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DIY Coffee Scrub Recipes for Face and Body

by Je
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DIY coffee scrubs are super easy to make and take very little time to prepare.

They are almost as good as a hot cup of coffee, which means they are better than anything else in the world, besides world peace, and a box of puppies, and road trips, finding a bargain isn’t so bad either. That’s a pretty impressive list forming there.  I should have thought this through.

Anyway, if you are already a coffee lover, you now have one more reason to celebrate. Over the years coffee has snuck into our beauty regime. And it’s here to stay.

These following scrubs fit seamlessly into an eco-friendly beauty routine.

I like coffee exceedingly...

H.P. Lovecraft

Why are coffee scrubs good for our skin care routine?

Let’s see:

  • Coffee is a natural exfoliator that lifts dead skin cells and dirt leaving the skin with a smoother surface.
  • Its antioxidants offer a more radiant, even toned, glowing skin.
  • Its aromatic appeal wakes up the brain and helps reduce the stress that comes from sleep deprivation.
  • The caffeine in coffee is also supposed to dilate blood vessels and reduce the appearance of cellulite, although more research is needed on this. Still, caffeine brightens your skin and is used on many skin care products.

Check out these super easy DIY coffee scrubs to boost your skin health. (Note: Exfoliate no more than once a week for best skin care routine. )

coffee scrubs recipes

Coffee Peppermint Scrub

1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
10 drops peppermint essential oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Step 1: Combine sugar and coffee grounds in a bowl.
Step 2: Slowly pour coconut oil into the mixture and stir while adjusting the consistency.
Step 3: Add peppermint oil and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
Step 4: Store in an air tight glass jar and use within two weeks.

This is a great DIY coffee scrub for body and face.

Coconut oil keeps skin moisturized and super-smooth.

Brown sugar contains glycolic acid that has anti-bacterial properties. Besides, it is a natural humectant and traps moisture from the surrounding environment to hydrate your skin.  It is also significantly softer on the skin than sea salts or granulated sugar.

Vanilla extract has anti-inflammatory properties.

And peppermint essential oil has invigorating properties making it the perfect partner for coffee. You will love its cool, tingly effect on the skin. (For more comprehensive information on essential oils and their usage, you might want to check out this guide)

Coarse ground coffee is too abrasive for the skin, so make sure to go for fine ground coffee (not powdery fine though).  If your coconut oil has solidified then heat it till it melts, take it out and let it cool for a while before mixing it with the ground coffee. If the oil is too hot then your ground coffee may dissolve completely.

Here’s a fruity variation of the coffee scrub which will refresh and invigorate your mornings.

coffee scrubs recipes

Coffee Orange Scrub

1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
1 tbsp orange peel powder
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1-2 tbsp raw honey
5 drops orange essential oil

Step 1: Mix coffee grounds and orange peel powder in a bowl.
Step 2: Pour sweet almond oil into the mixture and stir while adjusting consistency.
Step 3: Add raw honey and orange essential oil and mix thoroughly.
Step 4: Store in an air tight glass jar and use within two weeks.

Orange peel powder is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C. It is the perfect astringent and regulates the production of sebum in the skin, thereby helping to tone it. Its mildly abrasive texture renders it a good exfoliator and in this particular scrub, offers extra action.

In combination with orange essential oil, orange peel powder offers a nice, fresh, citrusy zing to the scrub.

Raw honey is a great choice due to its anti-bacterial (it has very low pH value) and anti-inflammatory properties, besides being a good option for sensitive skin.

And sweet almond oil nourishes and exfoliates the skin.

coffee scrubs recipes

Coffee Cinnamon Scrub

1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
6-7 drops red apple essential oil

Step 1: Combine sugar and coffee grounds in a bowl.
Step 2: Slowly pour olive oil into the mixture and stir while adjusting consistency.
Step 3: Add cinnamon powder and red apple essential oil and mix thoroughly.
Step 4: Store in an air tight glass jar and use within two weeks.

Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, stimulates blood vessels, good for acne treatment and has anti-septic properties.

Red apple essential oil combines well with cinnamon for that universally loved fragrance. (Lavender and rosemary oils also work very well with cinnamon.)

Olive oil, besides being full of antioxidants, makes skin extra smooth and soft.

If you are looking for a DIY coffee body scrub without coconut oil, this recipe is perfect for you.

coffee scrubs recipes

Coffee Honey & Yoghurt Scrub

1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
4 tbsp yoghurt
1-2 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp cocoa powder

Step 1: Mix coffee grounds and yoghurt in a bowl.
Step 2: Add raw honey into the mixture and stir while adjusting consistency.
Step 3: Add cocoa powder and mix thoroughly.
Step 4: Store and refrigerate in an air tight glass jar and use
within 1-2 days.

Cocoa powder is packed with flavonols, powerful antioxidants that keep skin younger for longer by combating free radicals. Also, it gives you that extra caffeine boost!

Yoghurt has lactic acid that dissolves dead and dry skin and tightens up skin pores.

This is a perfect DIY coffee scrub for legs and hands that need a little extra TLC.

How to use coffee scrubs

Scoop a tablespoon in your bare palms (wear exfoliating gloves if possible) and gently massage in circular motions to buff skin and stimulate blood flow.

Be careful not to over-exfoliate. Remember, you are going to remove the dead skin cells, not skin yourself alive.

Also, don’t forget to exfoliate your lower legs (known to be problematic with dry skin) for that silky smooth feel later. Scrubbing is especially helpful before any hair removal session and prevents ingrown hairs.

Leave scrub on skin for 10-15 minutes. You could wash and condition your hair in the meantime.  Rinse off and wash as usual.

After your bath or shower, put on your favorite lotion and revel in your rejuvenated skin. You’ll be amazed how different and distinctly better your skin feels!

Caution: All scrubs contain granules but coffee scrubs are a different beast. Coffee scrubs can clog pipe. Use a bathtub stopper while using them in the shower, and dispose them in garbage.  Also, the oils in the scrub can make the floor slippery, so be careful. (I personally use rubber flip-flops.)

Are you a coffee lover? Do these DIY coffee scrubs appeal to you? Let us know in the comments below.

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10 comments

Jasmine October 15, 2019 - 8:53 am

I literally just ran out of my face scrub and have everything in my pantry for the coffee peppermint scrub! I’m trying it this week, can’t wait!

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Je October 15, 2019 - 1:40 pm

Cool! Happy skin buffing 🙂

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Tammy Miller October 16, 2019 - 10:11 am

Great post. I am just getting back into the swing of things when it comes to skincare. I usually just wash my face and go but before it was using a facial scrub and moisturizer. How often should you do coffee scrubs?

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Je October 19, 2019 - 12:53 am

Thanks. I do it once every two weeks but once a week is also allright.

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LaKisha Mosley October 16, 2019 - 11:00 am

This is awesome. I will certainly be sharing with others. I had no idea coffee could be used for skincare. Thanks for the tips.

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Je October 19, 2019 - 12:51 am

Thanks Lakisha. Coffee scrubs are so invigorating. I love them.

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Casey October 16, 2019 - 12:32 pm

I never knew you could use coffee as a facial/body scrub! I don’t drink coffee, but my boyfriend does! Perhaps I’ll have to steal some of his and give it a try!

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Je October 19, 2019 - 12:50 am

And who knows he might just fancy the coffee scrub too. 🙂

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aimlief October 16, 2019 - 1:16 pm

Yas! I have all the ingredients to try the Coffee Cinnamon one 🙂

Thanks for the recipes, Je!

– aimlief

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Je October 19, 2019 - 12:49 am

Enjoy! Hope you make a kickass scrub. 🙂

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