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Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask – Just 2 Ingredients!

Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask Recipe with Coconut Oil!  Primally Inspired

Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask Recipe for Glowing Skin – Just 2 Ingredients!


I’ve been a makeup and skincare junkie practically my whole life. Believe me when I tell you that no other store bought scrub, no matter how expensive, has even come close to this super simple homemade coffee scrub and mask. I get the best results from it!


This homemade coffee scrub and mask sloughs away dead skin cells, deeply nourishes my skin and leaves me with a radiant, glowing complexion. It makes my face so smooth and bright. It’s the best!


Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask Recipe with Coconut Oil!  Primally Inspired


I especially love using it before a date or before something important when I want my skin to look it’s best. The immediate brightening, smoothing and line minimizing effects lasts for hours and hours!


Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask Recipe with Coconut Oil! Primally Inspired


You probably even have these 2 simple ingredients sitting in your cupboards right now 🙂


Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask Recipe with Coconut Oil!  Primally Inspired


Coffee for Skin Care

Recently, cosmetic manufacturers started putting coffee extract in many of their formulas. And for good reason!


Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants that protects our skin against free radicals that damage and age us. The caffeine in coffee stimulates the skin and improves blood flow to the face, which is perfect for healthy cell turnover that makes us look radiant and bright.


Another really cool benefit of coffee applied to the skin is that it increases the production of collagen and elastin.  The caffeine in coffee minimizes fine lines and protects against the loss of moisture, making it the ideal choice for anti-aging.


And if you have sun burned or sun damaged skin, you’ll be really happy to know that coffee helps reverse the damage of UV rays! So definitely make sure to slather this on if you happen to get too much sun or if you have sun damaged skin. It will help restore your skin from damage!

(Source: Koo SW, Hirakawa S, Fujii S, Kawasumi M, Nghiem P. Protection from photodamage by topical application of caffeine after ultraviolet irradiation. Br J Dermatol. 2007 May;156(5):957-64.)


Just an FYI — You’ll want to use organic coffee beans  for this. Coffee is among the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world!  I love using THESE coffee beans.


Coconut Oil for Skin Care

You already know how much I love my coconut oil for the skin. I use coconut oil for allthethings, but I especially enjoy using it for skincare. 


One of the best things about using coconut oil for skincare is that it suits all skin types. So whether you have dry, oily, acne prone, aging or sensitive skin, coconut oil can greatly benefit you.


It’s deeply nourishing to the skin and loaded with protective antioxidants that protect the skin against premature aging and free radicals. 


It’s also antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal, making it a great choice for acne prone skin.


To get the most bang for your buck and the best results, look for cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil. I use THIS coconut oil. You can find cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil in most grocery and health food stores.



Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask Recipe with Coconut Oil! Primally Inspired


So whip up a batch of this easy, inexpensive homemade coffee scrub and mask using the recipe below and see for yourself why I’m such a raving fan of it! I think you’re going to love it just as much as me!


Do you do something weird like rubbing something all over your face before a date (or something important), too? Or maybe you have another funny ritual? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a  comment and let me know so I know I’m not the only weirdo who does these things 🙂

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Homemade Coffee Scrub & Mask Recipe:

Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask - Just 2 Ingredients!
Serves: 1 scrub & mask application
Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask Recipe with Coconut Oil! By Primally Inspired
  1. Mix together the coconut oil and ground coffee and apply to your face using circular motions. Avoid getting the mixture in your eyes, nose and mouth.
  2. Leave on for at least 15 minutes up to an hour.
  3. Rinse off with warm water and enjoy your glowing skin!
You can use this scrub and mask 2-3 times a week.

Pin homemade coffee scrub and mask recipe HERE:

Homemade Coffee Scrub and Mask Recipe with Coconut Oil!  Primally Inspired

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    Kelly. Can us guys use this too?!

