DIY: Coconut Coffee Scrub

Easiest and definitely the most glamorous thing you’ll ever do in life, ever.

DIY: Coconut Coffee Scrub / Bev Cooks

Don’t quote me on that.

So, the other day I started cleaning up the kitchen after our morning breakfast bedlam, and riiight as I was about to dump the coffee grounds from my oversized, stained Chemex filter, I thought, “HOLD ON, to your loooove. You’ve got to hold on.” And then I thought, “I could do something with these. I bet I could do a lot of ish with these.” Soil sprinkling, sure sure. But what else!

So then I was like, “WAIT A MINUTE, Mr. Postman. Wayayayaaait, Mr. Postman.” And then I thought, “A body scrub! Perfect. Done.”

DIY: Coconut Coffee Scrub / Bev Cooks

The first time I made the scrub, a few weeks ago, I set out to make it a teeny bit more complex than what I’m showing you today. My filter had about 1/2 cup of used coffee grounds in it. So to build on that, I added 1/4 cup of sugar in the raw, to make it more exfoliation-y. Then I thought, “OH YEAH, doo, bow bow, chick chicka chicka. I’ll add coconut oil!” But I melted it first, which is totally not necessary. So don’t do that part.

DIY: Coconut Coffee Scrub / Bev Cooks

And you know what else? The second time I made it, I didn’t use the sugar, and it was totally the same! Maybe even better. Not quiiiiite as gravely. Not quiiiiite like you’re rolling around in parking-lot bar grit after too many frozen margs, with Kid Rock’s “Cowboy” blaring from a broken window. Not that that’s happened to me.

So basically, goes like this: 1/2 cup of used coffee grounds + 1/4 cup coconut oil (straight from the jar, no melting.) Mix mix mix.

And you get this loverly lil’ treat:::

DIY: Coconut Coffee Scrub / Bev Cooks

Yaaas. It might look completely crazy to you, but I can’t get enough of it!

First of all, it SMELLS MARVELOUS. Coffee plus coconut, are you even kidding?

Second of all, it takes 15 seconds to pull together. You’re totally ready for spa day before you can say, “totally ready for spa day.”

Third of all, it’s free! (If you already have coconut oil, which obviously you do.)

Fourth of all, it’s saving the planet! You like saving the planet, don’t you? Yes.

Fifth of all,’s.straight.ridic.

Sixth of all, how many songs did I reference in this post? Way, way too many.

DIY: Coconut Coffee Scrub / Bev Cooks

Now for a couple of tips! If you have one of those non-slip sticky things in your tub, I’d highly advice taking it out before you use this scrub. Those grounds will get stuck under there so fast and you’ll be crying a river and forcing me into another song reference.

Second tip: I’m not so sure how safe it is for pregnant gals to use this, with the caffeine all busting up through your epidermis like that. So maybe use decaf grounds, just to be on the safe side, and so that I don’t get sued. I have to shave my legs today, and that’s already too much on my plate.

Okay, what else can I do with leftover coffee grounds? Because Lord knows I need another obsession. Ugh.

Get scrubby!


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48 Responses to DIY: Coconut Coffee Scrub

