Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SCRUB A DUB DUB, ME AND FRANK IN THE TUB.

Frank Coffee Scrub

Frank Coffee Scrub

Whenever I hear about a hyped up product on the market, the blogger babe inside me just can’t resist trying it out.  Does it live up to its reputation? Is it worth buying?  Look no further…I have all the answers.  (Just kidding, I wish.)  But after hearing about Frank’s Coffee Scrub for months and a glowing recommendation from my roommate I succumbed and purchased the body scrub during a late night online shopping escapade that may or may not have been fueled by pinot grigio.  I bought this scrub partly hoping it would help with the annoying little bumps I get on my legs, and also, with bikini season around the corner the promise of a product that can reduce the appearance of cellulite was too tempting to resist.  So I’m here to give you a comprehensive review of Frank’s Coffee Scrub, hopefully help you decide if this scrub would be a good fit for you, and provide my thoughts on a product that's been making it's way around YouTube and the blogosphere

Ok, first things first, what does this body scrub promise? 
This dead skin slougher claims to cleanse and clarify, tone and refine, and also soothe and moisturize the skin.  On top of that it states it can improve skin conditions such as: stretch marks, cellulite, eczema, psoriasis, varicose veins, acne and scarring.  (Check out their social media accounts, the before & after pics are crazy!)

What is it made of?  
Well, coffee of course!  But besides being java packed the scrub also contains sweet almond oil, orange essence, and vitamin E.

How do I use it?
Instructions suggest to first get in the shower and dampen your skin.  Next take a couple of handfuls of the scrub, enough to cover your whole body, and massage onto skin in circular motions.  Leave to dry for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off.  Repeat 2-4 times per week.

What else do I need to know?
The Frank Coffee Scrub can be purchased on their website HERE and retails for $14.95.  If purchasing in the US they offer free shipping and mine arrived in about a week.  They also offer cacao, coconut, and peppermint scrub varieties, and all of Frank’s products are natural and cruelty free!

Open Frank Coffee Scrub

Frank Coffee Scrub

Pros:
  • This is a good scrub and does do an amazing job of sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal supple skin underneath.
  • Smells like straight up coffee.  Now for my java lovers this is a plus, but for some the scent may be off putting. 
  • I will give the company props for being on their A game, they have great customer service and offer free shipping  Frank's social media accounts are also on point and they do a great job of interacting with their customers.
  • Ideal for sensitive skin.  This isn’t a rough scrub and the texture is very fine meaning it won’t irritate a sensitive epidermis.  Especially if you struggle with eczema or psoriasis where general salt scrubs could further irritate your condition, Frank’s Coffee Scrub could be a great fit for you.

Cons:
  • Expensive. This doesn't totally break the bank at $14.95, but depending on what you want to spend your money on you can find scrubs for much less or even make your own at home.  (Ok super easy and quick homemade scrub: 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp. olive or heated coconut oil, and a couple drops of vitamin E.  Mix together and slough that baby on in your shower or bath.)
  • Messy. Oh my god you guys.  I am not joking, it was like tiny specks of coffee exploded in my shower…and how did it get on the ceiling??  I pride myself in being a pretty clean person and this scrub drove me nuts.  It seriously got everywhereee.  I have figured out a method of moving the shower head around to wash off most of the debris, but still, kind of a pain in the butt. 
  • Packaging.  Housed in a waterproof paper pouch the scrub was difficult at times to get out and because the scrub was so fine it felt like I was wasting a lot of product
  • Inconvenient.  So this scrub instructs that you rub all over your body and then let sit for 5-10 mins.    I talked to my roommate who loves this stuff and she said she turns off her shower and hangs out for ten minutes to let it soak in.  I get the idea of letting a product marinate, but who has time to stand in their shower naked covered in coffee 2-4 times a week??  It's not like a hair mask where you can watch Friends on Netflix while that baby works its magic.  I acknowledge that kind of dedication, but I just leave it on for a minute or so and it seems to work fine.

Final Verdict:
I gotta be honest, this stuff didn't win me over.  I think the product has a cool concept, but for the price point and inconvenience of using the scrub I don't think I will be repurchasing.  After using this product for a month my skin was smooth and hydrated, but I didn’t see any significant changes in my skin’s texture.  (I will definitely continue using it to see if changes develop with time and report back.)  I think this is a good body scrub, but doesn’t live up to the hype of being a “miracle” product for a myriad of skin conditions.  Kind of a bummer, but I'm really happy I tried the infamous Frank Coffee Scrub, and hopefully this review helped you determine if Frank's Coffee Scrub could work for you.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and leave me a comment below letting me know if you’ve tried any other Frank Body products and your thoughts!

Xoxo Nicole

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