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    I wonder if this would be good for everyday use? Or every other day? My skin is pretty dry.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Shannon! Because the ground coffee is a good exfoliator, I don’t think I would use it everyday. 3 times a week would be ok. If you want the benefits of the antioxidants and caffeine, you could do what I’ve been doing lately and put a drop of green tea extract (or coffee extract!) in your moisturizer. LOVE!!! I’ve been using this one >> http://amzn.to/1FraaOu

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      Hi Shannon,
      I just started using Bee Friendly (eye and face cream all in one) and I have extremely dry, sensitive skin. The honey is deeply moisturizing. There’s tons of honey masks out there as well. I got it on Amazon but believe it’s sold other places, and comes from Hawaii. Def best bang for the buck- as I’ve tried soooo many brands (Shiseido, Petr Thomas Roth, Kiehl’s, Lush, Clinique, drugstore brands like Aveeno, L’Oreal, Oil of Olay, etc).
      Best of luck!

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    Great! I always have coffee beans and coconut oil on hand and I love natural skin care when possible. Thanks so much!

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    Wow, I can’t wait to try this! Going to try it tonight because I can’t wait. Here’s the crazy thing I put on my face. …I buy the huge aloe leaves in the produce section at Wegmans. I peel them and cut the insides into little chunks that I put in a jar and keep in the fridge. After cleaning my face (oil cleansing at night, raw honey in the morning) I take a chunk of aloe out of the fridge and rub it all over my face. It is so refreshing and seems to tighten and tone my skin. It’s a great makeup primer.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Ooo! Love that, Elizabeth! I used to put aloe on my face (and hair!), but haven’t in awhile. I blew through the leaves on my aloe plant so quickly doing that, but I love the idea of getting the big ones and doing it the way you do. I’ll have to keep an eye out for them. I don’t think my grocery store carries them, but I think I know a place where I’ll be able to find them. Thank you!!

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      If you live near a ShopRite, they might have aloe leaves. The one I go to does. Whole Foods is another that might carry them, but they can be really pricey.

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    Rub egg white all over your face. (Not the yolk just the white) Allow to dry. Rince off. Tightens the skin and minimizes lines and wrinkles instantly.

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    Can used coffee grounds work in this recipe? I’d like to use the grounds from my espresso machine after my morning coffee!

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    Can you use ‘used’ coffee grounds?

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    Can’t wait to try! Thanks! and thank you for the coconut link

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      No prob, Amy! Just wanted to let you and anyone else reading that I believe Costco carries that same brand of coconut oil for a few dollars less. I don’t live near a Costco, but anyone else who does might be happy to know that 🙂

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        I just bought a jar of it from wal mart but was $4 more Wished I’d seen this site last week. Can’t wait to try this. I use coconut oil for many things.

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      Hey !!! Am happy to get this coffee idea … It’s better to try rather enjoying sip on a mug ? Thanks all .. ..

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    i use this mask regularly! I take used the morning’s coffee grounds mix in olive oil or a cream and blend into a paste. I also put in a bit of turmeric powder. In India turmeric is always used in face masks to make the skin glow and to prevent skin eruptions.

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    I wanna try so…!!!
    May i know please,what can we use . instead of coconut oil?? Is there anything which can replace coconut oil…??!!!

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    Just done this face mask, my skin feels fab! Quite like the idea of turmeric added to it so I’ll do that next time x

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    I’ve been using the used coffee grinds from my keurig and coconut to make a rub for cellulite. I freeze it in little balls and then take one from the freezer when I shower. Now I’ll use it for both purposes. 🙂

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      Hi Roxanne…did this scrub help your cellulite?

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      That’s a fabulous idea! I too use coffee grounds & coconut oil for cellulite. I didn’t know i could freeze. I was keeping a bunch of used grounds in a mason jar w a dab of coconut oil in my shower. I love the frozen version instead. Might work best as it’s kept fresh. Will try.
      Just last night i got curious & tried that mix on my face. Then AFTER i looked up if coffee scrubs r good for face. Luckily i found this site, or else would’ve regretted it haha I figured if It’s good for cellulite, bet it be great for my face.
      Thanks for the idea.

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      going to be trying this later tonight , so excited.

