DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub -- all you need are three ingredients for this all-natural body scrub | #beauty #diy #tutorial

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of coffee.  I love pour-over coffee, I love cold-brew coffee, and I always love it iced.  But over the past few months, I have also been experimenting with using leftover coffee grounds as part of my skincare routine.  Have you all tried this?

I am no health expert, and will never claim to be.  But other experts on the webosphere claim that coffee (and caffeine) apparently do all sorts of good things for your skin.  Namely:

1) diminish the appearance of cellulite
2) tighten and tone the look of your skin
3) serve as an exfoliant, when you use the grounds as a scrub

Plus, coffee is naturally a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  And the smell of coffee is one of my favorite things ever.  So I jumped on the bandwagon and have been experimenting with using it as a body sugar scrub.  And I have found it to be quite delightful.  :)

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub -- all you need are three ingredients for this all-natural body scrub | #beauty #diy #tutorial

I have been mixing up DIY sugar scrubs for years, and love experimenting with whatever “hot” new ingredients people are recommending.  But the ingredients in this scrub are about as simple and straightforward as it gets.  You need:

1) coffee grounds (you can either ground the coffee fresh, or use pre-used grounds like I do)
2) sugar (I used turbinado, but any sugar will work.  I would recommend a more finely-ground sugar, like brown sugar, if your skin is sensitive.)
3) oil (coconut oil and olive oil are my two favs)

Just mix them all up, and you will be ready to go with a scrub that smells like your morning cup o’ jo in minutes.  I don’t know if it has honestly made that much of a difference for me with cellulite, but I find the smell of the coffee grounds to be totally energizing and delightful.  And the coconut oil is a great moisturizer.

The one warning I will give is that the coffee grounds make this one much darker than most scrubs.  So don’t freak out if your tub looks looks like it’s full of dirt for a minute before it drains!  :)  Also, as with any scrub, be sure to use this with hot water so that it doesn’t clog up your drain.

All in all, it’s natural.  It’s a great way to use up leftover coffee grounds.  And it feels good on my skin.  So I’m a fan!

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub -- all you need are three ingredients for this all-natural body scrub | #beauty #diy #tutorial

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: About 1/3 cup

This DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub is made with all natural ingredients and is a great wake-up for your skin.


  • 3 tablespoons finely-ground coffee (I used recycled grounds)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I used melted coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I used turbinado sugar)
  • (optional) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Stir all ingredients together until combined. Store in a sealed jar for up to 2 months.

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub -- all you need are three ingredients for this all-natural body scrub | #beauty #diy #tutorial

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  1. Nathalie C. @ Devoted Foodie — July 5, 2014 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    Big fan of the coffee sugar scrub! I also use my used coffee grinds. I love experimenting with different oils or adding more than just one in my scrubs.

  2. gricel — July 5, 2014 @ 4:44 pm (#)

    love this! I’ve been saving my grounds for composting but have been meaning to make a new sugar scrub…

  3. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 6, 2014 @ 11:47 pm (#)

    I love this idea!

  4. Mary — July 7, 2014 @ 12:56 am (#)

    Great idea that I’ll definitely try!

  5. Jacki @ Two Forks One Love — July 7, 2014 @ 7:56 am (#)

    What a fantastic way to use up the coffee I have laying around!

  6. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run — July 7, 2014 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    Do you find that the coffee beans stick to the shower/tub?

  7. Emily — July 24, 2014 @ 8:49 am (#)

    Ooh I love the smell of coffee and facial scrubs so I will definitely be trying this!

  8. Christina Bauer — September 12, 2014 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    Yep, definitely making this!

  9. Kitty — October 28, 2014 @ 1:19 pm (#)

    It basically improves the look of cellulite for a few hours due to it’s diuretic qualities. Not a cure but a temporary cosmetic aid.

  10. Lauren — December 21, 2014 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    I’m definitely going to have to try this. Then I can literally say I love coffee so much I bathe in it!

  11. angie — January 2, 2015 @ 8:25 pm (#)

    Awesome scrub. I also add honey sometimes. 

  12. Honeybee — January 16, 2015 @ 3:24 pm (#)

    I love this idea but if we don’t empty our coffee filters into our drains because the grounds will clog, how does it work with this scrub running down our pipes?

  13. Coralee — March 4, 2015 @ 6:26 am (#)

    can I please ask, how do you stop the grounds from going furry? Mine get a mould growing on them?  Am I doing something wrong?

  14. veronique — March 16, 2015 @ 6:11 am (#)

    Je fais la même chose que vous mais à la place du sucre, j’utilise du gros sel de Guérande. C’est vrai que cela diminue l’effet peau d’orange. Bonne journée, Véronique83 (Var en France).


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