Make it Your Own Coffee Body Scrub DIY

Coffee lovers, rejoice! Your ever-lovin-coffee-minds are about to be blown with this DIY coffee scrub.  Yes, truly, today I’m going to show you how to make your own coffee scrub.  We’ve done citrus scrub, regular ol’ sugar scrub, and strawberry salt foot scrub, so I thought it would be fun to mix it up (wakka, wakka) and try some coffee scrub.

coffee scrub

Let me tell you right now, if you hate the smell of coffee, you should maybe go learn how to make a layered white chocolate pumpkin cream pie instead.

DIY make it coffee scrub

If you’re still with me, I trust you love the smell of coffee.  When you walk into a bookstore + or coffee shop, you lift your head in the air and inhale, deeply.  Because coffee smells like magic and fairy-tales, that’s why. So it makes sense to me then, that you and I would love to wake up with a morning shower featuring a coffee scrub finale before heading out into the world.

Every little bit helps, you know.

DIY coffee scrub ingredients

If you remember, the sugar and salt scrubs I make always feature some sort of natural oil.  The combination of the exfoliant, in this case coffee grounds, with the oil makes your skin smooth + moisturized, just the way you like it.  The way I like it, anyway.  Here’s how the whole thing goes down:

Make it Your Own Coffee Body Scrub DIY

  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds
  • 1/4 cup coconut or olive oil
  • 2 T white or brown sugar / I use one of each
  • vitamin E gel tabs
  • 1 T vanilla
  1. Step 1: Mix together coffee grounds and sugars and combine thoroughly
  2. Step 2: Add olive oil, vitamin E and vanilla
  3. Step 3: Mix until all ingredients are completely combined
  4. Step 4: Put mixture into a watertight container with a lid
coffee scrub DIY

Your coffee scrub should look something like this, and it should smell like happiness on a spoon.  Put it in the shower, and every time you bathe use a tablespoon or two to exfoliate all over your body.  If you’d like to focus on the areas that have a bit of cellulite (who me? never!) coffee grounds reduce the visibility of all that nonsense, temporarily at least.  And, it helps to reduce any redness + inflammation on your skin.

My favorite part of it though is that I end up smelling like a latte, and I’m nice and soft to boot.

make it your own coffee scrub

If you’re making the scrub for your friends, because you’re a lover, not a fighter, use a cute cupcake wrapper to spruce things up a bit.  I made mine in a tiny canning jar with a screw on lid, and put a cupcake liner in-between the jar lid and the screw on lid.  You obviously won’t take it into the shower like that, but life is all about presentation.

Wrap a little colored string around the top and you’re the new Martha, coffee scrub in hand.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Anne :

    I’d heard that coffee improves the appearance of cellulite, but I hadn’t heard that it reduces redness. I’ll have to try it!

    • Allison :

      It does, it does! Even if it didn’t do a darn thing, I love the way it smells + feels.

  2. Georgia :

    LOVE this! Any suggestions for getting rid of the oil slime’ that’s left behind on the shower floor …. kind of a bummer for the husband – though I don’t mind – feels good on my feet :)

    • Allison :

      Georgia, I usually spray down the shower when I’m done just to get the basics off, but vinegar works well too. I keep a spray bottle of vinegar next to the shower and spritz everything when needed. Good luck!

  3. Kellie The Shoe Diva :

    I’d love to try this! Do I have to use fresh coffee grounds? Can l use grounds after I make coffee out of them? Would be awesome if I can sort of recycle used grounds.

  4. Lesia Whipps :

    I am diabetic. When I use sugar scrubs, It can raise my blood sugar. With that said, I am wondering if the caffeine in the coffee might give you a bit of an energy kick?
    To Kellie the Shoe Diva, using old coffee grounds to fertilize plants in your garden, yard, or house is excellent! You can use them in compost, or if you don’t get into the whole take time to make your own compost thing, just mix them in some topsoil and put around the plants. Make sure you water well after, and walla you’ve recycled and they will give back to you!