Make an Exfoliating Homemade Coffee Scrub in 5 Easy Ways

Chelsea Webster
2 min readAug 5, 2018


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Re-purposing coffee grounds into a beauty essential is zero waste at its finest! Fine ground, chunky ground, any ground… save your coffee and turn into body and facial scrubs! I promise it’s super easy and its actually quicker than making a cup of coffee!

All you need to do is stick the kettle on, prepare your beans and make your coffee (or, as I do, wait for your partner to make a coffee). When the grounds have cooled, add them to a jar and store in the fridge until use. I said it was easy!

Grind Tip: Fine ground coffee is gentler on delicate skin, and is therefore better as a facial exfoliator, compared to chunky ground coffee.

Coffee can be used au naturel, for a quick, easy, basic scrub, but getting creative is also straightforward! Here’s how…

Intense Exfoliation: Add some Himalayan sea salt or sugar to the coffee. The variation in coarseness and density will leave skin feeling super exfoliated and smooth. Try using a 2:1 ratio of coffee:additional exfoliant.

Hydration: Use a natural oil! Add 1–2 tsp of olive oil, argan oil or melted coconut oil to leave skin silky smooth and full of moister.

Fresh Feeling: Want to smell extra good? Add 5 drops of essential oil to the coffee. Adding a scent masks the smell of coffee and layers the skin with a delicate fragrance.

Extra Benefits: Adding essential oils can be beneficial for more than just making you smell nice. One of my favourite ways to make this is by mixing fine ground with a few drops of lavender and tea tree. I use it on my face every few days before bed, relaxing my mind and calming my skin.

Combination: Mix and match ingredients to create the perfect coffee scrub for you!

Originally published at on August 5, 2018.



Chelsea Webster

Activist for Joy. Writes to highlight how power systems steal your joy & how you can steal it back from a disabled, neurodivergent, working class perspective..