Holiday scents are my absolute favorite. Even though I make coffee every day, including the dog days of South Carolina summer, it hits differently in the winter. Warm and inviting, it calls everyone down to the kitchen to wrap their hands around a warm mug and chat. Even our daughters love their decaf coffee! We definitely have a couple of future coffee addicts on our hands!
Bringing that comfort into the bath during the winter can transform a weekday routine into a self-care moment. Winter can be harsh on the skin no matter where you live, so it is always a good idea to give yourself a good scrub now and then. It’s invigorating, too, and with the addition of the coffee, this is definitely a great way to wake up and reset!
Benefits of Coffee Brown Sugar Body Scrub
This scrub has a ton of benefits for your skin! The granules of coffee and sugar will slough off dead skin cells and dirt from your skin, leaving you brighter and refreshed. Caffeine increases blood flow to the skin, while the antioxidants in coffee are said to reduce inflammation and the signs of aging. The oils moisturize to rehydrate your skin during those cold months. I use coconut oil in this recipe, both because I like the texture it gives and because coconut oil brings more antioxidants to this spa moment.
I recommend using this on your body, avoiding any sensitive areas and broken skin. You will want to avoid your face, as this scrub could be a bit too rough for delicate facial skin.
Also, you can use any kind of coffee for this scrub, but make sure it is caffeinated to get the benefits from the caffeine.
Ways to Customize your Body Scrub
There are a bunch of things you can add to your coffee brown sugar body scrub to make it your own. Some great ideas are:
- Orange or lemon essential oil: citrus and coffee might sound a little strange, but they actually go really well together. If you’ve never tried a lemon rind (not the pith) in your black coffee, you are missing out!
- Ground nutmeg or allspice berries: grinding down nutmeg or allspice to a powder and adding it to your scrub will give you a spicy sweet holiday vibe. Speaking of spices, though, I have one word of caution for you.
- NEVER add cinnamon! Cinnamon is delicious and smells amazing, sure, but it is a hot spice that can burn your skin! You should NEVER use it in soap or body products like this, and NEVER EVER use it in body products you’re going to put on your little ones! You can use cinnamon essential oil, but the raw spice is not a good idea.
Tips for Success in Making your Coffee Sugar Body Scrub
This is a great beginner bath DIY. Making this body scrub with older kids, supervised of course since it uses the stove, could also be fun. Here are a few tips for making this body scrub a fun, easy success:
- Do not overheat your coconut oil. You don’t need to boil this on the stove. Once it has totally melted in the saucepan, it’s ready to use in your scrub.
- Choose a great storage container. You can use small, wide mouth Mason jars, glass flip-top jars, or even plastic containers. You want to make sure you have space to scoop out the scrub when you want to use it.
- Store in the fridge for the optimal time. Anything handmade like this stores better in the fridge, so if you can, keep it there. The humidity and temperature changes in the bathroom can encourage mold, so please be careful.
- Use a wooden scoop. When you’re in the bath and scooping out mixture with your wet fingers, the residual moisture that stays in your scrub can encourage mold. It is safer to use a little scoop or wooden spoon to use your scrub.
- Cover your drain. While this scrub is safe to go down your tub drain, you can block it with a paper coffee filter to easily clean up the grounds.
Download your Free Printable Label Here
This scrub is great for a thoughtful homemade gift. Feel free to print and use this label for yourself or a loved one.
This coffee sugar body scrub would make an excellent gift. Just add a little twine or ribbon with a sweet, handwritten tag! Add this with your homemade lip balm and a handknitted washcloth for a lovely spa gift basket for a loved one.
All the opinions in this article are just my opinions and are not intended to replace medical advice. For more photos of this recipe and all the other homemaking projects I’m doing, including recipes, knitting patterns, and other fun stuff, find me on Instagram and Pinterest!
Coffee Sugar Body Scrub
- Heat safe bowl
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Storage container
- 1/2 cup ground coffee caffeinated
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Take your time, and do not boil the oil.
- In a heat safe bowl, add your coffee grounds and sugar. If adding any optional essential oils or ground spice, add them now. Mix thoroughly.
- Carefully pour the melted coconut oil into the coffee and sugar mixture, stirring to completely combine.
- Once it is completely mixed, spoon your mixture into its storage container.
- To use your scrub, remove a small amount with a scoop or spoon. Massage into your skin in a circular motion for a few moments. Rinse completely with warm water.