DIY this 3-Ingredient Body Scrub Recipe (You’ll Smell Like Candy!)

coconut oil body scrub recipe

Are you still paying for expensive organic exfoliating scrubs? There’s really no need, especially when this body scrub recipe is so easy and affords such great exfoliating and moisturizing benefits for your skin. 

The ingredients in this scrub are easy to find — in fact, we bet you have all three at home. First, you’ll need used coffee grounds. We’ve already been repurposing used coffee grounds for composting, but reserve a bit for this recipe to mix with some pantry staples — coconut oil and honey — and you’ll be ready to make this body scrub recipe in no time.

Coconut oil is an excellent natural moisturizer, as it penetrates better than many other oils. It’s also naturally antibacterial and antifungal, which can help keep acne at bay, and it can speed up healing of wounds and scratches on the skin.

The coffee grounds are not only a great yet gentle exfoliant, they also improve circulation, hiding the appearance of cellulite and making skin appear firmer.

Like coconut oil, raw honey is great for acne treatment and prevention, and honey’s antioxidants also help slow down the aging process. In addition, honey naturally opens up the pores, helping to unclog them, and adds moisture to boot.

The resulting combination smells absolutely delicious — kind of like a Mounds bar — and leaves your skin feeling exfoliated and super smooth. It’s great for those with dry skin, though if you have naturally oily skin or are acne prone, you may want to try it out on a small area first.

All-Natural Coconut and Coffee Body Scrub Recipe


1/2 cup raw organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon organic raw honey
1 cup used coffee grounds


Very gently melt the coconut oil and the honey in a saucepan over low heat. When the coconut oil is almost melted, add the used coffee grounds and mix to combine. When well-mixed, place in a jar with a lid and keep at room temperature.

To use, scrub into dry skin before the shower, working the product in circular motions into your skin. Rinse well. Use once every two or three days for silky smooth skin.

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Emily Monaco

Emily Monaco is an American food and culture writer based in Paris. She loves uncovering the stories behind ingredients and exposing the face of our food system, so that consumers can make educated choices. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies, and Serious Eats.