3 DIY Coffee Scrubs for Facial and Body

All around the home there are simple ingredients hiding out that you could be using to improve your personal look and feel. You’ve probably heard of homemade scrubs and facials, but did you know that there’s a secret beauty powerhouse in your kitchen? If you’ve been throwing out coffee grounds, it’s time to start keeping them. Check out these three coffee ground scrubs that will have you stocking up on grounds after your morning cup.

Cellulite Busting Coffee Scrub

Everybody knows that a cup of coffee can perk up your mind in the morning, but did you know it can perk up and help you have healthy skin too? When applied frequently, the coffee in caffeine can help reduce the look of cellulite. That makes coffee the perfect ingredient in a cellulite reducing scrub like this one.


  • 1 cup coffee grounds
  • 6 tbsp oil (coconut is best)
  • 3 tbsp sea salt or sugar

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, adding melted oil. Mix thoroughly, and transfer to a jar or resealable container.
Apply to cellulite areas while in the shower, massaging gently in circles. Rinse off, and continue your showering routine as usual. For the best results, use the scrub every time you shower.

Pro Tip

Mix up a fresh batch of this each week, and keep the container in your shower. That way, you never forget to use it.

An Awesome Exfoliating Body Scrub

In addition to smelling delicious, coffee is also great at gently exfoliating skin. This body scrub is perfect for folks with dry skin, because the coffee sloughs off that outer layer. With baby soft skin exposed, the nourishing oils of the scrub are more effective.


  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Combine coffee grounds and brown sugar in a bowl, and add melted coconut oil. Put in a wide mouth resealable container for easy use.

Grab a palmful of the scrub and massage into skin in a circular motion. You can apply this to your entire body, avoiding the face. When done, wash thoroughly. When done, store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Pro Tip

Coconut oil (or any oil really) might make shower and tub floors a little slick. Be sure you are extra careful in the shower!

A Homemade Anti-Aging and Skin Brightening Facial

You may have noticed recently that some fancy skincare brands have started to include coffee in their anti-aging and skin brightening products. That’s because the caffeine and exfoliation of coffee are great for repairing sun damage, reducing the look of wrinkles, and brightening skin. For a little extra boost in your skincare regimen, try out this coffee based facial scrub.


  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp finely ground coffee

Mix together equal parts oil and coffee. Apply to the skin in an upward motion, avoiding getting it into the eyes, nose, and mouth. Let the mixture rest on the skin for at least 15 minutes, and up to an hour. Rinse off gently.

Pro Tip

Coconut oil is awesome for dry skin types. If you want to brighten up skin or tighten lines, but are acne prone choose an oil that’s better for your skin type. Hempseed oil and grapeseed oil are both great at nourishing skin without clogging pores.


Will the oil in these treatments clog drains?

Usually most people won’t have too much trouble with oil clogging the drain. If you have drains that are particularly sensitive, you can swap coconut oil out for grapeseed oil. This oil is a little looser, and is less likely to clump in the pipe. Plus, it is great for skin.


Should I use fresh or used coffee grounds?

You can use either! If you happen to be a coffee drinker, try making these recipes with used grounds to get a little more bang for your buck. If you don’t normally drink coffee at home, you can buy fresh grounds and use those. Either way, your skin still gets all the benefits that the coffee has to offer.

Are coffee grounds safe to apply to the face?

As long as you aren’t personally sensitive to coffee, applying it to skin (even the delicate skin of your face) is safe and can help you have healthy skin. Just don’t get it in your eyes or nose.

Author Bio: Deric Loh
Deric is the Editor of Better Coffeer. He fell down the coffee rabbit hole when he was young and since developed into a journey, from trying out coffeeshops, to making his own coffee at home, and finally sharing with others on how to make great tasting coffee back home on Better Coffeer.

46 thoughts on “3 DIY Coffee Scrubs for Facial and Body”

  1. heatherb2016

    I love DIY products! I never thought about using coffee grounds in a body scrub or facial mask – wow! Simple and easy to make! Thank you for sharing – I can’t wait to see the benefits of these!

    1. HI Heather,
      Yes it is simple and easy to make. I only use DIY products for my skin and cleaning my house. Have fun trying the scrubs and enjoy the healthy and clean feeling they will provide. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. Ohh, I feel like these would smell absolutely divine! I LOVE coconut – it just makes me so happy! Thanks for these great diy tips!

    1. Hi Elena,
      I love coconut too and use it daily on my skin and use it to cook and bake with all the time. I am glad you found my tips helpful. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. Myrah Duque

    I’ve never used a coffee mask on my skin, but it looks ah-mazing! DIY scrubs are my preferred. I bet my skin will be glowing in no time! This recipe will come in handy for sure! Thank you!

    1. HI Myrah,
      I use DIY masks and scrubs all the time too. I think you will like how this scrub makes you skin feel – it feels clean and healthy. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    1. HI Breanna,
      Have fun trying. I think you will really like how it makes your skin feel. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  4. notquitesupermommn

    Wow, this looks like it smells amazing. I can’t wait to try it out during our next girls pamper night!

    1. HI,
      It does smell good. Have fun at your girls pamper night. Drink coffee and use the grounds on your skin. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    1. Hi Jacqueline,
      Yes coffee is good for your skin among its many other uses such as using in your garden. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  5. Nature has it all for us. Unfortunate enough, until recently we little cared to see the best of its boons. I find it very encouraging that people like you are in for a movement for green living. Hats off.

    1. HI Rabindro,
      Yes I totally agree. I have been living green for over 10 years and I use DIY skin care, DIY cleaning products and every green possible in my house. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  6. We usually put our grounds in the compost bin or garden but now I have another alternative, great idea!

