Homemade coffee scrub without coconut oil

Transform your used coffee grounds into a sensational face and body scrub. This makes a great zero-waste, sustainable gift – just in time for Christmas!

This post was inspired by the Food Waste Story by Sicily Fiennes of the Climate Collective.

Coconut oil may clog drains as it solidifies at room temperature. If you want to make a delectable body scrub without using oil, this is the recipe for you! Honey is a bit stickier but I prefer it as it stays on my skin better.

Honey also supposedly has anti-acne properties. If you don’t want to use honey, I have seen others use aloe vera or shea butter.


1/2 cup used coffee grounds

1/4 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons honey


Step 1

Keep your used coffee grounds in a sealed container instead of throwing them away. You can keep topping up for about a week.

Step 2

Dry out the grounds by spreading on a baking tray and place in the oven at 180 degrees C for 10-15 minutes.

Spread out evenly on the tray
Step 3

Mix the coffee with the sugar, and then add the honey and combine fully. You can also add fragrance like argon oil or vanilla essence.

It’s not the prettiest, but smells heavenly
Step 4

Make sure your skin is clean before use. Rub on to your face and body gently, and leave for a few minutes before washing off. Avoid the sensitive eye area and broken or sore skin. Follow with your favourite moisturiser!

Step 5

Reduce your waste further by decanting any excess scrub into an old jam jar or similar.

Dress up with a ribbon or wrap in brown paper for a gorgeous homemade gift! Remember that wrapping paper is rarely recyclable, so go minimal or my go-to is to use old magazines or newspaper.

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