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    Just tried the coffee scrub. My face feels and looks amazing.

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    Hellow! !
    I am 21 yrs old. .bt my skin is oily and dull.. can I use it??

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    Love this ! thanks for posting (: I currently have it on my face

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    thank you so much Kelly.. My skin looks so pretty each time after i use this mix.. my skin getting better too .. and i always do apply this mix before any important event and the glow really lasts quite long enough for till the end of events.. love u 🙂

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    I think I will need to replace the coconut oil with something else (probably argan – I have lots of that). Coconut oil is actually one of the oils that is more likely for people have sensitivities to when used on the face. My skin is super sensitive and I break out like crazy if I use coconut oil on my face. It seems to work great if I use it pretty much anywhere else on my body…go figure.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hey Amy! Argan would be great. Every once in awhile I like to switch things up and use either olive oil or argan. Hope you are doing well!!

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        How dooes this affect your drains???

        • Kelly from Primally Inspired

          That’s a good question. I’ve been using coconut oil for the last 10 (maybe closer to 12?) years for my face/body and in the shower for shaving and so far so good. We haven’t had any drain issues.

          Does anyone else have any long time experience – good or bad that can share?

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          Coconut oil melts with very little heat. Just putting a dab in solid form in the palm of your hand will melt quickly. If you’re worried about it clogging, I would suggest running some hot water in the sink with a dash of dawn dish soap to break it up after you have finished with the oil. It shouldn’t really do any harm, but the dish soap could be a simple preventative measure.

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      Hi Amy after readin your comment I was able to reach the conclusion that coconut oil is another thing I react to that makes me prone to cystic acne always. Almost NEVER had a break from it despite all medications internally and externally even with home made recipes. I pray this coffee does it for me

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    If I were to make a larger batch of this, is it safe to store? Or is making individual batches the best idea?

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    Hi Dear
    I was looking for a face mask for visible pores so I reached here , and I want to try your mask
    but I have sensitive acne prone skin (with some new wrinkles too :/ I am only 27 years old though) is it ok for me?!

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    Hi! I just have Columbian grounded up coffee beans tjat aren’t organic! Is that bad?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Alexis! If it doesn’t bother you, that’s just fine – all the skin benefits are the same with either organic or non-organic. Coffee is one of the most heavily treated (with pesticides) crops so it’s one of those things that I recommend buying organic. I personally don’t like the idea of rubbing on my face (or drinking!) pesticide residue so I make it a point to buy organic coffee. By the way, if you are near a Costco, they sell a great organic coffee that’s very inexpensive!

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    is it possible to make this in a pot? how long does it keep?

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    Hi, do you have any suggestions on another oil that I could use for this? I have had very bad reactions to coconut oil.

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    I love this and use it. I have an issue with my drain getting clogged. Any ideas!

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    I used this and added 1/2 tsp of brown sugar as well. When I was done, I used what was left of the scrub on my hands since they are dry and scaly and my hands felt wonderful after! Thanks for sharing this!!

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    Hi Kelly. I’m in college and we need to have ideas for product we are gonna sell. And I found out that this coffee scrub is a great idea. If you dont mind, you’ll be one of the sources and courtesy for this project. Thank you so much.

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    Love this DIY! Definitely going to give this a try. I just wanted to know whether it’s recommended to use it in the morning or at night.

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    Hi Kelly. Since Grapeseed Oil is noncomedogenic, do you think that’s a good alternative to Coconut Oil? I love trying different ‘all natural diy’ skincare. I am looking for something that suits my skin. Acne has been an issue since my late teens, I am now 53. I have tried the coffee mask and I love I!! I add cinnamon and raw honey. My face feels wonderful! I do love the Coconut oil but I use as an after shower moisturizer. I truly enjoy reading all the questions and all your great answers. Thanks!!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Cindy! I love your additions of cinnamon and raw honey! I will have to try it. Yes, I think Grapeseed Oil would be a great choice and substitute. I’ve also been really loving Rosehip oil lately. Like grapeseed oil, it’s super lightweight, absorbs easily into the skin and is really nourishing, especially for aging skin. It’s been my favorite facial oil for the past few months.

