Whipped Coffee Scrub Recipe For Gentle Exfoliation [Without Oils]

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DIY coffee scrub with peppermint essential oil


I am thrilled to share with you my newest whipped coffee scrub recipe. The scrub exfoliates the skin and cleans it at the same time. It does not leave your skin feeling oily afterwards and is a great scrub to use before shaving.

This recipe is inspired by my other 2 DIY body scrubs: DIY coffee scrub with fractionated coconut oil and DIY foaming lavender sugar scrub. The first one is fantastic for when you want to scrub and moisturize with little effort. The foaming lavender sugar scrub exfoliates and cleanses at the same time.

For today’s recipe I combined the foaming base and coffee grounds. This makes a cleansing body scrub that still comes with amazing benefits of caffeine (cellulite reduction and improved blood circulation). Plus, I really like how coffee scrubs feel. Coffee grounds exfoliate very well while feeling gentle at the same time. I also added some peppermint essential oil that leaves skin feeling fresh and energized.


Who is this DIY coffee scrub recipe for?

For everyone, but you will especially like it if:

* you want your body scrub to be cleansing and not oily

* sugar/salt scrubs are to harsh for your skin and you are looking for a more gentle alternative

* you want the body scrub to deliver more than just exfoliation

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whipped coffee scrub recipe with peppermint essential oil

Whipped coffee scrub recipe:

– 200 g | 7 oz of foaming bath butter

– 50 g| 1.7 oz of coffee grounds

– 1 g (approx. 20 drops) of peppermint essential oil

– Ball jars 

This recipe will make 250 g of product. I was able to fill out 2 x 120 g /4 oz jars and have some product left.


Let’s talk a bit more about the ingredients:

Foaming bath butter is a foaming, soap-like product base designed for whipping. It can be used to make a range of luxurious bath, shower and facial products. The formula is mild and won’t irritate the skin. It feels very creamy and creates foam. On top of that, it is rich in glycerin which makes it moisturizing. 

– Coffee is a great exfoliating ingredient. In my experience, it feels more gentle than sugar, though exfoliates better.

Coffee also has additional skin benefits. It improves blood circulation and tightens the skin, which in turn makes cellulite less visible. Now of course, it will not get rid of the cellulite completely, but hey, I will take any help I can. And I do love how my skin feels and looks after using coffee scrub.


How to make DIY coffee scrub more effective

The active ingredient in the coffee scrub is caffeine. Therefore, it is important to consider the caffeine content of your scrub. The more caffeine, the more effective the scrub will be.

You might have read that many people use brewed coffee grounds to make their scrubs but I don’t think that this is the best way to do it. First of all, brewed coffee loses a lot of the caffeine, so your body scrub will not be as effective. Second, brewed coffee cannot be stored for later use because of the risk of bacteria and mold growth.

So, what you should do instead is use ground coffee without brewing it. This way your skin will receive more caffeine for a stronger effect, and you will be able to store the scrub in a jar for months.


How to modify the recipe?

Feel free to modify this recipe to make it your own. Add less coffee grounds if you want a more gentle body scrub. If you want more exfoliation, add more. However, I wouldn’t add more than 70 g of coffee grounds to 200 g of foaming base. You can also add sugar, salt, pumice or other exfoliating ingredients to the recipe. You can also skip peppermint essential oil. Coffee smells fantastic on its own. You can add one of your favorite scents too.

How to use coffee scrub

Here is quick process: begin your shower routine by running the shower for a couple minutes and letting the warm water soften the skin. Take a little bit of the body scrub, wet it and rub between your palms. The scrub will start foaming, which makes it very easy to apply all over your body. Concentrate more on the areas that need exfoliation. 

All other questions about using coffee scrub on the body, face, skin types, acne and much more are answered in Coffee Scrub Guide.

using homemade coffee scrub

How to make a whipped coffee scrub

1. Measure your foaming bath butter and put in a bowl. Whip it with a hand mixer for a couple minutes until the product is soft and fluffy.

2. Add essential oil and mix.

3. Measure and add coffee grounds and mix until fully incorporated.

whipping body scrub

4. Your foaming coffee scrub is ready. All that is left is to pack it in a container. You can simply pack your scrub with a spoon or use a piping bag like I did.

9 thoughts on “Whipped Coffee Scrub Recipe For Gentle Exfoliation [Without Oils]

  • May 21, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Lovely 😍 I should try it!
    Do you mind if I sell it as a product?

    • October 16, 2021 at 7:42 am

      If you plan to sell this, you should add a preservative (to protect yourself & whoever buys it). There’s no water in the formulation – but – you don’t know how it’ll be used once purchased. It could very easily become contaminated if someone is reaching into it with wet hands.

  • July 6, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Omgosh! It looks amazing! 😍

  • July 6, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Omgosh! It looks amazing!

  • August 16, 2021 at 10:21 am

    How long will it last?

  • December 10, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    How long does it last and how do you store it. Looks amazing!

  • February 1, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    I quite enjoyed this recipe, I don’t have peppermint essential oil, so used thieves and it was perfect. Though I would make a few changes personally:

    * regular coffee was too big, I will grind this down next time
    * post wash my skin is quite thirsty, add some oils next time
    * keep thieves essential oil – maybe use a touch more (30 drops maybe), it really complemented the coffee smell

    It is super messy, so not the best for the bathtub, but shower worked fine. It was still quite messy, but easy to clean up with detachable shower head. I actually prefer it as a hand scrub/soap.

  • April 7, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Hello can you tell me what preservatives can I use to keep my scrubs from being contaminated. Thank you. Chiffrvon


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