DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

July 5, 2014 by Ali

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


  • 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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Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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9 thoughts on “DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

  1. Yep, definitely making this!

    - Christina Bauer

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

    - Emily

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

    - Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run

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

    - Jacki @ Two Forks One Love

  5. Great idea that I’ll definitely try!

    - Mary

  6. I love this idea!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

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

    - gricel

  8. 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.

    - Nathalie C. @ Devoted Foodie