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Zero Waste Hacks: DIY Coffee Scrub


A simple DIY coffee scrub that stimulates from the outside-in. This natural body scrub will make your skin glow and the Earth smile. And you only need three ingredients to make it.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

There are so many benefits to regular scrubbing – it pumps new life into the skin. One of the main reasons we use body scrubs is to remove dead skin cells through exfoliation, leaving it smooth, rejuvenated and glowy. Coffee scrubs, however, provide not only an exterior sparkle, but also stimulate circulation and help drain the lymph nodes by increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface. Coffee also contains anti-inflammatory properties, and the caffeine not only wakes us up, but helps extract excess fluid for firmer skin.

We love this DIY scrub because it’s completely natural, gentle on the planet and super-easy to make at home – all you need is ground coffee, brown sugar, coconut oil and you’re good to go.

Our easy eco-friendly coffee scrub:


  1. Mix together 1/2 cup fresh ground coffee and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  2. Add 1/2 cup coconut oil into the coffee mixture
  3. Mix until well combined

Notes Gently rub mixture over your body, avoiding areas around the eyes. Leave it on for several minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

About Sustainism Lab Led by Potato Head’s Director of Sustainability Lauren Blasco, the Zero Waste Hacks are facilitated by our in-house Sustainism Lab team.

Sustainism Lab is a research and design workshop located inside Desa Potato Head which is dedicated to finding innovative solutions to waste. It helps the Desa adhere to a zero-waste philosophy, and drives Potato Head towards becoming a circular brand where every element fits into the three ‘r’s of sustainability—reduce, reuse and recycle. The lab also functions as an inspirational and collaborative space for our physical and online audience, and our industry peers.

Support Bali’s community Here’s how some of our friends in Bali are creating brightness on the island, and how you can support;

THANK ME LATER Our favourite sustainable sunscreen producer has created a limited batch of anti-bacterial and anti-microbial hand sanitizers, powered by 70% ethyl alcohol and pure lemon essential oil.

SAVON STELLA Jil Wong has created bamboo-charcoal and collagen soaps that are gentle enough to use on face and body. A percentage of every purchase is put towards food packs for local friends who have lost their jobs. Orders can be placed by shooting them a DM on their Instagram account.

Published on 27/03/2024 by Potato Head