DIY Coffee Ground Body Scrub

Hello! This is my first time writing for Wild Magazine, so let me introduce myself. My name is Lucy and I’m a Sustainability masters student at York University. In short, I want to save the world, one plastic free toothbrush at a time! I run a little blog where I focus on what we can do individually and what we have to do collectively as a planet to face global warming. This is an introduction to the small, individual changes we can make- it’s a DIY coffee ground body scrub. It’s great for exfoliating the skin, it uses leftover coffee grounds and it’s package free – what could be better?

A few housekeeping messages before we start – firstly, this is a body scrub and shouldn’t be used on the face because it is too abrasive. Secondly, before putting anything on your skin, do a patch test! Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, it’s best to check in case you have a surprise allergy. This scrub is also quite harsh, so if you do have sensitive skin, go easy on the exfoliating. Right, now on with the recipe!

Image Credit: Lucy Allis

You will need:

  • Used coffee grounds (About half a cup)
  • Coconut oil or olive oil (About a quarter cup)
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • An airtight container


  1. Take out your coffee grounds and squeeze out any excess moisture from them. You can do this using a cheesecloth or a tea towel. Tip it into a large bowl.
  2. Next, add your oil, and your essential oil if you’re using it. For coconut oil, melt it and then leave to cool (but not solidify) before using. Start with a tablespoon and keep adding until you have a chunky but spreadable consistency. 
  3. Put into your container and enjoy! Because this uses fresh ingredients it will go mouldy after a while, so either keep it in the fridge or use it quickly. It should last about two weeks.

This scrub is great for dry knees and elbows, and the best thing is that you don’t have to moisturise after using it. Enjoy!

About the Author: Lucy Allis is a sustainability masters student and runs a blog called Waste Makes Waste on WordPress at, and @waste_makes_waste on Instagram.

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