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    Hello I’d love to try this. Will the effects of the mask last all day? I know caffeine is supposed to tighten up the skin but I was wondering if it would help reduce the look of my under eye bags all day, rather then just a couple of hours.
    Thank you for This diy!!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hey Allie! I found that it lasts a few hours for my issues, but I don’t have under eye bags (I have the crow’s feet!). I’d love to hear from anyone else who is dealing with under eye bags and uses this coffee scrub to see what they have to say. But I have a coffee bean anti-aging face oil recipe that I think could be what you are looking for – it’s the bomb and lasts me all day. I’ve gotten so much good feedback from it since posting it and I think it could make a big difference for you, too. Here’s the link for the recipe if you want to check it out: http://www.primallyinspired.com/anti-aging-coffee-bean-face-oil-recipe/

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    Oranda Sophie Mohan

    It’s awesome to know that there’s someone who has exactly the same routine as I do 🙂
    When there’s something important coming up e.g. date with my boyfriend, appointment at work, there’s no way my whole body and face could go without a coffee coconut scrub before.
    There’s nothing that could go possibly wrong when my body shines bright like a diamond and feels like a fresh picked peach!
    If I don’t find the time to do my routine I don’t feel perfectly prepared!

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    Can i use this to wash my body?

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    Hi I was wondering how close to the event do you do this to get the best results??

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    Is it suitable for oily skin in summers?

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    Hii Kelly can I use cofee powder instead of organic cofee beans. Can you tell me which one is better cofee powder or cofee beans ?

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    Hi Kelly can I use used coffee grinds as I use coffee beans in my machine, or does it have to be freshly ground coffee.

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    Can one use coffee grounds that were freshly brewed?

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    Hello! Can I use this on peeling skin that was sunburned just last week? I have used coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and aloe vera but I am still peeling and have two tone skin. I would like some help with the the two tone skin and or sun spots! help!!! Please!!!

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    Great post, I can imagine how wonderful it must be smelling. Coconut oil for skincare and haircare is one of my favorite, this will be interesting to try <3

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    Will it work on large pores?

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    Are you using used or unused coffee grounds? Most coffee scrubs call for used grounds but Icouldnt tell on yours and I really want to try it.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      I most often use fresh coffee grounds, Vivian, but you can certainly use either! Whatever I have free or is easiest at the moment is what I usually do 🙂 Fresh coffee grounds will give you more nutrients/benefit just because they haven’t been used yet. But there are still many nutrients left in used coffee grounds, too. Hope you love it!

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    I am interested in making this for a bridal shower as gifts, can I mix the two and put them in a mason jar? Or should they stay separate until someone is about to put them on? Thank you!

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    Can’t wait to give to give this a try. It’s so simple and hopefully really effective. Thanks for sharing!

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    Great post! Also,do you wash your face after the using the mask, so you could follow your makeup routine?

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    do you think ginger powder or cinnamon is a good addition?

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    I have it on my face as I type. I made a batch that will last me for a bit (from used grounds). I also added a couple of drops of Lavender, Fennel and Lemon essential oils. My face is extremely dry – especially since I’m apparently in what I pray are the later stages of menopause. I’ve never tried this but it makes sense so I’m giving it a shot. Thanks. I’ll try to come back and add an after comment. It feels GREAT on my face.

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    Nice post! I love that you explained the innate effects of coffee and coconut oil on our skin.
    Coffee scrubs are awesome-ly effective!

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    Hello loved reeading this as I’ve been using this for quite some time now. Even my 20 yr old daughter is hooked. She has always complimented my skin. I recommend and sometimes do batches for friends. They always say their friends ask what they r doing different. Just recently i started using frankincense pure and natural oil. It’s amazing.
    Thank u for the post.

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    I tried to used all kind of oil but still I’m having a pimples anything to mix with the coffee with out any oil.?

