Homemade mocha body scrub recipe

Homemade mocha body scrub recipe

Apparently summer is around the corner (doesn’t feel like it here in England yet, but I’m holding out hope!).  Here’s a SUPER easy recipe for homemade coffee body scrub to get your skin soft and glowing for warmer weather!

We brew a pot of coffee every weekend morning, and I wanted a fun way to use up the grounds.  This quick mocha body scrub recipe has no preservatives, so it’s meant to be stirred up and used immediately (you could keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days, but no longer).  So it’s a great weekend morning project.  Just stir some up with whatever you have on hand, jump in the shower, and scrub away.

The key ingredients are coffee, sugar and oil – everything else can be changed around based on how creative you’re feeling and what you have available.  You’ve probably read differing opinions on whether caffeine can reduce cellulite – and surely this scrub would be a cheap way to give it a try.  I’m a bit skeptical about all that, but it does make your skin really soft and smooth, and smells great!  If you’ve tried this recipe, or something similar, let us know in the comments!

Mocha Body Scrub


3/4c.  used coffee grounds

1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4c. demerara sugar (or brown sugar)

1 Tb. olive oil


The quantity here is not important, it’s the ratio of coffee to sugar.  I like a blend of 3 parts coffee to 1 part sugar.  So adjust depending on how much leftover coffee you have (or how much you want to make!)

Mix ingredients together until combined.  Try not to eat it, even though it smells delicious 😉

In the bath or shower, massage into damp skin concentrating on rough areas, then rinse off.   Don’t try this on your face, it’s much too strong.   This recipe does not have a lot of oil in it, but be careful in case the bottom of your shower gets slippery!  You will have to rinse down your shower afterwards if you’re a vigorous scrubber like me!! 🙂

** Also, as I’ve learned the hard way, it’s always a good idea to test any homemade product on a small part of your body, like your inner arm (NOT your face!), first before applying all over.  These homemade beauty products are not tested on animals … they’re tested on YOU!  So please try some of the product on a small area, and wait until the next day before proceeding, to make sure you don’t have any reaction to it.  You’re responsible for what you put into and onto your body, so be smart about it… but have fun! **

Looking for other homemade beauty treatments? Have you tried the honey face mask yet?

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Amanda Cook is an author, entrepreneur, and alchemist. She helps successful women create lives of meaning & magic by connecting with the seasons. Her work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, The Sunday Telegraph, Natural Health UK Magazine, and more. Learn more at AmandaCook.me.

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  1. I make a lovely coffee scrub. i use dry coffee grounds( if i keep the coffee over a few weeks its too stale to drink but exquisite in scrub. i add cocoa, brown sugar, orange essential oil,cocoa essential oil safflower and coconut oil and vitemin E. since there is no water the shelf life is great. I’ve kept it a few months with no signs of spoiling.

  2. I have heard that using just the grounds alone as a scrub in the appropriate areas can reduce cellulite. Something about the stimulation of the scrubbing and the caffeine.

    1. I’ve heard the caffeine theory too. Caffeine is now included in lots of top-shelf beauty products, so maybe it does work… (or it’s a marketable theory, at least!!) 🙂

  3. I make a paste with coffee and yoghurt and use it as a scrub from neck to toe. My skin feels so smooth afterwards I can’t stop touching it!
    Plain low-fat or whole-milk yoghurt contains lactic acid, which softens the skin, reduces wrinkles and hydrates dry areas. I would recommend this to anyone who is not sensitive/allergic to yoghurt – but I will definitely try this oily mocha variation 🙂

    Thank you, Amanda, for all the great tips and inspiration!

  4. I just tried this last night on me and my husband’s feet, sans vanilla (since i didn’t have any handy), and my feet are still moisturized today! I’m also on the path of beauty detox, and this scrub will definitely stay in my recipe box!

  5. I tried plain coffee (after brewing!) ….. and wooooow…..it works great! It leaves a very smooth and silky skin. Gentle circular motion will do. I wish to do that every day.

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