This DIY coffee body scrub recipe is a must-have in your homemade beauty stash. Forget spending hundreds of dollars at the spa to get scrubbed and wrapped — this coffee scrub will get you the results, and costs less than a dollar per use!
What makes this DIY coffee scrub so effective?
I’ve heard of using coffee for toning your legs, but I didn’t want to just throw together a random recipe. I wanted a homemade coffee body scrub recipe that promotes soft, healthy skin – or in more specific terms: it needs to smoothe cellulite, exfoliate dull skin, and increase circulation.
Of course you need coffee for your coffee body scrub! But why is it so special?
Two words: caffeine and antioxidants.
The caffeine helps tissues release excess fluid build up, which tones and tightens the skin. Caffeine has also been shown to prevent accumulation in fat cells. This is why exfoliating with coffee is popular for reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Antioxidants nourish your skin, prevent aging, and may also help release toxins. They can also help your skin produce more collagen, which helps plump up your skin tissue. It’s a win-win for your skin!
It’s more than delicious. It’s also incredibly smoothing to the skin. That’s because the natural glycolic acid found in sugar helps remove dead skin cells and reveal fresh, glowing skin. Sugar’s texture is also naturally exfoliating.
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Coconut oil makes this body scrub luxurious and provides deep moisture to the skin. It also serves a practical purpose: it “holds” the scrub together so it doesn’t go flying all over the place while you use it!
Ginger is warming to the skin and increases blood circulation. This helps bring nutrients into the skin and remove old toxins, leaving your skin feeling completely rejuvenated.
Ready for the recipe? Here ya go:
Homemade Coffee Body Scrub Recipe
Yields about 2 cups (or 5-10 uses)
- 1 cup organic coffee grounds
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh-grated or ground ginger
- Mix coffee grounds, sugar and ginger until well blended.
- Stir in coconut oil (melt the oil first if needed).
- Store in an airtight glass jar.
How to Use Your Coffee Body Scrub
How you use your coffee body scrub is just as important as the ingredients.
- To get optimal results, massage a few tablespoons of your coffee scrub into your legs and torso for 3-5 minutes.
- Concentrate on each area and massage as deeply as you comfortably can.
- Use a circular, upward motion to improve circulation.
- Then rinse away with a washcloth and warm water (with soap if desired).
Use 1-2 times per week to tone, tighten, and nourish your skin.
Warning: I won’t lie — coffee scrubs get the tub a little messy. But a little soap and a wee bit of scrubbing will remove any residue quick as a wink. And believe me, it’s totally worth it. 😉
FAQ for this Homemade Coffee Body Scrub Recipe
1. Can you use old coffee grounds for this coffee body scrub?
You can, but since caffeine is one of the important compounds in the coffee, you might be better off using fresh grounds (since your cup of joe likely contained most of the caffeine in the grounds – that’s why we love it, right?).
2. Can I leave out the sugar?
Yes, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Remember, the glycolic acid in sugar and its crystalized nature are perfect for exfoliating away dull skin. The sugar in this DIY coffee scrub helps bring out that youthful, glowing skin!
3. Is it safe to rinse coconut oil down the drain?
Coconut oil goes solid when it’s cold, so there are some legit concerns about washing it down the drain. However, it’s liquid at shower water temperature, and there’s actually only a little coconut oil per use of the coffee scrub recipe.
So while my concern is low, if you want to play it safe, you can use grapeseed or sweet almond oil instead. It doesn’t quite “hold” the scrub recipe together as well, but it still works.
4. How long is this recipe good for?
Because it contains no liquid ingredients, this DIY coffee scrub recipe will stay fresh for weeks or even months. Since it contains about 5-10 uses and you should use at least once a week, it will definitely stay good until you use it all up.
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Elizabeth is the founder and creative director at The Nourished Life. Her mission is to help people find a more balanced (less stressful!) approach to living a happy, healthy life. Read more about Elizabeth here.