The lovely Scrub Love UK team sent me one of their products to review. If you’ve read some of my other beauty posts you’ll know I’m a massive fan of scrubs (face or body) so I snapped up the chance to try out this one. I’ve never tried a coffee scrub before, or a dry scrub, so it was a new experience for me.
Scrub Love comes in 3 different flavours; Original Lovin’, Coconut Affair and Mint Temptation. My sample was Mint Temptation which I was really happy about as mint is always super refreshing and it has tea tree in it, which is again one of my favourite products as it’s a natural soother. So, their website describes the scrubs as; “Body scrubs made from 100% natural ingredients that will banish blemishes then target acne, stretch marks, cellulite and anything else you throw at them – to give you a gorgeous glow.” The Mint Temptation one contains peppermint oil, tea tree oil, dead sea salt (awesome for scrubs!), argon oil and aloe vera as well. So yes, I was a happy girlie after reading these (they’re described on the back of the pack so you know exactly what you’re getting) and couldn’t wait to try it.
Smell & Texture
I’ll be honest; I was a little bit nervous about trying it because as I said, this was something new to me. As I was in the middle of my resit exams and assignment I decided to do a wee skin test first so I could see what it looked like and also make sure I didn’t react to it. This was more my own paranoia than anything, I don’t react to most things but then again I’ve never smothered coffee all over my body either! I’m also very short sighted so I wanted to get a look at it before I took my glasses off, had my shower and freaked out at what came out the packet because I couldn’t see it properly 😉
It reminded me more of dirt than coffee (apart from the smell, there’s definitely no hiding that!). It is a bit weird putting it all over your body when you’re supposed to be making yourself look cleaner. However, it’s a bit like charcoal if you’ve seen/used that before. You make yourself look kind of muddy and then wash it off, ta da!
Despite looking like it would irritate your skin, or make you itchy (I get very itchy at the slightest thing on my skin), it doesn’t feel that bad. It is a very fine texture, not at all lumpy and doesn’t really stick until you add a bit of water to the mix in a shower/bath. It smells very strongly of coffee in this form, however, afterwards all I could smell was peppermint and tea tree. I suffer from rhinitus and was having terrible sinus pressure at the time, and this really did clear that up! So not only are you doing something great for your skin, you’re also helping your body with the aromatherapy aspect of all those wonderful oils.
The feeling of the soft glowy skin that they promise was pretty much instantaneous. After I washed off the scrub I felt so so clean and fresh. I did use a shower gel afterwards just to help clean off any lingering bits of the scrub lurking, but I probably didn’t need to. I felt as fresh as a daisy, and the vapours from the scrub are really energising too! The website suggests using it several times a week, so it doesn’t surprise me that after about 24 hours my skin felt less moisturised. However, a few days later it still felt pretty damn good. I suffer from Dermatillomania, compulsive skin picking, and acne and my skin looks much better than it did on my arms. The scrub has helped clean out some of the icky stuff and refreshed the skin, with the aloe vera and tea tree helping to soothe it. It will be interesting to see how it goes with more frequent use.
Would I use it again?
Yes! I am already drooling over the thought of the Coconut Affair flavour! There was nothing about this product that didn’t do what it claimed to do, and as I said, the effect was pretty quick to see. Before I’d even stepped out the shower I felt so much better. I wasn’t sure it I could use it on my face, so I didn’t, yet my face felt great too. The steam and vapours did their magic, so I’m really curious to see how it works on my face.
A few extra notes
I do want to mention a few downsides to this product, which are relatively small in my opinion. Firstly, it is messy! I’m very messy and clumsy anyway, and have a habit of throwing things every where in a shower 😛 It’s a dry scrub, and if you’re familar with those you probably knew this already. I know from my experience with wet scrubs that they can be a tad messy, so again, not really a shocker. As long as you’re prepared to clean your shower/bath out, it’s not an issue. If you share the bathroom with other people it might be a problem, which brings me on to number 2…
It smells very very strongly. I have quite a sensitive nose, and the combination of peppermint, tea tree and coffee was strong but bearable. I know people who would have had to avoid the bathroom because their nose is so sensitive. So again, if you share the bathroom with other people be aware of this because it could cause some issues.
From a disabled point of view the pouch looks difficult to open; I have problems with my fingers and hands, and sometimes resealable pouches, like grated cheese, are a monster to open. I was very pleased to find that I didn’t have to struggle at all and it came open easily. One thing I will suggest though if you’re clumsy or have mobility issues with your hands is watch out for where you place it. The pouch is great to getting in there and scooping it out with your fingers, and controlling how much you use – the downside is that it isn’t always that sturdy. I had mine flop over a few times and had to desperately dash for it to save it from the incoming water. It might very well be worth investing in a seal-able air tight container if you have a lot of trouble with issues like this.