Entries Tagged as 'skin'

April 24, 2015

free stuff friday | derma e earth day giveaway

When I first started exploring cleaner, greener beauty in 2007, derma e was one of the first brands I found.

Widely available and extremely affordable, derma e showed me that natural beauty products could be just as sophisticated, beautiful and effective as conventional products.

I was impressed by how large the product offering was (seriously — age-defying, firming, hydrating, soothing, clearing — they’ve got it all), and how thoughtful the star ingredients in each collection were.

Not to mention, derma e products are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free and GMO-free. That’s a hell of an introduction to green beauty, right?

derma e set the bar high for me during my transition, and I’m excited to share a very generous giveaway with my readers — new to green, medium green and dark greenies alike — so that you can experience a little bit from this line.

 

derma e earth day giveaway

OK, actually, it’s a lot a bit.

derma e is gifting three (3!) lucky kimberlyloc readers with five (5!) of its awesome products from its brightening, hydrating and exfoliating collections.

Here’s everything three (3!) lucky winners will get (worth $112.95):

derma e Evenly Radiant Brightening Cleanser ($15.50)
A skin-brightening, sulfate-free facial cleanser that helps promote skin clarity and glow

derma e Evenly Radiant Brightening Day Crème SPF 15 ($29.95)
A lightweight daytime moisturizer to help brighten and even skin tone while providing full spectrum UVA/UVB protection

derma e Hydrating Eye Crème with Hyaluronic Acid ($21.50)
Shown to reduce wrinkle volume, area and depth, this best-selling eye crème deeply hydrates, firms and tones to reduce the look of crow’s feet

derma e Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid ($13.50)
This refreshing mist instantly rehydrates dry, thirsty skin anywhere on the face or body

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub ($32.50)
This award-winning, salon treatment alternative buffs skin, helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars

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April 21, 2015

beauty scoop | organic bath co body scrub

As spring nears and my warm-weather dresses get a little more play, I’m taking body scrubs a bit more seriously.

Nothing says spring and sun more to me than Organic Bath Co’s SubLime Organic Body Scrub, an organic body scrub made with Fair Trade-certified sugar and coconut oil.

organic bath co sublime organic body scrub

{Organic Bath Co. sent me a sample of its SubLime Organic Body Scrub to review. It costs $27 for an 11.2-ounce jar.}

I added Organic Bath Co’s scrubs to my “favorites” list a few months ago after zipping through two scrubs: this one and the Java Jolt.

While coffee scrubs are a bit more popular (and let’s face it, way messier in the shower), I took to SubLime because of the refreshing yet sweet scent combination of coconut lime. It’s like a pina colada for your entire body — but doesn’t pack on any pounds.

In addition to super-thick coconut oil, Organic Bath Co’s SubLime Organic Body Scrub also softens skin with shea nut oil.

After scrubbing down your body with this medium-thick sugar scrub, you don’t need to apply a separate body oil or lotion. The residual oils post-scrub soothe and smooth your skin, keeping them lush and shockingly smooth.

organic bath co sublime organic body scrub

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Ingredients: Fair Trade Certified™ Sucrose (Sugar)*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Oil*, Essential Oil Fragrance*.  *Certified Organic Ingredient

Short, sweet and to the point? Of course, you will note that Organic Bath Co. doesn’t give the exact blend of essential oils used in SubLime, but rest assured that this brand uses on th best certified organic ingredients.

When it comes to body scrub ingredients, though, the real dealbreaker is sugar. It’s not about certification (though organic is preferred) as much as it’s about texture.

Have you ever tried homemade sugar scrubs? I have (and I have made them myself in a pinch), and they feel…well….homemade. There are so many different textures and grains of sugar, and massaging huge sugar crystals all over my body just doesn’t feel good.

I like a medium to fine grain scrub that locks in the nourishing butters and oils and helps move the moisture around while exfoliating. Organic Bath Co does a tremendous job of offering a medium-grain sugar that feels substantial yet dissolves easily.

And that — in addition to the fun scents like SubLime that are available — is why Organic Bath Co’s body scrubs are on my repurchase list.

What texture do you prefer in your body scrubs? What are some of your favorite body scrub lines? Have you tried anything from Organic Bath Co? Tell me in the comments section!

April 20, 2015

beauty scoop | marie veronique serum de jour

As I approach 30, I’m looking for natural beauty products with complex ingredients that take advantage of the best mother nature and modern science have to offer

My hunt for high-quality formulations is getting a little easier, because with one scan of an ingredients list, I can easily rule out products that just might not cut it for me anymore. Gone are the days when I’m impressed by uncreative concoctions that are supposed to do it all for my finicky skin.

I want skincare that deliver the vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants proven to protect skin from environmental damage — and I think I’ve found a bit of what I want in Marie Veronique’s Serum De Jour.

marie veronique serum de jour

{Marie Veronique sent me a small sample of its Serum De Jour to review. It costs $90 for a 1-ounce dropper bottle. (Sample/trial size shown)}

Marie Veronique Serum De Jour is an antioxidant-rich, gel-like serum that combines ferulic acid with vitamins C and E to provide environmental protection and keep skin bright, clear and vibrant.

