Exfoliating is one of those tasks I know I should be doing, but have never been able to commit to.
But when the weather started heating up and I realised my skin resembled that of a dehydrated snake’s, I decided to give it a go.
If I’m honest, those glamorous, fun Instagram coffee scrubs modelled by people wearing high cut bikinis intimidate me a bit. As someone who’s just finding her feet in the beauty world, I needed something cheap and easy I could add to my weekly chemist haul before investing in an expensive product.
Enter: Coffee Bar. It’s a coffee scrub… in a bar.
Because I am indeed a dry, scaly human, I gave it a crack to see how this budget friendly option holds up.
The freshly ground coffee smell hit me right in the nostrils when I opened the packaging up. I also got a whiff of caramel – you can try the coconut macchiato, vanilla latte and chocolate cappuccino variations too.
It feels like coffee. Which is nice because some generic ‘coffee scrubs’ don’t feel much like coffee at all.
As per the instructions on the packaging, I used the product halfway through my weekly ‘maintenance’ shower – the shower when you do all the things.
After putting conditioner through my hair, I stepped out of the shower and rubbed the bar (which I wet slightly) in circular motions on my calves, thighs, backside and upper arms.
The product becomes granular once it’s applied to the skin, giving you the Frank Body effect you see on their Instagram feed. The bar also contains Cacao Seed Butter and Olive Fruit Oil, which Coffee Bar recommends letting absorb into your skin for a few minutes.
After rinsing off, my skin felt quite soft – albeit a little raw as I have sensitive skin that’s not used to being exfoliated. I eased up on the pressure the following time, which helped with that.
The palm-sized bar is the perfect size if you’re travelling, on the go, or just trying to keep the number of products in your shower to a minimum.