Easy Spent Coffee Body Scrub Recipe

By Geana Sieburger |

Exfoliation is an ancient practice of removing surface level skin through abrasion. It leaves skin feeling soft and the general understanding is that it encourages the growth of new skin cells. 

I've been wanting to share a coffee scrub recipe for a long time. But in the busyness of it all, and because I thought I needed a recipe from an expert, it took me a long time to even google what goes into making a good coffee scrub. To my surprise, this is one of those things that you just can't go wrong with as long as all ingredients are good and fresh. 

This recipe is not fussy! You probably have all of these ingredients in your pantry right now, which is the beauty of it. I started with a small amount (1/3 cup of each ingredient) just to try things out, but you can double or triple it if you're making it to share. I also like making small quantities to guarantee my scrub is always fresh. The last thing you want is for your scrub to backfire because it's gone bad.


Equal parts:
Spent coffee
Coconut oil
Coarse sugar
1/3 or 1/2 cup is a good starting point

Start by letting your coffee grounds dry out completely after brewing with one of our reusable coffee filters! I spread my grounds in a cookie sheet and set it in a sunny area for a full day to dry. I made this in late winter/early spring so dry time would be shorter in the summer.

Mix your dry ingredients, then add in the coconut oil. If you're doing this on a cold day or cold room, your mixture will be stiffer then if you're mixing on a warm day.

The mixture should look dry and pack down really well.

From here, add mixture to a small jar like our Weck jar, or roll into 1 inch balls. If you want to try, what I'm calling, the "ball method" on a hot day and the mixture is a tad too sticky, refrigerate for 1 hour before rolling into balls. I like to keep my scrubber balls refrigerated so I don't have to worry about them going bad if I don't feel like exfoliating for a month, but keeping it at room temp in a sealed container works too for those who exfoliate more frequently.

This recipe is easy and makes a great little gift. Both my husband and I use these little scrubber spheres. He struggles with extremely dry and callused hands and feet from decades of climbing and likes that it doesn't leave his skin feeling greasy. 

In case you were wondering, you don't have to worry about your drains getting clogged. Ground coffee actually helps clear old drains since it's abrasive and doesn't clump. And as for the coconut oil, there won't be enough going down the drain to cause a problem.

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