Body Scrubs by Coffee Organics

Words & photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

Do you like coffee? *Hey, BFF!*
Are you a fan of body scrubs? *Hallelujah!*
Now, let’s put those two elements together …
coffee + scrubs
Intrigued? Excited? Unsure? Confused?
Whatever your curiosity is, I can tell you now that you need to listen up, because boy! Do I have a story to tell you!

The story
Two men – Paolo Skidone and Chris Hoskin – came up with this wild but intriguing idea that is Coffee Organics. Having successfully owned and run their café – Carnevale Coffee – the two men learned about how used ground coffee mixed with olive oil acts as an excellent skin exfoliate. After liaising with frank‘s original coffee scrubs, and after spending nearly 6-8 months on coming up with the ‘perfect’ formula using organic and raw products, Coffee Organics came into existence in 2014.
Being a fellow lover of all things coffee, there are no words to describe my utter gratitude at the hard work and dedication that these guys have put into making these products. With the first tear into the packet, I was welcomed with a strong but pleasing whiff of coffee-laced goodness and as soon as I jumped in the bath, it was pretty obvious that it was most certainly one of those #treatyoself moments.
The products
I was kindly offered to sample the 3 scrubs that Coffee Organics currently has in production, each with their own set of benefits:
  1. Peppermint
    • The ultimate stress reliever that relaxes your muscles and skin, nourishes your skin, increases blood circulation, leaves you smelling minty fresh!
  2. Grapefruit
    • Another excellent product to relax and uplift you, decreases blood pressure, and flushes out all the harmful toxins. Basically, fruit tingle in a scrub!
  3. Vanilla
    • Great antioxidant, decreases blood pressure, and reduces the growth of cancerous cells – pretty bloody awesome!
Before I go into the process of using these scrubs, it’s best to point out that there is an ample quantity of scrub that you receive in the packet. So, what I did was empty the contents of the packet into 500ml clear mason jars, because:
  • You only need a handful of scrub (preferably a well-packed, cupped handful), which will allow you to resourcefully use the scrub without causing much wastage
  • You can keep track of how much scrub you’ve got and jump online when you’re running low 😉

The process

There’s 6 very simple and straightforward steps to getting the full experience out of these scrubs:

  1. Patch a small amount of the scrub on one area of the body prior to use
  2. Dampen skin to apply the scrub effectively
  3. Grab a cupped handful, apply all over body (avoid eyes & gently apply over face)
  4. Massage in a circular motion and focus on muscle areas of the body
  5. Leave the scrub on for about 5-10 minutes for it to sink into the pores & work its magic
  6. Rinse off the scrub in the shower and smell amazing!

The visible (and subtle) effects

Having used these scrubs twice a day for a period of about 5 days, I can feel my skin giving off a subtle glow and presenting with an increased level of smoothness and silkiness. I feel much more relaxed after my bath and my mood has generally improved by inhaling the relaxing aroma from these scrubs, particularly from the grapefruit and peppermint scrubs. The scrubs are packed with organic coconut oil, which gives it the musky and calming aroma upon application.

While I haven’t had a huge issue with blackheads (or whiteheads), I can see them clearing up the more I use the scrub on a routinely basis. It’s safe to say that my caffeine addiction has just skyrocketed (#sorrynotsorry)!

The coffee scent is stronger in the vanilla scrub, while the peppermint and grapefruit scrubs have a more minty and fruity aroma to them respectively. The only caution I’d take is to make sure you have adequately dampened your body, otherwise the scrub may feel patchy and a bit too coarse on dry skin.

Supporting local produce

While the scrub is locally produced in Adelaide, the coffee and coconut oil used to make these scrubs is sourced from overseas due to the limited access to these ingredients (especially the organic coffee, which is seasonal). However, the rest of the ingredients are locally sourced within Adelaide and Australia, so fret not, because you are still supporting local by using these products. All products by Coffee Organics are vegan and cruelty-free.
Coffee Organics is available in-store or online for just $14.95 per packet. Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin, uplift your mental health, or simply enjoy the fragrance of coffee to start off your day, the scrubs by Coffee Organics will deliver and are so well worth the cost.
Coffee Organics
Address:                114-118 East Avenue, Clarence Park, SA 5034
                                 Shop #1, 347 Brighton Road, Hove SA 5048
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