DIY: coffee charcoal face scrub

Easy DIY coffee and charcoal face scrub that cleans, exfoliates, and firms your skin. Click through to read how to make it! >>Easy DIY coffee and charcoal face scrub that cleans, exfoliates, and firms your skin. Click through to read how to make it! >>

coffee charcoal face scrub

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Has anyone else been having a rough time with the effects of the weather on their skin lately?? The constant rollercoaster of temperatures has been doing a huge disservice for me and leaving me with crazy combination skin, so I decided to try to whip something together to make me feel better.

I don’t know if any of you remember those Frank. scrubs that were going around a couple years back, but I partially put this together with those in mind (basically, the part where you use coffee grounds as a skincare ingredient). While I intended to use this on my face, there’s just so much goodness in each part of this recipe that there’s really no reason to not just smother yourself with it so you can get the full body experience, ya know? I think tripling the recipe would be sufficient for covering your whole body.

(I actually love how good everything makes my skin feel so much, that I used two of the ingredients from this scrub in my most popular mask, here.)


Coffee Charcoal Face Scrub

Ingredient Benefits:

Coffee grounds: Make sure you’re using regular coffee grounds, NOT decaf, otherwise you’re missing out here. The caffeine in the coffee will help to firm and tighten your skin, which is great if you’re working with getting rid of fine lines (or cellulite!) like I get sometimes on my forehead or between my brows (bitch face has its price). The grounds themselves will also help to exfoliate your skin, which is great, because combination skin seems the worst during fall and winter time!

• Activated charcoal: Being activated means that it’s porous, aka there’s a bunch of tiny little holes in the charcoal. This stuff actually draws out toxins in your skin and then binds with them (meaning the gross stuff fills those holes), leaving your pores looking smaller and less visible, as well as overall feeling cleaner. Activated charcoal also offers exfoliation to your skin as well, just like the grounds.

• Honey: This is basically the holy grail ingredient of this face scrub. As a natural humectant (source), honey helps to attract and retain moisture in your skin. It’s also antibacterial, which means it’s going to help clear up and heal blemishes, while antioxidants will also help keep you looking fresh.

Exfoliating, pore cleansing, moisturizing, firming, and healing? Count me in.

coffee charcoal face scrub


• 1 Tbsp grounds
• 1 Tbsp honey
• ~1.5 tsp activated charcoal

(basically, equal parts coffee grounds and honey, half that amount of charcoal)


1. Mix all ingredients together, and use to scrub face as well as body. (frankly, I suggest it if you’re trying to battle trouble areas with cellulite)
2. Rinse coffee/charcoal scrub away with warm water, then moisturize with moisturizer of choice! I use coconut oil, but if something else works for you, go for it!

coffee charcoal face scrubNot gonna lie, it looks like straight up tar when you make it., but I swear it’s worth it.

coffee charcoal face scrub

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I think during the winter I’m going to make it a point to use this scrub at least once a week!

Be sure to let me know if you try it out!


  1. Vanessa from Alexandrea Anissa November 22, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    I’d love to try this! Someone sctuslky gifted me a coffee scrub but I hate the smell of coffee and don’t drink it haha.

      November 23, 2016 / 2:29 am

      I’ve been trying to cut back on drinking it, but failing miserably! that caffeine withdraw headache is so killer

      November 23, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      oh goodness, I can only imagine how Colorado weather would make my skin.

  2. Bailey November 22, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    I love coffee scrubs and activated charcoal masks – I have recipes for both on my blog! Love this idea.

      November 23, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      I just went to take a look and omg, I need to try out that avocado/lemon/honey mask!

  3. Emma H November 22, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Totally need to give this a try. Have been getting into natural face products lately, since my skin seems to be hating everything I use on it! And I like the idea of having another use for coffee grounds!

      November 23, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      did you know you can also use them to help fertilize your plants? boom, ANOTHER use! 😉

  4. Callie November 23, 2016 / 10:17 am

    I am absolutely going to try this. My skin is needing some love right now with our weather changing, and this looks perfect!

      November 23, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      mine too! the weather has just totally been messing me up. hope this helps you! x

  5. Danielle @ Follow My Gut November 23, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Oooh I love the idea of this scrub!!! So cool to have honey and charcoal in something to help clear and detox your face. Great job on this one!!!

    Danielle | <3

      November 23, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      thanks so much! x

      November 23, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      right?! you probably already have the ingredients in your house already. I hope you like it! x

      November 23, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      super easy!! x

  6. Atim I EffiFit November 23, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    I’m going to have to try this! I love a good facial!

      November 23, 2016 / 9:23 pm

      same! I love treating myself to a mask/scrub every once in a while! x

  7. Sheila November 23, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    I’m going to definitely have to try this! I just bought activated charcoal to make natural face paint for my son for Halloween and was wondering what else I might be able to use it for. Thanks!

      November 30, 2016 / 4:01 am

      natural face paint? how cool!! you’re welcome! x

  8. Liat Behr November 23, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Wow! I love that you create your own scrubs. It sounds amazing! Love your writing and the great pics!!

  9. Gillian November 24, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    OH, I’m going to have to try this! I love finding new skin care options. <3

  10. Janelle November 24, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    This sounds amazing!

  11. Sophia Stone November 24, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Love it! I’ve been using my roommates coffee scrub mask from Lush and it makes my skin feel amazing, I’m going to have to try this! It might just be a placebo effect, but I find I can only use it in the morning because it perks me up if I used it right before bed.

    Sophia xx

      November 30, 2016 / 4:00 am

      I can definitely see it having that effect, especially considering how the body absorbs so much through the skin! x

  12. Lynne Sarao November 24, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Who knew you could use coffee for something other than staying awake! lol

      November 30, 2016 / 4:00 am

      right?! x

      November 30, 2016 / 3:59 am

      all these ingredients are amazing! hope you try it out!

  13. Regina Barnes May 12, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Definitely want to try, first time making a mask. Do I use fresh or used coffee grounds? Also can I make this in a bigger batch and keep in a jar? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!!!

      May 14, 2017 / 1:19 am

      Regina! I think this would work with both fresh or used grounds, as they’ll still be able to exfoliate, and there will still be caffeine (which will help plump your skin)! I’m not sure if it can be batched, but if you try to, please let me know how it works out!! x

  14. Laura ♥ August 4, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    I have tried this one before and it is just a-ma-zing!

    Lauraconteur ♥

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