The most revitalizing exfoliator ever
Is your complexion looking a little dull and tired? Maybe all it needs is a little coffee to wake up! You’re in luck—we’ve got a little face scrub recipe that gives your skin A Whole Latte Love. Now your face can feel as bright and refreshed as you do after a good coffee!
Because you can’t just dunk your face in cold brew—that would be far too easy—we decided to create a DIY face scrub to give your skin the caffeinated love it deserves! After research and rounds of testing, we came up with a gel scrub that’s easy to apply, gently exfoliates your skin, and purifies and tones your complexion, while leaving your skin looking firmer. It’s guaranteed to perk your mien right up!
Treat your skin to a toning, exfoliating cup of joe with A Whole Latte Love!
How to make a face scrub
Before you begin
This scrub recipe is formulated for your face. If you’d prefer to make a body scrub, just use a coarser grind of coffee for the grounds. It will be more exfoliating and so better suited for a body scrub. The fine grind this recipe calls for yields a gentler exfoliation best suited for the thinner skin of your face.
- 37.7 g (31.4%) espresso (regular, not decaffeinated)
- 30.6 g (25.5%) used coffee grounds, finely ground (regular or decaf)
- 48 g (40%) witch hazel hydrosol
- 2.4 g (2%) GeoGard Ultra
- 0.7 g (0.6%) guar gum
- 0.6 g (0.5%) activated charcoal
- Three small stainless steel bowls
- Components to make a double boiler
- Small silicone spatula
- A few teaspoons
- Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
Good to know!
- You can replace the espresso with an equal portion of demineralized water. However, in this case, step 2 will be slightly different. You’ll need to replace the used coffee grounds with regular (not decaf) freshly ground coffee. Heat the ground coffee with the demineralized water on the double boiler for five minutes at 50°C, then continue with the recipe, using this solution in lieu of the espresso. This process will extract caffeine from the ground coffee.
- The coffee grounds are the exfoliating agent in this recipe.
- Caffeine has skin benefits, so we advise against using decaf espresso or your DIY face scrub will be less effective. Caffeine is an active that’s calming, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant.
- Witch hazel hydrosol is astringent, purifying, toning, and calming; it also makes your skin appear firmer. You can replace it with the aqueous ingredient of your choosing. Some options include demineralized water, aloe juice, or another hydrosol.
- GeoGard Ultra is the preservative in this homemade face scrub.
- Guar gum is the gelling agent. It can’t be replaced by another gum without altering the texture of the final product.
- Activated charcoal is detoxifying; it purifies your skin.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the espresso and coffee grounds in the first bowl. Mix using the small spatula.
- Weigh the hydrosol and GeoGard Ultra in the second bowl. Carefully heat it on the double boiler, just until the GeoGard Ultra melts. Make sure the temperature does not exceed 30°C, or the GeoGard Ultra will denature.
- Weigh the activated charcoal and guar gum in the third bowl.
- Pour the contents of the first two bowls into the third. Mix with a spoon or the small spatula until the mixture is homogeneous.
- Pour the mixture into the jar. Your homemade face scrub is ready!
Use and conservation
This DIY face scrub is formulated for all skin types, except sensitive skin, which it may irritate.
Apply your scrub to clean skin, massaging your skin gently with circular motions, and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then apply a hydrating face mask (optional) and then proceed with your usual beauty routine.
You can use this scrub every one to two weeks, depending on the needs of your skin.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for about three months.