One of my favorite smells in the whole world is coffee, so testing homemade coffee scrub recipes was pretty much the best thing ever 🙂 … This particular DIY coffee scrub combines five ingredients that not only moisturize your skin, but also exfoliates and enhances your skin’s appearance.
This isn’t my first go-’round with making a scrub. A couple years ago I made a lavender sugar scrub that I absolutely love. However, the scent of lavender reminds me more of spring, and I wanted to find something with a cozier vibe. Enter Peppermint Coffee Scrub.
What You Need to Make DIY Coffee Scrub
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Ingredients Needed to Make A Body Scrub with Coffee
Melted Coconut OilI used to melt coconut oil, but later tried this recipe with fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil remains a liquid at room temperature, which helps maintain the correct consistency over time.
- Olive Oil– Olive oil adds a moisturizing component to this DIY coffee scrub recipe
- Brown Sugar– Brown sugar acts as an exfoliant by gently removing dead skin
- Fresh Coffee Grounds– Coffee grounds not only act as another exfoliant in this coffee scrub recipe, they also contain Caffeic acid, which may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and soften skin irregularities like redness and fine lines! Check out even more amazing benefits of coffee at Medical News Today.
- Peppermint Essential Oil– Today quotes dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman as saying “Peppermint oil naturally cleanses the skin and has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It has a cooling effect which soothes irritation and inflammation due to acne.” If you are unsure where to buy essential oils, check out this post to help you find a brand that works best for you.
Supplies Needed to Make A DIY Coffee Scrub
- Glass Jar with Lid– When using essential oils, it is always best to store the product in a glass container, as some essential oils can break down plastic. In order to keep this DIY coffee scrub from drying out, make sure to use a jar with an airtight lid.
- Wooden Scoop (Optional)- Adding a wooden scoop is completely optional, but adds a cute aesthetic and can be used to scoop the coffee scrub out of the container.
- Hot Glue Gun (Optional)- Again, completely optional if you want to add the bulldog clip with a little hot glue and label.
- .87″ Bulldog Clip (Optional)
How to Make A DIY Coffee Scrub
The last step is to mix in 15 drops of Peppermint essential oil.
If the mixture seems a bit dry, add up to 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil to improve the consistency.
Once the mixture has been thoroughly combined, scoop it into a glass jar.
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To use, simply scoop out some of the mixture with a small scoop (not your fingers, which can introduce bacteria into the scrub) and evenly apply to wet (or dry) skin using a circular motion. Make sure to avoid delicate areas. Thoroughly rinse off the scrub and dry with a clean towel.
Word of Caution: Due to the oil content of the coffee scrub, your shower/tub floor may become slippery, so please use caution. And if you choose to use this while in the bathtub, you will have coffee grounds floating in the tub 🙂
If you want to spruce things up, you can add a small wooden scoop and attach a label. I simply used my Cricut for the lettering and coffee cup, which I applied to a piece of cardstock. I then used a hot-gun gun to attach a small clip onto the jar to hold the label in place.
Common DIY Coffee Scrub Questions
Can I Use “Used Coffee Grounds” to Make A Scrub?
I would recommend only using fresh coffee grounds in this recipe. Because used coffee grounds are wet with water, it may not provide the right consistency, but perhaps a greater concern is shelf-life. When water is added to a recipe, it greatly reduces the shelf-life as water contains impurities that can aid in bacteria growth… and no one want a bunch of bacteria growing in their coffee scrub.
Does DIY Coffee Scrub Expire?
Like all homemade recipes using food ingredients, eventually, they expire. A DIY coffee scrub should safely last up to 3 months. If you don’t think you’ll use it often, you can certainly half the recipe to make a smaller batch and store it in the refrigerator. If you notice a change is color or scent, it’s time to toss it out.
Can I Use This Coffee Scrub Recipe on My Face?
I would not recommend using this particular coffee scrub recipe on your face, and here’s why… First, coffee grounds are a bit abrasive for exfoliating the more delicate skin on your face. Second, this recipe uses peppermint essential oil, which can cause eye irritation. While the peppermint oil is diluted quite a bit in this recipe, I would still avoid getting it close to the eyes.
Can I Use A Different Essential Oil in This Recipe?
Of course! I, personally, love the scent of peppermint and coffee, but feel free to use a different essential oil if you’d like.
Natural Homemade Coffee Scrub Recipe
- ⅓ Cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
- ½ Cup Fresh Coffee Grounds
- 15 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- Glass Mixing Bowl
- Mixing Spoon
- Glass Jar with Lid for Storage
- Scoop (Optional)
- Hot Glue Gun (Optional)
- Bulldog Clip (Optional)
- Start by adding 1/3 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil and 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil to a glass mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
- Add in 1/2 cup Brown Sugar and 1/2 cup Fresh Coffee Grounds. Stir.
- Add in 15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and stir once more.
- If mixture seems too dry, add up to 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil to improve consistency
- Scoop mixture into a glass jar with an airtight lid for storage