I experimented to determine how to make the best DIY coffee scrubs.
The reason was that people say coffee grounds are too harsh for skin exfoliation.
And some recommend making scrubs with instant coffee because it’s in powdery form.
But instant coffee never worked for me.
So, I stuck to making coffee scrubs with grounds instead.
And I’ve made several coffee scrub recipes to know what works and what doesn’t.
And because I want you to make the best coffee scrubs too, I’ll share my experiment findings with you in this post.
Let’s dive in.
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My experiment to find the best coffee scrub
So, in my experiment, I measured out two tablespoons of regular storebought ground coffee into a bowl.
Then I ground some coffee grounds into smaller granules and measured out two tablespoons into another bowl.
Mixed coffee grounds with honey
Next, I added one tablespoon of honey to both bowls, and mixed.
The finer coffee ground scrub mixed better and formed a slightly runny scrub.
While the regular-sized grounds make a crumbly, gritty, and dry-looking coffee scrub.
Tested both coffee scrubs on my hand
Lastly, I used both coffee scrubs on my hand to see which is richer in texture.
The finer ground coffee has a more brown richness to it, like you added cocoa powder to it.
But it’s just coffee grounds and honey.
Look at the picture below.
The regular-sized coffee ground scrub doesn’t have the rich creaminess.
And it doesn’t spread easily, too.
Because the granules are big and still dry inside.
But don’t worry, it gets better when you store it overnight.
Take a look.
With these steps and tests on my skin, the finer coffee grounds scrub is the best in this experiment.
And if you leave it overnight, it would be better than it is right now.
Lastly, you can confidently use the finer coffee grounds scrub on your face.
That’s a plus in my book.
Now let’s discuss tips to make the best coffee scrub recipes
Coffee scrubs are easy to make.
But to make an amazing coffee scrub suitable for your body and face, here’s what you do:
Grind your coffee grounds
Coffee granules are big.
And because they don’t melt like sugar, they remain hard throughout your exfoliation.
Which also means you risk irritating your skin when scrubbing.
And that’s why some of us don’t use them for face exfoliation.
To use a DIY coffee scrub on your face (and body), you can blend your coffee grounds into finer granules.
When your coffee grounds are finer than the store-bought ones, it makes your scrub richer.
Take a look at the picture below.
Leave your coffee scrubs overnight before using them
The next tip to make a great coffee scrub is to leave the homemade exfoliant overnight after making it.
Giving your coffee scrub time to settle helps the ingredients bond better.
The coffee grounds will soak up the wet ingredient (honey or any carrier oil) mixed with it.
This makes the scrub richer and not as gritty as when you first mixed both wet and dry ingredients.
Add sugar (optional)
Another tip is adding sugar to your coffee scrubs.
If you feel like coffee is too abrasive for your gentle skin, then make your scrubs with equal parts sugar and coffee.
Brown sugar is the better option if you have to choose between white and brown.
But never mind, you can use white sugar if brown isn’t available.
Making your coffee scrub with brown sugar makes it gentler on the skin.
And also adds extra moisturizing benefits to the coffee scrub.
Extra tips to get the best out of your coffee scrubs
Coffee scrubs made with honey or oils will last weeks in the fridge.
But if you believe it won’t stay fresh for long, make a smaller batch and use it up the next day.
Also, scoop your coffee scrub with a dry spoon into another container before using it in the shower.
Because scooping with wet hands will contaminate your coffee scrub.
And make it unsafe for use.
Check out the best DIY coffee scrubs I’ve ever made
The best DIY coffee scrubs are the ones that do not irritate your skin.
So make sure to grind your coffee to smaller granules than the regular store-bought coffee grounds.
This makes your coffee scrubs gentle, which lessens the chances of redness after skin exfoliation.
1. DIY Coffee honey scrub
This is by far the best DIY coffee scrub I’ve ever whipped and used.
And it’s been a game changer for my skincare routine.
Combining the natural exfoliation of coffee grounds with the soothing properties of honey, this scrub softens and nourishes your skin.
What I love about it is that it’s perfect for both the body and the face.
Especially because it’s free from oils, which some people find too heavy or pore-clogging for facial use.
