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Mocha Spice Sugar Scrub


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Luxuriously moisturizing, this mocha spice sugar scrub smells good enough to eat. The coffee grounds and sugar gently exfoliate, and the cocoa and spices leave a subtle scent on the skin.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Generous pinch nutmeg
  • Generous pinch ginger
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup almond oil (or other light oil, such as grapeseed or jojoba)


In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Whisk in 1/4 cup oil until it is completely combined with the sugar mixture. Stir in the remaining oil by the tablespoonful until desired consistency is achieved.

Transfer scrub to an airtight, nonreactive container with a wide mouth (for example, a hermetic glass jar with a clamp lid).

If the scrub is a gift, affix a decorative label and attach instructions for use to the jar.

To use: Scoop out a generous handful of scrub and apply to clean, wet skin in a circular motion. Rinse well, and pat skin dry.

Cautions: Take care when using this scrub, as the oil in it will make the tub or shower floor slippery. Those with nut allergies should not use scrubs made with nut oils. Those with sensitive skin should consider doing a patch test before using.

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