DIY Coffee Solid Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are fun to make, use, and give as gifts.
But they aren't the best idea for travel or for space--that's where solid sugar scrubs come in.
Simply use a square or break off a bit to exfoliate your skin.
Plus, they're easy to make.
I love the coffee version because it really wakes you up and it smells so good.
Mother's Day idea, perhaps?
Here's how to make them:

You'll need--

1/2 part coffee grinds
1 part sugar
1/2 part soap base (craft store or online)
slightly less than 1/4 part coconut oil or shea butter (sometimes I half each and mix the two or sometimes I skip)

Melt the soap base according to directions--the double boiler method is what I suggest.
Mix the sugar, coffee, soap, and oil/butter thoroughly and pour into mold.
Allow to dry overnight.
Remove from mold and store in an airtight container.


These make great gifts--Mother's Day is coming soon!
Use these on the body only by adding water--do not use on the face.
I use these to remove odors from hands and feet.
Use these to exfoliate feet since sandal season is almost here.

Extra Elle:
Bought a new vacuum and I've been really excited (and kind of grossed out from the dirt it found) by it! Thanks to everyone's suggestions on social media, I chose one by Shark and I'm loving it so far.
PS: Happy birthday to my brother, Kenny!


  1. These look like so much fun! I seriously need to try one of your DIY scrubs!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. My daughter loves everything coffee so we might need to make these together for my mom and sister for mother's day!

    Doused In Pink

  3. What a cool and easy DIY! The coffee loving mom would love this for Mother's day!


  4. I have a coffee scrub and I love it but it's loose so it's SO messy. I love the idea of making it in a mold! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. This is such a great idea! I so need to try this.

  6. I saw your post about vacuums and we've been wanting a new one. Glad to hear you chose a Shark because that is what I was leaning towards and that you love it! These solid sugar scrubs are so fun! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love this idea! I always have leftover coffee grounds from making cold brew so I'll have to try it out with this :)

  8. Forget mom - I want to make these for myself ;)

  9. of course i remember! i have totally not been in the blogging game but i kept my faves back in the day in my reader knowing i'd return!:D i have missed the community but stepping back in to it anyway! and this is a great idea...and looks pretty easy, i'm always in to these natural ideas!

  10. Happy Birthday to your brother.

    I love the smell of coffee, so this is a great idea. Definitely nice for a gift!


  11. I love the scent of coffee so I bet these are just scrumptious!!! I have a shark hand held vac that I use in my car and it is sooo good! Isn't it funny how as adults, we get excited about this stuff?

  12. These are really easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I bet these smell amazing!

  14. I need to make these! These really would make great gifts!

  15. I just finished reading this post about beauty trends that the blogger just can't understand. Coffee scrubs were one of them! These look like they could be a good alternative to the loose version. Are they nearly as messy? That's what generally keeps me from using them lately.

  16. Ooh I bet these do smell so good, I love anything coffee scented! I never used to think I'd get excited about getting a new vacuum, but boy would I love one now, ha!

  17. Interesting ;)

    Federica Di Nardo

  18. Here's the question: do they still smell like coffee? That's not one of my favorite smells. =)

  19. I love using a good scrub! This one looks fantastic!

  20. I love the idea of a sold one! Ive always wanted to try the coffee ones that I hear everyone talking about! It's nice to have a diy one too

  21. I think coffee scrubs are the best - I I haven't tried to make my own one yet but this one is worth the try for sure! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  22. I love your DYI scrub concoctions and it would make a great Mother's Day gift. I recently made a green tea scrub but the organic sugar (recommended from the recipe) was extremely harsh on the skin. It's actually not too bad if you need a deep exfoliation but can't be used on your face. I prefer something more gentle and you nailed it.

  23. This is such a great idea! Way less mess in a mold and they are adorable!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  24. This is another brilliant DIY, Elle and YAY to Shark! We got a Samsung which lasted us less than a year and after I got sick and tired of it, we got a Shark and I was shocked at how much dust it gathered that the stupid Samsung didn't! Never ever again with Samsung!

  25. You always have the best DIY's! I love the idea of a sugar scrub!


  26. When I saw these on your Instagram, I had to come over and see how they are made! This i such a good idea and I can't wait to give them a try :) As you say, they would make such a cute little gift all tided together in a bundle as well! x

  27. when i initially saw your photo on IG, i thought these were treats to eat!! i love the "bite-size"...makes it easy to grab and use.

  28. My feet are always such a mess since it's always sandal season here. Definitely need to scrub them up more!

  29. Those are very neat and sounds like they are surprisingly easy to make! I really need to try some DIY skincare.


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