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vegan homemade body scrub recipe

Homemade Coffee Body Scrub

homemade coffee scrub recipe

Every day I get messages from you asking me what kind of beauty products I use, and what my skincare regimen looks like. To be honest, I don’t use very many traditional beauty products. By traditional, I mean store-bought products and pre-packaged brands; I still wash, tone and moisturize, I just use products found in the grocery and supplements section as opposed to the drugstore or beauty aisle.

One of my favourite beauty products to make is scrubs. Every night before bed, I scrub my face with a homemade coffee scrub that also doubles as a shower exfoliate. Yup, one product, two uses, I am a bit basic that way; I love dual-purpose products since they create less clutter in my bathroom ;). Let’s start with the ingredients…

The base of my coffee scrub is, of course, coffee. Coffee beans are actually pretty amazing on the external body. The caffeine in coffee helps stimulate and promote healthy circulation (blood flow), which in turn can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, scarring, and eczema. Pretty awesome, right? The grainy nature of coffee grinds also acts as a wonderful light scrubbing agent.

For a more intense exfoliate, you can add Xylitol, which eats at bacteria found on your skin (super helpful, obviously). Or for a more cost-effective method, you can use sugar and salt, which act as a lovely natural scrub. All three of these items will help to remove dead skin cells, acne, blackheads, and other skin blemishes.

Coffee Scrub RecipeTo deeply moisturize and clean your face and body, use a natural oil. Coconut is my favourite because it not only deeply conditions your skin, but it also naturally clears away dirt, and dead skin cells, and even has some antibacterial properties.

As a natural fragrant I love to use vanilla beans or vanilla extract. Like most ingredients in my scrubs, it is also dual-purpose. Not only does the vanilla extract add a delicious aroma to the scrub, but vanilla has also been used historically to heal wounds, and be used as a topical anti-inflammatory. AKA: it soothes and calms inflamed skin, and is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin development.

Last but not least, I like to add essential oils. Because I have always suffered from problem skin (acne) I add tea tree oil to everything, but this part is really up to you and your skin needs, so go wild.

Your skin is your largest organ, be nice to it okay? It’s hungry for vitamins and minerals too. Happy scrubbing!

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Homemade Coffee Body Scrub
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This simple face and body scrub smells like a vanilla latte and leaves skin silky smooth and moisturized. This beauty recipe is incredibly simple and inexpensive to make, and at the end of the day, you could eat it if you wanted to! This recipe can help target dry skin, cellulite, and acne. I use it on my face every day before bed and on my body when I shower.
Recipe type: Beauty Product
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 1 jar of scrub
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup ground organic coffee beans
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar or brown sugar, or xylitol
  • ¼ cup coarse salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
  2. Store in a mason jar or other air tight container when not in use.


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  • For this scrub, hould you use fresh coffee grounds or grounds that have been already been used to make coffee?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      I typically use ones that have already been used to make coffee as a way to reduce waste

  • How long will this last in the jar?

    • I’d suggest 7 days in a sealed jar in the fridge. If it looks or smells off, dispose of it

    • Did you ever find out how long it lasts? I’m doing the same this year.

      I think I’ll make a small batch and see how it goes for me and make it closer to xmas!

      • I’d say it lasts about 2 months. If it starts to look funky or smell off definitely dispose of it. Keeping it in an airtight container will keep it fresh as long as possible.

  • I cannot to get up & make this wonderfully simplistic,yet effective scrub! Yay,Happy Holidays,& remember,almost everything we use,can be re-used,re-puposed,donated,& be cost affected, & ultimatly,ultimately, everyone,I hope.

  • Marlee Francis says:

    How long does this last?
    I’m making it and giving out as Xmas gifts!

    • Did you ever find out how long it lasts? I’m doing the same this year.

      I think I’ll make a small batch and see how it goes for me and make it closer to xmas!

  • Mariya Crisler says:

    What size jar does this recipe make and how long is it good? Wanna make for Christmas gifts

  • Terri L Berdon says:

    What is the shelf life of this?
    Do you use dry coffee grounds?

