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DIY Coffee Scrub

DIY Coffee Scrub

I love a good scrub. If I don’t exfoliate enough I get the world’s scaliest elbows and it’s just not a good look. Scrubs are a great way to get into making your own skincare since they’re so easy and cheap to make. This one is literally two ingredients and feels amazing on the skin.


First up, you’ll need coffee grinds. I used an espresso grind so it was a bit finer, but usually I just use normal coffee. I don’t like using old grinds- if I haven’t made coffee that day (ha!) then I’ll use unbrewed coffee grinds. A little goes a LONG way, so don’t freak out about the amounts.


You’ll also need oil. I used coconut oil because I wanted intense hydration and a neutral smell. I also love olive oil. If your skin isn’t as hardy then sweet almond, argon, grapeseed, or jojoba oil work as well.

The amount of oil depends on what you want it to do. If you’re skin is in need of a darn good scrub use less so it’s a bit grittier. If you’ve been feeling dry add more oil for moisturizing. Either way you’re 100% not going to do this wrong.


Then you just mix it up!

Some Very Important Considerations

  • If you don’t like how oily you feel after you use this, then leave it on for a few minutes in the shower and use your normal soap/body wash/shower jelly/cleaning method. Your skin will still benefit.

  • This stuff has oil. Oil is slippery and will make your shower slippery. Be careful.

  • Speaking of your shower, coffee grounds and oil make one hell of a mess. Make sure to give your shower an excellent rinse while you’re still in it or risk the wrath of the person who cleans your bathroom for a good long time.

  • Some people use coffee grinds on their face. I think it could be done if you use espresso grind as it’s finer, but personally I use this for the body only.

  • Stuff soaks through the skin really easily. I’m not 100% sure of the caffeine benefits of this but even if it’s just the good old placebo effect it tends to put an extra pep in my step.

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