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!

Coffee Body Scrub

Makes: 150 g |  5.3 oz Prep time: < 5 min.


20 g | 0.7 oz coffee beans

50 g | 1.8 oz sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)

50 g | 1.8 oz sugar

20 g | 0.7 oz honey

10 g | 0.4 oz 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.

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add coffee beans to thermal appliance bowl and blitz for 10 seconds on high speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until coffee beans are fine in consistency.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are 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

Author and Advocate for natural living

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website.


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