Ingredient: Coffee Bean Oil

Other Name(s)

Coffee bean oil, Arabica coffee seed oil, caffeine oil

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Coffea arabica is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, being grown in southwest Ethiopia for well over 1,000 years. It is also known as the "coffee shrub of Arabia", "mountain coffee" or "arabica coffee".

Green coffee beans produce an odourless oil that is light brown to yellow, while roasted beans produce oil that is green to dark brown and has a highly aromatic coffee aroma.


Coffee oil has been used for centuries in perfume, cosmetics and aromatherapy. It is also noted for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and flavonoid properties making it a popular choice in natural health remedies.

Coffee oil is favoured in body butters, facial masks, lip balms and body creams.

Toiletries and cosmetic

Benefits for hair:

  • Improved strength and shine - Coffee oil is rapidly absorbed and highly conditioning, fortifying the hair roots and revitalising the ends.
  • Scalp health - The stimulating properties of coffee oil improve scalp circulation, promoting faster and healthier hair growth and may reduce hair fall.

Benefits for skin:

  • Coffee oil is rich in antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid and tocopherols (vitamin E), which help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and environmental stressors or irritants.
  • The fatty acids in the oil are known to have cleansing properties that remove excess sebum from the skin, making it useful in acne treatment.
  • Coffee has also shown promising results in reducing dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. As coffee is a vasoconstrictor, it helps to dilate the blood vessels, stimulating blood flow and improving blood circulation, thereby tightening the skin.
  • Applying coffee oil as a final step (or on its own) in a skincare routine helps improve skin hydration by creating a physical barrier to keep skin moist and protected from weather and irritants. It soothes and promotes a more even skin tone.
  • Coffee oil is often used to lighten dark skin and treat hyperpigmentation. Chlorogenic acid and melanoidins present in coffee oil, help reduce hyperpigmentation along with reducing inflammation.
  • It may help improve the production of collagen thereby reducing fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth and eyes.
  • Coffee oil has also shown encouraging results in reducing the appearance of cellulite because caffeine helps dilate the blood vessels and ultimately improves the blood flow. (Coffee scrubs with coffee oil and coffee grains are therefore popular when treating cellulite because the coffee grains also serve as an exfoliator.)



  • Coffee oil is considered helpful in soothing inflamed acne and other skin irritations and it helps to remove bacteria from the skin.
  • Being an anti-inflammatory it is highly beneficial in easing joint or muscular pain when applied topically.
  • Coffee is rich in niacin and vitamin B3 which assist in preventing skin cancers and other skin growths. Moreover, its antioxidant properties reduce free radical activity to protect our skin from UV damage.
  • Coffee oil is believed to stimulate the limbic system and the aroma encourages an increased appetite, which is important for those recovering from illness. It is also a general aid in digestion and immune system support.



Coffee oil is popular in diffusers as a mood enhancer and as a massage oil because of its many skin benefits.

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The common chemical constituents in both green coffee oil and roasted coffee oil include flavonoids and fatty acids such as linoleic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, and stearic acid.

Favonoids are known to:

  • Help defend against free radicals
  • Possess antioxidant properties
  • Possess anti-inflammatory properties

Linoleic Acid is known to:

  • Hydrate and improve the appearance of damaged skin
  • Help promote skin regeneration

Palmitic acid is known to:

  • Possess anti-inflammatory properties
  • Have emollient properties
  • Help remove excess oil from skin

Oleic acids are known to:

  • Help calm and repair skin
  • Possess antioxidant properties

Stearic acid is known to:

  • Possess cleansing properties
  • Help soothe and emulsify damaged skin
  • Help stabilise the texture in skin products



Essentially Natural Coffee Bean Oil is certified as vegan and Beauty Without Cruelty.

INCI: Coffea arabica


Patch Test Protocol: Apply a small amount of diluted coffee oil to a discreet area of your skin and observe for any adverse reactions, such as redness, irritation, or itching. If any discomfort occurs, discontinue use immediately and consult a healthcare professional.

Individuals with sensitive skin, pre-existing skin conditions or allergies should exercise extra caution when using coffee oil. Consult with a dermatologist or allergist if you have concerns about potential allergens or irritants.

Coffee oil is potent and should be diluted appropriately before application to the skin or hair. Avoid using undiluted coffee oil directly on the skin, as it may cause irritation or sensitization.

For individuals with underlying health conditions or pregnant/nursing women, it's advisable to seek guidance from healthcare professionals before using coffee oil. While it's generally considered safe for topical use, individual circumstances may warrant additional precautions or contraindications.


Disclaimer of Liability

The information provided herein is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or a substitute for professional medical guidance. While efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information presented, individual experiences may vary, and caution should always be exercised when using new skincare or wellness products. Any external links or sources provided are for informational purposes and do not imply endorsement or affiliation. Users are encouraged to conduct their research and consult multiple sources to make informed decisions regarding the use of coffee oil or any other natural remedies.