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. I just found your blog and have only read through a few posts but you’re hilarious. I love the variety of things that you make and the photography of your food. Just thought I would stop in to say hello and great work, but I’m sure you already know this.

    The bit about the DMV nails is hysterical by the way, it paints the perfect picture in my mind. :)

  2. LOL! The nails of a DMV employee got me laughing so hard my husband wanted to know what I was reading, and then HE was laughing too. Thanks for the recipe and the grins. Bookmarked!

    ps I found you via pinterest, in case you wondered.

  3. I just found you tonight, and I had fully intended on going away from the computer and doing nothing. Now I am stuck on your blog. <3 <3

  4. So… I was in the shower and I had the music from the Goonies in my head because I watched it last night and sometimes when I have music on my brain it turns into other music that sounds similar. I started singing “Drive You Home” out of nowhere! Weird. Thought I’d share.

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  6. It’s like you’re IN MY BRAIN. Obsessed with making my own scrub + awesome nail art. You need to check out Nail Supply House on Valley in Alhambra. LEGIT nail art supplies for crazy cheap.
    Ah-mazing. I just loaded up myself.

  7. Joy, I looove the idea of homemade beauty things. This lavender and coffee scent… Do you think I could use just olive oil instead of glycerine?

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