Don’t let those ideas you pinned on Pinterest just sit dormant without trying a few of them out. There are so many easy beauty DIY’s out there (see my Skincare Hacks board for tons of inspiration) that are effective and tons cheaper than buying something at the store. This coffee scrub I made was inspired by the ones made popular by frank body using just the basis for the scrub which is coffee, an oil, and sugar. I didn’t add any additional oils like jojoba or olive, or boosters like essential oils because I wanted something easy using things I already had at home. The coffee is the most effective part anyway.
Coffee is known to reduce inflammation, smooth the skin, brighten, and even reduce the appearance of cellulite. It’s also safe enough to use on your face and because the grounds are fine it shouldn’t feel too abrasive, but mix it with a creamy cleanser or even a moisturizer to pad it a bit if you need a little extra cushion.
You can use any oil you’d like, but I like coconut oil which makes a wet sand consistency so you can grab handfulls of it and rub it just where you need it to go. I used white sugar (you can use brown too) just to give it more exfoliation and so it wasn’t straight up coffee.
It doesn’t have to be exact, but my ratio was something like 1 cup of coffee grounds, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 cup sugar. I whipped the coconut oil first in my Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachment until it was creamy and lump-free, then added the coffee and sugar. I really wanted to get the texture right so it would feel like a store bought product that I’d be excited about using.
Let me go ahead and state the obvious: The smell of the scrub is strong so you should either really like coffee, or use essential oils to dull it down a bit. If coffee just isn’t your thing, make one that’s sugar based. There’s THIS recipe for the Foaming Brown Sugar Scrub I made years ago and really loved.