DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Coconut Oil

Last Updated on October 11, 2021 by Anne-Marie

This easy DIY coffee scrub makes a great homemade gift. This coffee body scrub also leaves your skin feeling soft!

DIY coffee scrub in small glass jars with orange, white and brown striped ribbons.

Why this recipe works

Try this DIY coffee scrub if you’re looking for an inexpensive coffee sugar scrub to make into gifts.

This scrub is made with coconut oil. It can be used as a hand, foot, or body scrub that will make your skin feel nice and soft.

This homemade sugar scrub recipe makes wonderful gift for friends, family, or your kids’ teachers, too.

The benefits of sugar scrubs

Many experts claim that coffee sugar scrubs are good for all skin types. That’s because:

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

Exfoliating with a coffee body scrub improves your circulation. This gives you smooth and glowing skin.

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

I keep  a jar of DIY sugar scrub by the kitchen sink. It makes my hands feel less itchy and rough after washing dishes.

I also love the smell and how soft the coconut sugar scrub makes my skin feel.

Can I use this as a face scrub?

Since coconut oil can clog facial pores use a different oil, like grapeseed oil.

Otherwise, using finely ground coffee and white sugar makes a terrific face scrub.

Make sure to use it gently, in a circular motion. Then rinse with cool or warm water, not hot. Also, don’t use it too often, about once a week.

If you have sensitive skin, this may be a better sugar body scrub than a face scrub for you.

Can I use this if I have acne?

If you have acne-prone skin and oily skin, you don’t want to use an oil-based scrub.

Instead, try a scrub made with equal parts brown sugar and raw honey. Let it sit on your face for 20 minutes like a mask. Then rinse with cool water.

Brown sugar has glycolic acid and honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which should help with acne.

Jars of homemade coffee sugar scrub with striped ribbon and coffee beans.


  • finely ground coffee
  • coarse white sugar
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cinnamon
  • coconut oil, melted
  • vanilla extract

How to make DIY coffee scrub

1. Combine the coffee, sugar, and spices in a bowl.

2. Add the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract.

3. Using a fork, mix all the ingredients together.

4. Spoon the scrub into an airtight container or mason jar.

Jars of coffee scrub, striped ribbon, and coffee beans.


Can I reuse old coffee grounds?

I prefer using freshly ground coffee beans. It’s not a good idea to use wet coffee grinds since they can get moldy.

Instead, grind up fresh coffee beans for the scrub.

What type of sugar?

In this sugar scrub recipe, I suggest using a course white sugar like turbinado sugar.

You can also try organic sugar or pure cane sugar as they’re more course than regular sugar.

Avoid coconut palm sugar as it tends to clump and harden over time.

Brown sugar is too moist and sticky.

What type of coconut oil?

You can use your favorite brand of high quality coconut oil.

Some people like organic coconut oil and others feel that extra virgin coconut oil is best.

A small jar of coffee sugar scrub with coffee beans and striped ribbon.

Can I use other oils?

Yes, you can use other oils such as:

  • sweet almond oil
  • olive oil
  • grapeseed oil – good as a facial scrub
  • eucalyptus oil – for body scrub only
  • jojoba oil
  • vitamin e oil

More variations

Use a variety of spices and extracts in this body scrub:

  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cinnamon
  • pumpkin spice
  • ground ginger
  • ground clove
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • chocolate extract
  • peppermint extract

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

You can also add your favorite essential oils to this recipe

Will coffee scrub clog a drain?

It could happen, especially if your drains are already clogged with hair.

If you find that your drains are slow moving after using homemade coconut oil sugar scrubs, let your hot water run for several minutes after you’ve showered.

You can also follow your shower with a mixture of hot water and white vinegar. Then rinse with more hot water.

How long does homemade coffee scrub last?

If you keep it cool and dry in an airtight container, it lasts up to 3 months.

How to make DIY gifts

To make cute gifts, spoon the scrub into cute jars or a small mason jar. I like to use 4-ounce canning jars decorated with holiday ribbon and gift tags.

Make sure to label the ingredients on the gift tags.

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Yield: 3 JARS

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Coconut Oil

Jars of homemade coffee sugar scrub with striped ribbon and coffee beans.

This DIY coffee scrub makes a great homemade gift. This sugar scrub recipe leaves your skin feeling soft.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


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


  1. Combine the coffee, sugar, and spices in a bowl.
  2. Add the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  3. Using a fork, mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Spoon the scrub into an airtight container or mason jar.

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

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