This was one of the first scrubs I ever made. I remember how in awe I felt when I realised I could make my own body scrub for less than $2 and achieve the same results as the store-bought stuff. I haven’t spent money on a commercial body or face scrub since and I haven’t looked back.

Raw honey is naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants, moisturising and soothing, and clarifying, helping to open pores; coffee is anti-inflammatory and contains some antioxidants; sodium bicarbonate is anti-fungal, antiseptic, and lightly exfoliating; and coconut oil is wonderfully hydrating – what a combo!

So enjoy this cheap and easy DIY body scrub which also happens to make a gorgeous gift!


Makes: 150 g Prep time: < 5 min.


• 20 g coffee beans
• 50 g sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)
• 50 g sugar
• 20 g honey
• 10 g coconut oil (the type that solidifies)


1. Using a blender or food processor, mill coffee beans until fine in consistency. Transfer into a bowl.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
3. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Use in shower on wet skin and massage gently over entire body. Rinse with warm water.

Recipe Notes

You can skip step one if you use ground coffee (just make sure it is fully dehydrated).

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 50,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.

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