If you love making homemade coffee scrubs, then this DIY Coffee Scrub is one that you must try! There are many different benefits of coffee scrub. Not only is a great exfoliator for your skin, it's also a great way to hydrate your skin.
Benefits of Coffee Scrub
There are many other benefits of using a coffee scrub since coffee is a great source of antioxidants. And it's also been known to help reduce cellulite.
Expert Tips, Ingredient List and Suggestions for Recipe Success
- Fresh ground coffee - you can either buy it ground or you can buy your own beans and grind it yourself.
- White granulated sugar - any brand is fine.
- Coconut oil
- Pure vanilla extract - do not use imitation since it will be used on your skin.
How Long Does It Last?
It normally lasts anywhere from two to three months as long as you keep it dry and stored in an air-tight container.
How Do You Store It?
I have found that by storing it in a glass container with a lid that seals is the best way to store it. I normally leave it sitting on the bathroom counter so I can grab it when I am ready to use it in the shower. I don't leave it in the shower when I'm not using it.
Can You Put Coffee Scrubs Down the Drain?
Unfortunately, you shouldn't let your coffee scrub go down the drain. Due to the oil and the grounds sticking together, it may cause a blockage in your pipes.
You could always buy a drain filter to put on top of the shower drain to collect the grounds. That way when you are finished, just remove the filter and empty it into the trash can.
Since each drain and shower is different, you will have to find the one that works the best for your setup. However, there are several different options available.
As a disclaimer, I am not responsible if the filter doesn't work, damages your shower/tub, or causes any problems. I am simply giving you a suggestion around letting the coffee grounds go down your drain when using a coffee scrub.
Will occasional use clog the drains? I don't know. I personally haven't had a problem yet, but I don't use it every week or multiple times a week, so I don't know.
Fresh or Old Grounds?
I have only ever used fresh grounds so I cannot answer this question. If you have used old grounds before, leave a comment below and share your experience.
Does It Reduce Cellulite?
There have been studies that the caffeine in the coffee stimulates your blood vessels. However, are the effects long term? That is yet to be determined. Check out the article over on Health.com for more information.
Can You Use it on your Face?
I would recommend not too due to the harshness of the coffee grounds could actually tear your skin. However, with all things, you could try it in a small spot to see how it works if you want to try it yourself. I list a different idea for a recipe below if you are using it on your face. I however, won't since I have such sensitive skin on my face.
Is It too Harsh for Your Skin?
For those with sensitive skin, yes, it can be. The best thing to do is test it on a small area of your skin and see how it does. Make sure though to not use it on your face unless you are using a recipe that uses brown sugar instead as that is finer sugar. However, be careful when using it on your face.
Can I Use It Every Day?
No, it's best not to use any scrub every day. A few times a week is sufficient.
Should the Coffee be Caffeinated or Decaffeinated?
Since caffeine makes our blood vessels tighten, it's believed that's what helps our skin look tighter and brighter. Make sure to check out this post by the Cleveland Clinic as they discuss the question of is caffeine good for our skin.
Step by Step Directions
Step 1: If you need to grind your fresh coffee, go ahead and grind up 1 cup of fresh coffee beans to the consistency you are looking for and then set aside.
Step 2: In a bowl that's medium sized, add in the ground coffee, the granulated sugar, and the coconut oil.
Step 3: Mix the ingredients together until everything is thoroughly combined. Then add in the vanilla and mix together.
Step 4: Scoop the mixture into a glass jar with a lid and close until ready to use.
Homemade Coffee Scrub
- 1 cup fresh ground coffee
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- If you need to grind up your coffee beans, go ahead and do that now. Grind them to whatever consistency you prefer. The finer the better. Then, set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, add in the ground coffee, the granulated sugar, and the coconut oil. Then stir the ingredients together until everything is thoroughly mixed together.
- Next, add in the vanilla and stir together.
- Scoop the coffee scrub into the storage container and seal the lid.
- When you are wanting to use the scrub, scoop a dollop unto damp skin and use a washcloth or bath sponge and work the scrub in a circular motion. Then rinse off.