Think of it as a glow in a bottle, with science to back.

Vitamins C, E and ferulic acid combined is a known skincare powerhouse, with studies showing that this combination of antioxidants protects the skin from daily oxidative stress and photo-aging.

To further prevent stress to the skin, Marie Veronique Serum De Jour can be layered over antioxidant-rich oils or under your favorite non-nano, zinc-based sunscreen.

(See my ultimate guide to natural sunscreens for ideas.)

marie veronique serum de jour

Quite honestly, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for in a daytime, layering serum. Marie Veronique Serum De Jour’s thin gel consistency makes it easy to blend with your favorite moisturizing facial oil, or apply in thin layers if you prefer.

The texture is never sticky, like some true serums can be, and it spreads wonderfully, never gumming up or turning that weird shade of off-white like some traditional serums do when massaged in too quickly.

While I’ve found some other lovely hydrating gels to layer with my oils, the combination of vitamins C and E with ferulic make Marie Veronique Serum De Jour stick out to me.

In addition to those game-changing ingredients, Marie Veronique Serum De Jour is rich in other gorgeous ingredients, including:

  • Camellia oil
  • Olive oil
  • Neroli hydrosol
  • Lavender hydrosol
  • Helichrysum essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil

Camellia oil is rich in oleic acids and vitamins A, B, D, and E as well as omegas 3, 6 and 9. It’s a fast-absorbing oil that is an ideal match for facial skin.

Olive oil contains vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols. These major antioxidants aid in protecting the skin from the elements. Olive oil is also rich in moisturizing oleic acid.

Neroli and lavender hydrosols keep the formulation from feeling too thick while adding calming and grounding properties to the serum.

Helichrysum and lavender essential oils bring natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to Marie Veronique Serum De Jour, which is fantastic for us who are straddling the line between adult acne and aging issues.

marie veronique serum de jour

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, sodium salicylate, isododecane (stabilized L-ascorbic acid), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), ferulic acid, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), astaxanthin, coenzyme-Q, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, Psidia altissima (lary), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil

It’s also notable that Marie Veronique Serum De Jour does not contain sodium benzoate, a known skincare irritant that poses some special problems when used in combination with vitamin C.

Founder Marie Veronique, a chemist and aesethetician, drops wisdom like that and more on her thoughtful, smart blog that is all science and no sales, which is refreshing in the ever-growing green beauty space.

One reason I’ve become drawn to this line (and some others that have a similar science + nature point of view) is its ability to sell me products based on proven ingredients that work — versus heavy marketing, vanity packaging and overall hype.

Both Marie and her daughter, a physicist and bio-medical engineer, work together to formulate standout products with top-notch ingredients that address a variety of skincare concerns.

And that’s comforting to know when you’re trusting the health and appearance of your skin to little bottles of green beauty magic. I believe Marie’s products will stand the test of time, and that’s why I want them defending my face on the daily.

So in case it isn’t obvious, Marie Veronique Serum De Jour is on my repurchase list, and I’m giddy to share a few more reviews with you from this fantastic line (hint: look for posts on Gentle Retinol Serum and Eye Recovery Serum in the coming months!).

What’s your antioxidant cocktail of choice? As you try more green beauty products, what lines stand out most to you? Have you tried anything from Marie Veronique? Tell me in the comments section!

April 16, 2015

beauty scoop | african botanics marula intense skin repair balm

While many people may associate thick, healing balms with winter skincare or exclusively for those with dry skin, this oily-skinned gal also adores natural balms for daytime use as well as during transition weather.

One sweet-smelling, spring-feeling balm I’ve recently tested is African Botanics’ Marula Intense Skin Repair Balm, a rich face and body balm loaded with beautiful botanicals wild-harvested in the the Cape Floral Kingdom in South Africa.

african botanics marula intense skin repair balm

{African Botanics sent me a sample of its Marula Intense Skin Repair Balm to review. It costs $55 for a 1.7-ounce opaque white glass jar.}

Formulated for both face and body, African Botanics’ Marula Intense Skin Repair Balm brings together luscious shea butter with a host of healing oils — including marula, baobab and watermelon seed — and a collection of herbs and essential oils that gives this balm a very fruity scent.

Cold-pressed marula oil — the star ingredient of the entire African Botanics line — contains a high concentration of our favorite powerhouse antioxidants, vitamins C and E, which help renew and restore skin’s appearance and health. Marula oil is also loaded with essential fatty acids that help protect against the elements.

