I'll Take My Coffee Topically, Please: D.I.Y. Coffee Body And Face Scrub

There have been so many studies showing the positive health effects of caffeine that at this point you can feel pretty damn good about drinking it. Studies have shown that drinking one to up to five cups a day can reduce your risk of alzheimer'scardiovascular diseasedepression, and skin cancer.

I'm thrilled with all this good news, as I am a compulsive coffee drinker. I can't function before I've had my first cup of pour-over coffee in the morning, and am always astounded by those super-humans who somehow never got hooked and just wake up in the morning and go. 

I'm always looking for great at home beauty and grooming ideas, and looking at my leftover coffee grounds one morning before I stepped in the shower gave me one. Why not use the grounds a second time as a body and face scrub? Our skin absorbs what we put unto it, so a topical application of coffee is going to reap a lot of the same health benefits mentioned above. And studies show coffee is also crazy high in antioxidants, which fight free radicals that cause our skin to visibly age.

My used coffee grounds, mixed with a bit of coconut oil, made for a super effective scrub to exfoliate dead skin and left my skin feeling soft and looking glowy. I've officially found a second use for my coffee grounds.

I could also see this making an awesome gift in a cute jar. In that case, I'd recommend you use fresh, unused grounds, because the water in the used grounds means it will eventually mold. Eliminating the water will give you a shelf stable version.

One final word of caution- if you plan to rinse this scrub off in the shower, make sure to plug the drain, as coffee grounds and pipes do not mix happily. 


  • 1/2 cup used coffee grounds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil


Mix together in a bowl and scrub unto dry or wet skin. Rinse off with water.

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