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 DIY coffee scrub will get you the results, and costs less than a dollar per use!
What makes this DIY coffee scrub recipe 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 soothing 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.
(Want more sugar scrub recipes? Check out my 21 favorite recipes here.)
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.
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 crystallized 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 peruse of the coffee scrub recipe.
So while my concern is low, if you want to play it safe, you can use grapeseed, 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.
Homemade Coffee Body Scrub
- 1 cup coffee grounds
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp ginger (fresh or ground)
- 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 HOMEMADE COFFEE SCRUBHow 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).
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Elizabeth is the founder of The Nourished Life and has been writing about natural living for 12 years. Her work has been featured at Shape, Bustle, and Mother Earth Living. Her mission is to help you lower your stress levels and find fun ways to become happier and healthier. Read more about Elizabeth here.