  1. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog July 9, 2015 at 9:21 am #
    YES! I could totes go for a spa day
  2. jen July 9, 2015 at 11:18 am #
    Totally trying this! XO Jen
  3. Ashley@blondegirlcravings July 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm #
    Brilliant!! I have been a cold brew making machine this summer, and I hate wasting the leftover grounds!
  4. Heather July 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm #
    Well you've already got a couple of these coffee ground ideas down, but of course buzzfeed has a list ;)
  5. Leslie July 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm #
    How long will this keep, do you suppose, and should it be refrigerated?? "And iiiiii, just want to thank you...for giving me the best (spa) day of my liiife" Know that one??
    • Bev Weidner July 12, 2015 at 12:18 pm #
      You know, I think about a week or two, just room temp in the shower is just fine! (DIDO. Boom.)
  6. Cherie July 10, 2015 at 6:34 pm #
    Coffee grounds worked into your garden soil is also very good !!
  7. Adrien July 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm #
    Lovely! Where did you purchase your small wooden spoons? I've been searching everywhere! Thanks in advance!
    • Bev Weidner July 12, 2015 at 12:19 pm #
      I got the tiny spoons on Amazon! Just look for baby wooden spoons. The other one that's slightly bigger, I can't remember where I got that! It was forever ago. But Amazon will have ze goods.
  8. Kristin July 13, 2015 at 3:17 pm #
    SO this may be a crazy obvious question but can you use NON used coffee grinds? Sorry for the lame question- Im not a make-my-own coffee girl (I would much rather frequent the local coffee shop)!
    • Bev Weidner July 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm #
      Ya know, I really bet you could! Depending on how coarse you want the scrub, you may add a little sugar! Let me know how it turns out. :)
    • Annette February 3, 2016 at 7:07 am #
      Did you try the non used grinds? I don't drink coffee at all, I know probably the only person on the planet, but just wondering how it worked!
      • Bev Weidner February 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm #
        I haven't! Only the used grounds. But if you do, let me know how it works out! I'm guessing the scrub would just be a little more coarse. Keep me posted!
        • Sara H October 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm #
          I’m new here and this is the greatest thing ever! I’ve read multiple comments about non used grounds and that’s how I’ve been making mine and lemme tel you my legs and feet are aaaaamazingng! (Use a smaller amount of your oil for a foot scrub and no more dry cracked sad feet’s!!) thanks for sharing you’re amazing blog Im 100% following you for the rest of time. ♥️
      • Josie June 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm #
        I don't do coffee either and made a similar scrub as presents a few years back. I added cinnamon, non used grounds, and grape seed oil (I don't do coconut either....I know, I am a freak! Lol) and it kept in a mason jar for well over a year. I made a bunch of scrubs and rotated through the ones I kept for myself. I LOVE the exfoliation of the coffee grounds! Sugar scrubs seem to dissolve away too quickly for me to get a good long scrub out of them.
  9. Jenn @ A Toast to the Good Life July 13, 2015 at 4:02 pm #
    What a great idea! This is something I'll definitely try at my own home. Thanks for sharing! We all deserve a little pampering, right?! ;)
  10. Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness July 13, 2015 at 6:57 pm #
    What a great idea!!
  11. Amanda July 16, 2015 at 11:24 am #
    Hey everyone, Bev is totally right about the coconut oil body scrub. It will change your life! I have just been mixing it with regular white sugar but will definitly try the coffee grounds next. After I starting using it for a few weeks I noticed I was no longer getting razor burn or red bumps after I shaved and using it on the back of my arms got rid of the dry bumps back there too. Even hubby noticed my skin was so much softer!
    • Bev Weidner July 16, 2015 at 1:20 pm #
      Ahhhh, so glad to hear you like it! Next time def try it with coffee. OMG.
  12. Kathy January 25, 2016 at 7:44 am #
    Do you do this 2xs day and do you leave it on long
    • Bev Weidner January 26, 2016 at 7:40 am #
      Hey, Kathy! I use it just whenever I feel like it! Not twice a day though. Maybe once a week. And like any scrubs, you just rub it in, and rinse it off. No real specific length of time. Hope you enjoy!
  13. Lucinda January 25, 2016 at 2:56 pm #
    Can I use this in a shower the mix is not going to clog my shower
    • Bev Weidner January 26, 2016 at 7:38 am #
      Hey, Lucinda! I've used mine multiple times in the shower and it has yet to clog. Hope you enjoy!
  14. JOY E. PRIDEMORE January 27, 2016 at 5:47 am #
  15. Dede January 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm #
    I feed my coffee grounds to my chickens. They would probably love the added coconut oil in them. Lol
  16. Joan | January 27, 2016 at 3:32 pm #
    Coconut oil is healthy and universal, you can use him in cooking, as cosmetic for body and with coffee as a scrub. Smell of coffee stimulates and wake you up and coconut oil moisturizes skin, nice combination.
  17. Anonymous February 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm #
    How you put on your
  18. Melissa Hardman September 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm #
    I love this! Esp. you! Your post made me laugh. I mean who doesn't love coffee in another aspect of their life...this gal! Thanks for sharing! I am also going to include this awesome link in one of our upcoming posts! Hopefully our readers love you as much as we do!
  19. Skye January 5, 2017 at 11:08 am #
    About how long is the shelf life for this scrub?
    • Bev Weidner January 9, 2017 at 11:13 am #
      Hey! I'd say about a week. Sorry it took me so long to respond! This email got pushed down. I hope you like it!
  20. Susie February 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm #
    Can you use it on your face? Not just body?
  21. jamie March 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm #
    We use our leftover coffee grounds in our garden and our plants/veggies/fruit LOVE it! Thanks for the hot tip, my garden is going to have to start sharing with me now. LOL
  22. Taylor July 19, 2017 at 2:21 am #
    What makes this scrub last for a week? I have had my peppermint sugar scrub for over a year.
  23. Angel November 6, 2017 at 5:54 am #
    Ok. Saw this in pinterest followed the link and read this blog. I just d.i.y my coffee scrub 2 days ago and i've been scrubbing day night i even smothered it all over my hair and I feel like a queen. Haha! I looove it and I can totally relate with all the energy and song lyrics reference coz even I was singing in the showeerrr ???
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