DIY: Coffee Scrub

Monday, February 23, 2015

Unless you've been living under an internet rock, you've probably seen branded packets of coffee scrub available to buy online for a while now. At around $15 for something i had the ingredients for in my kitchen, i figured i really should try making my own.

Why coffee?
The caffeine in coffee helps to tighten and provide the skin with antioxidants when applied topically. In theory this will improve the appearance of cellulite over time but in the short term it works as a great exfoliator AND means you're not wasting those grounds once you're done making coffee with them!

Make it your own!
The great thing about making your own is that you can totally customize it. Here are a few ideas of ways you can tailor the scrub to your individual needs:

  • Substitute some or all of the brown sugar for rock salt if you are in need of some serious exfoliation, just be careful not to be too rough with your bod.
  • Play around with the oil to exolfiant ratio; add more oil for a gentler scrub and less for a more exfoliating feel.
  • Change up the carrier oil for something you might prefer. Almond oil is a great nourishing option and leaves you with a deliciously light almond scent. You can warm up a little coconut oil and use that instead (be warned, it may solidify again and look a bit weird but it'll still do the trick) or make a little mix of whatever you feel.
  • Use essential oils that your body needs. If you have acne on your body, using tea tree combined with the exfoliating properties of the scrub will really help clear up, heal and prevent more breakouts; plus whichever oil you use will stop you from getting all dried out like some other body scrubs can do. Camphor is another great oil to use for acne or muscle aches and pains. You could even add sweet orange and cocoa absolute oils for your own Terry's Chocolate Orange scrub! I recommend checking out Edens Garden for more info on each oil!

Something i did want to mention is that a hinged lidded jar is much easier but i didn't have one free!


currently there's 2 comments, would you like to add YOUR THOUGHTS?

  1. If you dry the grounds thoroughly beforehand it will probably keep for longer.
    I used mine up in a week to 10 days so i'm not sure past that.

    Make smaller batches if you're worried :)