DIY Coffee Scrub

DIY Coffee Scrub

Looking for an inexpensive coffee scrub recipe to make into gifts for the holidays? Then you need to try this DIY Coffee Scrub!

This coffee sugar scrub is made with coconut oil, and can be used as a hand, foot or body scrub.

This easy coffee scrub recipe makes wonderful homemade gift for friends, family or your kids’ teachers, too. Have the kids help you make a batch!

Looking for an inexpensive coffee scrub recipe to make into gifts for the holidays? Then you need to try this DIY Coffee Scrub!

The benefits of a coffee body scrub

Many experts claim that coffee body scrubs are good for your skin. That’s because:

• The coffee scrub acts as an exfoliant, removing dead skin to reveal new, healthy skin underneath.

• Exfoliating with a coffee scrub improves your circulation, which gives you smooth and glowing skin.

• The caffeine in the coffee body scrub reduces the appearance of cellulite and helps your skin look more firm and toned.

I keep  a jar by the kitchen sink. It makes my hands feel less itchy and rough after watching a bunch of dishes. I love the smell and how soft the coffee scrub makes my skin feel.

DIY Coffee Scrub is a terrific exfoliant. This coffee body scrub leaves your skin feeling soft.

Make a variety of DIY coffee scrub recipes!

The body scrub recipe below uses nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. You can use any leftover pumpkin spice from Thanksgiving if you like. Or you can experiment with other ground spices like ginger or clove.

For the winter holidays, you can use almond, chocolate or peppermint extracts in your DIY Coffee Scrub.

Another way to change up the scrub recipe is to use a flavored coffee like toasted hazelnut or French vanilla.

Have fun, experiment, and go through your baking cabinet and spice rack and use up some of those extracts and spices that you have too many bottles of!

DIY Coffee Scrub - make a variety of coffee scrub recipes as homemade gifts.

Making and packaging the DIY Coffee Scrub

I prefer using freshly ground coffee grounds instead of used grounds. While a scrub is a thrifty and “green” way to reuse old coffee grounds, I don’t think it’s a good ide to use wet grounds in the coffee body scrub. You don’t want the scrub to get moldy and gross.

In this coffee scrub recipe, I suggest using a course white sugar like turbinado sugar. Sugar in The Raw works great for this as does many organic cane sugar brands, as they both tend tend to be more course than regular sugar. Avoid coconut palm sugar as it tends to clump and harden over time.

You can use your favorite coconut oil. Some people like organic coconut oil and other’s feel that virgin coconut oil brands (which may or may not be organic) are best. I’ll leave that up to your preference and budget.

To make cute homemade gifts, spoon the DIY Coffee Scrub into 4-ounce canning jars decorated with holiday ribbon and gift tags.

Since you don’t want to give someone who’s allergic to nuts a coffee body scrub made with hazelnut coffee, make sure to label the ingredients on the gift tags, too!

Looking for more DIY homemade gifts? Learn why 5 Reasons Why Homemade Taco Seasoning is a Terrific Last Minute Gift Idea.

DIY Coffee Scrub

DIY Coffee Scrub

Variation: Instead of cinnamon and nutmeg, use 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice.


  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup course white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 to 4 drops gluten free vanilla extract


  1. In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract. Using a fork, mix until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
  3. Spoon coffee scrub into small mason jars or other airtight containers. Decorate with ribbon and homemade labels.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: fills three 4 ounce canning jars
  • Serving size: One 4 ounce jar

Originally published on October 31, 2014. Updated with new photos and information.

DIY Coffee Scrub

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