Showing posts with label Body Scrub. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Body Scrub. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Skincare | Frank Body


I've always been a bit obsessed with body scrubs so it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on Frank (Frank Body products that is). Famed for their coffee scrubs, the Aussie brand has taken Instagram by storm and 'babes' across the globe (myself included) are hooked on the so called 'Frank effect'.

I grabbed the Original Coffee Scrub (which I've now finished), Coconut Coffee Scrub, Body Cream and the Lip Scrub and Balm duo at the end of December. My skin was looking pretty lacklustre at the time, partly from a neglected bodycare routine and the cold weather just made my skin so dry. Since I've noticed continued use of these products together has helped my skin feel the softest it's been for a long time.


My favourite product of the bunch is the Coconut Coffee Scrub (£13.95/200g) which contains only a few (all natural) ingredients including brown sugar, Grapeseed oil, Vitamin E, Jojoba beads, sea salt, coconut flakes and, of course, coffee. The ingredients are stated to help with a number of skin-concerns including stretch marks, psoriasis, cellulite, eczema and acne. Huge claims right? I apply the scrub on damp skin in the shower and scrub well before allowing to sit for a couple of minutes and rinsing. It's messy so I tend to do this on days I have time to spare but the results are so worth it. The oils in the product keep moisture locked into my skin and I've noticed scarring and dark patches on my legs are gradually lifting though old stretch marks on my inner thighs seem the same. I'm not crazy about the packaging as I find awkward to scoop the product out of, but there's always the option to transfer the scrub to a pot. The scent does linger on your skin too which some will love or hate. I don't find the Coconut Scrub too overpowering but with the Original Coffee Scrub I used a little shower gel afterwards to dull the scent before exiting the shower.


The Lip Scrub and Lip Balm Duo (£12.95) are also solid favourites and they smell so delicious. The balm contains natural ingredients including Coconut, Safflower and Olive Oil and Lanolin which absorbs and keeps in moisture. I reach for the balm daily but only need to dab a little on to keep my lips soft and hydrated. I tend to use the Lip Scrub weekly and it contains raw sugar, beeswax, Macadamia Oil, Coffee and Coffee Seed Oil. Again I only need a little product to smooth and buff away flaky patches. Together these are perfect.

The Body Cream (£17.95/200ml) like the other products contains natural ingredients and literally has the scent of cake icing. It smells beautifully sugary and I get so hungry (for cake) when I've applied it. This cream is so thick and rich I find it takes time to really settle into the skin. I usually have to dot small amounts onto my body and work it in well. Of the products here it's the only I don't think I'd repurchase as it just takes too long to apply and I find I'm reaching the other creams I have first.

Overall I'm in love with most of the Frank Body products I've tried and the Body Balm and newly released Glow Mask are now on my wishlist.

Have you tried Frank Body or Coffee-based products?

Christine Stewart x

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Skincare | DIY Coffee Body Scrub



I love making DIY scrubs, though I usually stick to sugar and oil combos (like this one ). Blogger beaut LaaLaa from  recently posted about  and I couldn't help be intrigued by using coffee on my skin. Aussie company  has received a lot of hype on the internet over the past year, and with totally natural ingredients which can help improve skin concerns like cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, eczema and acne it's not hard to see why. LaaLaa explains perfectly in her post the benefits of each ingredient in the Original Coffee Scrub and it's the caffeine from the coffee powder that I'm hoping to reap the most benefits from.

As I have most of the ingredients for the above product stashed in my kitchen cupboards I made a batch to see how well a coffee scrub would work for my skin. This takes literally minutes to throw together and I've been storing the scrub in a jar for easy in-shower application.

Basic recipe:
6 tablespoons of Coffee Powder
3 tablespoons of Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons of Rock Salt
2 tablespoons of Sweet Almond
1 tablespoon of Vitamin E Oil
10 drops of Orange Oil
1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerine

I kept the ingredients mostly the same as the Frank product but added some glycerine to make it more moisturising as my skin has been quite dry recently. I tripled the recipe above to fill up my 0.5L jar. I've tried this scrub a few times and the main difference I've noticed in my skin is that it's very smooth and soft after using. The coffee does make a bit of a mess and I found the smell quite strong, but I actually love the smell of coffee! The scent doesn't linger too long but I might try this again adding vanilla fragrance or try a version of Frank's Coconut Coffee Scrub.

Have you tried Frank products or a similar body scrub?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Skincare | DIY Citrus Body Scrub



I usually rely on scrubs to lighten up dark marks or uneven areas on my skin - particularly my knees, underarms and elbows. For me, exfoliation is a key part of brightening up the skin tone and it doesn't require any fancy gadgets or expensive beauty potions. All you need for a great exfoliating scrub is oil and some sugar.

I love using natural DIY recipes for my skin where possible and often I mix up whatever I have laying around. Lately I've been using a combination of citrus essential oils and dark brown sugar which only takes a minute to prepare. I like to use lemon and orange oil which are both great for lightening the skintone. They're both highly concentrated so I mix only a few drops with a carrier oil like Sweet Almond Oil.

The standard recipe I've been using is:
1 tablespoon of Sweet Almond Oil
1 tablespoon of Avocado Oil
5 drops of Orange Essential Oil
5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
6 tablespoons of dark brown sugar

I mix this altogether in a bowl looking for a consistency that's not too oily or too dry. I prefer to use dark brown or brown sugar as it's a softer, moist sugar with fine grains which aren't too abrasive on the skin. If you choose to use white sugar, or even sea salt, just add more oil so it's not so rough. After it's all mixed together I store it in a container which I just keep in my bathroom to use when I shower until it runs out.

By using this scrub at 1-3 times a week, I've noticed a dramatic improvement in dark areas on my skin, especially my knees which have always been several shades darker than the rest of my skin.

Have you tried making your own body scrub?

Christine Stewart x

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