Today we are taking a look at Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. First thing I did was do a quick dry-brush once-over before getting in the shower. Some scrubs I think are for the shower and others are for the bath. Frank is a shower scrub to me because the product doesn’t dissolve (it’s coffee grounds!), and who wants to sit on that? After the dry brushing, I utilized my bamboo shower chair so that I didn’t slip on the oils in the product.
Coffea Robusta Seed Powder (Coffee), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Water (Aqua), Sodium Chloride (Salt), Sucrose (Brown Sugar), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol (Cinnamon Derived)
What I Like
The packaging is pretty. I’m not swayed much by millennial pink, but I am suggestible when it comes to sleek design and typefaces. I also like the novelty. I wanted to be transported to a coffee shop on a rainy morning–something to get me out of bed and perk me up. There are also more scents now than when I first purchased the product: Peppermint, Coconut, and Cacao.
What Could Be Improved
My skin is dry and I found that this product didn’t moisturize very well. It needs more oil to carry the product or the addition of an emulsifier so that you can work it into the skin enough before it simply washes down the drain. The almond oil it does contain doesn’t really absorb into the dermis, so it just kind of sits on top and creates a film that causes your dry skin to roll off after the shower. This is most disconcerting to feel unclean after a shower to need a subsequent scrub for your scrub.
The packaging is pretty but it needs an overhaul. A plastic-lined, paper envelope isn’t practical for the shower. You have to transfer it to your own vessel. I took the glass mug from the photo above in with me. I just kept praying I didn’t break it onto the shower floor. Then what do you do with what’s left over? Leave it in the mug to collect water? Put it back in the envelope?
The Good News?
It seems that Frank Body has heeded these concerns from other reviewers and released a whipped version of this scrub in a self-dispensing packette. I’d try that one.
I discovered that I like the idea of smelling coffee in the shower more than I actually do. The Original Coffee Scrub was a bit of a mess due to lack of quantity of carrier oils or an emulsifier in the formula. It is a bit annoying having to transfer it to a new vessel before use. The product doesn’t work well as a cleanser on its own. And using it with another cleanser dilutes its best attribute: the coffee smell. It’s a bit pricey for the pleasure of the coffee-smell novelty at about $16 for 7 ounces. I WOULD try the whipped version because it seems to have addressed all the issues I have with the original version. Also, Frank, stop calling me “babe” in all of your communications–I feel like I’m being wolf-whistled.
What I’d Recommend Instead
Korres Body Scrubs. The formula is nourishing, moisturizing, and cleans well on its own! The only problem is finding them now anywhere. Discontinued? Who knows. Don’t fall in love with a Korres product, they will snatch it away from you and make you sad. I did find a couple on eBay.
What I’m Looking At Next
Frank Body has a Cherry Bomb Lip Scrub. I’ll review it in a round-up with my other lip scrubs soon.
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