Repurposing Spent Coffee Grounds for Exfoliating Body Scrubs
As a coffee lover, I drink multiple cups of coffee every day. This leaves me with a lot of used coffee grounds that typically get thrown in the trash. However, I’ve discovered an excellent way to repurpose these grounds – by making my own exfoliating body scrub!
Exfoliating is an important part of any skin care routine. It removes dead skin cells, evens skin texture, and improves circulation. Exfoliating also allows moisturizers to better penetrate the skin. Using spent coffee grounds in a body scrub provides an inexpensive, natural way to exfoliate. The slightly coarse texture of the grounds makes them ideal for sloughing off dead cells.
In this article, I’ll walk through everything you need to know about repurposing spent coffee grounds for exfoliating body scrubs. I’ll cover:
- The benefits of coffee ground body scrubs
- How to make your own coffee scrub
- Step-by-step instructions
- How to use your coffee scrub
- Other uses for spent coffee grounds
Let’s get started!
Benefits of Coffee Ground Body Scrubs
There are many advantages to using spent coffee grounds in body scrubs:
Natural exfoliant – The granules provide gentle but effective exfoliation. They remove dead skin cells without irritating.
Improves skin texture – Exfoliating helps reveal smoother, softer skin. It also helps minimize the appearance of cellulite.
Increases circulation – Scrubbing increases blood flow to the skin’s surface. This gives skin a healthy glow.
Moisturizing – Coffee grounds don’t absorb moisture from the skin. The oils in the scrub nourish skin.
Reduces cellulite – Exfoliating helps break up fatty deposits that cause the dimpled appearance of cellulite.
Smells delicious – Coffee grounds provide an enticing aroma. It’s a sensory experience!
Free and eco-friendly – Repurposing something you’d normally throw away reduces waste.
As you can see, coffee ground body scrubs offer numerous benefits! Exfoliating with used coffee grounds is economical, natural, and good for your skin.
How to Make Your Own Coffee Scrub
Making your own exfoliating coffee scrub is easy. There are just two main ingredients – used coffee grounds and a carrier oil.
Let’s look at the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 cup used coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup carrier oil
- Coconut, olive, almond, or jojoba oil work well
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar or raw sugar (optional)
- 5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
- Try vanilla, cinnamon, or peppermint
That’s really all you need for a basic coffee scrub! Now let’s go over the easy directions:
Collect used coffee grounds – Save up grounds from your morning coffee for about a week. You’ll need 1 cup for this recipe.
Measure out 1/2 cup carrier oil – Coconut oil is ideal, but olive, almond, and jojoba oil also work well.
Add brown sugar (optional) – For extra exfoliation, add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
Add essential oil (optional) – Drops of essential oils like vanilla or peppermint provide scent.
Mix ingredients – Stir the coffee grounds and oil together until fully combined.
Store – Transfer the scrub to an airtight container. It’ll keep for 1-2 weeks.
And that’s it – you now have a homemade coffee body scrub! The entire process takes just a few minutes.
How to Use Your Coffee Scrub
Using your coffee scrub is part of the fun! Follow these tips for best results:
Scoop some scrub onto your skin while your skin is still damp from showering or bathing. Apply to legs, arms, stomach, back, or anywhere you want to exfoliate.
Gently massage in circular motions. Don’t rub too harshly.
Focus on rough patches and areas prone to cellulite, like thighs.
Rinse scrub off with warm water. Pat your skin dry afterward.
Follow up with moisturizer. For an extra treat, use a body butter!
Use scrub 1-2 times per week for smooth, glowing skin.
Be sure to store the scrub in an airtight container between uses. It’s ideal to make a fresh batch each week.
Other Uses for Spent Coffee Grounds
In addition to body scrubs, used coffee grounds have many other household and garden uses. Here are some of my favorites:
Facial scrub – Use grounds mixed with coconut oil to exfoliate and energize your face.
Deodorizer – Coffee grounds absorb odors. Place small dishes around the house.
Garden fertilizer – Grounds contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that plants love.
Compost – The grounds are nitrogen-rich “green” material. Mix into compost piles.
Wood stain – Give wood an aged look by rubbing damp grounds into wood.
Household cleaner – Grounds are a gentle abrasive for cleaning pots and sinks.
As you can see, spent coffee grounds have tons of uses beyond the trash can! Get creative with reusing them.
I love finding ways to repurpose items instead of throwing them out. Used coffee grounds are a perfect candidate. Turning my leftover grounds into an exfoliating body scrub allows me to reduce waste while benefiting my skin.
Whipping up coffee body scrubs is easy and inexpensive. The grounds provide natural gentle exfoliation and a wonderful aroma. Using your scrub on the shower or bath is a relaxing sensory experience.
I encourage all coffee lovers to save up their used grounds. Put them to use in scrubs, masks, cleaners, and more. We can all do our part to repurpose and reduce waste. Our planet and skin will thank us!