Coffee Scrub

I’ve never been a skin care kind of person, but with the introduction of essential oils into my life, I seem to be drawn more and more into looking after my skin. And I can’t say that this is a bad thing.

Earlier this year, at Wilderness First Aid training I did my first ever coffee scrub.

And I have fallen in love.

So I thought I’d share the simple DIY recipe with you and a few reasons about why coffee grounds are so good for making a scrub.

  1. Coffee grounds are economical. If you have a coffee drinker in the house you can just leave a container out for them to collect the grounds in.
  2. Coffee grounds are a great exfoliator. Using course coffee grounds on your skin is the perfect way to remove dead skin cells naturally and makes way for new skin cells. Exfoliating your skin regularly is a great way to improve circulation.
  3. Coffee is good for your skin. I have read that using coffee in this way may help reduce the appearance of cellulite and give your skin a firmer appearance. Caffeine is also full of antioxidants which may help fight the signs of ageing.

Notes on this body scrub:

  1. I have used wet/used coffee grounds that I’d collected over a week or so. I used it all in one go.
  2. I used a liquid coconut oil to make this mix and I used enough to have a wet mix.
  3. I added skin loving essential oils, pink pepper, geranium and grapefruit.


Mix coffee grounds (I used about 1 cup) with equal parts soft coconut oil (or other carrier oil of your choice). Add essential oils (about 6 drops all together).

How to use:

Jump into the shower to apply, this stuff is messy. Massage over a damp body (jump under the water, then out again). Start at your feet and massage gently in a circular motion, slowly towards your heart. Don’t rush, take a few minutes if you can.

If you patient, or have some time, try to hang out in the bathroom for 5-10 minutes before rinsing to let the ingredients do their magic.

Once out of the shower your skin should feel soft and silky. Follow up with a beautiful blend of essential oils in some carrier oil to moisturise for even more silk.

Do you have any favourite home-made scrub flavours?

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