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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Wake Up Tired Skin, with The Coffee Scrub Co.

Hannah Barnes
 Coffee is high up there on my list of favourite things the world has to offer. In fact, coffee is probably the first thing on my list of favourite things the world has to offer. It’s the thing that gets me out of bed in the morning and keeps me working, writing, wondering and wandering throughout the day, it’s the thing that perks me up when I’m in a slump and rewards me when a job is well done.

So, of course I was pretty intrigued when I heard about the coffee scrub. I hadn’t tried any kind of coffee scrub previously, but had been hearing about them more and more, so when a friend of mine – another Hannah – started looking into making her own coffee scrubs, I couldn’t wait to try them.

Hannah began by making artisanal coffee scrubs for her own personal use, whilst looking for a natural product which would help to reduce break outs and care for her skin. After perfecting her recipe and doing the research Hannah also discovered that her scrubs help to reduce the visibility of scars, clear up acne and psoriasis and can even do battle with stubborn cellulite: all thanks to the humble coffee bean and its natural ingredients.

Being business minded, this led to The Coffee Scrub Co which Hannah founded earlier this year. Hannah was kind enough to show me around her workshop a few weeks ago – giving me the low down on why coffee is such a superhero for the skin and letting me sample the products themselves.

The branding is all beautiful (and due to be revamped very soon) but from the off the first thing I noticed was the smell. I’m not just talking coffee though, as the scrubs come in a variety of flavours - cinnamon, orange, chocolate, peppermint and original - and it’s this combination of organic scents, with my beloved coffee which really had my senses tingling. The Orange Coffee Scrub was a particular favourite of mine, but I wasn’t sure whether I could resist eating the mixture, so I opted to sample the Cinnamon Coffee Scrub instead.   

Upon first opening my cinnamon scrub I was once again blown away by the scent – it’s smells sooooo good. Seriously, if I didn’t know what it was I’d have popped it in the cafetiere already. So I spent a while sniffing the stuff like a hobo with a bottle of glue, before getting down to the business of applying it. I did this in the hall way – for reasons I can’t quite pin down – and would recommend the bathroom to anyone with an ounce of sense.

The scrub gives a really satisfying exfoliation and definitely feels as though it’s getting rid of all the dead skins cells and other crap that can build up in the pores. You don’t need much at all to make your face feel fresh.

After scrubbing awhile, I let the scrub sit on my skin and soak in, as advised by Hannah, whilst enjoying its sweet, sweet cinnamon scent. I probably left it on for about 15 minutes all in all before finally heading to a bathroom to rinse it off. Again the exfoliation was strong but even so the scrub came off easily with a little help from some warm water.

Once completed the whole ritual probably took about 30 minutes, which is a good time frame for a lazy girl like me. My skin felt silky smooth for the rest of the day and had a real glow to it – I even got a few compliments. I’ll be adding this scrub to my daily skin care routine in future and think it easily stands up to the Ocean Salt scrub from Lush which I usually use (plus I much prefer the taste of cinnamon coffee to sea salt when the scrub inevitably worms its way into my mouth mid shower).

So, whether you’re as in love with coffee as I am, or wouldn’t touch the stuff with a barge pole, these scrubs offer an alternative way to enjoy your joe and freshen up your face. Let me know how you get on in the comments!

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.


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