Coffee Face Scrub

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Remember my Two Ingredient Face Scrub? Well, I have another at-home facial recipe for you!


This one includes my favorite thing in the entire world…. coffee.  I drink it, I eat it, I scrub it on my face.


And it feels amaaaaazing.   Don’t take my word for it, though – try it!  Like my other face scrub, this one is super simple, and you probably already have all the ingredients.


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Mix together:


One teaspoon ground coffee (you may want to grind your own twice or run ground coffee through an at-home grinder to get a finer ground)

One teaspoon lemon juice

One teaspoon salt

One teaspoon honey


And scrub (gently) on your face in small circles.  It’s important to be gentle and not rub it harshly into your face because coffee grounds are inherently rough – you don’t want to tear your skin!  Let it stand there for a few minutes, and then wash off with a face wash – otherwise, if you just rinse it away, you’ll be left with a nice coffee tan. Smile 


End result?  Smooth and glowing skin – with no chemicals.  I also like to think that the coffee is infusing caffeine directly into my skin, but that’s probably not how it works… Heh.  Just don’t eat the mix – unlike the Two Ingredient Face Scrub, this scrub tastes gross.


Happy Coffee Drinking / Eating / Exfoliating!



  • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution August 14, 2013, 9:17 am

    SO this is probably a really dumb question, but can I use coffee grounds that have already been used to make coffee? Does it matter?

    • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution August 14, 2013, 9:17 am

      ..and also, is that really gross? I am notorious for doing things that other people think are gross.

      • Caitlin August 14, 2013, 9:23 am

        haha. I would definitely reuse it. I don’t see why not!

      • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun August 14, 2013, 9:43 am

        Nope I don’t thinks it’s gross! I say go for it! I may even try the same thing – why waste perfectly good coffee grounds that haven’t been used when you can reuse the same ones?!

        • Debbie June 11, 2015, 7:56 pm

          After hearing about all the plastic and the environmental damage done by manufactured facial a scrubs I have just been reusing coffee grinds. Apparently coffee kills off sun damaged skin cells while leaving healthy skin. What ever it does it leaned myskin feeling fabulous

  • Sarah August 14, 2013, 9:28 am

    I love easy to make face scrubs! Being a coffee addict myself I will have to try it out!

  • Farah @ Fabulously Farah August 14, 2013, 9:29 am

    I’m definitely going to try this!

    Equal parts granulated sugar and olive oil is a good one too. It always leaves my skin so soft and smooth.

  • Julia @ Basket of Juls August 14, 2013, 9:30 am

    I have to try this. Looks like a very rejuvenating scrub! Also…love the owls. I can relate to the expresso owl for sure. 🙂

  • Samantha @ Sweetly Striving August 14, 2013, 9:40 am

    Love this!!! I have also heard about doing it as a full body scrub in the shower. Easy on and off. 🙂

    • Bryan-David Scott January 24, 2014, 8:31 am

      Undoubtedly one of life’s greatest pleasures … light some candles, pour a glass of your favorite red, have some heavenly dark chocolate to nibble on then when you are ready for an amazing pleasure … use the coffee scrub on your hands then face — be gentle — then take your time scrubbing your feet and legs. I guarantee that when you get out you will look and feel amazing; quite probably better than you have in years.

      Bryan-David Scott
      Luxury coffee specialist | Celebrity host
      Cup of Luxury
      Seattle. Napa-Sonoma. S.F. Beverly Hills.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun August 14, 2013, 9:42 am

    This is amazing! It is so simple – I will have to try it out later today! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Christina August 14, 2013, 9:47 am

    Like you said be careful, coffee and anything “natural” can tear open your pores, exfoliation is probably the one instance when man made is better for your skin. Plus, coffee is one of the most chemical laden foods, even if you’re using organic it’s not exactly clean.

  • Jessica @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad August 14, 2013, 9:51 am

    This could be one of the few ways I would use coffee. I don’t like the taste but perhaps I would like the exfoliating capabilities.

  • Corrie Anne August 14, 2013, 9:53 am

    Haha. Love the coffee owls! Drinking my coffee now!! I would definitely reuse!

  • MB August 14, 2013, 10:21 am

    What a great idea! I have to point out that there *are* chemicals in coffee, though. (Without its most important one (caffeine), I doubt most of us would be nearly as excited about coffee as we are!)

  • Emily @ The good era August 14, 2013, 10:37 am

    haha those owls totally cracked me up! Thanks for the laugh 🙂

    Can’t wait to try this. Love at home stuff with out chemicals!

  • Elizabeth August 14, 2013, 12:11 pm

    I have been making a honey face wash and scrub for a while now, I love it! I need to do something to reuse my coffee grounds too, this will be fun! I bet it would be a fun body scrub too.

