Two of my absolute favourite skincare products to use are face masks and body scrubs. Personally I find some body scrubs too harsh to use on my skin and I am totally on board with the banning of micro beads in beauty products. I think one of my first experiences with using a body scrub was sneakily using some of my Mam’s St Ives apricot scrub. I often found this type of scrub extremely harsh on my skin and have been left with big red raw looking patches quite a number of times. It was only in my early twenties that I discovered a lovely smelling body scrub whilst browsing Boots from the Sanctuary Spa. This body scrub smelled divine and left a beautiful oil type texture on the skin. I continued to use this scrub for pretty much my entire twenties until other body ‘exfoliators’ started to appear on the market.
As I am becoming increasingly aware of what type of products and chemicals that I am applying to my skin, a natural body scrub was something I was eager to discover. It was only whilst watching dragons den a few years ago that I heard any mention of coffee bean body scrubs. These scrubs were virtually non-existent over here but hugely popular in Australia. I had been trying to see if I could spot them on the market over here or in the U.K. but to no avail. Then lo and behold, a few months ago an email from a PR in Holland and Barrett landed in my inbox asking if I would be interested in trying out a number of products, one being a coffee bean body scrub. To say I was delighted and jumped at the chance was an understatement. The body scrub in question was an all natural vegan coffee bean scrub from an Australian company called Bean Body.
The particular body scrub I tried from the collection was an organic coconut coffee bean scrub. This amazing smelling pouch was filled with a concoction of finely ground robusta coffee beans, organic cold pressed coconut oil, Himalayan pink rock salt, demerara sugar, organic cacao and vitamin e oil. It costs €18.89, while this does seem a bit pricey, all you need to use for an entire body application is one handful and there is lots in a pack. Being honest, I only use this scrub once a week as it is very effective at exfoliating the skin. If you use it too much it could remove all the natural oils from the skin leaving it angry and inflamed.
To use, simply dampen the skin and apply one handful of the scrub to your entire body. Rub in circular motions and leave on the skin for five minutes then rinse off. I personally don’t like to apply it to my face as my skin is very sensitive there and I find it could be too harsh on it. Always patch test an area prior to use and be careful in the shower as it can get very slippery in there.
I really like the soft even texture it leaves my skin feeling. It is great for use on dry elbows, knees and ankles and for removing those pesky fake tan marks that build up on the skin. I find it particularly good for applying to the rash that consumes my entire back and shoulders. I find it helps greatly with the itch whilst also helping draw impurities to the surface. The caffeine in the scrub helps stimulate blood flow to the surface of the skin and is also a powerful antioxidant. The sugar and salt granules help physically remove blackheads, impurities and dead skin cells. Coconut oil is fantastic for hydrating and moisturising the skin whilst cacao and vitamin e help nourish and protect it.
The full list of ingredients include:
Coffea Arabica Seed Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) oil, Sucrose, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao Seed Powder, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol and Hyaluronic Acid.
All in all I find this body scrub a great product but care must be taken to avoid overly using it as it could damage the skin. I do find it good value for money as a little certainly goes a long way. It smells absolutely amazing and I like the use of natural ingredients. The only negatives for me personally is that it can get messy, I mean really messy. Your entire shower will look like someone had a mud fight in it but that easily washes away. The only other thing that really niggles me is that although it comes in a resealable pouch, the seal itself isn’t the best and mine no longer clips shut. When stored properly (in a dry, airtight environment) it can last up to 12 months. One important thing to note is the importance of keeping it away from the bathroom as it would be destroyed if moisture got into it. I would definitely purchase this scrub again but possibly one of the other variants to see if they all smell as good. You can purchase Bean Body scrubs online at Holland and Barrett. I am not too sure if any of the stores stock them as I havent seen any myself but I could be wrong.
* Not suitable for use by anyone with a nut allergy