Exfoliation + Moisture = the Perfect Winter Body Scrub?
So like 99% of people I used to reserve my body exfoliating for the frantic two weeks before a beach holiday.
But in the past couple of years the lure of glowy, soft skin has been enough to make my scrubbing a year-round activity.
And on my search for the perfect scrub I’ve tried an array of formulas, from the slickest of oil-and-salt versions, to the stickiest of sugar-based exfoliators, and even the grittiest bamboo grain varieties.
Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub (from £6.95 for 100 ml, Cult Beauty)
So when I came across Frank Body’s sachet-packaged, caffeine-infused Coffee Scrubs I was intrigued (especially because they’re also available in a low-risk 100ml trial-size).
The brand claims the coffee grinds here exfoliate, increase blood flow, and promote collagen production.
And according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a study in Poland found caffeine in cosmetics can increase microcirculation, protect against free radicals, even ‘prevent excessive fat accumulation in cells’.
Meanwhile, the addition of the product’s other ingredients- like soy bean oil and tocopherol (vitamin E)- help to moisturise and provide antioxidant protection.
I’ve included the full list of ingredients at the bottom of this post.
On the Skin
Before anything else, and aside from the science, I can honestly say that this low-oil and gritty-but-not-harsh formula really seems to suit my skin.
The coffee grounds seem to be soaked in enough oil that I’m left with a gentle sheen and skin that is moisturised enough that I don’t need to use a separate body lotion, but not so much that I need to wait for it to absorb before getting dressed.
While this scrub is available in a few different varieties- including coconut, cacao, peppermint- I have to say that to me they basically all just smell mostly of coffee.
Not that that’s a particularly bad thing, it just means that I tend to stick more to the Original Coffee Scrub, both because it’s cheaper I don’t find there’s a noticeable difference between it and the other options.
The other word of caution I have is that since you’re literally putting coffee grounds on your body this inevitably gets a little messy, so I try to rinse down shower trays and baths as soon as possible after getting out.
Aside from that though, I’m loving the results of this scrub- which include a healthy glow and a more even skin tone- and now keep a constant rotation of travel-sized versions by the bath.
Great for: Circulation boosting exfoliation.
Not-so-great for: White towels, shower trays and tiles- because this makes quite the mess.
The full list of ingredients:
Coffea Robusta Seed Powder, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Water (Aqua), Sodium Chloride, Sucrose, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene