Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipes

don't throw away those used coffee ground after your morning brew, put them to to good use on your thighs.

Coffee sugar scrub recipes harness the power of caffeine to rid our trouble spots from cellulite. These exfoliating scrubs made from the coffee grounds will make your skin smoother as well. We also can't ignore the fact that as we massage the scrub into our skin, this stimulates the blood/lymph flow which is extremely healthy.

Simple Explanation

"Just as coffee acts as a mild diuretic when we drink it, the caffeine-rich grounds will draw water out of your fat cells, shrinking them so they are less noticeable," says Marta Wohrle of  Use these scrubs two or three times per week for maximum benefits. Results should be visible within a two weeks.


  • You can use decaf coffee grounds for any of these scrubs, but they won't have the same effect on cellulite. 
  • Your skin will have a slight brownish tint while using these scrubs but it will wash away.
  • Be careful, scrubs of this nature will create a slippery shower floor.

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipes

single use dimple fighter

2 Tbsp. used coffee grounds
4 tsp. olive oil (See Carrier Options below)

Mix together ingredients. Dampen skin in shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

Simply perfect coffee scrub

1 cup used coffee grounds
1/2 cup brown sugar (See Sugar Options below)
1 cup melted coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. After you have washed your body, massage the scrub on wet skin and rinse with warm water. Your skin will be soft and hydrated.

salt/sugar/coffee combo blast

1 cup used coffee grounds
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

Mix the dry ingredients together thoroughly. Pour coconut oil over dry ingredients and  mix thoroughly. Transfer contents to a waterproof jar or container for storage. Dampen skin in shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

wake up scrub - heavy on the sugar

1/2 cup used coffee ground
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
15 drops peppermint essential oil

Blend all ingredients together. Dampen skin and starting from your feet, working your way up, massage the scrub in circular motions. Be sure to pay special attention to rough spots like heels, knees and back of your arms. Rinse clean.

wake up scrub - heavy on the coffee grounds

2 cups used coffee ground
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
15 drops peppermint essential oil

Blend all ingredients together. Dampen skin and starting from your feet, working your way up, massage the scrub in circular motions. Be sure to pay special attention to rough spots like heels, knees and back of your arms. Rinse the coffee sugar scrub clean.

Sugar Options

When using these sugar scrub recipes, it is recommended that you use either refined white or light brown sugar.  They are mostly interchangeable.  If you want a vegan scrub, stick to the brown sugar. Keep in mind that if you are using muscovado sugar, its softer than turbinado or demerara. This makes it gentler on your skin, but then doesn't exfoliate as well.

Refined White Sugar: The regular white sugar we are used to seeing and using.  It can be purchased from any grocery store.

Light/Dark Brown Sugar: This sugar is 95 percent refined white sugar with a thin layer of added molasses.

Muscovado: This is an unrefined cane sugar in which the molasses is not removed. You can find this at most health or natural food markets.  If your regular grocer carries it, most likely it will be in the natural foods section.

Demerara: This is a type of sugar with a fairly large grain and a pale amber color.

Turbinado: This a raw sugar. It is less processed than brown sugar and is made from the first pressing of sugar cane.  It retains some of the natural molasses.

Baking Soda:  Though not a sugar, if you want the lightest exfoliation, substitute the sugar for baking soda.

All sugar scrubs should be refrigerated once made.  They should last up to 2 weeks if property stored.  It is best to make small batches and use it fresh so mold or bacteria doesn't get a chance to grow.

Carrier Liquid and Healthy Oil Options

Carrier liquids are as interchangeable as the sugar and salt options.  Choose your carrier liquid or oil based on your own needs and skin type.

  • Almond Oil - Best for moisturizing, wrinkles, sun protection and discoloration
  • Argan Oil - Best for fine lines, dry skin, anti-aging and dry hair
  • Avocado Oil - Best for Dry, sensitive, itchy, aging or irritated skin
  • Black Currant Oil - Best for traumatized skin such as sunburn or wind-burned
  • Coconut Oil- Best for sensitive skin, moisturizer, eczema, age spots, stretch mark reduction, muscular tension or pain, shaving cream, deodorant and dry hair
  • Flaxseed Oil - Best for irritated, sensitive skin
  • Glycerin - Best for moisturizing and psoriasis
  • Grapeseed Oil - Best for oily skin
  • Honey - Best for wrinkles, aging skin, eczema, hydration and acne
  • Jojoba Oil - Best for general dry skin
  • Olive Oil - Best for very dry skin
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil - Best for uneven pigment, scars, fine lines, discoloration and acne
  • Safflower Oil - Best for dry, irritated skin

AVOID Baby Oil/Mineral Oil:  Baby oil contains mineral oil.  Mineral oil does not absorb into the skin and when evaporates, it will leave your skin feeling dryer than before. Also, mineral oil clogs your pores, making your skin look drab. 

Salt Options

While sugar scrubs are made of small granules and are better suited for exfoliating sensitive areas like the face, salt scrubs are more abrasive with larger granules suitable for harsher scrubbing of callused skin like the feet and hands.

There are many salt varieties on the market today.  It is only a matter of choosing your favorite.  I like the most convenient salts that I can buy locally and pick up in bulk. Epsom salt is actually my favorite due to it's many beneficial properties and smaller price tag.

When I do choose to go with a bit more pricey salt, it usually has larger granules than I like for my homemade body scrub recipes.  So I pop a couple handfuls in my Vita-Mix and grind them down as fine as I want.

Unlike sugar scrubs with a shorter shelf life, salt scrubs can last up to 6 months. Be aware that the salt and carrier liquid will most likely separate between uses.  This is fine.  Just stir it up again before each use.

Salt Works has a great page explaining the different types of salt available. Check out their Bath Salt Selection Guide.

Fragrance Options

The fragrance options are wide spread. My first choice is always a potent essential oil.  But don't forget you can use common ingredients as well. Here is a list for you to peruse and see what you might already have in your own home.

  • Essential oils - Make sure you buy the best quality oil since it will be absorbed into the skin
  • Vanilla extract or any other extract you use for cooking
  • Lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange peel - zested
  • Ground herbs and spices
  • Flower petals

Additional Information

How to make Coffee Cellulite Scrub Bars