Coffee Sugar Scrub

Winters in Northern Michigan can be brutal. It’s not because of the amount of lake effect snow or freezing temperatures. The reason they are so brutal is the amount of time that can pass between days of no cloud coverage. We can go weeks without seeing true sunlight. Imagine looking outside every day and seeing a grey sky; it’s so incredibly dreary. Part of the only way I survive emotionally is to find little things that are bright spots in these grey days. One of my bright spots is my French press. My goodness, coffee tastes best when it’s freshly made in a French press. After I finish my coffee bliss I’ve found unique ways to use up the coffee grounds. One of those ways happens to be this sugar scrub.

Caffeine is the powerhouse behind coffee – just the scent can wake me up. Did you know that coffee has some amazing benefits for your skin? It’s a fantastic natural exfoliate, tightens and tones your skin and can help fight dark spots, swelling and inflammation. Not only does this sugar scrub smell amazing but it is actually great for your skin (awesome, right?).

I like to add different essential oils to mine to make the scent profile different. With this batch I happened to add vanilla and cinnamon. You could add cardamom, sweet orange, or even peppermint. The sky is the limit. Also, if you prefer you can omit the essential oils (it smells amazing on its own).


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup used coffee grounds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops vanilla essential oil (optional)
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil (optional)


  1. Measure our coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave coconut oil in thirty second intervals until melted.
  3. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Stir in brown sugar and coffee grounds until well mixed (this will look very dark and mud-like).
  5. Store in an airtight glass container for up to two weeks.

Please note that while many of the components of this sugar scrub are edible it is not intended to be ingested.

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