DIY Coffee Face Scrub


I have always had testy skin. When I was young I had terrible acne, once the acne cleared up I had scarring, now I have yellowish eye lids and bags under my eyes constantly, with the occasional zit mixed in, blackheads, big pores… I’m kinda hard on my skin if you can’t tell. Full disclosure here people.

I have a pretty good handle on the pimples… I mean by my age you’ve got to have that figured out right!? And the scarring is gone thanks to some microdermabrasion sessions… if you haven’t done this, DO IT! It’s fantastic. With my DIY night essential oils that I put on my face I’m starting to tackle everything else (blackheads, pores, skin tone) but there is one thing that I do every once in awhile as a treat to myself that makes me feel like a million bucks. It’s my coffee scrub.

I mean what’s better than coffee in the morning? Nothing, you’re right. Now imagine using coffee to wake up your skin! It seriously does work! Coffee when used on the skin has been said to reduce eye puffiness, exfoliate, tighten and brighten skin… um yes please!

So in an effort to help out my skin I decided to try it one day, I pulled a recipe from Pinterest and I thought it was good, but not perfect. I felt like they added too much and made it too complicated so I set out to make my own and what I’ve come up with I really love!

Before we get started let me add this, everyone's skin is different and reacts differently to different products. This is what worked for my skin and I cannot tell you how it will work for yours, but I hope it does! I also only do this if I am either going to bed, or not putting makeup on for the day. The oil sits on your skin a bit and does not mix with makeup.

DIY Coffee Face Scrub

First you need to brew a pot of coffee… I know, how dare I ask you to do such a thing. I use freshly brewed grounds in my scrub, but if yours are a few hours old that’s totally fine too. The freshly brewed coffee helps bring out the caffeine. Take some of the coffee grounds and put them into a bowl. Use a spoon so you don’t burn yourself!


Now depending on if you like this you can make extra and save some so you don’t have to make a new batch every time.

Next you’re going to add some castor oil. Castor oil is pretty thick so use this sparingly! I love castor oil on my skin when it’s mixed with something else (like jojoba oil) or in this instance coffee. Castor oil is said to fight signs of aging (yes please), reduces acne, fades blemishes, and moisturizes. If you’re not a fan of castor oil you can use olive oil, it’s great for your skin too.

After adding the castor oil I add some essential oils. I take my pick of the scent I want to use and what the benefits are to my skin. My favorite is lavender but in this batch I used frankincense. Now fair warning the smell of frankincense is not one that most people like and I’m not a huge fan of it, I just wanted the calming effect it has on skin. Whatever oil you choose, add about 5 drops if you’re making a big batch, a small one I’d add 2-3.

Once you’ve added the castor oil and essential oil give it all a good stir. Make sure that you get the grounds covered in both oils. Once it’s all mixed, simply get your face wet, clean it if you have makeup on, then scrub away. I like to let the grounds sit on my face for a bit so I can soak it all in.

Then rinse, pat dry and voila!

Doesn’t your skin feel amazing? If you have extra scrub left over you can put it in a mason jar and put it in the fridge till you want to use it again!