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DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Pumpkin Spice

This DIY coffee sugar scrub with pumpkin pie spices smells so amazing that I want to eat it right out of the jar. No joke. It smells like walking into your favorite coffee shop during fall! It’s a wonderful exfoliating and hydrating homemade scrub that’s easy to make and a joy to use.

This coffee and sugar scrub whips up in just a few minutes with ingredients you probably already have at home. It feels luxurious and smells like walking into your favorite coffee shop! It’s a fantastic homemade gift idea, which is why I made free printable jar labels and gift tags for you! Make sure to scroll down to below the tutorial to check out the free printables.

DIY coffee sugar scrub

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Let’s take a look at the ingredients and the benefits each of them bring to this coffee and sugar scrub. People often wonder if they can make substations – this is the place to look for information so you can make an informed substitution decision!

Brown sugar

Sugar is a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture to your skin and keeps it hydrated. 

Sugar is also a great natural source of glycolic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps rejuvenate your skin by helping clear away old, dead skin to reveal fresh skin. 

And, finally, sugar is a fantastic natural exfoliant. It’s gentler than salt and far less likely to cause irritation.

I used light brown sugar for a couple reasons. The crystals are typically quite fine (when the sugar is soft and fresh), it smells more like “fall,” and it contains some molasses. Molasses may benefit the skin and is a traditional acne treatment due to its natural lactic acid content. 

You can substitute with other sugars, if you’d prefer or don’t have fresh light brown sugar on hand.

light brown sugar

Coffee

Coffee has many benefits when used topically.

According to Healthline, coffee may help reduce the appearance of cellulite, decrease the appearance of sun spots, redness, and fine lines, and even reduce inflammation. 

I used a fine, espresso ground for gentle exfoliation. 

Coconut oil

Coconut oil also has tons of potential benefits for your skin. Coconut oil contains large quantities of auric acid, which may be able to fight harmful microorganisms. One in-vitro study fond that coconut oil may kill a bacteria responsible for inflammatory acne

Another study, done with rats, found that coconut oil had an anti-inflammatory effect when applied topically. 

And, of course, coconut oil can soften and moisturize your skin!

Coconut oil can clog pores, especially for people with oily skin. If you know coconut oil irritates your skin or clogs your pores, substitute with a non-comedogenic (non pore clogging) oil like hemp seed oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a warming spice that may help boost circulation to the skin. It contains antioxidants and may be anti-inflammatory, too. Plus it smells amazing!

Look for Ceylon cinnamon, not cassia or Saigon cinnamon, if you can find it. Ceylon cinnamon has more antioxidants a sweeter scent.  

Cinnamon can cause skin sensitivity, so reduce or omit the cinnamon if you know you’re sensitive to it. I have very sensitive skin and do not have problems with the concentration of cinnamon in this scrub when used on my hands or body.

ground cinnamon

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a beneficial spice that may help reduce aging due to UV exposure

Cloves

Cloves are mineral rich and may be antimicrobial. They’re also potent, so don’t add extra cloves to the scrub! 

Vanilla extract

Make sure to use pure vanilla extract, not an imitation vanilla. Vanilla extract smells amazing, and vanilla has anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, and tons of vitamins.  

If you don’t have pure vanilla extract, it’s better to leave it out than add an imitation. 

vanilla extract

Pumpkin spice latte sugar scrub ingredients

  • 1 cup (not packed) of light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Glass bowl or large measuring cup, for combining ingredients
  • Spoon, for stirring
  • Clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid (8 oz or larger). Amber glass jars provide extra protection for your scrub. 
  • Spoon or small spatula, for using the scrub

This coffee and sugar scrub is anhydrous, meaning it doesn’t contain water. It does not need preservatives as long as you keep it dry. Make sure to always use a clean spoon, spatula, or popsicle stick to remove scrub from the jar to avoid contamination. 

ingredients for pumpkin pie spice sugar scrub

Coffee and sugar scrub with pumpkin spice recipe

 

Carefully wash your hands and make sure your work space and equipment are clean.

Combine brown sugar, spices, and oil in a large mixing cup or glass bowl. Stir to combine.

adding ingredients for coffee scrub

Add the vanilla extract and stir to incorporate. I find that it mixes in better after the other ingredients are already somewhat combined (it likes to soak into the brown sugar!).

Transfer to a clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Add your free printable jar toppers or gift tags or keep it for yourself!

pumpkin spice latte sugar scrub

To use, scrub gently into you’re skin in a circular motion. Let it rest for a few minutes, if possible, before rinsing off.

As noted above, be careful not to introduce water into this coffee and sugar scrub. If you keep the scrub clean, it should last for at least 6 months. If you introduce water or bacteria from your hands, it may grow mold and spoil. 

Don’t lose track of this yummy sugar scrub recipe! Pin it now!

coffee and sugar scrub with pumpkin pie spice

 

Yield: 1 cup

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Pumpkin Pie Spice

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Pumpkin Pie Spice

This sugar and coffee scrub exfoliates and leaves your skin refreshed with coconut oil and warming pumpkin pie spices!

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Materials

  • 1 cup (not packed) of light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Tools

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Glass bowl or large measuring cup, for combining ingredients
  • Spoon, for stirring
  • Clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid (8 oz or larger). Amber glass jars provide extra protection for your scrub.
  • Spoon or small spatula, for using the scrub

Instructions

    Carefully wash your hands and make sure your work space and equipment are clean.

    Combine brown sugar, spices, and oil in a large mixing cup or glass bowl. Stir to combine.

    adding ingredients for coffee scrub

    Add the vanilla extract and stir to incorporate. I find that it mixes in better after the other ingredients are already somewhat combined (it likes to soak into the brown sugar!).

    Transfer to a clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

    Add your free printable jar toppers or gift tags or keep it for yourself!

Free printable jar toppers and gift tags

Alright, let’s take a look at the freebies!

There are 1.5 inch round “pumpkin spice coffee & sugar scrub” jar toppers and 2 inch round toppers. The 1.5″ tags fit perfectly on regular mouth jars and the 2″ tags are for wide mouth jars.

There are also two styles of gift tag if you just want to hang a tag around the jar!

This is a low resolution preview image that will look terrible if printed. Head on over to the Member’s Resource Library to log in and download your pumpkin spice sugar scrub jar toppers!

Not a member yet? Become one today using the form below the image!

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