DIY coffee-coconut exfoliant bars for face and body

coffee-coconut exfoliant bars
© Katherine Martinko

These simple bars will work magic on dry skin, while filling the shower with a wonderful aroma of coffee.

If you’re looking for a luxurious shower treat to exfoliate and moisturize dry winter skin, then this is the perfect recipe to try. These coffee-coconut exfoliant bars call for a handful of ingredients, come together in minutes, and will keep indefinitely in the fridge or freezer. In the shower they smell divine, while the coffee grounds and sugar provide the perfect amount of abrasion to leave your skin feeling silky soft.

coffee-coconut exfoliant bars in pan© K Martinko

Coffee-Coconut Exfoliant Bars


  • 1/2 cup finely ground coffee (freshly ground beans are best, but you can use pre-ground if necessary)
  • 1/2 + 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp pure shea butter
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract or a few drops vanilla essential oil (optional)
  • Ice cube tray, mini muffin tin, or other small mold


    Melt the 1/2 cup of coconut oil and shea butter in a glass jar or bowl in the microwave. Start with 20-25 seconds and stir to encourage melting. Repeat until fully melted. Stir in the coffee grounds and sugar. Add the vanilla flavor, if desired, and mix thoroughly.

    Spoon mixture into mold, approximately 2 – 3 teaspoons per space. Place in the freezer. Once set, remove and melt and remaining 1/3 cup coconut oil. Pour the melted oil over the frozen cubes/shapes. Within minutes the coconut will start to solidify; add a decorative coffee bean on top if you wish. Return pan to the freezer or fridge to set completely.

    coffee-coconut exfoliant bars solidifying© K Martinko - Here the second layer of coconut oil is solidifying

    Since coconut oil solidifies below 75°F / 24°C, these bars will remain solid unless it’s very warm in your house. I prefer to keep them in the fridge, because then they don’t melt so quickly in the hot shower.

    Original recipe comes from Free People Blog

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