  • Heather @ Better With Veggies August 14, 2013, 2:31 pm

    What a great idea, especially the idea above to use already used coffee grounds. Is like recycling + skin care 🙂

    • Bryan-David Scott January 24, 2014, 8:27 am

      Unfortunately ladies … using grounds that have been previously exposed to high temperature water is not effective in delivering the nutrients skin needs to look and feel your best. Why? Simply stated, the oils and nutrients are extracted from the grounds.

      Bryan-David Scott
      Luxury coffee specialist | Celebrity host
      Cup of Luxury
      Seattle. Napa-Sonoma. S.F. Beverly Hills.

  • Emily K. @ Leaf Parade August 14, 2013, 3:04 pm

    I love this idea! I currently use baking soda (which I mix with just a bit of water to make a paste) as both an exfoliant and a face mask — oh, AND I wash my hair with it, but that’s a different story. The baking soda works wonderfully — and reduces redness from breakouts/scarring, which is a major plus! I am really into this idea of using coffee grounds though, and I think I’ll definitely give it a shot. Sometimes I joke that I would happily bathe in coffee. Looks like my time has come. Thanks Caitlin! : )

    -Emily K

    • Bryan-David Scott January 24, 2014, 8:24 am


      What a beautiful reply. Baking soda … you may have just helped the finest brand of luxury coffees in the world become even greater.

      My kindest and sincerest compliments to you.

      Bryan-David Scott
      Luxury coffee specialist | Celebrity host
      Cup of Luxury
      Seattle. Napa-Sonoma. S.F. Beverly Hills.

  • Kim August 14, 2013, 3:31 pm

    What a great little scrub! If I remember correctly, I think I read something about a year ago in Whole Living Magazine that mentioned coffee being great for your skin.

    • Bryan-David Scott January 24, 2014, 8:22 am

      Luxury coffees do amazing things for peoples’ skin. While it is true that coffee is usually associated with waking people up in the morning, it can also perk up your skin. The caffeine in coffee has a number of benefits for your skin, from treating redness and inflammation, to reducing the appearance of under-eye circles, to getting rid of cellulite. By incorporating caffeine into your skin care routine, you can reveal evenly toned, smooth skin all over your body.

      Caffeine has potent anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for reducing inflammation and redness in your skin. In a 1981 study performed at the Seoul National University, researchers found that caffeine is able to reduce inflammation almost as well as aspirin in rats; in a 1978 performed at the University of Tennessee, researchers found that adding caffeine to anti-inflammatory creams significantly increased their effectiveness. Overall, use of skin care products containing caffeine will reduce and prevent inflammation and redness, leaving you with a beautiful, even skin tone.

      Our luxury coffee scrubs are the finest in the world. Though used by celebs throughout the world, any woman that wants to look and feel great will benefit from using Cup of Luxury’s scrubs.

      Bryan-David Scott
      Luxury coffee specialist | Celebrity host
      Cup of Luxury
      Seattle. Napa-Sonoma. S.F. Beverly Hills.

  • Rose August 14, 2013, 4:04 pm

    This is an interesting idea. I’m curious – why coffee? Because it’s a scrubber-type material? Any other benefits to it?

    • Bryan-David Scott January 24, 2014, 8:15 am

      Hi Rose,

      There are tremendous nutritional benefits a person gets from coffee that they will not get in other sources. Our coffee scrubs are used by celebs twice a week on their faces, necks, hands, arms, feet and legs to keep skin smooth, radiant, less wrinkled.

      If you are interested, I am happy to talk with you. Be watching for Cup of Luxury as we release our scrubs.


      Bryan-David Scott
      Luxury coffee specialist | Celebrity host
      Cup of Luxury
      Seattle. Napa-Sonoma. S.F. Beverly Hills.

  • Jenn August 14, 2013, 4:11 pm

    This is amaze.

  • Maryz August 14, 2013, 4:21 pm

    I need to try this…I hope the caffeine really does instantly absorb 🙂

  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal August 14, 2013, 4:24 pm

    Is it weird the first thing I saw was the burrowing owls? Hahaha

  • Kristen @ Medium Roast August 14, 2013, 4:31 pm

    As if I didn’t need another reason to love coffee 🙂 Of course, now I have to make the hard decision between drinking coffee and putting it on my face! Also, those owls crack me up!

  • Leah August 14, 2013, 7:16 pm

    I love the coffee owls! Hehe

  • Marissa@ohhhsolovely August 14, 2013, 8:05 pm

    love this as i’ve switched to all natural products for my skin! i usually scrub with jojoba oil & brown sugar. it feels wonderful too!

  • Liz August 14, 2013, 8:13 pm

    I love everything about this post! I can’t WAIT to try this recipe out!

