Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub


I have been obsessed with Homemade Body Scrub recipes lately. I decided to whip up a Coffee Sugar scrub recipe of my own this morning. It is so easy and very inexpensive. If you have priced coffee scrubs…WOWZA! This homemade version is super frugal compared to those you will find on the market. Of course, the cost will depend on the price of the products you choose. I would say that my cost was around $2 a jar give or take.

The logic behind coffee scrubs is that they not only exfoliate, but also the caffeine in the coffee helps diminish the appearance of cellulite…hmmm…we shall see about that….not that I have cellulite. You should know I am flawlessly perfect. πŸ™‚ The coconut oil is said to hydrate.


What You Need:

1 Cup of Coffee Grounds (Grinds)

1 Cup of Raw Sugar

1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil

I read a lot of recipes for coffee scrubs and some of them were quite fancy. I looked at all the possible ingredients and decided I really wanted a basic, stripped down recipe. I chose to use sugar, but some recipes called for salt. I also used coconut oil even though you could use olive oil or another oil if you prefer.



Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then fill your container(s). Easy peasy.


I think the scrub has a great texture. It isn’t too “wet” because of the coconut oil. I am sure the texture would be different if you substituted the oil.


I haven’t used this in the shower yet, but I did use it on my hands. Very nice.

The recipe is enough to fill 2 small jars. Great to sit by your sink.

Remember, that this recipe does contain oil so if you plan on using in the tub or shower you will want to exercise caution. I am sure if you get this on the floor of your tub or shower it will make it extra slick. Also, you may want to use a plastic container if you plan on keeping this in the tub or shower.

Disclaimer: This blog or it’s owner makes no claims health or otherwise about the effects or usefulness of this recipe. This post is for entertainment purposes only. You should address any skin care concerns with a skincare professional.

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My Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub was inspired by the recipes I found on Pinterest. You can view more of these Coffee Scrub recipes on my Homemade Beauty Pinterest Board.

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  1. Bennie McGarry says

    When you say “coffee grinds”, do you mean the leftover coffee grounds after you’ve brewed coffee, or do you mean unused, fresh-ground coffee?

        • says

          Hi Amy Jo. I supposed left over grounds would work if you planned to use the scrub immediately. If you are planning on storing the scrub for use or giving, fresh grounds would be best. Once the scrub is exposed to water (or an ingredient used is exposed) it expedites the deterioration process. Have a great day! -Jessica

  2. Brandi says

    I’m from the Midwest so I haven’t heard the word grinds used for coffee, is this another word for grounds, or is it coffee grinds I need to look for?

    • says

      Hi Brandi! Ha, yes…I am a Southerner and I sometimes forget we use different words down here. Coffee Grounds is the correct or proper version for what I am calling grinds. (same thing) The coffee grounds I used for this scrub have not been brewed. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have updated the post and will update the graphic. Have a great evening! -Jessica

  3. Alexandria S. says


    I just had a quick question, when do you use it? Do I put it on before I get a shower and then rinse off while I’m in the shower? Or after I get out of the shower and leave it on overnight or something? Can I use the scrub while I’m showering? Also, how long should I leave it on for? Sorry for all the questions! I just want to get this right C:

    Thanks so much!

  4. Becky says

    I’m so excited about this. Scrubbing with coffee is also great where you might wax or shave because it helps prevent ingrown hairs. Loving your blog!

    • says

      Ah, thanks Becky! That means a lot. I do love the coffee scrub. The smell is fantastic…then again I am a coffee addict…so. πŸ™‚ Really? I did not know that about ingrown hairs….added benefit. Thanks for the support and kinds comments. Have a great evening! -Jessica

  5. says

    I have heard that about coffee. I put tea in my soaps I make, might have to try the coffee in my scrubs. I was a little concerned about clogging my shower drain. Your pics look great. Please share at the Bacon Time Anything Goes linky, if you have not already.

    • says

      Hi Mindie. It is a great scrub, but it is messy. The smell is divine (if you like coffee). As for clogging the drain, it hasn’t clogged mine…. but I suppose it could. Thanks for the invitation to link up at your party. I just added the scrub. πŸ™‚ Have a great evening. -Jessica

  6. says

    Ooh! I will have to try this! My sister-in-law actually had eczema and it completely cleared up by using coconut oil every day for about a month. That stuff is the jam! Can’t wait to try it along with coffee.

    • says

      Hi Lauren! Wow that is great to know. I never thought of using coconut oil on my son. He suffers from eczema too. I love this scrub…it is kinda messy, but totally worth it. I am a coffee lover and the scent is amazing. Have a great day. -Jessica

    • says

      Hi Paris! Oh me too. This is a great scrub for a coffee lover. πŸ™‚ Thank you for pinning, hosting and taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. Have a great evening. -Jessica

  7. says

    Hey Jessica
    This looks a wonderful, simple recipe I was just wondering how long does this last for, I don’t just mean how many uses can you get from the recipe but a best before date kinda thing? How long can you keep it before it goes off?

    • says

      Thanks Louise! I love this scrub. One thing that will make a scrub spoil quickly is the introduction of water. So once the scrub inside the jar gets wet the clock starts ticking. I always just inspect my scrub visually and I also smell the scrub. I usually keep an opened scrub a couple of weeks. -Jessica

  8. joan says

    hi, i just wanted to comment about the coffee grounds clogging the drain. i have been putting my used coffee grinds down the drain for almost 40 years and never, never had a clog. i heard that the grinds help scrub the pipes as it is being washed down loosening the greese. i’m not 100% on how true that statement is but i do know no clogs. i’m talking the amount from a full pot, so that is a lot considering that i use a lot because i love it strong. i hope this helps put people’s minds a ease with using coffee. thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • says

      Thanks for the tip Joan. I am glad you have not experienced any issues with clogging. I have not either. I hope you try the recipe. It is one of my favorite scrubs. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! -Jessica

  9. Mayone says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Been going nuts trying to come up with homemade Christmas presents and this is just perfect! I will be doing this and your green tea scrub as well. My friends and family will love them!

  10. Deborah says

    Looks like a wonderful scrub. I was thinking of adding vanilla extract to it. I love special coffees! Would it be alright to add or do you think it would change anything? Like how long it would last? Or would I have to compensate for the liquid? Even though I would probably use the extract not the syrup that way it wouldn’t get to wet. Is there any reason you. An think of that I shouldn’t add the vanilla!? BTW you have lovely ideas!

    • says

      Hi Deborah. Thank you for your kind words. I love homemade scrubs because you can really get creative. Personally, I don’t recall adding vanilla extract to a scrub. You might try googling it or searching it on Pinterest to see if others have given it a try. Thanks for the comment. Have a great day! -Jessica

  11. Shy says

    I love this scrub, but with the additions of vanilla extract and cinnamon. I’ve been using the mixture since last summer, and it adds a new depth to the scent and benefits!

    They are both great for aiding in the healing of wounds, treating acne, soothing skin, and vanilla can help in the regeneration of skin cells. Plus, who wouldn’t want to walk around smelling like their favorite coffee shop? πŸ™‚

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