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DIY Body Scrub with Spent Coffee Grounds

You too can bring the power of coffee grounds to your bathroom – you only need spent coffee grounds and a few ingredients to make vegan body scrub at home.

Jar containing homemade scrub made with spent coffee grounds

You’ve probably heard about the skin and health benefits of coffee. What if we told you that you can make your own coffee scrub at home super easily? Spent coffee grounds are perfect exfoliating particles to include in a body scrub. Try our recipe and see for yourself.

Note: As with every skincare product, try a patch test to see how your skin reacts, and avoid using the scrub on sensitive areas such as your face.

What you’ll need to make about 2dl of body scrub:

  • About 50g of Spent Coffee Grounds, a.k.a what’s left of your coffee grounds post brew.

  • 100g of Coconut Oil

  • 1-2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil

  • 3-4 drops of Tangerine essential oil

  • A jar to put your scrub in

Ingredients needed to make the spent coffee grounds scrub
4 Ingredients - that is all you need!

Step 1. Get comfortable, brew yourself some coffee, and keep those grounds.

It all starts with you sipping a cup of coffee that you just brewed. Sounds easy so far, doesn't it? While you finish your coffee, slowly getting ready for the work ahead, remember THE most important thing: keep the used coffee grounds you just brewed. Get them out of the French press or the other brewing device you used, strain them to take away excess water, and put them aside in a clean container.

Step 2. Clean and sterilize your scrub container.

Find a container for your homemade scrub. You don’t necessarily need to buy that – There are plenty of convenient and cute glass jars out there, and the easiest is to upcycle! An old jar of jam will do the trick.

Old glass jars that can be reused as scrub containers
Think about the environment and save money: upcycle an old jam jar!

Clean your jar and its lid thoroughly using warm water and soap. Then, to make sure you can keep your scrub several days, you need to sterilize the jar. Be reassured, it sounds more difficult than it actually is.

To sterilize the jar, put it with its lid in a saucepan filled with cold water. It’s important the jar is completely covered by water. Turn on the hot plate on high heat and let it boil for 15 minutes. After that, leave the jar in the water until last minute, i.e. when you’ll fill it with your homemade scrub.

Jars being sterilized in boiling water
Sterilizing the Jars

Step 3. Prepare the Scrub.

Gather the used coffee grounds and coconut oil in a bowl. Add 1 to 2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil, and 3 to 4 drops of Tangerine essential oil. Tea tree essential oil has antibacterial properties that will extend the shelf life of your scrub. We’ve added Tangerine oil because its scent goes well with the one of coffee, but feel free to replace it with another essential oil of your choice.

Mix all ingredients together until you obtain a homogeneous mixture.

Ingredients are being mixed together in a recipient
Mix all ingredients until you obtain a homogeneous scrub.

Step 4. Fill in your jar and enjoy your scrub!

Well done! You can now take the jar out of the water, dry it, and fill it with your scrub. You keep the scrub in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to take it out of the fridge a few minutes before use so that it softens. As the scrub is quite oily, the best is to use it before wash in the shower.


Closeup of the Spent Coffee Grounds Scrub Texture on Skin
Texture of the Spent Coffee Grounds Scrub


Did you know caffeine can boost your skin's natural hydration? Learn more here.


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