Over the weekend, I ran across a really cute website called Frank Body. They make luxury coffee scubs and have really cute, cheeky marketing. I’m in love with natural ingredients and self-care, so I know this was a “must-try”.

As you know, coffee grounds contain caffeine, which is known to perk the body up from the inside, but can also perk it up on the outside. Coffee is naturally acidic and can help balance your skin’s pH. Coffee scubs are used for everything from acne to cellulite, but at it’s most basic property, it’s an awesome, natural exfoliator. Depending what else is used in the scrub, the benfits go on and on. Way too tempting not to try, right?

Those of you who know me know that 1). I’m a beauty addict and 2). I’m a huge tinkerer. I wanted this scrub now.

So I’m sitting in my hotel room reading this, and I think: Wait – what am I waiting for? Clean? Natural? I have all the ingredients right here! Let’s do this.


Hotel Room Coffee Scrub Recipe

– 2 packets of coffee grounds

– 4 packets of sugar

– 1 orange from the arrival fruit basket -or- Wink eyelash and eyebrow enhancer

– 1 complimentary razor

– 1 drinking glass

– 1 swizzle stick


A coffee scrub requires two main components: the cofffee and the base. Let’s start with the coffee. I added two packets of caffeinated coffee grounds to a drinking glass. Use decaf coffee grounds if you are sensitive to or unable to consumer caffeine. Last but not least – if your hotel is stingy with the coffee or you’re only interested in exfoliating benefits – you can use USED coffee grounds, too!


Next, I added 4 packets of sugar from the coffee bar for additional exfoliating power. I used fine granulated sugar, but you can use turbinado if your hotel offers it and you want a little more coarse exfoliator. My skin is very sensitive, so I chose the finely granulated sugar.



Orange peels are a great source of natural orange oil, which is high in fatty acids. I grabbed the complimentary disposable razor from the bathroom and added a little pizzazz: I shaved off the skin of the orange into the mixture, then squeezed the skin for some oil. Now I have an orange-coffee scrub. YUM!



I quickly realized that I wasn’t getting enough oil from one orange to qualify as a base. This thing wasn’t going to mix up.


You know what? The inside of the orange is full of orange juice, which is high in citric acid and vitamin C, which could turn this scrub into a great resurfacing, anti-aging acid peel. I cracked open the orange and began squeezing the juice into the cup.


I grabbed a swizzle stick from the coffee bar, mixed it up and viola! My own luxury coffee scrub. 100% natural and free of any parabens or preservatives!


Time to go use this! I’m going to go run the tub, pull the flowers off the orchid stems, and place the flowers on top of the water. 100% luxury at 0% of the price. ?

Instructions for use: Apply to the body and/or face, avoiding eyes. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Gently rub the scrub into the skin with the fingertips, using small circles. Rinse.


My take on it: I used the coffee for a full body mask/scrub. It definitely got my blood circulating! The natural coffee beans do add some moisturizing oil, but this recipe can be improved by using coconut oil instead of orange juice, if for nothing else than just helping the scrub apply more smoothly, but hey–I promised I’d do this with my free hotel amenities ? Overall, self-care is always positive and I would make this scrub again in a heartbeat!




Dr. Vanessa Rodriguez is a board-certified general practitioner with more than 15 years of patient care experience. She takes an integrative approach to patient care that considers the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and is deeply committed to assisting her patients in achieving and sustaining optimal health. Dr. Vanessa is also a skilled writer and medical reviewer, specializing in preventive care and health promotion. Her articles are written in an approachable manner that is simple to comprehend and implement in one’s own life. Dr. Vanessa’s mission is to equip her patients and readers with the knowledge and resources necessary to live their greatest lives.

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