Winter is coming (dun dun dun)! With chillier weather comes many wonderful things – cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice-scented everything, hot coffee. But with the chill and crisp air also comes dry skin. Enter a tried and true DIY scrub recipe that not only keeps your skin silky smooth, but utilizes your old coffee grounds – yeah for up-cycling! Bonus: creating your own beauty products from all-natural and organic ingredients insures that you’re keeping toxins out of your body. Ingredients:

  • 1 cup used, dried coffee grounds
  • 1 cup organic sugar or salt
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil

To make:

  1. If not already in liquid form, melt your coconut oil and allow to cool without becoming solid again.
  2. Mix in your used coffee grounds and sugar or salt.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

To use:

  1. While in the shower or tub, rub coffee scrub into skin to exfoliate – *if you’re going to shave, make sure to shave after using the scrub as to not irritate your skin.
  2. Rinse skin clean.
  3. Make sure to moisturize afterwards.
  4. Compost all grounds in your local compost, woods, or plant!

Check out some of our favorite zero waste bath and body products to accompany your scrub and bathing routine.

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  1. Hey Lauren, Ive got a question, as on #4 “Compost all grounds in your local compost, woods, or plant”, how exactly do you do that after you’ve used the scrub? Or you mean that for the part you dont use on the scrub?

  2. I was just thinking that–I know you can’t put coffee grounds in the sink because they’ll clog it. I’m sure it’s the same for bathroom plumbing. Maybe scrape off as much as possible and rinse the rest?

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