How to make a coffee scrub at home

Anna Kerwick @ 2019-08-29 13:48:09 +1000

The basic recipe for a scrub is simple: grit + oil + whatever extras you like.

For the grit we’ve used coffee, brown sugar and sea salt.

Coffee is a great natural exfoliant, packed full of caffeine and antioxidants, while being gentler on your pores than synthetic particles. Brown sugar helps bind the whole thing together, while giving a finer buff and polish and acts a humectant, helping lock in hydration. Sea salt is antibacterial and keeps the whole thing nice and clean.

Dried coffee grounds are easier to work with, so once you’ve made your morning cuppa, simply crumble the grounds onto a baking tray and leave them out to dry.

Each scrub uses a different carrier oil, but feel free to use whatever works best for your skin. I’ve put in a starting measurement, but add as much or as little as you like depending on whether you like your scrub a little oilier or grittier.

These recipes are just the basic ratios, so the quantities are able to be multiplied if you’d like to make enough to store or to give handmade coffee scrubs to friends.

Once you try these recipes out, share your scrubs with us on Instagram and Facebook!



Nourishing Face Scrub
3 tablespoons coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
5 tablespoons grapeseed oil
chock full of vitamin E and linoleic acid, grapeseed oil is a skin-tightening, scar-fading, pore-cleaning powerhouse
a few drops of lavender, rose geranium & ylang ylang essential oils
healing, soothing, anti-ageing, with the added benefit of helping you calm down and de-stress

Invigorating Body Scrub

3 tablespoons coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
5 tablespoons almond oil
a mild oil guaranteed to leave your skin silky smooth with added zinc, potassium and fatty acids to help heal any little bumps or irritations
1 teaspoon ground ginger
invigorating, antiseptic and anti-ageing, ginger is as good for your skin as it is for your insides
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, circulation booster
a few drops orange & frankincense essential oils
frankincense to lift & tighten skin, orange for Vitamin C and a little boost of happiness!

This scrub can also work wonders for a flaky scalp.



Delicious Lip Scrub


1 tablespoon coffee

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 pinch sea salt


1 tablespoon coconut oil
deeply moisturising & tastes like tropical paradise which is important, because let’s be real, some of this is going in your mouth


1 generous pinch ground cinnamon
this warming spice helps boost the blood flow for a plumping action