DIY coffee body scrub

There’s nothing quite like the delicious and intense aroma of coffee. With the smell often enough to wake you up and get ready for the day. Coffee products are proving versatile – it can give you your morning boost, it brings people together and it’s even popping up in skincare products across supermarket shelves.

Our coffee-loving café culture sees Australians consume six billion cups of coffee every year, with 93% of coffee grounds going straight to landfill.

Love coffee and hate waste with us, and try your hand at our DIY coffee scrub recipe. It’s a great way to use up your coffee grounds, makes for a thoughtful gift for your work colleagues and will have your skin shining and smooth.

DIY coffee scrub recipe


  • 1 cup of coffee grounds (if you don’t have your own, speak to your local café as they might be able to donate some to you)
  • 1 cup of sugar or salt (the courser the sugar or salt, the more exfoliating properties of the final scrub)
  • ½ cup of melted coconut oil.

Optional extras: Cinnamon (you’ll smell like Christmas cake) or a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil (orange oil is a nice addition).


  1. Mix all ingredients together, combining well.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

This recipe keeps for a few weeks only, as there are no preservatives or additives to extend the shelf life.

If coffee scrub is not for you, you can still help divert coffee grounds from landfill with the tips below.

Adding coffee to your compost bin helps add vital nitrogen. If you don’t have a compost bin you can sign up to our Community Composting Hub program.

Use excess coffee grounds to gently scour pots and pans without chemicals.

Coffee grounds neutralise odours. Keeping a small bowl on the bottom shelf of your fridge can help keep it smelling fresh.

Watch our short video

Watch our short 48-second video on how to make this lovely body scrub.

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This video was originally published in January 2019 and was updated in May 2020.

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Last updated:8 May 2020
Topics: blog green