Tighten & Tone: Homemade Coconut Coffee Body Scrub

This post was originally published on January 14, 2014 but we loved it so much, we just had to share it again!

Recently, I seem to be inexplicably intrigued by coffee. I don’t drink coffee. I can’t. I’ve tried. It makes me jittery. But I love the way it smells… the way it looks… I love exploring different coffee shops, too. So when I came across the idea of creating a body scrub using ground coffee, you know I was all in.

Homemade coconut coffee body scru

This scrub is made from just 4 — natural — ingredients: ground coffee, coconut oil, coconut palm sugar, and ground cinnamon. Try to buy everything organic, if possible. So, let’s talk benefits!

Coffee is rich in antioxidants, making it an awesome anti-inflammatory ingredient. It contains caffeine, which draws out excess moisture from your skin, causing it to look and feel smoother and firmer. In this scrub, coffee acts as a mild exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and exposing fresh, soft skin.

Coconut oilis one of our favorite natural beauty ingredients over here. It’s incredibly moisturizing and filled with vitamins and minerals, which it locks securely into your skin.

Coconut palm sugar acts as a second exfoliant in this scrub. For more of a deep exfoliation, you can use a sugar with
a coarser texture, like organic cane sugar.

Cinnamon helps to clear your skin of any bacteria. It also brings blood to the surface of the skin, helping to smooth out any lines that may be present.

Homemade coconut coffee body scrub


1/2 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

To make the scrub, mix all of the ingredients together until well-combined. If your coconut oil is solid, gently heat it until it melts, but wait for it to go back to room temperature before adding the other ingredients. This is to ensure that your exfoliants don’t dissolve in the oil! Once mixed, store your scrub in an air-tight container.

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Homemade coconut coffee body scrub 4

I was actually in awe about how smooth and moisturized this scrub left my skin when I first tried it. Then, I had a little extra on my finger, so I tasted it. I thought, “Why not? It’s made with edible ingredients!” You guys, it’s delicious. So I had another little taste. And then maybe one more. About a half hour later I totally regretted doing that — I told you, caffeine makes me jittery! — but for those of you who can actually handle caffeine… it wouldn’t hurt to have a little taste during your morning shower. That’s all. Enjoy!

Homemade coconut coffee body scrub

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10 years ago

I just made this and it was super easy! I actually used just plain white refined sugar ( I know it isn’t exactly natural/organic) but I had all the other ingredients so I just went for it. I haven’t used it in the shower yet, but I did use it on my hands and its great! The oil is super hydrating and locks in the scent of the coffee. I feel like I’ve been in a coffee shop all day!

10 years ago

I’ve been exfoliating with coffee for a while now and absolutely I love it!!! I grind the coffee on the espresso setting so it’s less aggressive on your skin (ya don’t wanna scratch your skin!) and then I use muscovado sugar because it’s what glycolic acid is made from, which is what’s used in facial peels. It’s amazing how good your skin feels after exfoliating. Also lemon juice alone is great too if you have sensitive skin because it’s less abrasive or organic apple cider vinegar <3
xoxo Annejelina

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10 years ago

Oh my goodness this seriously must smell incredible.

xo, Juliette Laura

10 years ago

(and it cracks me up that you ate some!)

10 years ago

I love this post! I’ll be making this ASAP.


10 years ago

SO excited to try this! I’ve been on the hunt for a great coffee scrub. Thanks FP!

10 years ago

Tried something similar to this &loved it! I love the DIY products (:

10 years ago

Homemade soy candles, romantic decor, &trinkets.

Oh dude, this looks sticky and interesting. Worth a try!

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10 years ago

It’s almost self-tanning season. I gotta try this exfoliator!

10 years ago

Love this!! I have all of these things in my cupboard too! I know wha time making tonight!

10 years ago

I made this and it is rock hard, i know scrubs are supposed to be stiff but i can barely get this out of the tub i put it in…..what did i do wrong???

10 years ago

I’m typically allergic to coconut oil (when I eat it my stomach hurts)… do you think this would give me a problem? I want to try it it looks amazing!

3 years ago
Reply to  Ariana

To be on the safe side, you can substitute the coconut oil for olive oil or avocado oil.

10 years ago

I made this and it’s AMAZING. This scrub is a great exfoliant and the coconut oil left my skin moisturized and super soft. This worked so well it’s going to be my go-to scrub.

10 years ago

Just made it and can’t wait to try it out!

Quick question- how long can i keep it for? I am storing it in an airtight container…

Thanks :)

10 years ago

I personally use lavender and coconut oil with my coffee grounds with it but it works great :)

10 years ago

You can generally keep it for awhile as long as it’s kept in an airtight container in the fridge but i always make just enough to use. http://happyhealthytips.weebly.com/

9 years ago

This honestly works wonderfully and it left my skin feeling so soft and smooth. I adore the smell of coffee. Might mix in some vanilla essential oil.

9 years ago

I’ve been told it’s bad to put coffee grounds down the drain…Wouldn’t this clog up your tub?

9 years ago

I absolutely love this body scrub and it’s the only one I ever use. 100% natural with the benefits from each ingredient and so simple to make.

9 years ago

I’ve been adding ground ginger to mine, just cuz I know it’s really good for u…. does anyone know if there are any benefits to that in the scrub?

9 years ago

Can I use this on my face?

9 years ago

Is it ok to use instant coffee?

9 years ago

What about your drains?

Do you use one of those hair-catcher screens, or what?

seems like it would only take a few times of this treatment to clog up the pipes from the shower to the sewer…that would be nasty!

9 years ago

My favourite diy facial scrub is I mash up half an avocado and sprinkle in about a teaspoon or so of fine cornmeal. It’s just the right consistency and doesn’t scratch your delicate facial skin.