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DIY Left Over Coffee Body Scrub

One day I was  out of the turbinado sugar I usually use to make my Brown Sugar Body Scrub and I decided to try my hand at making my Body Scrub with used coffee grounds instead. Usually, the used coffee grounds (and their filters) end up in the compost pile, but lately, I’ve been making more coffee than salad so I decided to try to use the grounds for other stuff.

Coffee  has a myriad of health benefits and is used in everything from eye cream to body cream. Coffee is full of antioxidants which means that it removes potentially harmful oxidizing agnets from your skin. (When copper oxidizes it turns green!) Caffeine is also a vasodilator which means that it  has the ability to relax and open up constricted blood vessels which means that the surface of your skin will look temporarily smoother and firmer. I just realized that this is why tons of anti-cellulite creams have coffee in them!

I will now bathe in coffee.

(Just kidding)

Anyhoo, this scrub is super easy to make and will keep for awhile under normal room temperature conditions.  (If you don’t like “food” in your bathroom, then just keep this stuff in the fridge).

DIY Left Over Coffee Body Scrub

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If you like fragrance in your body oil, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. (Try peppermint or tea tree for a real pick me up!) If you want a softer scrub, leave out the sugar, and just mix the coffee with the oil. You also don’t have to use leftover coffee, you can also use unbrewed grounds too. (In fact the caffeine will be stronger this way because it hasn’t been brewed out yet). I like using almond oil and grapeseed oil to make my scrubs, but I was at my mom’s once and totally raided her cabinet for the olive oil to make this stuff! Just don’t use anything like baby oil or Crisco, because that’s just “ew”.

    • Ever use coffee on the outside? Please share how you used it!
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4 thoughts on “DIY Left Over Coffee Body Scrub

  1. Andrea

    You can mix grounds in your henna to mellow out the red and make the color last longer.

  2. Emily

    My sister in law has been using this to help with cellulite and stretch marks. Definitely going to give it a try! 🙂

  3. Elise

    I made my own scrub using this recipe the other day, however I do have one question. How do you get the coffee grounds out of your tub? I used olive oil in my scrub which left my skin feeling super oily. I had to wash my skin with soap afterwards and coffee grounds were everywhere… Looking forward to your response, thanks!

  4. Savvy Brown Post author

    Hi. It’s possible that olive oil is too viscous for your skin. Maybe try something a little lighter, like almond oil. Also, a little goes a LONG way, I only use about a tablespoon of the mixture on each arm and a palmful for both of my legs. There is supposed to be a little oil left on your skin when you rinse, but when you dry off, that should come off and leave your skin smooth. As far as the coffee grounds, I’ve never had a problem washing them down the drain, but again, I use a lighter oil and not as much product. If your really having trouble, douse your shower with baking soda to let it soak up the excess oil and wipe down with a damp sponge to get the oil and the grounds out. Hope that helps!

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