DIY Vanilla Coffee Sugar Scrub

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DIY Vanilla Coffee Sugar Scrub

While this is a delicious smelling body scrub that would make an awesome handmade gift for any time of year, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Not only will any coffee lover be enamored with the smell of this sugar scrub, caffeine is also shown to have great results when applied to your skin. This scrub comes together in just minutes.


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ¾ cup fresh coffee grinds (not used and not instant)
  • ¾ cup evaporated cane juice (or other coarse sugar)
  • 3-4 droppers (about 3/4 tsp – 1 tsp) full vanilla essential oil in jojoba

Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Use as a body scrub in the shower. It’s that simple!

I found the built in dropper in the vanilla oil to be hard to use to I removed it and use the dropper shown in the below pic. The recipe uses 3-4 droppers full which is 3/4 tsp – 1 tsp.

DIY Vanilla Coffee Sugar Scrub


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About By Dawn Nicole

Dawn is the DIY & Lifestyle blogger/Graphic Designer behind By Dawn Nicole. She is a mom of 3 who believes in "throwing kindness around like confetti". While Dawn loves all things creative, she has a passion for hand-lettered typography. A clean-eating foodie who loves cooking as much as a a good long outdoor run, she believes in balance and rarely lets a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffeinating. She spent one year on the Silhouette Design Team and is also a contributor to Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke,and The Pinning Mama .


  1. Oh coffee goodness. I have done something similar to this and I cannot wait to try this one combining the coffee and sugar.

  2. Hi Dawn! Just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring you in my Mother’s Day round up tomorrow! (If you would rather not be featured, no prob. Just let me know). I love this scrub:)

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  3. I’m not a die hard coffee drinker, but I do love the smell. This is such a great idea!

  4. Can you use vanilla extract instead of vanilla essential oil?

    • Hi Amy! I see plenty of people use it in DIY recipes online but I’ve also read that typical vanilla extract isn’t great for skin use so I’m not sure to be honest but I’d stick with the vanilla oil for using on skin. Have a great day! -Dawn

  5. When you are saving up your coffee grounds….should you let them dry completely and then store them in a container until use? How long can the scrub be stored once it is mixed? Can it be stored in the freezed to prolong shelf time??

  6. Hi! Quick question – do you melt the coconut oil before mixing it together or use it straight out of the jar? Thanks! :)

  7. Hi, wondering how much of the scrub this recipe makes? Wanting to know cause Im making multiples for gifts!

    • Hi Hevin! It filled two large containers when I made it so I’d say it would make at least 8 gifts if you used the small 4oz mason jars (I’m actually doing that tomorrow for teacher’s gifts and I got the 4oz jars at Target!). This is my favorite scrub. :) Thanks! -Dawn

  8. His much is in your dropper full? What would the equivalent be if you used what is on the bottle as shown? Thanks!

    • Hi Kristen! You can use 1/4 tsp of the essential oil instead of a dropper. The topper that comes on the bottle makes tiny drops so I’d take it off and use 1/4 tsp. :)

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