How to Make Coconut Coffee Scrub Cubes (For Cellulite, Stretch Marks + Puffy Faces)

Coconut Coffee Scrub My freezer has been working overtime this week. First I froze these amazingly simple garbage disposal refresher cubes (happy dance) and then made frozen coconut coffee scrub cubes. Did you catch that? It’s a solid coconut oil cube with coffee grounds in it. The perfect size. The perfect stretch mark and cellulite-fighting ingredients.

Go ahead, sit down a minute. You might need to recover it’s that clever. Amazingly little gadget, that freezer. Who knew?

Coconut Coffee Scrub Coconut oil + Coffee grounds = brilliant combo

You already know that coconut oil is like the 8th wonder of the world. We covered its stretch mark amazing-ness here.

And the caffeine in coffee grounds is a genius way to reduce cellulite. The caffeine absorbs into your skin and dehydrates the fluid in those pesky cellulite areas, so your skin is (temporarily) tighter and firmer.

Coconut Coffee Scrub Cubes

And you will waste so much less oil with these handy cubes. I don’t know what is up with scrub recipes but they always may way more than I can use in one application. So you can combine 1/2 cup of coconut oil (microwave briefly to liquify) with 1/2 cup of fresh coffee grounds and then divide the mixture into muffin tins or ice cube trays. I used a mini muffin tin and needed about 2 for a good scrub. Next time I’ll use a full-size muffin tin.

Once they have hardened you can pop them out and store in a Ziploc or something. If you’re not using them immediately, keep them in the freezer. If you leave them sitting out they will get soft (still totally fine to use) or possibly melt (also okay to use) and eventually go bad due to the moisture in the grounds (not so awesome to use).

Coconut Coffee Scrub And while you’re at it, you might as well put some on your face too. Jessica Alba was on Dr. Oz touting the benefits of this at-home coffee and coconut facial, and honestly, I’m a little embarrassed that this hasn’t occurred to me before. Coffee will have the same shrinkage effect on the face so it’s perfect for a bit o’ puffiness.

Coffee Yogurt Face Mask I found a different another version of a coffee mask on Crunchy Betty, and she is totally right about a couple of things:

  • Coffee is kinda messy so combine the scrub and mask into one shower so you only have to clean up coffee grounds once. And by clean up, I mean making sure they all go down the drain. Not hard but a little pesky.
  • Use the scrub + mask first thing in the morning. I didn’t experience quite the zing that Betty did (bummer). Still, a dose of caffeine late at night might make it hard to sleep.

‘If if works for Jessica Alba’ Greek Yogurt Coffee Mask

  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons coffee grounds (the fresher the better)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (If needed, heat for a few seconds to liquify. Obviously you don’t want it too hot though.)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon

This is an adapted version of Jessica’s recipe, which calls for 1/2 cup of yogurt. There is no way I can manage to slather 1/2 cup of anything on my face, and I hate wasting this stuff. Mix ingredients together and massage mask onto your face and neck. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse in the shower, exfoliating the skin very gently while you remove the mask.


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  1. TrueChick says

    The kids and I tried making these today, to give for father’s day. Mine look NOTHING like yours. I tried just mixing the coconut oil solid into the coffee, then I tried melting the oil down and mixing it. Both yielded gross looking (and smelling) little cubes. I even tried adding some vanilla extract to help with the smell and nothing. What did I do wrong?

    • Andrea says

      Are you using organic coconut oil and organic, at least decent quality coffee? Also, I am one of those who are against microwaving things. Microwaves destroy whatever nutrients exist in whatever you put in there. If you need to heat the oil, it takes seconds to put it on a stove burner and it will retain its benefits and smell. If your coconut oil doesn’t smell like coconuts, the quality is bad.

  2. nicole says

    How long will these last? I want to make a big batch for a bridal shower soon, what’s the expiration as of the day they get made? Thanks!

  3. says

    Very cool! I’d never have thought to use it on my face for puffiness as well. I have instant coffee, would that work the same way as coffee grounds do?

  4. Ivette says

    Do I rub the ice cube of the mixture to my legs In this case that’s where the cellulite is or do I melt it and use as a scrub I’m confused please advices? Thank you.

  5. Mikaela says

    I love my coffee and coconut oil sugar scrub, though I use fresh unused coffee ground really fine espresso style and make a big batch, which lasts in an air tight container until I run out. The fresh unused coffee doesn’t go bad.
    I also love the yoghurt and coffee face scrub that Jessica Alba suggests. I have oily skin and sometimes add a tiny pinch of bi-carb soda which creates a lovely mousse like texture and is great for pesky pimples.

  6. says

    This sounds great!! I’ve had stretch marks and cellulite since i was a teenager and has ruined my summers since. I cant wait to try these cubes.
    However, im a little confused on how and when to apply them. It’s said that coconut oil is to be applied after the shower and the coffee scrubs before the shower. Could you give me and example of you apply them and how it works best. Before or after the shower??
    Thanks a lot!!!

    • gerbermom says

      You can apply the scrub before the shower (or in the shower if you use only occasionally – the coconut oil isn’t great for your drain pipes if you do it often). Then you can definitely apply plain coconut oil as a moisturizer after the shower. You’ll love it!

  7. Librada says

    This sounds great… i have both, Stretch marks and cellulite since i was a teenager :( and im so excited to make my self some of these. However… after they are made and ready to use…. Are you suppose to apply them on your skin before or after the shower?? what confuses me is that its said that the coconut oil is to be applied after the shower, and the coffee scrubs before the shower. Could you give me an example of you apply it and how you see best results!!! Thanks a lot!!

  8. Zinnia says

    Coffee grounds can be really harsh and scratchy for skin. Don’t scrub too hard!! Hands or feet no problem. But I’m not sure it’s a great idea for faces, unless they are ground really fine, like espresso grounds. Really abrasive stuff, like big coffee grounds, can cause scratches, abrasions or tears on the skin mantle which is damaging, sometimes permanently, with scars. And for people with sensitive skin, rosacea, or other skin issues, this is especially bad. I’m not a dermo or aesthetician, but I’ve had a lot of experience and heard all kinds of stories. I think if you used it more like a mask and left it on for few minutes and then rinsed off gently, you’d get the same effect without damaging your skin. Sorry to be a downer. My two cents.

  9. natalie says

    Ok… maybe I’m just in need of some caffeine myself, but when you say coffee grounds, do you mean freshly ground beans or the grounds that I’ve already made my morning cuppa with?

    Thank you! Sorry if that’s a silly question…

    • gerbermom says

      Growing up I used to hate the smell of coffee brewing in the morning. Oh how things have changed! Now I’m such a coffee addict, it’s terrible.

    • Zel says

      not really. but you may brew the grounded coffee for the store and then separate it from liquid. it’s probably not as good as a freshly grounded coffee, but grains are smaller so it’s softer if you want to use it as an exfoliator for delicate face skin.

    • Poppy says

      My guess would be yes. I used an olive oil and brown sugar scrub and plugged up the shower drain badly. Now I use a large basin and dispose of the water elsewhere.

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