Look, I don’t drink coffee but recently my Husband decided to become a coffee drinker and now we are blessed with a fair amount of coffee grounds that I had to find something to do with. So here is our, “Coffee Body Scrub using leftover Coffee Grounds”.

Option one was to use them for compost and the garden. While that project is coming soon, it only seemed fitting that I find another use for them. However, if you are really keen to learn how to use them in the garden, have a read of this: “A Common-Sense Guide to Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden“.

The easiest solution was a coffee scrub and while I don’t like the taste, I do love the smell. Your skin feels incredible after using it too, so to be honest, I am hooked!

This can be made with readily available ingredients from your pantry, or you could go a little fancy depending on your groove, it’s totally up to you.

I don’t know about you but websites that take ages to actually get to the recipe annoy me, here it is and a few variations to try depending on what you want to use it for. However, if you are so inclined, please read to the end for a little bit more information!



½ cup of fresh coffee grounds (finely ground is best)
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla


Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the oil until your desired consistency is achieved. Add any essential oils you may be using and store in an airtight jar.

Use:  Apply to damp skin and rub gently using circular massage motion all over the body. Rinse well.

Avoid mixture getting any water in it.
Store in the fridge between uses to prevent mould growth.
Use within one-two weeks
Try to use organic and locally produced products if possible

Coffee scrub that turns old coffee beans into a delicious skin treatment – who wouldn’t want that in the morning?

A few cautions if you are going rogue

  • Be careful using in the shower as the oil can make things a bit slippery.
  • Being eco conscious, make sure to turn the water off after you have wet yourself (I considered changing this sentence but it made me giggle).
  • When choosing essential oils to add, if you use citrus blends, make sure you wash it off well after or consider only using it at night as some citrus oils can make your skin photo sensitive and prone to UV damage which must be avoided at all costs!

Now, this is not an exact science. You can experiment until your heart is content. For a dryer scrub add less oil; for a coarser scrub use salt instead of sugar; for a more moisturising mix up the oils consider using sweet almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil or jojoba – each have their benefits which I will detail in another post.

You could consider using a mix of sugar and salt – this can be a little coarse if you plan to use it on your face and can actually cause microtears in your skin, so scrub gently or consider using something else on your delicate facial skin.

Coconut oil is deeply conditioning, naturally clears away the dirt and dead skin cells. 

Sweet almond oil is an amazing antioxidant packed oil that leaves your skin beautifully hydrated.

Olive Oil is full of vitamin A and E and is beautiful on the skin.

Vanilla is wonderfully calming and soothing making it a warming choice.

Options for essential oils: Depending on the amount of scrub you make; you would only need to add 5-15 drops of essential oil.

Coconut Caramel Coffee Scrub will gently remove dead skin cells to reinvigorate your skin
  • Tea tree – this is a wonderful to use for a facial scrub but go gently and dilute appropriately, as it can be quite strong
  • Orange, Grapefruit or Lemon – Coffee and citrus smells amazing. It is great for promoting collagen production and increasing circulation. They can help aid in detoxification and improve skin texture and tone.
  • Peppermint – WOW! Talk about wake me up! This would be amazing first thing in the morning with so many benefits but again, go gently. It is strong and although it goes without saying, I will point it out again here…..avoid any delicate areas!

Now some of you might be reading this and think, nah. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Don’t despair, I have a solution for you. We have one prepackaged, perfectly balanced and ready to go! Click here to shop our My Shay 6am Coffee Scrub. Invigorating and made with ground arabica coffee grinds, almond oil, coconut oil and some other incredible ingredients to make your skin sing!

For those of you that do think, yes I need to know how to make a Coffee Body Scrub using leftover Coffee Grounds before I lose it with my partner for leaving their coffee grounds all over the bench then it is time to get DIYing! And in case you weren’t yet convinced here are a few more reasons you should incorporate coffee scrubs into your life.

From my little bit of research on the topic here are the top 5 reasons this type of scrub is good for our body:

  1.  The caffeine in coffee can help to stimulate and promote healthy circulation which can reduce the appearance (not get rid of it, just the appearance) of those lovely cheeks of ours if we so desire (don’t quote me on this, it’s just a rumour but I’m happy to give it a go!) But, more importantly when used on our face it can make our skin appear brighter by removing dead skin cells. See the next point.
  2. It removes dead skin cells which helps our body to build newer, healthier looking glowing skin plus your skin will feel so soft and smooth after – trust me – it’s like a baby bottom.
  3. There are anti-inflammatory properties in the coffee (insert science words here) that can help reduce red and inflamed skin.
  4. There is some research to say that it can help to reduce the effects of free radicals oxidising our skin by the presence of antioxidants helping us to stay looking fresh and young – SOLD!
  5. It an incredible wake me up in the morning – the physical action of scrubbing your body combined with the scent – it is actually really delightful, and remember I don’t like drinking coffee.
  6. And one, more (not to self, change the ‘5 reasons’ section) you are reusing something that you would otherwise throw away.

So, feel free to share your magic recipe with me below. I love to try different ways to use coffee beans.

Keep scrubbing!

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