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How to make Homemade Sugar & Coffee Scrubs

Updated on February 3, 2016

Using a homemade sugar scrub is a great (and cheap!) way to get silky smooth skin without all the toxic chemicals. Using sugar allows you to gently exfoliate your skin and avoid the irritation of a salt scrub.

To give it a twist, make a Mud Scrub! This one includes coffee along with sugar. Betcha didn't know you can wake your skin up with coffee too! The caffeine actually helps increase blood flow which results in a reduction of cellulite. It gives a temporary plumping to the skin which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and last but not least, it's a great vasa-restrictor. It tightens blood vessels and reduces the appearance of spider veins.

Lemon Sugar Scrub Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or zest
  • Essential Oils (use as much as you'd like for varied potency)

Mud Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp coffee grounds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Peppermint extract.


Start by drizzling oil into sugar or sugar/coffee mixture. You may not need all of the oil so make sure you go slowly. Mix frequently for desired consistency. Add Lemon juice/zest or vanilla and peppermint extract.

You can add any essential oil or extract you like. Lavender and Tea Tree Oil are great for relaxation and even have antiseptic properties. Get creative!


If you have sensitive skin, try substituting coffee grounds for brown sugar. Or, for a more course scrub, mix 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup coffee grounds.

To use your scrub, clean skin normally in the shower and rinse thoroughly. Gently rub your Sugar or Mud Scrub in a circular motion over skin to exfoliate as needed. Rinse and enjoy your new silky smooth skin! CAUTION: DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SCRUB IN MOIST AREAS FOR STORING. Do not leave it in the shower especially. Too much moisture could cause bacteria to grow. Store in an airtight container and place in a cool dry place when not in use. Mason jars are a great option for safe storing.

What ingredients do you like in your homemade sugar scrubs? Leave your comments below.


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    • LMKaplan profile image

      LMKaplan 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes, you could do that. Or just use already ground coffee as well!

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      Gabriela 3 years ago

      Please I'm confused. What do u mean by dry coffee/grounds?? Is it I buy coffee(nescafe) and blend it in a dry blender??

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      kimbrindley 5 years ago

      I love it. My skin feels wonderful. I am definitely ready for the holidays now.

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      LMKaplan 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Dry grounds!

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      Davonne 5 years ago

      This may be a stupid question, but do you use dry coffee or grounds after they've been used to make coffee?

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      Natasha 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Super awesome! I love body scrubs, but I hate how much they cost and how many chemicals they have. I will make this soon,

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      instantlyfamily 6 years ago

      I love the way my skin feels after I do a sugar scrub. Thanks for this easy to do recipe.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Sugar and coffee are packed with nutrients. I'm sure they'll be great for the skin. Thanks for this easy scrub recipe.