Wake-Up Scrub

Nothing rouses you in the morning quite like the smell of coffee, so go ahead -- slather some on. A skin-softening body scrub made from coffee grounds and aromatic plant essences is a traditional treatment that's used in Thai and Balinese spas, and it's a luxurious way to start the day.

This recipe couples a rich, smoky coffee aroma with the sweet scent of peppermint -- known in aromatherapy for its mentally stimulating, energizing properties. Thanks to raw sugar crystals and olive oil, which exfoliate and moisturize, your body gets a pick-me-up, too. It makes enough for two to three applications.

Tools and Materials
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup pure turbinado sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot

Wake-Up Scrub How-To
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; using a fork, thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.

2. While showering, apply handfuls of the coffee scrub to wet skin in circular motions, starting at the feet and working up. The scrub contains oil, so it's best to do this over a rubber mat to avoid slipping. Pay particular attention to rough spots such as heels, ankles, knees, and elbows.

3. After scrubbing, cleanse skin as usual using a mild natural soap or body wash. Pat skin dry with a fluffy towel, and follow with lotion to seal in the moisture.


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Comments (16)

  • ladoucette66 4 Oct, 2010

    This is great! Yesterday I was just thinking about uses for used cofee grounds, wondering what I could use them for other than putting down my drain.....because I have heard it's good to put them down the drain too. Thank you for a great tip!! Thanks for all the other tips on comments also!

  • ClauTecu 6 Jul, 2010

    I made this last week and I am really delighted with the results! My skin is now more moisturized! I highly recommend it!

  • mariekoran 8 Feb, 2010

    I'm going to try this today. I figure the metal screen hairtrap will catch the grounds, and if not maybe I can put a coffee filter in it or something.

  • pscuteri 25 Jan, 2010

    do you do this scrub in the shower? wouldnt the ground cause drainage problems?

  • GwenHex 18 May, 2009

    I just save the grounds daily and put them in a nice jar to use every morning. My skin glows and is a lot smoother, plus I use them on my face and it's helped clear up the acne! The only downside is it makes a mess in the tub.

  • floridahomestager 13 Feb, 2009

    What a great idea! This is one I hadn't thought of. For a prep before doing a manicure or pedicure I like to use salt (I have fine sea salt on hand) and mix with olive oil. You only need a small bit of both and rub it into your hand and feet after removing any old polish to prep and moisturize before doing your next mani/pedi-super soft

  • jsbee527 5 Feb, 2009

    This is a great recipe, and I also make a scrub with jojoba oil, brown sugar( the turbinado is a bit too coarse for my skin), vanilla essential oil, and grapefruit essential oil. It's smells yummy and also makes your skin so soft!

  • boscoinbarrie 3 Feb, 2009

    oops thats plumber! and I know coffee has to e's LOL

  • boscoinbarrie 3 Feb, 2009

    I actually had a plummer tell me to send my coffe grounds down the drain every day, he said it was like fibre in your diet ( and I have been in this house 10 years no clogs EVER!!)

  • ige1031 2 Feb, 2009

    Can I use muscovado sugar or just brown sugar instead? How long will this last in the refrigerator? Will the coffee grounds clog the drain?

  • ambschri 14 May, 2008

    Turbinado sugar is raw sugar, and is sometimes billed with just that name. You should be able to find it at any grocery store with the other sugars.

    I love the smell of this scrub! I only had a combination of eucalyptus and mint essential oil, but it did the trick!

  • apbtwells 12 Apr, 2008

    Made this and love it so much!!!! It makes your skin feel so soft and silky. IS MESSY! But worth it.

  • whytewitch 28 Feb, 2008

    I've never heard of turbinado sugar
    where would you purchased that in Toronto, Ontario, Canada?

  • sl3879 27 Feb, 2008

    heard used coffee grounds mixed with olive oil applied to problem areas and left on in a steamy room for 20 minutes are supposed to reduce cellulite. Seems to help but messy!

  • lecroy 27 Feb, 2008

    dont think I want coffee grounds in my drain

  • winnieandpetey 3 Dec, 2007

    does anyone know how long the scrub will last if refrigerated?

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