    • I use used coffee grounds, it should last about 2 weeks in the fridge, if it looks or smells off, throw it away

  • Hi, I made this recipe but when I tried it, the oil stuck when I rinse it so I need to rinse with soap. Do you habe any advice for this problem? Thanks!

    • Instead of coconut oil, try Castile liquid soap

    • Alicia Jane Clemente says:

      Hey, if your dont have used coffee grounds what other brand packages can you use.

    • Hi I just wanted to say that I’ve been taking the used coffee out of my coffee pods to use as McHugh of that product as I can before throwing it away.

      Hoping this may entice others to do the same. Just dry the grounds on a flat plate then pop them in your scrub!

      Can’t wait to use and possibly sell mine

    • The recipe would do wonders even without the oil. Just before applying you may add a few drops of Vitamin E oil. Trust me, the result will be a glowing skin. I don’t use oil, it solidifies and the mixture can not be used then.

  • Claire Fenwick says:

    Do you think I could freeze it in jars to last longer before I give it to people as a gift?

  • Zara Hunter says:

    Hello! I LOVE this idea.
    I am wondering, do you have to use vanilla essence as an essential in the recipe?
    If I want to use a strong smelling flavor essential oil like peppermint for example? I don’t think those two smells would mix?
    Thank you!!

    • It might smell nice for Christmas time! It’s up to your preference

      • Hi, I cant wait to try this out. I was wondering though, if used coffee grounds would work?

        • I usually use used coffee grounds in mine!

          • Victoria A Gamache says:

            Do you need to dry out your used coffee grounds so they don’t get moldy?

          • EdgyVeg says:

            I use up the scrub pretty quick so it doesn’t hang around too long. Plus I keep it in the fridge in a sealed jar. Never had a problem with mould

  • Hi, My name is Marry i have a short Quistion, how many months can restore the fineshed product? Have a nice day

  • Theresa says:

    What size jar does this make?

  • Samantha says:

    Hi, Is there an alternative to Vanilla essence that I can use in the interim? I can’t seem to get any during these crazy lockdown times and all I have in the cupboard is almond essence!

    • EdgyVeg says:

      Any essence with a nice scent that you like will work great, I just like the way vanilla pairs with the coffee scent

  • Just tried this and it’s amazing, thank you!

    • Hi there, may I know how long does this last and how to store it ? I tried making few time using different recipes but my scrub doesn’t last more than a week or two. Theres always fungus in the scrub.

      • EdgyVeg says:

        I typically store mine in the fridge in an air-tight container and keep it about a week, or until the contents smells or looks strange. This is great to make in small batches and use as you go

  • How long does it keep? Does the hound coffee go mouldy at all like it does in my machine if I don’t empty it fir a few days?

    • I’d say it lasts about 2 months. If it starts to look funky or smell off definitely dispose of it. Keeping it in an airtight container will keep it fresh as long as possible.

      • Hi there,

        Just wondering if you use unused ground coffee or coffee that has been filtered and then you recycle that?

        I’m just wondering because I would like to use coffee that has been filtered so I guess I would need to dry it out first before using it in the coffee scrub.

        Can you please clarify this 😀

        • I love using filtered coffee for my scrub. Just spread it out and let dry for about 24 hours before using

          • Holly says:

            Or put it in the oven/under the grill if you are impatient like me!

  • I love to use homemade body scrubs and this coffee scrub seems easy to create. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • I’m definitely going to give this one a try. Thank you for the post :o)

  • Kristy Cook says:

    Does the coconut oil solidify?

  • Shabri Forrester says:

    Can I use already brewed e coffee beans? Or do I need to grind them fresh

  • Brianna says:

    I have made my own coffee scrub, and I love it! The only thing is it gets clumpy and I feel like it’s going to get stuck in my drain. Has anyone else had this problem?

    • I remember a plumber telling my mom years ago that coffee grinds down the sink actually help to clear the drain. Built up fats and hair are usually the culprits for clogging, so I’ve always believed the coffee scrubs I use if anything are more helpful than harmful. PS- love the addition of xylitol to the recipe!

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  • I’ve been dying to try a coffee scrub…this will definitely do! Thank you!


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