DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

All you need are 3 ingredients to make this yummy coffee scrub. |

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
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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  1. Louise Salas — November 24, 2016 @ 7:59 am (#)

    Love Coffee
    I just love the smell of coffee sugar scrub!!!
    Made it for friends and family. Awsome for feet… Fabulous for face… Everyone just loves it…

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 27th, 2016 @ 9:18 pm

      Thanks for giving this a try, Louise — we’re so happy it’s a hit with folks!

  2. Nancy H — December 14, 2016 @ 4:13 pm (#)

    Very eager to try this. Is there a reason to use the vanilla other then smell? Thank you:)

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

      I just love the flavor/smell of it. :)

  3. Jen P — January 11, 2017 @ 5:19 pm (#)

    Thanks for the recipe! Quick question: do you dry out your pre-used coffee grounds before you put them into the scrub, or do you just use them wet?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 16th, 2017 @ 10:30 am

      Good question, Jen! We just used them wet. We hope you enjoy the scrub!

  4. Tiffanie — January 27, 2017 @ 2:05 pm (#)

    The best scrub I’ve found so far. My skin feels very soft and smooth. And I feel less wasteful not throwing my grounds out.

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:57 pm

      Awesome, so glad you enjoy it!

  5. Alliyah — February 15, 2017 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    I try it for the first time n the first use my stretchmarks get black maybe is the olive oil cause i here that the it make your skin dark. I don’t know .

  6. Jay Gotham — February 21, 2017 @ 2:13 am (#)

    Hey, I am thinking about trying this. Quick question though – what do you with the leftover coffee before making the scrub. Because they are wet – should I roast them? or dry them first?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 21st, 2017 @ 5:33 pm

      Hi Jay! No need to roast/dry the leftover coffee — you can use it as is. We hope you enjoy this!

  7. CD Wesson — March 4, 2017 @ 1:32 pm (#)

    GLORY…GLORY…GLOURIOUS!My niece gave me a jar of her self/made coffee/sugar scrub for Christmas.  OMG, I can’t say enough good about this!  I am almost 70 yrs young, have extremely dry skin and still (3 yrs) recovering from cancer treatments. There is NOTHING (to my knowledge) on the market like this…incredible, simply incredible.  Like you, I can’t say much about the cellulite, however, my skin condition, tone and overall appearance is incredible (face to toes).  Thank you, thank you, thank you……PLEASE continue your experiments and helping others. [email protected]

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 8th, 2017 @ 10:17 am

      We’re so happy you loved this, CD, thanks for sharing with us! :)

  8. Marla — March 16, 2017 @ 6:23 pm (#)

    Wow!! Thanks so much for this recipe. I used olive oil, my friend dislikes the smell of coconut oil. Coffee grounds from my espresso machine and added a few drops of tea tree oil to get the benefits of Tea Tree added to the scruffer. What a great way to re-utilize things that would end up in the trash. I always have it on hand in the shower. I will be making gifts with your recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2017 @ 8:12 pm

      You’re very welcome, Marla — we’re so happy you loved it, and we like your idea of adding tea tree oil to it! :)


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