Jun. 19. 2014
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

A DIY citrus coffee body scrub perfect for getting your summer skin ready!

First, I was completely inspired to make my own coffee scrub at home after sampling a product from frank body, their coffee body scrub. It was amazing, it smelled delicious and left my skin feeling incredibly smooth, soft, and moisturized. I wanted to recreate my version of this amazing body scrub to share with you all, and it’s perfect timing as well since most of us our getting back into our swimsuits for this season and want to show off our radiant skin.

Exfoliating is definitely one of my top beauty “secrets” I can’t live without and it’s not just for your face. I exfoliate my entire body as well at least once a week and this scrub has been one I’ve been making and using for weeks now. Exfoliating on a regular basis helps us get rid of dead skin cells which hang out on the surface of our skin and allow new skin cells to turnover, making our skin look rejuvenated and more radiant. It also helps improve cellulite by increasing the circulation and moving lymph around our body (lymph is a short word for moving the fluid that’s present in our lymphatic system, it’s an important part of overall health and detoxification.)



Why coffee?

Coffee grounds are fantastic to use in body scrubs for a couple reasons, 1) the crushed coffee bean releases small amounts of caffeine, which is absorbed into our skin and may help increase circulation. The ground coffee beans not only improve circulation to our skin cells, but it also contribute to the overall exfoliating action (alongside with the coconut sugar and sea salt), leaving your skin feeling incredibly smooth; and 2) it smells damn good. Since caffeine is water soluble, the action of mixing it with the water in the shower will help the caffeine go into your skin, but again the caffeine content in the ground coffee beans is a very small percentage- no worries about getting a caffeine buzz! A couple of other tips to optimize using this body scrub is of course the massaging action while applying and the longer you leave this scrub on your body for the caffeine to soak into your skin the better.


1 cup coffee grounds

1 cup coconut oil, melted

1-3 drops of lemon essential oil

1-3 drops of orange essential oil

1/2 cup coconut sugar


Mix in a bowl until everything is combined and keep at room temperature.

How to use

Using a palm full of the scrub, start towards the end of your body (towards your feet) and work your way up exfoliating in a circular motion until you’ve reached your neck. You can use this on your face if you’d like, it just depends on your skin’s sensitivity to exfoliants. Let set for 15 minutes or longer and then rinse. Repeat on a weekly basis and gradually see your skin improve in softness and may even help get rid of scarring if you have any. Store in an airtight bag or mason jar if you have any leftover.

Note // be prepared to get really messy in the shower before you get clean, the coffee grounds will go everywhere! But that’s the fun of it, right?

*I promise I was decent in these pictures!

I hope you enjoy this one! Let me know how your skin feels after using it and I think it’d be so fun to see your pictures like I took above, showing your coffee scrubbed bod, use the #nutritionstripped

Have a beautiful and glowing day!

xx McKel