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DIY Energizing Facial Coffee Scrub (Three Ways!)

Whenever you feel like you need a bit of self-care, reach for this facial coffee scrub! Not only is it a great way to make use of your leftover coffee grounds, but all the recipes below are also invigorating, and the caffeine in the coffee stimulates blood flow, which promotes a healthy amount of circulation. This helps with eczema, scarring, and even cellulite. Apart from these properties, the coffee grounds also act as great scrubbing agents, removing dead skin cells.

DIY facial coffee scrub three ways


Recipe 1 – you will need:
  • ½ cup fine coffee grounds
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup fractionated coconut oil (solid, not melted)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract or 5 drops of your favourite essential oil

To make the facial coffee scrub, combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Place the finished product in an air-tight jar. Use for up to three weeks.

Other benefits:
  • Brown sugar acts as an awesome exfoliant in addition to the coffee grounds.
  • Coconut oil cleans away dead skin cells and dirt, while also providing moisture.
  • If you choose to add vanilla extract, it will calm and soothe your skin.

girl with facial coffee scrub

Recipe 2 – you will need:
  • ½ cup fine ground coffee
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup kaolin clay

To make this scrub, stir ingredients together in a bowl before placing in an air-tight jar, storing in the fridge for up to three weeks.

Other benefits:
  • Raw honey is especially great for acne-prone skin, as it balances bacteria found on the skin while helping skin cells heal, which can also help heal eczema outbreaks.
  • Kalin clay has been used for thousands of years, for many purposes. In this scrub, it acts as a gentle exfoliator and removes excess oils.


Recipe 3 – you will need:
  • The amount of coffee grounds leftover from your cup or
  • Mixed with an equal amount of olive oil.

Apply to your face and body in a circular motion. Leave the mask on between 15 and 60 minutes then wash off.

DIY facial coffee scrub

Where to get eco-friendly, mindful coffee

Like many other industries, as the demand for coffee surges, practices that harm the earth also gain increasing popularity. Plantations often remove trees and other native plants, which limits biodiversity and removes the habitat of many animals.

Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used, which can damage the nearby waterways and soil. In some cases, the plants that process the coffee release their waste into nearby rivers, which pollutes the water systems and can kill wildlife.

For all of these reasons, it’s important to be mindful of the coffee you choose. Here are a few I recommend:

Ready to create your own DIY facial coffee scrub? Drop a comment below and let me know which recipe you try! If you’re looking for more ways to practice self-care, check out my DIY bath bomb recipe here. Don’t forget to share your pictures and tag me on Instagram!

I hope you’ve found this blog helpful! As always, you can support me and the site by buying me a cup of tea or sharing the site with a friend. Your support means the world to me!


Mia Hadrill
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