When I use it on my face, I usually follow the scrub with a Greek yogurt face mask for a more spa-like treatment.
Check out the DIY coffee honey scrub recipe.
2. Foaming coffee sugar scrub
This soapy coffee scrub is another DIY skin exfoliant you’d love.
It’s made with ground coffee, white sugar, and body wash or shower gel.
So feel free to use your favorite shower gel.
This is one of those scrubs you can use as a soap and an exfoliant.
Meaning you can use it right away with your exfoliating gloves.
Rinse your body, moisturize, and go.
Check it out!
3. DIY Coffee oatmeal scrub: the best water-based coffee scrub for summer
You’ll love this DIY coffee oatmeal scrub if you prefer oil-free exfoliants.
It’s a mixture of coffee, oatmeal, and brown sugar.
You have to make and store it dry.
And when you’re ready to use it, you can mix it with water.
The blend of the coffee grounds plus oatmeal and brown sugar makes a rich creamy scrub to nourish your skin.
And rinsing it off is also easy as it is oil-free.
But make sure to moisturize immediately to lock in moisture.
Check it out!
4. Coffee coconut oil scrub: the best oil-based DIY coffee scrub for winter
This coffee coconut oil scrub is amazing for the fall/winter weather.
The blend of coffee grounds with coconut oil makes this magic scrub that exfoliates but deeply moisturizes your skin.
And keeps it smooth and supple.
Check it out!
5. DIY coffee cocoa powder scrub
Now, let me tell you about the coffee cocoa powder scrub.
If you love chocolate, prepare to be amazed.
It’s like a sweet beverage for your skin.
Blending a cup of coffee beans or grounds with a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder.
Add some brown sugar, coconut oil, and a hint of vanilla extract; this sweet treat is ready for your skin.
Check out the coffee cocoa scrub recipe.
Did I mention that you can turn this very scrub into bars?
6. Coffee cocoa scrub bars
Imagine creating your very own eco-friendly skincare products right in your kitchen.
That’s exactly what I found myself doing with DIY coffee scrub bars.
Adding a twist to my natural skincare routine.
Mixing coffee with the rich indulgence of cocoa powder, these bars are a treat for your skin.
All that is needed for these homemade scrub bars is a mix of
- ground coffee,
- cocoa powder,
- brown sugar,
- coconut oil, and
- a hint of vanilla extract.
Mix, set in molds, and voilà – exfoliating bars that nourish and revitalize with each use.
Storing and using them is easy.
Not to mention, they make adorable, thoughtful gifts for any DIY beauty and wellness enthusiast.
Check it out!
DIY Coffee scrub benefits
Besides being incredibly simple to whip up at home, DIY coffee scrubs offer a kind of exfoliation that’s hard to beat.
- Coffee grounds can buff away dead skin cells without harshness, making your skin glow naturally.
- Plus, the caffeine boost helps to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- These scrubs invigorate your senses with their rich aroma during use.
- And they also improve the look and texture of your skin.
Practical tips for using DIY coffee scrubs
Now, let’s discuss simple tips to follow to get the utmost benefits when using a coffee scrub in the shower.
Start with a clean skin
Whether you’re using the scrub on your face or your whole body, always start with a clean canvas.
I like to wash and rinse the area with warm water.
It primes the skin to absorb the full benefits of the scrub.
Keep a mesh strainer to collect coffee grounds in the shower
Another tip is to keep a fine mesh strainer(affiliate link) in your shower to collect the grounds and prevent drain blockage.
Once you’ve massaged the scrub in circular motions, rinse it off under a lukewarm shower.
Make sure to remove the strainer after your shower and trash the coffee grounds.
Don’t dry your body with a towel if you use an oily coffee scrub
And here’s a tip for the coffee scrubs with oils: resist the urge to pat dry.
Instead, I let the water droplets air dry, locking in the moisture for that dewy, post-spa touch.
Stick to exfoliating at least twice a week.
I find twice a week to be the sweet spot for using these scrubs, providing ample renewal without over-exfoliation.
Final words on how to make amazing coffee scrubs
So, from my experiment, those are tried and tested tips to make the best coffee scrubs.
Whatever coffee scrub recipe you choose to make, always blend the ground to finer particles.
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