We sure do accumulate a lot of used coffee grounds in this house. While used grounds can be recycled in several different ways, one I’ve been meaning to try for quite awhile now is turning them into a body scrub.
I’ve come across several sources over the years that claim scrubbing up with coffee grounds does wonders for the skin – exfoliation, brightening, minimizing cellulite and stretch marks, increasing circulation, and more. I’m all about all of that, but I also just love the idea of being enveloped by the aroma of coffee during my morning shower.
This scrub is such a breeze to make, you can practically do it while sipping your freshly made hot cup of joe and eating breakfast! Additionally, you can mix it up any way you like – adding in different types of oils and scents and playing around with the ratios to create a mixture that works best with your skin’s needs. Here’s what I’m using right now.
Exfoliating Coffee Scrub
- 5 tbsp. used coffee grounds
- 3 tbsp. olive, sweet almond, or coconut oil (make sure coconut oil is melted first)
- 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil
- 1 tbsp. tea tree oil (optional)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract or essential oil of choice (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and transfer to an airtight container. Can be stored for up to two months.
- To use, simply apply a small handful to skin in the shower, lightly rubbing in a circular motion. Rinse away when done!
I’ve been way more impressed with this than I thought I would be. I’ve definitely noticed my skin feeling softer and more moisturized. I’ve been focusing it on my legs, which get incredibly dry in the winter, and have been able to skip the lotion post shower on the days I use this scrub! I’ll take it.