This DIY coffee scrub is an amazing exfoliator. It is cheap and super easy to make at home. We all know what a scrub does, right? This coffee scrub is a great antioxidant, moisturiser and definitely helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. It definitely makes the perfect body scrub DIY.
I know this is not a food recipe post but I had to write about this amazing scrub that everyone should make and have in their bathroom/gym bag.
Coffee scrubs aren't cheap to buy. I am actually thrilled to be sharing this coffee scrub recipe. I never thought of making my own coffee scrub until recently when my lovely masseuse mentioned it to me. What a genius idea this was!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear Elena!!
It is now in my bathroom, my kids use it, my hubby and it's also in my gym bag. Oh, the scent from this is so amazing too!
How do you make a homemade coffee scrub?
It is an easy, very easy task. Just mix the ingredients listed below and ta-da! You have a high-quality scrub that you would pay £12-15 to get in a health store. I can even reassure you that this is of much better quality.
See storing tips further down as well as other tips and information.
With just four ingredients, this body scrub is ready in no time. Here's what you need:
- coffee grounds or ground coffee - is entirely up to you - they both do the same thing
- honey - this could be replaced with sugar but truthfully, honey is so much better
- grapefruit oil - only get an essential oil that is okay to use for beauty products, carefully choose the right product to be okay to use on your skin ( this smells amazing)
- olive oil - use a good qulity extra virgin olive oil - the quantity differs depending on how dry or runny you'd like your scrub to be.
See the recipe card for exact quantities.
This is a vegan version but you may add other nutritious ingredients to bring this scrub to a whole nutrition level for your skin.
- Olive oil - can be subbed with coconut oil which you wil need to bring to melting level, youghurt is also an alternative or even an egg that has to be very well beaten. For these substitutions, you will have to apply the scrub when made and cannot be kept for future use.
- Honey - use sugar instead, any brown sugar is okay to use but avoid the refined versions for a different exfoliating experience
- Grapefruit oil - you may use vanilla or cinnamon for any DIY coffee scrub and if you want to go a little more extreeme, use a pinch of cayenne pepper or freshly ground black pepper. You migh want to use gloves if choosing to use any spicy ingredient.
- Moving away from all-natural ingredients, you may also add any shower oil, something you really like using. Last time I have added a lovely shower oil from Rituals that I love.
- Make this coffee scrub a kid friendly by keeping it all natural and adding all natural organic ingredients. My teenagers (although lucky to have no acnea issues) are using this a couple of times a week and they love how skin feels after. Pure velvet! This scrub really helps with acnea for those teens that have issues with it.
- The scrub can be made in dry form or more liquidy.
- Add some lemon juice - it particularly helps removing dark blemishes on your skin
It depends on how runny or dry you make your scrub. I have added some honey as I do like mine more of a runny form.
- This liquidy scrub I find easier to store in an older squeezable shampoo bottle so I can just squirt some out whenever needed
- The dry one can be kept in any jar
- The scrub can last a good two weeks out and about, it does not need refrigeration unless you choose to add ingredients that need refrigeration such as yoghurt or egg.
If you add sugar to your scrub keep it in a dry form so that the sugar doesn't dissolve.
The scrub lasts even 3 months especially the one in a liquid form that has olive oil, coconut oil or any shower oils.
If you find the scrub too oily for your taste add more coffee grounds, sugar, salt or even some soda bicarbonate.
Is coffee scrub good for skin?
The benefits of coffee scrub are great. We all know that coffee is a great source of antioxidants and nutrients that may benefit the skin but also the scalp and hair. We can use it to :
- exfoliate - coffee grounds make a great exfoliant since do not dissolve in water, it helps removing dead skin cells. Studies show that caffeic acid (an antioxidant) not only helps boosting collagen which prevents premature cell ageing but also has antimicrobial properties protecting skin grom germs.
- treat acne - the chlorogenic acids in coffee, the antioxidants contained as well as the antimicrobial properties could make cofee scrub an effective acne-fighting facial scrub unclogging the imflamed pores.
- reduces cellulites - Hello ladies! Yes, it reduces the appearance of cellulite if used persistently. Why pay lots of money for treatements when you could do this at home? Any saloon treatment has to be repeated to show results. One treatment will not do much. Swift to treating yourself, get your partner to help - benefits all the way! Wink, wink!
- increase blood flow - especially the peripheral one through massaging the skin.
A scrub in general, should not be used more than 2-3 times a week.
If you have sensitive skin, it will be a good idea to start off sparingly — too much can strip your skin of moisture.
Take half a handful of the scrub and rub it onto your skin in circular motions. Leave it for a couple of minutes or longer and then rinse thoroughly with warm or hot water.
Note: Can also be used on the face to help with acne but always be sure to avoid getting coffee grounds near your eyes.
Well, you can simply use the vacuum-packed coffee you buy from the shop or use the coffee grounds leftover from your morning coffee (scoop out the coffee pods) or the coffee grounds leftover when making tiramisu, coffee cake or anything using coffee and you'll be left over with some coffee grounds.
Amazing DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe
- 1 bowl small- medium size
- 1 teaspoon or spatula
- 1 cup coffee grounds
- 2 tablespoons organic honey
- 10 drops grapefruit oil
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Place the coffee grounds into a ceramic or glass bowl.
- Add the olive oil, the grapefruit oil and mix well.
- Store in an airtight container or mason jar.
- Depending on the consistency you desire your scrub to be this can be stored and carried in your gym bag in a jar with a proper lid or if it's more liquid put it in an old shampoo bottle and squirt out as much as you need.
- To make this vegan, substitute the honey with sugar.
- Make sure to buy a food-grade grapefruit oil
- Despite all ingredients being food graded ones, this recipe is not food thus not edible and it is for external use only!