Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub Recipe

Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub Easy Homemade Recipe Natural and Organic plus helps get rid of cellulite Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub Recipe

I love the smell of coffee and I love drinking coffee (but only this way!) Turns out, coffee can have benefits when used externally! I talked about this in my cellulite post:

“Coffee scrubs can be beneficial in reducing cellulite as well. The massage and exfoliation benefits skin by stimulating blood/lymph flow and the caffeine in the coffee has a tightening effect. Pinterest is speckled with accounts of coffee scrubs and wraps working for reducing cellulite and loose skin”

This sugar scrub combines some of my favorite natural beauty ingredients:

  • Coconut Oil – For naturally nourishing skin (I used this one)
  • Castor Oil – A naturally astringent oil that is great for skin tone (I also use it in my facial cleansing regimen… and by regimen, I mean super-simple one-step process that leaves skin feeling amazing)
  • Coffee- The caffeine has a tightening and stimulating affect on skin and it is often used in anti-aging products
  • Sugar- Bad inside the body but great on the outside as it naturally exfoliates
  • Vanilla – Because it smells good

This simple scrub smells like a vanilla latte (thus the name) and leaves skin silky. It smells and looks sophisticated, but is incredibly simple and inexpensive to make. Since someone already asked, I bought the jar at Hobby Lobby, but it is very similar to this one.

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Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub Recipe
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A simple sugar scrub recipe with coffee,coconut oil, castor oil and sugar. It leaves skin soft, healthy and energized.
Recipe type: Beauty
  • ½ cup finely ground coffee
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Castor Oil
  • ½ teaspoons natural Vanilla Extract
  1. Place the coffee and sugar in a medium size bowl.
  2. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  3. Add the oils and stir with a fork or the back of a spoon until well mixed and moistened.
  4. Store in an air-tight container and use as desired for soft skin. Especially good on legs for helping with cellulite.
  5. Enjoy!

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Reader Comments

  1. jennifer peacock says

    Oh, this looks amazing! Vanilla is one of my favorite scents. Do you think the coffee and oils will stain my bath? Is it safe for the drains in an old house? I can’t wait to try this!

    • says

      Jennifer, coffee grounds would be safe for your house. We live in an over 100 year old house and an old-fashioned remedy for cleaning sinks and pipes is to pour down your old coffee grains right into the sink/drains! We do that every once in a while. :)

  2. Chelsea McCallum says

    This sounds awesome! I’m sure it smells heavenly, and I have some white sugar I need to use up (without ingesting it!) Could you use grounds that have already been brewed once they cool? I don’t drink coffee anymore but my husband still does, just thought it would be a nice way to reuse.

    • Dina Akhtyamova says

      I don’t drink coffee but I do use leftovers from cooked coffee and I find it’s better than fresh ground coffee. It’s easier to clean in a shower from skin and the texture is soft too ;) dry coffee leftovers are great solution in household too as cleaning and darkening the woods or leather. I use it to clean my stove burners)))

  3. Malori Fuchs says

    I’m going to visit an Army wife friend this coming weekend, and I wanted to give her a couple homemade gifts as a thank-you….I think I might try this! :)

    One of my favorite homemade body products is a body spray, instead of synthetic perfume. I used water, vodka, and Peppermint and Citrus Bliss essential oils. So lovely and delicious-smelling! :)

  4. Michaela says

    I can’t wait to make this tomorrow night! I haven’t bought Castor Oil before so I’m not sure where to get it in Australia – supermarket or pharmacy? Anyway, this will come in handy for my beach holiday this week :) Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • elise says


      How long does Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub last if i want to make more?

      Can it last 3 months or the sugar will desolve asap?

  5. Ashlee says

    DEFINITELY trying this! Question… would this work for bags under eyes? I have naturally had them since birth, and since becoming a mother, I get dark bags so dark on top of my natural bags just makes me look like a raging hot mess. I want to find something that can reduce them or take them away completely but I want to make sure it’s all natural. Any suggestions or posts to refer me to?

  6. Michaela says

    I just made this and it is so yummy :) one of the best body scrubs I’ve used out of home made recipes and store bought!

  7. Brandi says

    I have been using coffee for a long time. I drink a whole bunch of it also. My husband even got me a single cup machine and the special baskets to put your own coffee in. He gets mad because I empty the grounds into and old butter tub, labled “not butter” and he still pulls it out. I make a homemade Kona coffee peppermint all over soap bar, for my brother-in-law. It works well because it has the coffee that wakes him up in the shower every morning and since he shaves his head he doesn’t have to worry about having several types of soaps in the shower. My sister and niece have enough “fu-fu” stuff in there already.

  8. Stefania says

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing! Do you think I can replace sugar with sea salt, to improve circulation even more? Thanks :)

  9. Christy McKenna says

    Hi there! For any of your DIY skin care recipes that include a carrier oil … would it be possible and/or advisable to infuse the oil with Vitamin C crystals first? I keep hearing that it’s supposed to be a great topical ingredient in skin care (in addition to internal supplements).

