Coffee and Lavender Sugar Body Scrub


I made you something for not your mouth.

Wait… is that the best way to say that?

I made you something for your body.  For showering.  For scrubbing.  For smelling.

Something to keep you company while you’re in the shower singing Who’s Gonna Drive You Home by The Cars.


Don’t act like you don’t sing that song in the shower… cause we all do.

… right?


I love granulated sugar as a body scrub.  It has just the right coarseness.  Sweet but aggressive.

Fine-ground coffee is a great addition.  It’s fragrant and feels like morning.  Lavender makes the whole scrub smell soapy.

The only ingredient you might not have on hand in vegetable glycerine.  I found mine at Whole Foods.  It’s cheap and really great for a scrub.

Unlike using an olive oil or almond oil, vegetable glycerine leaves your skin feeling soft and happy… but not completely coated in oil.


Take a closer look and read all about lavender’s medical uses.

Gas?  um… cool!


It’s as easy as stirring sugar, ground coffee, lavender with vegetable glycerine.


This is the part where I try to creep you out with my giant hands.

But just look how pretty this scrub is!


These hands are getting more creeptastic by the moment.

Scrub that scrub in and get ready to wash it off.


There might be a giant orange cat in your sink.  Kick him out.


Washy wash.

Wait.  Should we talk about my nails?

Hold on… just a sec.


I love this scrub!  Smooth, sweet smelling skin… all from the kitchen.

Now.. if you use this body scrub in the shower, the coffee grinds might leave a little hint of brown in the shower.  Don’t freak out!  You’re in the shower… it’s easily rinsed away.

If you’re afraid of the brown, you can replace the ground coffee with more granulated sugar.  No biggie.  Do you.


Oh!  This is my latest nail fashion.  I’m determined to have the nails of a DMV employee by the end of summer.  It’s getting real.

For more on my nail obsession, get in on this podcast!

Coffee and Lavender Sugar Body Scrub

makes about 1 cup

Print this Recipe!

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup finely ground coffee (or use more granulated sugar if you’re afraid of a brown scrub)

2 tablespoons dried lavender

1/2 cup vegetable glycerine

Combine all ingredients and stir well.  Store in an airtight container for up to a week.  I keep my scrub in the refrigerator, because I like it cold.  Scrub on hands and body then rinse.

169 thoughts on “Coffee and Lavender Sugar Body Scrub

  1. question regarding: Mocha Coffee Coffee Cake with Espresso Glaze; what is the cook time if the batter is doubled (the current post says 6oz and 12oz pans both cook for 1 hour)?

  2. Oooh, I love all of those smells! Lavender and coffee sounds like the perfect mixture of relaxing and energizing. This is definitely getting bookmarked.

    Cute nails, too!

  3. What a gorgeous orange kitty, don’t kick him out of the sink :)

    I always wanted to try homemade body scrub, and this looks amazing!

  4. hi- i am kate from iowa. i love your blog, which i know you’ve heard. but most of all today, it was the giggles i enjoyed after reading about your nails…so true, and so cute. um my boyfriend is even sort of into making the scrub with me. thanks for brightening my day!

  5. This looks awesome, and I bet it smells delightful! I love the line, “I am determined to have the nails of a DMV employee by the end of the summer . . . ” Cracks me up :)

  6. My request: I want the “Joy the Baker nail set” I am totally requesting this to Tracy at Tracy’s nails tomorrow!

  7. Wow! I’m soo excited to try this scrub! I’ve always thought of using coffee grounds in some sort of exfoliating way..never have attempted anything though. Thanks for the “recipe”. Oh, ps-really love your nails. They sooo dont’ look anything like a DMV employee. They are short and cute. Did you do them yourself?? if so I think you should post tips! :-)

    1. or at least the names of the colors you used . I’m kind of a nail polish junkie lately……so names/brands would be good.

    2. i couldn’t make my nails look like this on my own. i got them done. i don’t remember the names of the colors though. a grey and super bright pink from orly.

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