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Yummy coffee body scrub recipe

by Cybele
Mmmm… coffee! I can do without most things in life, but coffee is bliss in a cup for me. It’s the only thing I found hard to give up when I was pregnant.
My batch of lemon detox body scrub ran out and it was time to try something new. Apparently, coffee’s stimulating properties create an invigorating and cellulite-reducing body scrub. Needless to say, this sleep-derived and wobbly-bottomed mama is really interested in both of those properties…
coffee body scrub
How much will coffee help our cellulite woes? Who can say? I figure it’s a better option than most, especially when it’s so easy to make, costs so little and smells so good. Besides, it’s the massaging action of a body scrub that really gets the blood moving and this is the mortal enemy of cellulite, anything else is a bonus.
I couldn’t resist having a leetle look around and according to the boffins, small amounts of caffeine and some of its antioxidant friends can penetrate the skin. This makes it better than a lot of anti-cellulite ingredients, as most have particles too big to pass through the various membranes.
Coffee may well live up to its potential as a cellulite slayer, but either way you have a delicious body scrub for less than fifty cents, assuming you use coffee grains that were destined for the bin as I did.
The other plus with a homemade scrub is that a lot of commercial scrubs use little plastic spheres that end up in the water ways and in the mouths of anything from, ‘Otters to octopi’. And don’t get me started on all the weird chemical preservatives we might be rubbing into the body’s largest organ.
The recipe below is based on this body scrub post. There are a lot of coffee exfoliant recipes around, all of them recommend using new coffee grains, which is fine, but I have an addiction to reusing things whenever I can. I wanted to see if it’s possible to use the morning’s coffee grains to make a month’s supply of body scrub.
And, yes, you can. Trust me, it still smells really yummy! The coffee needs to be dried first (just pop the damp grains on a tray in an oven that has been on and is cooling down or some other warm spot).
The body scrub is also one of the best ways to moisturise with coconut oil if you don’t like that slick feeling. It’s how coconut oil was traditionally applied, according to my mum’s quaint book, ‘The Handbook of Natural Beauty’ (1975). The author says, ‘In the islands they rub coconut oil into the skin prior to bathing, to bring suppleness to dry skin.’ She shares a cute story about two boys climbing a coconut tree in the Panama Islands so that she can be shown how to make coconut oil. I’m tempted to try her coconut oil recipe. Let me know if you’re interested and I could share it here.

UPDATE: Because coconut oil can be such a fickle thing in climates like Sydney, where the scrub can be runny one day and rock hard the next, I now tend to use Macadamia oil instead of coconut oil, but it’s expensive and sunflower and grape seed oils are my other favourites.

Coffee body scrub ingredients

 coffee body scrub
½ cup ground coffee (can be used for a cuppa first and then dried – see previous paragraph)
½ cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
1/3 cup coconut , macadamia, sunflower or grape seed oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. If using coconut oil, warm ever so slightly to melt it (I left mine in the hot summer sun), just so it’s soft enough to mix or you can heat on stove top and allow to cool until it’s comfortable to leave your finger in the oil. It’s just that hot coconut oil will dissolve the sugar and it’ll be useless as an exfoliant.
2. Mix everything together.
coffee body scrub3. Store in a very clean or sterile jar.
To use, scoop a good wad in your hand, rub hands together to warm up and use with happy mud-pie abandon in vigorous circular motions (get that blood moving!) Although, it’s probably not a good idea to do the underside of your feet when standing on a slippery surface, like I once did (and yes, it did end in tears). Oh, and rinse off.
Cybele x
Okay, so who else is a lover of coffee?

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Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine

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  1. that looks amazing and so simple! i’m going to bookmark this one for later 🙂

  2. Oooh. Ice easy recipe! Can’t wait to try. Am enjoying the way you write – relevant, informative and funny!

  3. A wonderful post. You can’t beat the feeling of freshly scrubbed skin done with your recipe.

  4. What is the shelf life on this and does it need to be stored in the refrigerator at all?

    • Good question. This is always a tricky one, because it depends on lots of things. In an ideal sterile world it would last as long as the coconut oil use-by date. The problem is that’s impossible. However, if the coffee is properly dried, the jar is sterile and stored in a cool-ish spot, then it should last several months (mine is now six months, but I’m probably pushing my luck). As always, keep an eye on it if the smell, look or colour changes, then I would throw it. The great thing is that it’s easy and cheap to make another batch – so no real harm done. I’d love to hear how you go x

  5. Wow, thank you very much for posting this! It is going to help when I get Coffee at the grocery store! Mind Blowing!

  6. Can you use olive oil instead of coconut oil?

    • Yes, in fact in many ways it’s easier because it doesn’t set like coconut oil, however olive oil is not recommended for oily and pimple prone skin, in this case you would be better with grape seed or macadamia. Also, be fussy about what olive oil you use, because there is a lot of variation in the world of olive oil. Also, olive oil has it’s own smell, which you may have some luck disguising with essential oils. I hope this helps!

  7. Hi…I’m a newbie to your blog/page!!! In fact this is my first go round!!! So my question mite seem rather well…um…painfully..seriously are you kidding me..everybody knows that…awkwardly obviously to all but me..as usual!!

  8. What other oils can I use instead of coconut oils? This scrub looks amazing though! Can’t wait to try it!

  9. I’m terribly new to the DIY world, so sometimes pictures and I don’t get along, either that or their my best friends! Who’s to say?! But how much does this recipe make? Is it about aason jar full or smaller?
    This scrub looks fantastic and I would love to try it – I’m a huge coffee lover!

  10. What about coffee grounds down the drain, have you had any plumbing issues? They tend to clog the pipes a bit, but maybe ok if in small quantities.

  11. Great! Now it is my favourite scrub 🙂

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