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Homemade Coffee Scrub for Caffeine Addicts

Updated on August 23, 2013
Homemade Coffee Scrub for Caffeine Addicts
Homemade Coffee Scrub for Caffeine Addicts | Source

Addicted to Coffee ~

Who am I? I have been known to have the aromatic notes of fruit, chocolate, spices, wine, tobacco, earth, flowers and ash.

Some adore me while others avoid me like the plague.

I love travelling and have made entire nations fall in love with, depend on me, use me and abuse me.

You give up?

Why I’m a coffee bean of course!

You may know me as your early morning wake up call.

Sure was it not thanks to me you met the love of your life as you bumped into each other in Starbucks that bitterly cold November day?

Well, I have been holding out on you because there is way more to me than meets the eye or the nose. Looks can be deceiving.

Coffee and Turmeric

Turmeric may be added in for extra skin benefits
Turmeric may be added in for extra skin benefits | Source

Hidden benefits of Coffee ~

If you are a coffee lover as I am and you are interested in beauty solutions, the good news is you can utilize coffee in different ways as it has hidden benefits for the skin.

Having heard about the amazing benefits of coffee on the skin I decided it was high time and long overdue I try it out for myself.

Benefits of Coffee on Skin ~

  • Firms and Tightens Skin
  • Full of Antioxidants
  • Improves Cellulite
  • Exfoliates Dead Skin Cells
  • Brightens Skin
  • Helps Black Spots in Acne Scars
  • Anti-Ageing
  • Detoxifying
  • Eliminates Puffiness and Swelling
  • Astringent Properties
  • Energizing, Invigorating

Coffee Beans

Brazil produces the most coffee followed by Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Ethiopia.
Brazil produces the most coffee followed by Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Ethiopia. | Source

Be Creative In The Kitchen ~

When I cook I love creating dishes by adding “a bit of this and a bit of that”, say a prayer and hope for the best!

Usually I am pretty lucky with not too many flops.

This recipe for my coffee scrub is a little like my cookery. The ingredients I used here are all pretty easy to find and some may be in your store cupboard already and to say it works is AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

It not only smells divine it leaves the skin feeling incredibly smooth, soft, toned and I swear my areas of cellulite are less noticeable with regular use.

I have added some alternatives in the Tips and Suggestions section too in case you have different preferences, allergies or fancy adding some essential oils.

Un Cappuccino Per Favore

A cappuccino please
A cappuccino please | Source

Perfect Home Spa idea

another great recipe to add in for your spa night
another great recipe to add in for your spa night | Source

Coffee Scrub ~

1 cup Ground Coffee Beans

1 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

1 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 tbsp Vanilla

1 tsp Cinnamon


You Need:

Recycled or Mason Glass Jar

2 Metal or glass bowls

Mixing Spoon/Spatula

Saucepan


Method:

  • Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler or in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of hot water.
  • Allow to slightly cool but do not let it solidify.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the other bowl, then the oil and vanilla, mixing together well to combine.
  • Transfer your scrub into the container and secure tightly with lid.
  • Keep it in the fridge for approximately 2-3 weeks.

To Apply:

  • Before stepping into the shower take 2-3 tablespoons of scrub from the jar and pop it into a small container to bring into the shower.
  • With the skin damp, apply the coffee scrub all over the hands, legs, body and feet paying particular attention to any cellulite or dry skin areas.
  • Massage in gently in circular movements for a 3-4 minutes.
  • Rinse off well, the sugar may stick a little so use a little shower gel or body wash.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply some body lotion, cream, oil or butter.
  • You may use this up to three times a week.

Cellulite or Orange Peel?

orange skin has the appearance of cellulite
orange skin has the appearance of cellulite | Source

Coffee and Sugar Scrub

Tips and Suggestions ~

Use fresh coffee beans if possible however you can re-use coffee beans by allowing them dry out first. As they have been used the caffeine content is much lower and they may not be as beneficial, particularly for any cellulite.

Instead of coconut oil you could use grapeseed oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil.

If you prefer not to use cocoa powder or cinnamon then just leave them out.

Sugar may be white granulated sugar or brown sugar or do half and half.

If you wish you can use salt instead of sugar or do half sugar and half salt.

Vanilla extract gives a gorgeous warm fragrance to the scrub working well with coffee, coconut, cinnamon and chocolate. If you wish to substitute it you could use essential oils. Some great ones for cellulite are juniper and fennel. Other good choices are Rosemary, sage, lemon, cypress, grapefruit and lavender. Be adventurous and combine a few. Use between 10 – 20 drops.

Hanging onto jars of all shapes and sizes is a great way to recycle into cosmetic containers. Preserves, baby food, sauces and coffee are all perfect. Make sure to wash and sterilize thoroughly before re-using.

Food for Thought . . . .

There is so much satisfaction in making your very own beauty products, be it for you, your partner, children, friends or family.

With thousands of wonderful ingredients this planet provides, many of the commercial brands use a form of them, such are the benefits and coffee is one such powerhouse ingredient.

Does it not make sense to cut out the middleman (branded products) and go straight to the source?

