Continuing on the journey of transforming the bathroom into a less toxic place, let’s chat about a new all-natural product—this magical DIY Body Scrub!
It’s easy as heck to whip up, made completely from plant ingredients and is the absolute perfection addition to your self-care regimen. Not to mention, there are no microbeads or anything else yucky that the EWG doesn’t recommend.
What it does contain is coffee!
For some, this addictive bean can come with some pretty negative connotations. But, even though ingesting it doesn’t effect everyone in the best way, the topical application of America’s favorite bean can actually be very beneficial to the skin! Check out the evidence below.
We all know that coffee contains caffeine. But, what exactly is caffeine and how the heck can it benefit skin?
Answer: caffeine is a natural alkaloid found in tea leaves, coffee, cocoa, guarana and kola nuts. But, it can do far more for you than just keep your energy levels high.
Studies have found that the topical application of caffeine can protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) light induced skin cancer as well as liberate triglycerides.
By targeting triglycerides (the main constituents of body fat), topically-applied caffeine can help combat cellulite.1
2. pH Level
Coffee’s acidic pH value of about 5 also happens to match the pH value of the average person’s skin.2
This fortunately means that topical application of coffee will not damage or dry out the skin that it comes in contact with.
Coffee beans are also a fantastic source of antioxidants3,4.
Antioxidants target and fight disease-causing free radicals. When left lurking in the body, these highly reactive molecules cause imperfections in the skin due to the damage of internal cells.
The antioxidants in coffee work to keep these molecules at bay and your skin looking fabulous.
Last but certainly not least, the coffee grounds which are utilized in this scrub act as a gentle exfoliator to smooth out the skin and wipe away any dead cells.
Removing dead skin cells is an important hygenic practice that keeps the skin baby-smooth and allows the pores to breathe in fresh air.
For this reason alone, the scrub is great for application during the dry-skin seasons (like balmy winters) or even to speed up the recovery of a summer sunburn!
DIY Body Scrub (2 Ingredients)
Total time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1/2 cup (4 oz)**
Glass jar with lid
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp (6 Tbsp) coffee grounds (new or used is okay)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- Add coffee grounds to your glass jar. If you’ve opted for used grounds (yay for double sustainability!) you may want to give them a squeeze in the coffee filter to drain some of the excess water.
- Mix in just enough coconut oil so you are able to thoroughly smooth the ingredients into a paste. Then mix in the remaining coconut oil.
- Place the lid on the jar and store in the shower until it is all used up! Be sure to wash the jar out with warm soapy water before making a new batch. Happy scrubbing!
- This is an in-shower scrub so complete your shower routine as normal and then get to work on the body scrub.
- With a small amount of the scrub, use your fingertips to exfoliate gently in a small circular motion. Do this all over the body, focusing on any dry areas.
- Wash remaining grounds off completely. Be warned—because this scrub is made coffee grounds it does get messy! I’ve found that it is best for those who have a removable shower head to clean up after. If you don’t but still want to try, you made need to go with the ol’ fashioned cup of water route to clean up. Repeat every 3 showers.
**Recipe can be halved or doubled as long as ratio remains the same!
 Puglia, Carmelo, et al. “Design of Solid Lipid Nanoparticles for Caffeine Topical Administration.” Drug Delivery, vol. 23, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 36-40. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3109/10717544.2014.903011.
 Pérez-Jiménez, J, et al. “Identification of the 100 Richest Dietary Sources of Polyphenols: an Application of the Phenol-Explorer Database.” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 64, no. S3, 2010, doi:10.1038/ejcn.2010.221.