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Make Your Own All-Natural Exfoliating Scrub – Only 2 Ingredients

Exfoliation is an important step in maintaining healthy skin. Not only does the process slough off dead skin cells allowing for clearer pores, it also improves the skin’s texture and adds a natural glow. Unfortunately, if you check the ingredient list on the vast majority of commercial exfoliators you’ll find a list of harsh, toxic chemicals.

So…I leave those exfoliators on the store shelf and I make my own.

Using 2 ingredients that I always have on hand, within minutes I have an all-natural exfoliating scrub.

All you need are 2 of my favorite kitchen items: coffee and coconut oil!

Seriously, that’s all you need.

The recipe (such as it is) is super simple and in no time you’ll have your own homemade exfoliator. Be sure to scroll down and read the “Tips & Variations”  too.

All-Natural Exfoliating Scrub


1 Tbsp coffee grounds

1 Tbsp coconut oil


Thoroughly combine the coffee grounds and the coconut oil.

To use:

In a gentle circular motion, rub mixture on your face (avoiding your eyes, of course ’cause coffee grounds in your eye would not be a good thing). Rinse thoroughly with warm water. A warm wash cloth helps remove any stray coffee grounds. There’s no need to moisturize afterward as the coconut oil handles that for you.

Tips and variations:

The ingredient amounts can be doubled to make an all-over scrub.

Softening the coconut oil before mixing makes the process a whole lot easier.

Don’t scrub too hard…You want to remove dead skin cells not remove a layer of skin.

Used coffee grounds work just as well as fresh coffee grounds and they make a whole lot more sense economically.

Although I’ve not tried it, I’m sure olive oil would be a great sub if you’re out of coconut oil. (If you try it, let me know how it works!)

If you’re doing an all-over scrub, you definitely want to be in the shower. Yeah, it’s that messy!

Do you have a favorite exfoliating recipe? We’d love to learn about it in the comments below!

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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.
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21 Responses to Make Your Own All-Natural Exfoliating Scrub – Only 2 Ingredients

  1. Edye July 22, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    What an awesome idea! I love how easy it is to make 🙂
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    • Candy July 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

      Thanks! I love, love, love how easy it is too!

  2. Adrian August 18, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    I never would have thought to use coffee grounds. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:)

  3. Leslie August 11, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Are you kidding me!? This looks incredible. Thanks for sharing this on What You Wish Wednesday. Please link-up again this week.

  4. Tori McKimm August 6, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Omgsh this sounds amazing–mixing of two of my favorite things 🙂 Can’t wait to try this out!


  5. Sarah Ann July 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    Great idea! I LOVE coconut oil and coffee, so this is perfect and it’s already on hand. Thanks for sharing at the Saturday Soiree Blog Party!

  6. S.L. Payne July 28, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    I love this idea! I am going to try this as soon as possible- I bet this just smells absolutely amazing! I was just talking about how good coconut oil is for skin with a friend and I’m going to share this with her… or maybe not tell her and make her a bunch for Christmas! And yes, I’m already planning, but with four kiddos in the house right now I won’t get it done if I don’t 😉 Thanks for linking up!
    -S.L. Payne, uncommongrace.net

    • Candy July 29, 2014 at 6:30 am #

      It does smell amazing! And you’ll love the simplicity…It doesn’t get much easier than mixing 2 ingredients together. 😉 Christmas prep comes early around here too. Last year we did a post in October with a few frugal gift ideas. Check it out and maybe you’ll find a something else you can use: http://momsmorningcoffee.com/tis-the-season/

  7. Debra @ MsMoozys Open House July 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Love this and I am sure it must smell awesome, can not wait to do this. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this post on my blog at Tuesdays with a Twist, come by and check it out. Thanks again and have a great week.

    • Candy July 29, 2014 at 6:21 am #

      You’re gonna love it! Thank you so much for featuring us! I’ll be stopping by and I’ll share it on our fb page to send some more folks your way. 🙂

  8. Stephanie July 28, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    Love this! This is definitely going to be something I try – thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    Have a blessed Monday!

  9. Sarah Donegan July 26, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Love things with few ingredients! This must smell good too 🙂

    • Candy July 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Me too! Why be complicated when simple works just fine. 😉 It smells scrumptious!

  10. Sarah @ MePlus3...Today! July 26, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    I haven’t seen a scrub recipe with coffee grounds yet. I made one with coconut oil and brown sugar, but the one you described sounds like it would be a little gentler on the skin. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing! #SaturdaySoireeBlogParty

    • Candy July 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      I’ve used the brown sugar scrub too. Coffee’s my favorite though. 🙂

  11. AmieJo July 26, 2014 at 12:15 am #

    This looks easy. I am going to have to try it. I am always looking for new ideas on how to get rid of chemicals in the house and make products that are better for my family. Thank you.

    • Candy July 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

      Getting rid of chemicals has been my goal too, Amie Jo. You’ll find lots of other ideas if you check our DIY section. Love your site! 🙂

  12. Tracy @ Our Simple Life July 23, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    These seems so simple…what a great recipe and can’t wait to make it and give it to my daughter she loves both coconut and coffee!

  13. Linda B July 23, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Great idea! I’ve heard so much about using coconut oil for the skin and I always have coffee grounds around. I’m definitely going to try this.~~ Stopping by from R&R

  14. Bobbi July 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    Wow…this looks easy. And I’ve seen many of recipes with the coffee grounds, but haven’t tried them yet. I have made my own body scrub using coconut oil and I love the way it leaves my skin.

    Gonna give this a go for my face.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Pinning it.

    • Pat July 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

      Really…coconut and coffee! It CAN’T be bad, right?! Let us know what you think!

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