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Easy Coffee Scrub

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to sharkye11 ~

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I am just revisiting your site, as I haven't been on HubPages much lately. This is one I really want to try making soon, and I have most of the ingredients already. My favorite store-bought body scrub was a coffee and cocoa scented one, but it was just a temporary product at Target, and this sounds like it would be just as decadent.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and I hope you are having a beautiful weekend! Here in Connecticut (USA), it is sunny and warm, for once.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Hannah David Cini 2 years ago from Nottingham

      Wow - this sounds amazing! I love coffee but never knew it was good for the skin too... thank you for sharing :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Ah the smell of coffee, I am one of those who loves it! At least you can use of your lovely body oils or creams to mask the coffee afterwards on you! Glad you enjoyed and appreciate your comment and you ROCK too!! Cheers for your votes and sharing!!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      I sometimes drink coffee and I can apply this to my skin too, but I´ll try this when my hubby is not around. Lol! He can´t stand the smell of coffee. Thanks for sharing Suzie. As always, you Rock;-) Voted up and shared.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      So good to have you stop by, glad it gave you some ideas. Coffee is a great skin exfoliator and easily done at home. Appreciate your enthusiasm and votes!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mike,

      Delighted you enjoyed as a caffeine addict! Appreciate your comment and interest!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I would not have guessed coffe could be used as a scrub. I love the coffee photo of the prett swirls, I wish I could do that at home. However, thank you for the information and I voted this one up, up, up.

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      A greatly informative article, Suzie! As a coffee lover I enjoyed the read!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Thanks for the interest and comment my friend now go write some more wonderful poetry! LOL

      Cheers for your support in votes!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phoenix,

      Thanks for joining the coffee club! LOl Lovely to see you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      How you doing there? Lovely to hear your enthusiasm for this coffee scrub. Vanilla is such a gorgeous scent which adds to this so much. may thanks for your kind words, It means a great deal reading your thoughts. Appreciate your votes and sharing on!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Many thanks for visiting and for your supportive comment, always a pleasure to receive!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rosemary,

      How lovely to see my Kiwi buddy from lovely Hawkes Bay! Thanks for taking time to comment, yes it helps but it is not going to make it totally disappear unfortunately.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      must be telepathy as i had been thinking about you and how I needed to get over for a Rose fix! Delighted you enjoyed as yes it smells out of this world. Would make a great room fragrance actually!! LOl Maybe another idea there! Appreciate your votes greatly and your constant support, you are a treasure!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      So good of you to pop in and glad you enjoyed the intro, it was a bit different and a fun way of opening. I appreciate your compliment, I have steps to climb but hopefully making some progress along the way!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Lovely to see you and even though you don't drink coffee! Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful Suzie.

      Voted up and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sounds like just the thing for this compulsive coffee drinker. lol

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      Oh wow, I can't wait to try this one! My mouth is watering....I could eat this scrub if not for the coffee grounds. : ) I love the idea of vanilla essential oil. That's one I don't have, but I'll definitely look into getting a bottle. I have an empty hair conditioner jar that will be the perfect recycled container to hold your recipe. As always, your Hub is beautifully written and laid out. Thank you! As always, voted up and shared.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      As always, I'm sure that this smells amazing! Thanks for the awesome recipe and detailed information.

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I love the unique opening on your hub. Coffee to reduce cellulite? now this I must try.

      Thank you for sharing

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This sounds absolutely divine! The combined ingredients must create an incredible scent. Coffee certainly does have a great deal of benefits so it doesn't surprise me that you have created another excellent use for it. Once again, thank you for sharing another awesome skin care product. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      As always, hooray for coffee. What a cute and original beginning. This is the kind of writing a true, gifted writer produces.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I'm not a coffee drinker but I would apply it on my skin. Many thanks for another great beauty recipe.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jackie,

      many thanks for checking this out! The ironic thing is caffeine drunk has a more dehydrating effect on the skin. All the others of course are good for you! LOL Hope you try it and find it luxurious!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I was sure while reading the ingredients I was gonna get to drink it not rub it on me! Maybe it would work from the inside out, you reckon? lol It sounds fantastic and I will have to try it. ^

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      It certainly is not a magical cure but it does reduce the look coupled of course with diet, exercise and drinking more water. The caffeine has a direct effect on the fat deposits so it can reduce the appearance. i have some on my thighs (hard to avoid) which I hate and have used different creams over the years. I had upped my water drinking and did this scrub twice a week. Glad you like the intro I was trying to be creative after Bill's Intro hub yesterday, something a little different and catchy!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      The ingredients should not pose a problem as they dissolve with hot water. Delighted you enjoyed this I was excited about this as I have seen so much written about it and seen with brands in the shops. Hope you give it a try to enjoy! Thanks as always for your support!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      How you doing buddy? You do crack me up, glad you had a glow yesterday after your 4 shots, not quite the same but hey . . . if it floats your boat go for it!! Appreciate you as always!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Coffee grounds help reduce cellulite? Holy fat pockets, Batman! Fill up the tub and let me roll around for a while!

      Great information, Suzi. Does it really work?

      I enjoyed the way you began today's hub. It is very creative and shows your sense of humor. Love it!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Are the ingredients biodegradable? This sounds great and as always Suzie HQ I love your recipes and it makes my day to find a new one..I have a serious collection...so up and pin of course....And I always have coffee in the pantry.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I went to my favorite coffee shop yesterday and the girl gave me four shots instead of two, and I had one heck of a glow for a few hours afterwards. Is that what you are talking about in this article??????

      Nice work as always my friend. Have a great day, Irish!

      bill