Cocoa Butter & Coffee Scrub Cubes

Cocoa Butter & Coffee Scrub Cubes

These scrub cubes feature creamy cocoa butter combined with coffee grounds and brown sugar to gently polish away dull flaky skin.

Use 1 or 2 cubes during your shower or bath, rubbing over rough areas of skin that need exfoliating. They’re especially effective on dry feet, knees and elbows.

The heat from your skin will melt the butter away as the cube exfoliates, leaving a thin layer behind to help seal in moisture. Your skin will be left smoother and softer after use.


Be sure to use unrefined cocoa butter so the rich chocolate scent shines through.

I really like the wafers form found at Mountain Rose Herbs, since they smell fantastic and are so easy to measure and use.

cocoa butter wafers from Mountain Rose Herbs

I added coffee essential oil to this batch, for extra scent, but it’s completely optional, so don’t worry if you don’t have any on hand.

I buy coffee essential oil from Bulk Apothecary. (It’s wonderful for making coffee soaps too!)


cocoa butter and coffee scrub cubes

Cocoa Butter & Coffee Scrub Cubes

  • 40 grams unrefined cocoa butter (about 1/2 cup wafers)
  • 20 grams coconut oil (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground coffee
  • optional: 10 drops (0.27 g) coffee essential oil

Place the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a small mason jar.

Place the jar into a saucepan containing a few inches of water. Set the pan over a medium-low burner until the cocoa butter is completely melted.

Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, ground coffee and coffee essential oil, if using.

Pour into ice trays, making sure the sugar portion is evenly divided. Freeze until solid then remove from trays.

Store cubes in the refrigerator to keep them from becoming too soft before you’re able to use them.

This size recipe yields 5 cubes. You can double or triple it as needed, to make larger batches.

*Be careful exiting the tub or shower after use as the oils and butter can make the floor slippery.

Cocoa Butter & Coffee Scrub Cubes


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11 Responses to Cocoa Butter & Coffee Scrub Cubes

  1. Tina Richards says:

    Thank you so very much for your newsletter and recipes! I ALWAYS find something useful in each posting that you send out! Thank you for your generous info and sharing of your knowledge.

  2. S. C. says:

    Hi, I don’t use sugar or any carbohydrates on my skin, problems with yeast and bacterial infections. What would be a good substitute?

  3. Alice says:

    What is the cocoa butter used for in the coffee scrub cubes?

  4. Polona says:

    HI; great recipe Jan ;), I would like to ask about shelf life for this wonderful scrub cubes. Thank you very much, bye

  5. Lisa says:

    Why are there two layers in the coffee scrub? If the top is espresso what is the white layer?

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