Amp Up Your Shower With This DIY Coffee Body Scrub

by Laura Hertzfeld ; Updated July 18, 2017

You already know coffee has amazing benefits when you drink it. It’s been linked to lowering heart disease risk, supplying you with free radical-busting antioxidants and reducing cognitive decline over time — not to mention it tastes great and gives your morning an instant boost.

But did you know that the caffeine in your daily cup of joe may also help reduce cellulite — or at least the appearance of cellulite — when you put it on your body? And that the grounds can act as a great exfoliant?

You don’t have to buy fancy products to get the awesome benefits of coffee for your skin. Save your cash for your favorite single-origin pot of java and use some of the grinds for this awesome scrub.

Here's What You'll Need

  • 3/4 to 1 cup coffee grinds
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (you can also use granulated or raw sugar for a slightly rougher scrub)
  • 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil — we like peppermint or orange (if you don’t have any on hand, use 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract)

Mix all ingredients together and place in a resealable glass jar.

Tips on How to Use

Coffee scrub is a great pick-me-up for your morning shower. Use it two to three times per week — you don't want to over-exfoliate and risk irritating your skin. Rinse with warm water and make sure to moisturize after to lock in the benefits.

And keep in mind: Coffee mixed with water can be messy. Just like spilling your first cup of the day on your new white shirt, avoid light colored towels and rinse off completely before drying off to avoid stains. Also, like your morning grinds in the disposal, coffee grounds are not your plumbing's best friend. Use a hair catcher to avoid grinds going down the drain after you wash up.

What Do YOU Think?

Would you make this scrub? What are your favorite DIY body scrub ideas? Try this one out and let us know how you like it in the comments below!

About the Author

Laura Hertzfeld is an avid traveler, amateur baker and aspiring yogi who calls Venice Beach home. She is a contributing editor at LIVESTRONG.COM and has reported on entertainment, business and lifestyle topics at a variety of outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine and NPR. You can follow her on Twitter @laurahertzfeld.