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    Hello, jst womdering if its ok to leave mask on overnight? 🙂

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    My name is Joy from nigeria and we don’t have the coffee beans here.pls can you just mention a particular coffee I can get from the supermarket?

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    Wow this is amazing my skin feels so smooth and is truly glowing!!! Thank you so much!!!

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    can i use it daily ? is it harmful if i use it very frequently

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Nakshathra, in general it’s recommended to use scrubs a few times a week (or less if you have sensitive skin). If you use scrubs too often it could irritate the skin. If you grind the coffee very, very finely so it’s a very gentle scrub, I think you could definitely get away with daily use, but it’s always best to listen to your skin…if it seems to get irritated, cut back on the daily use.

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    Is it possible to make a batch of this or should it be made fresh with each use?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Shelley, as long as you use fresh coffee grounds you can make a big batch of this and it’s good for as long as the expiration date on the coconut oil (usually 1-2 years or more). Used coffee grounds will introduce a bit of water into the mix and can go bad easily – that’s why it’s important to use fresh for big batches. Enjoy!

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    using my regular moisturizer and egg whites is a great alternative for people, such as myself, with strong coconut allergies!

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    Thanks for the post. I have dark sunburn marks that seem not to go away. I have tried some creams for years now but nothing seem to be working. Will definitely try this one.

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    Big thank for good & easy method for body scrub.

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    Hey Kelly, just wanted to ask that after this scrub is it fine to use a face wash?

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    Allergic to coconut do you have an alternative ?

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    Thank you for this article. I must try! Do I need to apply moisturizer after this scrub and how frequently can i use it for oilt acne prone skin? I live in hot humid place.

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    I liked this article. but my skin is sensitive and coconut oil is highly comedogenic. this bothers me. What could be the alternative

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Cera, I love using rosehip oil as an alternative (and it’s great for sensitive skin!), but you could use any oil that your skin tolerates well. Jojoba oil is another good one.

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      I wondered about the comodegenic issue too..but I guess that since coconut oil is so AMAZINGLY perfect in so many ways…gotta be one little squick :). I have such horrible skin…peels constantly, miostly in the nose area, but its starting to spread (not from sunburn), and just awful spots of acne. Another reason to hate the whole aging process..heh! I’ve tried so many things with no luck, I’m really excited to try this! Maybe I won’t have to go see a dermatologist after all…WINWIN! 🙂 Thanks for all your hard work, and sharing so many cool ideas..you ROCK! 😀

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    Hi kelly
    Can v use it for tanned skin? actually I am a sports teacher and have a badly damaged and tanned skin. Plz suggest.

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    Do you have to use organic coffee beans? I just have regular coffee beans. Is this okay? ?

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    Thanks for this I love it! I added a few drops of my favorite therapeutic grade essential oils to this and it’s amazing!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    Cam you use used coffee grounds or does it have to be fresh coffee grounds?

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    Yum! This looks so simple and refreshing! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Thanks for sharing! I love making these kinds of things as gifts!

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    Can I use used coffee? Would I have to dry it first? What kind of coconut oil, the odorless?

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    Kelly how many times can we apply this scrub on face within the week?

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    Kelly I drink “Great Value Colombian Ground Coffee”. Do you think this brand is acceptable for the scrub?

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    I use a mixture of VCO, sweet almond oil plus sunflower oil for my DIY masks/scrubs because I find the VCO smell quite overpowering.. and in our culture (in Philippines) the smell of VCO is usually associated with urban legend creatures who use the said oil to transform into creatures of the night.. 😀

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    A saleslady from my local drugstore recommended the homemade mask combining used coffee grind and coconut oil.to help remove age spots. I was quite skeptical until I researched online and saw your post. I used the mask last night after removing my makeup. My skin felt really soft. I will continue using this mask once a week as suggested by the saleslady hoping my age spots will eventually disappear. Thank you for your post.

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    can you make this and store it in a mason jar , or will it go bad? whats the shelf life?

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    Can i use this scrub fr my hands as well?? Cause they r exposed to sun nd darkens my skin alot.

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