How To Make A DIY Coffee Scrub That Actually Works

Making a DIY coffee scrub is easy to, and most importantly, it is 100% natural.

Homemade coffee scrubs are perfect for restoring the glow and hydration in your skin. And you can achieve this with basic ingredients you most likely already have at home!

We waste a lot of coffee every day, but few people actually know that coffee grounds can become very useful.

Used coffee grounds can be used around the garden, or for making compost.

But more importantly, it can be used as a form of natural cosmetics, at no cost, and in a very effective way!

There has been quite a lot of research done into the benefits coffee has on our skin.

And by this we mean the actual application of coffee on our skin, and what happens thereafter.

Many cosmetic brands use coffee in their creams, scrubs or cleanses. And for good reason!

It is considered to be one of the most important and powerful natural exfoliants, which helps to invigorate the skin and supports it to regain its natural state.

But you don’t need to actually go out and purchase any expensive coffee scrubs.

You can make your every own DIY coffee scrub by simply using ingredients from your pantry.

Before we dive into some amazing DIY coffee scrub recipes, let’s quickly break down the basic benefits of coffee for our skin.

DIY coffee scrub

The Benefits Of Coffee Scrub On The Skin

Coffee scrubs have countless properties and bring several benefits to the skin.

They moisturize the skin and give it a really soft feeling, thanks to the grains which form the exfoliate.

The benefits are mainly due to the properties of caffeine, known for its lipolytic and draining action.

Below are just a few of its awesome benefits.

Reduction of skin irritation

Coffee scrubs can really help those who particularly suffer from acne and skin inflammation. As it is a natural anti inflammatory, it really helps to fight acne and any irritation of the skin.

Regular use of coffee products can effectively relieve irritation and calm the skin.

Remedy against cellulite

Using coffee as a scrub can help those who are subject to cellulite problems.

The important properties of coffee help to improve the condition of the body, and decrease the typical appearance of cellulite. The components of coffee seem to help reduce it drastically.

Caffeine helps to dilate the blood vessels, and improves the overall blood flow and stimulates circulation.

For this reason coffee scrub is apparently used to fight and counteract scars and varicose veins too.

After its application, the affected areas will look much smoother and firmer.

It is detoxifying and regenerating

Coffee has important antioxidant properties, which help improve the skin’s health through the elimination of impurities.

It stimulates and increases blood circulation, and promotes the natural regeneration of new skin cells.

Anti-ageing properties

Coffee contains powerful antioxidants called phenols, which are crucial in fighting free radicals in the body.

These are one of the main causes that cause premature ageing of cells.

In addition, applying coffee scrub on the skin would help to drastically reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.

DIY Coffee Scrub Recipes

We’ve created several different types of DIY coffee scrubs.

These include body scrubs, face scrubs and a hand scrub.

Keep reading on to discover them all!

1. DIY Coffee Anti-Cellulite Body Scrub

DIY coffee scrub

This coffee body scrub has innumerable properties and brings several benefits to the skin.

Below’s recipe is perfect for a DIY coffee body scrub.

What we need:

  • 4 tablespoons of coffee grounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

How to prepare the coffee scrub

Preparing an anti-cellulite body coffee scrub is simple.

First, add the coffee grounds to a bowl.

Then we add the sea salt, which has a high draining power and is useful in reducing unsightly fat pads that form on the legs, buttocks and thighs.

Next add the brown sugar, which has high exfoliating power.

And lastly, the two tablespoons of olive oil. The olive oil is excellent for regenerating the skin, as it is rich in vitamin E.

Olive oil also contains a good amount of vitamin A, useful to stimulate cell regeneration and repair tissues.

At this point mix all the ingredients and our scrub is ready.

How to use the body scrub effectively

The coffee scrub should be used regularly to fight cellulite, but not more than three times per week.

Apply the coffee body scrub to wet skin in the shower, after washing it with your regular cleanser.

Try to pick up the scrub with dry hands, or by using a teaspoon in order to prevent water from entering the jar.

Then apply the product to your skin and massage it in circular motions from the ankles to the buttocks.

You can also apply this scrub to your arms.

Let the coffee sit for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

2. DIY Coffee Face Scrub

DIY coffee scrub

The use of coffee scrub for our face requires us to make use of a more delicate scrub.

This is due to the simple fact that our face’s skin is a lot more sensitive than the rest of our body!

Particular attention must be given to the eye area, which is usually not treated with any exfoliating product for the risk of causing harmful irritations to the eyes.

What we need

  • 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of Jojoba oil (you can choose the most suitable oil for your skin type)

How to prepare the coffee scrub

To the coffee grounds add the honey and mix well.

Next add the Jojoba oil. If you want, you can slightly warm the oil.

And mix well until you get a firm consistency.

For this face scrub we chose Jojoba oil because it is famous for its anti-ageing action and also it is a natural anti inflammatory. You could also use coconut oil, for example

And the honey gives this scrub a less aggressive effect, which is what we want in a face scrub.

How to use the facial scrub

Rinse your face with warm water first.

Then apply the coffee scrub evenly on the face and then start massaging with gentle rotating movements, starting from the chin and moving up towards the forehead and temples through the cheeks.

It’s possible to apply the product also on the lips, but be very gentle.

Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

3. DIY Hands Exfoliating Coffee Scrub

DIY coffee scrub

This last scrub recipe involves your hands, which might seem like a strange thing to exfoliate, but it really feels amazing!

Along with the face and neck, our hands are one of the first parts of our body to show signs of ageing.

Our hands are exposed to every single element that we can come into contact with in our daily lives.

So it makes sense to give them the love and care which they deserve!

What we need

  • 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds
  • half a lemon

How to prepare the coffee scrub

Making hand scrub is super easy.

We need to simply mix the juice of the lemon with the coffee grounds until we reach a smooth mixture.

How to use the DIY coffee hand scrub

The hand scrub should be done with completely clean nails and hands.

Wash your hands well and avoid using moisturizers or oils before scrubbing them.

Take some of the scrub and spread it on the outside of the hands, massaging in circular motions.

Move from bottom to top, until you cover the nails and cuticles.

Continue for about 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Repeat the treatment once a week and you will see the first results immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are just few questions which we often get asked when it comes to DIY coffee scrubs.

What does the scrub do?

The scrub is used to remove dead cells from the upper layer of the epidermis, operating a deep cleansing of the skin, activating cell turnover, stimulating circulation and fighting dry skin.

How does one store the scrub?

A dark place is ideal as exposure to heat, sunlight or humidity can affect the quality of the scrub.

Storing it in a pantry, cabinet or under the bathroom sink is ideal.

Make sure it is in a sealed container.

Can I use the coffee scrub every day?

In general, it is a treatment that can be applied several times a week.

But our advice is to not exceed 2 to 3 times a week to avoid making your skin too sensitive.

Do we use fresh coffee grounds or used coffee grounds?

You can use either.

Personally we prefer using used coffee grounds. This way nothing goes to waste. We simply make our coffee in the morning, and set aside all the used grounds.

Then later we make our scrubs!


Coffee is one of the most under appreciated products out there.

It is not only great as a drink, but also a good friend for beauty.

So next time you make some coffee, remember that you can and should use your leftover grounds to make your skin feel and look even better!