DIY Spicy Coffee Sugar Scrub

by Chrystal Johnson on October 28, 2013

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spicy-coffee-sugar-scrubThis spicy coffee sugar scrub is sure to nourish, invigorate and renew the skin while leaving it silky smooth. When used in the shower it smells like an uplifting winter spice.

The best thing about this recipe though, is you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen! This sugar scrub is perfect to make ahead and keep in the shower for when you need it. It is also makes a wonderful gift for friends and family.

Why these Ingredients?

Sugar is exfoliating, which removes the dead skin cells on the top layer of the dermis and encourages growth of new cells.

Coffee grounds are also exfoliating. The caffeine in coffee encourages blood flow to the skin and is said to reduce cellulite and spider veins. It is anti-inflammatory, reduces redness, wrinkles and firms skin.

Olive oil is added to replenish some of the oils your body produces naturally. It protects the skin and leaves it moisturized and healthy looking.

Raw Honey is moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and has many helpful enzymes and nutrients in it that nourish and rejuvenate the skin.

Cinnamon is invigorating, encourages blood flow and is anti-microbial, which would help with any skin infections (like acne or athletes foot).

Ginger is another invigorating blood mover. It helps open up the pores so the body can remove toxins through the skin, which is its primary function.

Allspice is anti-inflammatory, reduces redness and swelling, encourages blood flow and is high in anti-oxidants, helping skin to look younger.

Nutmeg is also anti-inflammatory and is traditionally used in combination with honey for skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. It is also known to help reduce the appearance of scarring on the skin.

Spicy Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coffee grounds (use fresh coffee grounds if you are giving this to a friend or expect it to last more than a week. You can use brewed coffee grounds if you are going to use it immediately)
  • 3 tablespoons olive, almond or jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until incorporated.
  2. Place in a sterilized jar and seal until ready to use.
  3. In the shower, use the scrub to exfoliate the skin. It is especially delightful on the feet, knees, elbows and hands where the skin gets thick or rough, but is great anywhere on the body except for sensitive skin like the face and neck.
  4. Be careful when exiting the shower or bath tub. The oils in this scrub can make the floor slippery.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tanya October 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

It bet this smells amazing!! I wouldn’t mind using this every morning :)
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2 Shai Smith
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October 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

Oh, this is great! Sharing on my page – I can’t wait to try this!
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3 Christina@TheHippyHomemaker October 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

I am so using this on my thighs lol thanks!!!


4 Stephanie @Good Girl Gone Green October 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

This is awesome, Chrystal! I need to get me some coffee! :)
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5 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
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October 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

This sounds amazing and I have all the ingredients!
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6 Emma Brown October 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

This sounds amazing! I am going to try it out. I love making my own skin care recipes. Sometimes I think they work better than the ones I buy.


7 Emily Kristina October 29, 2013 at 1:14 am

This looks amazing! I’ve never tried to make a sugar scrub before, but I’d certainly love to try my first one.
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8 Susie Lampman October 30, 2013 at 4:45 am

I need a jar of that.


9 Michelle April 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

You are right. I do have all the ingredients! Pinning.
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10 Natalie M May 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

This looks super easy and awesome as well! And you are right – I have all the ingredients already. I see a project in my future!!


11 Lisa May 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I love this idea! I’ve always wanted to make my own body scrub. Thanks for sharing this!
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12 Joanne T Ferguson May 4, 2014 at 5:45 am

G’day! This is definitely on my list!
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13 Cindy Eikenberg May 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hi Chrystal! This scrub sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinned! Hope you have a wonderful week and wishing you a happy & fabulous Mother’s Day!
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