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DIY Skincare: Coffee Scrub

DIY Homemade Coffee Scrub

I’m not a coffee drinker but you know how much I like making skincare products with stuff from my kitchen presses. I opened the cupboard the other day to look for inspiration and on front of me stood this lonely bag of ground coffee beans – unloved and getting old!

I decided to incorporate them into a scrub that I could use in the shower. Although I don’t like the taste of coffee I do love the smell so I was excited about this little mini project. Coffee is said to be good for stimulating lymphatic drainage – I can’t testify to that but it’s a common ingredient in anti-cellulite products.


  • 2 cups of ground coffee
  • Half cup of cup or granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oil (Olive oil, grapeseed, almond etc)

Mix all the ingredients together and  massage into damp, warm skin. You could store left overs in a jar and keep in the fridge for use later in the week. It’s that simple!

It does look a little messy but you’re in the shower when you apply so getting messy is part of the fun. The scrub leaves your skin silky smooth.

Finally, I have a use for coffee!

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  • Melissa

    I just tried this and my skin feels and smells amazing! I definitely needed this. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Esther

    I have used (used/ old) coffee grounds for a body scrub for years now. I really like it. I just use plain grounds no sugar or oil. I did try olive oil in it one time….it was a mistake.
    Once I put the grounds with the oil one my skin, I had a hard time getting it off.
    The oil makes the light grounds stick to your body. I just prefer it plain :)

  • A Certain Vintage

    Can’t believe I’ve only just found your blog.. and Irish too.. loving it! These diy recipes are great ideas xo

  • sherrie

    WOW! love it great idea, i LOVE coffee though so this would be a treat x

  • Caitlin

    It looks like it would make an excellent scrub, but I’ve read that coffee grounds are notorious for clogging pipes. It seems like you’d have to do something to prevent most of it from going down the drain.

  • deepika

    perfect! i have all of these things. i was going to go the the store today to get ingredients for your face scrub too. looks like it’ll be a miracle whip facial and coffee scrub kind of a day

  • Chrissy

    Pressing ground coffee over red raw rashes (eczema etc) helps itching and dries them up. Dip your fingers in water, dip in coffee, press over skin and leave for 10-15 mins then whip on an unscented moisturiser. I use this when I get cold rashes on my hands in the winter!

  • Karen

    Deffo need to try this, does it make you smell of coffee afterwards? hehe I wouldn’t mind that but my sis mightn’t like it that much :) I love coffee! I love all of your DIY recipes, I was in a shop in the GPO arcade yesterday, cant remember the name of it, and saw essential oils and thought of you hehe But then forgot which ones I needed, must add them to The List and be more organised :)

  • Eimear

    That looks nice :3

    • Amy

      :) x

  • Brit girl

    I don’t drink coffee either! There’s tonnes of it in you press, think I’ll follow suit and put it to some use :-)

    • Amy

      Haha we might as well use it for something!

  • LeanneOCD

    I think Cindy Crawford quite famously said in the 90’s that she used left over coffee grinds on her thigh’s to prevent cellulite. Great idea Amy, just finishing my coffee now and I’ll try and whip up a scrub afterwards ;o) x

    • Amy

      that is very true Leanne! Forgot about Cindy..wonder will it make my legs as long as hers! Haha x

      • LeanneOCD

        Now that would be amazing! I’ll be covering myself in the stuff!! Still, there must be something in it. Companies use caffeine in cellulite creams. Wonder what it does exactly… x

  • Alanna

    I think I’ll give this a try this evening, feel like I need a little pampering today

    • Amy

      Ah you sound like you need a little lift. Spoil yourself rotten today! x

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