  10. says

    This recipe is already therapeutic for me just imagining how it will smell and feel in my next bath! I don’t have castor oil coming in until next week so I am going to try a batch substituting a different oil because I simply refuse to wait to try this! I might try a drop or two of peppermint oil in it as well since I mainly love sugar scrubs for my feet! Thank you, as always I LOVE your DIY ideas and recipes!!

  11. Grace says

    Thanks so much for this recipe wellness mama :-) been using your website as a reference guide for many new homemade things! Thank you for all your knowledge and research you put into your recipes! So appreciate that. I did have one question about the vanilla extract. I wanted to find out which one you buy and would recommend? Do you get the one from

  12. Tanya M. says

    Hi Katie, your sight is probably my most favorite sight on the web :) Do you have an all over body wash that you use? Looked around on the sight, can’t see where there’s one posted. Thanks.

  13. Stefanie says

    Katie, I love this recipe (as well as everything else!) I do have a question about this though. Being a coffee snob I know that oils from coffee do go rancid quite quickly. Have you noticed any issues with this or do the other oils help preserve? I cannot wait to try this out. Your DIYs are saving my life! <3

  14. Ciara says

    Would is be okay to mix honey into this recipe or will that make it expire quicker? How long would you say that this scrub is good for?

  15. Chantal says

    I’m in love with all your DIY beauty products! I was just wondering if i using instant coffee if it would “stain” my skin.

  16. KAREE says

    Hello! I’m wanting to make this for a friend of mine, I was just wondering how long this scrub will last before it expires/goes off? Thanks! :-)

  17. Janet Jones says

    Thank you for this. I used Italian ground coffee…used the scrub in the shower in the gym this morning and people In the next cubicles commented on smelling a fabulous smell of coffee and couldn’t wait to get to Costa’s to buy a coffee… They were so impressed when I gave them the recipe for the scrub. It works and it has given me an even all over tan which will no doubt wash off tomorrow ?

  18. Mariapia says

    Great info! Another method against cellulite is 1/2 c coffee grounds with 1 tsp cayenne in 1/4 c olive oil.

  19. Farrah says

    I made this and it was amazing and smelled heavenly! I’m wondering if I can add coffee grounds to the whipped body butter recipe? I love the smell of coffee so much that I want it in lotion form as well!

  20. Jill says

    Made this tonight, wow, it’s really lovely, the smell is great, and it really does work wonders on your skin, thoroghly recommend it. Thanks for all your help and recipes Katie.

  21. Dani says

    I’m so glad I found this site. This scrub works great. I have keratosis pilaris which mostly affects my upper arms, parts of my legs and the skin under and around my eyebrows. I went to see a dermatologist a while ago as the redness started getting annoying and some people started asking what was going on with my skin. He basically said that it is difficult to treat. Laser treatments would be an option but out of the question for me due to the high cost. He prescribed an ointment for the eyebrow area but it has cortisone so I don’t want to use it much and of course he tried to sell me a $40 face exfoliator. For the rest he suggested a lotion that has some fruit acids but among other things I noticed it has ammonia and smells absolutely nasty. I have used this scrub twice on my body so far and see a big improvement already especially on my legs. I wish this had ocurred to me earlier as it seems so simple and consists of things we have in the household already. I will be looking at more scrub recipes here for sure. I have also tried the hair detox with clay and noticed a difference immediately. The cortisone ointment is going in the trash now. :-)

  22. tammy says

    Hi Katie, I was wondering if this could be used in place or a face wash or exfoliator? I’m searching for a new alternative, my skin is very finicky and sensitive/acne prone. Tired of the store brands and oil cleansing didn’t work well for me. Thanks!

  23. Mandy says

    This looks great! I’m a big fan of diy coconut oil based scrubs. I make one that I use all over, especially on my face:

    1/2 C coconut oil
    1 C epsom salt or sugar
    lavender essential oil – enough for desired fragrance

    Super easy and smells wonderful! The coconut oil leaves your skin super soft and absorbs quickly into the skin. I prefer to use salt as I feel it is a better exfoliater than sugar.

  24. Bhawana says


    I tried the scrub with 1/2 cup of coffee, 1/2 cup of sugar, vanilla essence and 4 tbsp of olive oil. But the scrub is too hard and sticky and it gets very difficult. Any suggestions where it could have gone wrong?


    • Allison says

      From one of the other comments, I used grounds that had been run through with water (used coffee grounds). My final product was pretty liquidy…that might help yours.

      • bhawana says

        Thanks. What i had thought was that it was because of sugar. It is too hard for my nails.
        I had used regular white sugar. I’ll try using castor or brown sugar from next time.

        P.S. It works great on my skin…makes it really smooth. :)

  25. Allison says

    My thoughts while in the shower, “What a mess!” My thoughts after the shower, “My skin feels awesome!”
    Despite the mess (big white bathtubs with textured floors and tiled walls are apparently coffee-ground magnets), I’ll at least use the jar I made, b/c my skin does feel super smooth without being greasy or slimy.

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