  • Ashley August 15, 2013, 9:43 am

    I would’ve never thought of this!!
    Also, sorry this is totally off-topic, but I have a Reader Request!!! I’d LOVE to hear an update about how the part-time working, full-time Mom/Dad is going with you and the hubbs. I’m in a similar situation with my family so I’d love to hear how its working for you guys. For example, maybe its just me – but didn’t you guys initially plan to mostly split the parenting work 50/50?? Seems like its definitely fallen more to you than Kristien (not saying that’s bad – and maybe that was the agreement all along???) I’m just searching for ways to make it work for my family. I work part-time from home, while my husband works nontraditional hours outside the home (he does wood flooring installation, so not your typical 9-5). Although early on he was a HUGE asset at home, it’s seemed like as time has gone on he’s relied more on me. Also, it almost feels like my job “doesn’t count” because I do it from home (computer-based), so its almost like he discounts the hours I put into work??? Definitely NOT trying to stir up drama with you and the hubbs or anything, just trying to explain my situation and see if you could write an update on yours – maybe give tips or something for readers with similar situations???? Sorry this comment is so long, I prob shoulda emailed!!!

    • Caitlin August 15, 2013, 2:15 pm

      Yes! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while… will try for next week.

  • Amanda August 15, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, no no no! My motet is a dermatologist and has always taught me from a young age to be super careful about exfoliants. For example the super popular St. Ives Apricot Scrub is really bad for your skin because the walnut shell pieces are uneven and cause micro tears to your skin. This would cause the same thing. The best exfoliants are actually the chemical exfoliants like AHA etc. This scrub may feel good initially, but it will eventually really damage your skin!!

  • Megan August 15, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Do you have a before/after pic to persuade me to try this? Lol. My facial routine consists of: wash face in shower with whatever soap I’m using, put make up on, wash makeup off next time I shower…

  • Alex @ Kenzie Life August 15, 2013, 6:43 pm

    I love coffee scrubs for my body but unless you have really fine grounds, it can cause microtears in your skin, thus I’d be very careful using it on your face. I learned that when working at a spa a few years ago–the same with walnut based scrubs. They are great exfoliants for your body, but at a deeper level can cause some damage to the delicate skin on your face. Just something to consider!

  • Marissa @Barefoot Colorado August 16, 2013, 8:48 am

    I’m SO trying this! Also, thanks for the giggle. I’m diggin the owl picture 🙂

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind August 19, 2013, 6:59 pm

    I always thought you weren’t supposed to put anything super harsh on your face? I’d sure enjoy the smell of this though.

  • Syd August 22, 2013, 1:02 am

    I love this! 🙂

  • Ekko November 7, 2013, 3:56 pm

    I add a little bit of cinnamon with my coffee scrub, its good for blood circulation. it does make it tingle a little more, but my face has been flawless since ive started using it rather than my store bought facial scrub.

  • Cherry Carver November 22, 2013, 8:22 pm

    It saves money, time, and water to use a coffee body scrub instead of soap. I keep my used coffee grounds in the freezer and use them as needed (it only takes about 1/8 cup to scrub myself). And you don’t need to moisturize afterward; it does the job beautifully! I grind my coffee VERY fine and use it on my face as well when I shower (scrubbing your face every day isn’t a good idea when you reach a certain age). I love the coffee tan effect! Regarding caffeine, I don’t know for certain if it seeps into the bloodstream, but I always feel really energized after a coffee scrub shower.

  • Simret November 24, 2013, 6:49 pm

    if i don’t have a face wash…is there any difference if i use soap with water

  • RonTab January 21, 2014, 8:22 pm

    I’ve been using coffee grounds as a facial scrub for a week now and just thought of researching for any thing online about it – came across your post.

    My coffee facial scrub is simpler. Just coffee grounds, pressed. No salt, no lemon and honey, otherwise i’d be too lazy to do it regularly. The other 3 elements have their good properties for the skin, but I know I won’t be able to make a follow through so I am keeping it simple.

    My skin feels soft after the scrub… and not dry. I have a bit of sensitivity so I was afraid to just try out anything but this feels so good.

    And since my coffee grounds are already pressed (burp, coffee time then facial time), I don’t have to worry about having too much ‘coffee tan’. Plus I don’t want the sink/shower to be coffee-stained too. 🙂

  • deb March 16, 2014, 11:05 am

    I’d like to try this with my grounds, but I have learned to be super careful about letting grounds get down my drain (guaranteed clog after a few years). Has anyone had this problem? Thanks

  • Veronica January 6, 2015, 11:07 am

    You shouldn’t use used coffee grinds unless you plan on using all the product that day for mold purposes and there is much less caffeine in used grounds which takes away from its efficacy in helping with the scarring and cellulite

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