bath and Body company. I fell in love with their coffee and cocoa scrubs. The coffee body scrub was known to help reduce cellulite. I used it for several months and found that it helped to firm and smooth my skin. Caffeine in the scrub is what supposedly helps reduce cellulite. While I don’t claim that this scrub will minimize cellulite (though that would be a bonus), I will tell you that coffee and coconut oil are rich in antioxidants, which are very beneficial for the skin.
How To Make DIY Coffee Scrub
The base of this coffee sugar scrub uses fresh ground coffee, organic cane sugar, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Fresh coffee grinds contain antioxidants, but you can substitute fresh grounds for used grounds if you like.
Instructions: Use a coffee grinder to grind one cup of coffee beans. In a medium bowl, mix the coffee grounds and sugar. I use organic white sugar, but brown sugar and raw sugar are great options too.
Next, mix in a 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted or soft), vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon. Ground cinnamon is added for its warming effects on the skin (and it smells incredible).
After you mix the ingredients up, scoop them into a glass mason jar or container of choice. Store the scrub in a cool dry place and use within six months. Note: Add a few drops of vitamin e oil to help extend the shelf life of this coffee sugar scrub. Alternatively, you can add a preservative. I haven’t personally used a preservative in this scrub but Geogard ECT would be my choice. This preservative should be .6-1% of the formula if you choose to use it.
How to use coffee scrub:
- Use 1-2 tablespoons of the coffee body scrub to exfoliate your skin.
- Rub gently in a circular motion to massage and rub into your skin.
- Rinse off thoroughly with warm or hot water in the shower. You may want to use a drain catcher to collect grounds from going down the drain.
What is coffee scrub good for?
Coffee scrubs exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells, and may even help reduce cellulite. Caffeine appears to have some advantages for skin health. Some research suggests that caffeine may help reduce cellulite and dimples on the skin. Another benefit of using coffee on your skin is that coffee is high in antioxidants, which are amazing for your skin.
Is it good to scrub your face with coffee?
While there are many benefits to using coffee on your face, I personally wouldn’t use this recipe as a face scrub. Ground coffee is very abrasive on the face and may irritate the skin. If you’re looking for the benefits of coffee for your face, I recommend using my coffee body butter instead. Update: This coffee face scrub recipe is made with fine ground coffee and is safe to use on sensitive skin!
What can I use in place of coconut oil?
Almond oil (or sweet almond oil) is a great alternative and can be substituted 1:1 in this recipe. Olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil and macadamia nut oil are other good alternatives to coconut oil.
Can I add essential oils or fragrance oils to this scrub?
Absolutely! I don’t use synthetic fragrances, but essential oils are great in body scrubs. I suggest adding ten to fifteen drops of essential oils to the scrub to start off, then add more if needed. My favorite oils to add to this coffee scrub are cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, copaiba, and cassia essential oils.
Could used coffee grounds be used to make this body scrub?
Yes! Used coffee grounds will work in this homemade coffee scrub, but you need to dry them out in a dehydrator or oven before using them in this recipe.
Coffee Scrub Recipe
This homemade coffee body scrub exfoliates the skin, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and moisturizes dry skin. This easy scrub makes for a great homemade gift and perfect for anyone who loves the smell of coffee!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 7 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- 1 cup ground organic coffee
- 1 cup organic sugar or salt
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify.
- Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar.
- Use 1-2 times a week (or every day if you like).