    1. HI Emily,
      Putting coffee grounds in your compost is so good for fertile soil, but using them on your skin is also a great way to recycle them. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  7. Love love LOVE this idea! I am always looking for new ideas for home DIY projects like this, and since my hubby is a coffee addict, we have loads of grounds lying around! 🙂

    1. Hi Flossie,
      I am so glad you found my post helpful and I hope you find that the coffee grounds are so healthy for your skin. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  8. Really an informative article,Marla!Thanks for sharing!I will try it very soon because both are near to me and i never thought that these will help me one day in such a wonderful way.

    1. HI,
      I am so glad you found my post helpful. Coffee grounds have many uses and one is using them to cleanse your skin and keep your skin healthy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  9. sunsetsandrollercoasters

    I love this! I’ve actually never used a scrub but I love that this is homemade and it uses ingredients that I have plenty of in the house (especially coffee grounds 🙂 ). It also looks so gentle on the skin. I’m definitely going to try it this weekend.

    1. HI,
      I am so glad you found my article helpful. I use many DIY products on my body and around my home. Good luck with trying the scrub and let me know how it works our. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  10. We’ve heard such great things about coconut oil that I’m sure it would be great for a facial mask. Never tried coffee sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing this helpful recipe.

    1. HI Sue,

      I use coconut oil on my skin every day and use different scrubs and facial masks that base is coconut oil such as this scrub with coffee grounds. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  11. This was a great article. II enjoyed reading about healthy alternatives for skin care. Coconuts one of my main staples in my household,one bottle for cooking and one for skincare. Thanks for taking time to inform your readers.

    1. HI,
      I am so glad you liked my article and that it helped you. Coconut oil is also something I use in my home daily in one way or the other. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  12. What an informative article! I didn’t know that coffee can be used to improve the personal look. I will have to share this with my sisters. Thanks for sharing.

    1. HI John,
      Yes coffee grounds can be used for many purpose such as for the skin. I’m sure your sisters would appreciate your advice. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    1. HI Shirley,
      I also like using DIY scrubs on my skin and have numerous ones I that I alternate using. Good luck with trying this one. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  13. Oh my gosh I was just thinking to myself this morning I should find more ways to use these used coffee grounds besides compost! I love these! I will be using these all of these! Thank you for this informative article!

    1. HI Fosheela,
      I am so glad that I was able to help you find another use for your coffee grounds and that my article was helpful to you. I love DIY scrubs and masks to keep my skin healthy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  14. tennismom miami

    Wow so creative!!! I would have never thought to put these ingredients together. I definitely have to try the coffee scrub, the one with coconut oil and sugar:).

    1. Hi,
      I am glad that my article was helpful to you. Good luck at trying the scrub. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  15. These are some great DIY coffee scrubs recipes. Thank you, Marla, for sharing them. I personally use a coffee mask on my skin once a week for it leaves my skin glowing with very few natural ingredients. It also helps me get rid of whiteheads and dead skin cells. I’ve also listed some DIY Homemade Exfoliating Scrub recipes on my blog, thought you would like to check out them. https://womencommunityonline.com/natural-homemade-face-scrub-exfoliating

    1. HI Amisha,
      Thanks for reading my article and sharing some of the homemade scrub on your website. I have checked some of them out and they certainly seem healthy and I have tried some of them myself since I only use DIY on my skin. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  16. Oh that is amazing! I will definitely do it. I had no idea coffee can be that good for the skin! Thanks a lot for the post.

    1. HI Chad,
      I am so glad you found my article helpful. I hope you do try one of these scrubs and find out how good coffee can be for the skin. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  17. I love homemade remedies & beauty treatments, so this is right up my alley! Just so happens I have all the ingredients on hand, so I’m going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. HI Simone,
      I love some of the information and natural solutions you have on your website. I hope you do try this scrub and find out the benefits of coffee grounds and coconut oil or any of the other recipes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  18. There is nothing better than a homemade scrub! I love when I get them as gifts, but have never tried making them myself! You inspired me to try some on my own! These are ingredients I always have on hand so I’m definitely going to try these. Especially the body scrub:) Thanks for the great scrub recipes!

    1. HI Nicole,
      I certainly agree with about the homemade scrubs. That is all I use on my skin. They are great to give a gifts but I hope you do try one of these recipes and find out how great your skin feels. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  19. I recently bought a coffee scrub while on vacation. Having never used one, and being a lover of coffee, it was too much a good deal to pass up on. Definitely has helped my skin, and I even got a coffee shampoo for my hair.

    1. So good to hear that you are using natural products like coffee. A coffee shampoo sounds wonderful – should be cleansing and make your hair shine. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day.

  20. ufuomajesegineyahoocouk

    I absolutely love coconut, Marla. Years ago, I would prepare in any form and shape to eat! It wasn’t until a few I got to know its amazing benefits for the skin and I always have a bottle (hint: I make it myself) around. Thanks for sharing this great recipe because I have coconut oil and coffee grounds also checked! Now, on to some skin pampering session, thanks to you! And thank you for the love on my blog! I appreciate you, Marla!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      I love coconut oil too. I use in cooking and baking every day and use it on my skin daily too. I will do masks on my face and scrubs but I change them for the different for a variety of benefits and I don’t always have coffee grounds available. I love your blog and the positive messages you promote, but I don’t always have time to read all your articles in detail like I would like to. Have fun with the pampering session and enjoy the fresh and clean feeling of these scrubs. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day.

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