Additional standout ingredients African Botanics takes advantage of in this balm include:

  • Alpine Rose Plant Stem Cells: Helps repair the skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Snow Crocus Bulb and Burn Jelly Plant Extracts: Helps heal wounds.
  • Cape Camomile Extract: Reduces inflammation, resulting in calmer skin.
  • Bulbinella: Provides additional calming effects to sensitive skin.

african botanics marula intense skin repair balm

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Isoamyl Laurate, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil**, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Bulbine Frutescens (Burn Jelly Plant) Extract, Aloe Ferox (Aloe Leaf) Extract, Asparlathus Linearis (Green Rooibos) Extract, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Isomalt, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Crocus Crysanthus (Snow Crocus) Bulb Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Eriocephalus punctulatus (Chamomile Cape) Essential Oil, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Essenial Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Essential Oil, Helichrysum Splendidum (Helichrysum) Essential Oil, Calendula Officianalis (Calendula) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate, Sodium Phytate, Benzyl Cinnamate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Cinnamyl Alcohol*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Coumarin*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Isoeugenol*, Limonene*, Linalool*.
*Constituents of natural essential oils. **Organic

Though not the perfect match for my facial skin (the scent is a bit too strong to go on my face), African Botanics’ Marula Intense Skin Repair Balm is absolutely lovely as a nourishing body balm.

I prefer to use it on my hands and forearms for deep hydration and protection from the drying wind and other environmental elements.

In cold-weather months, the happy scent is uplifting, so it’s just about getting the right amount of product on my face so as not to overwhelm my nose.

african botanics marula intense skin repair balm

When I did use it on my face, it was exceptional at keeping my cheeks dewy, plump and soft to the touch. I can be heavy-handed, so with a more conservative application, I can get away with using it on my face in small dabs. With that sort of application style, this jar could last for months!

But, as I’m trying to be very diligent about using up the products in my beauty arsenal, it makes sense to keep African Botanics’ Marula Intense Skin Repair Balm on my bedside table as an evening hand and foot balm for ultra-luxurious moisturizing.

However, I’m not blind to the fact that, for $55, that’s quite an expensive jar of goodness to be putting on your hands and feet!

So, depending on your personal beauty philosophy, this balm should either be reserved for your face only at that price, or, because of how nourishing and healing it is, it should be used on those extra-rough spots that everyday lotion just can’t drench in enough moisture.

For me personally, though, this isn’t a repurchase because I’m not in love with the scent for face, and I think I would be foolish to spend $55 for a hand and foot balm.

But would I recommend you sample this if you can? Yes, especially if you’re looking for a very healing face balm that’s the complete opposite of the many herbal-scented ones on the green beauty market today.

Scent. It’s just so damn personal!

What’s your beauty philosophy when it comes to luxury multipurpose items that you may use more on your limbs vs. your face? What have you tried from African Botanics? What face balms do you love? Tell me in the comments section!

April 14, 2015

beauty scoop | tammy fender bulgarian lavender body oil

While I’m usually more into exotic body oil blends, there was something about Tammy Fender’s Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil that drew me in.

It might possibly have something to do with the fact that pretty much everything Tammy Fender touches turns your skin into gold.

Tammy Fender Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil

Tammy Fender sent me a sample of Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil to review. It costs $65 for an 8-ounce glass pump jar.

A seemingly simple, one-note body oil, Tammy Fender’s Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil is something of a dream for minimalist beauties who love lavender but want top-notch carrier oils for moisture and suppleness.

That’s why Tammy Fender’s Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil combines the calming and soothing properties of Bulgarian lavender with Mother Nature’s most-nourishing oils: think sunflower, grapeseed, avocado and rosehip.

While some may not be as excited by old favorites sunflower and grapeseed, we can’t discount how incredibly important both of these ingredients are to natural skincare. Both are extremely high in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and linoleic acid.

This helps set the base for more “interesting” oils such as avocado and rosehip.

Avocado oil is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E as well as amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids.

Rosehip oil is loaded with vitamin C, citrus bioflavonoid and a tons of essential fatty acids, ideal for strengthening collagen and smoothing skin’s appearance.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Glycine Soja (Soybean Oil), *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Rosa Mosqueta (Rose Hip Seed) Oil, Essential Oils of Lavendula Angustiflora (Pure Bulgarian Lavender). *Certified Organic

This luxe, clear, medium viscosity base hydrates thirsty skin while filling your senses with the powerful aromatherapeutic effects of Bulgarian lavender.

Bulgarian lavender has a full, rich, heady scent compared to other types of lavender. The beautiful floral scent smells truly like fresh-cut lavender and is so multidimensional, making it outstanding in a one-note body oil.

Like lavender in general, Bulgarian lavender helps balance and soothe inflamed skin and promotes cell growth to help minimize scarring. For those of us who suffer from body acne, Tammy Fender’s Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil doubles as the perfect preventative treatment that feels nothing like the somewhat clinical (and definitely un-sexy) body acne products on the market.

For those of us who adore florals and enjoy layering our natural perfumes, Tammy Fender’s Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil serves as the perfect base scent for mixing in fragrances with notes of chamomile, clary sage, bergamot, jasmine, manderin, geranium, palmarosa, ylang ylang, rosewood and rosemary.

At about $8 an ounce, Tammy Fender’s Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil is a steal in our growing world of luxury natural body oils. I will easily repurchase it, as I love the minimalist packaging and focus on high quality, organic ingredients (and a bold Bulgarian lavender that my nose finds absolutely heavenly).

Have you tried anything from Tammy Fender? What are your favorite one-note body oils? Tell me in the comments section!

April 1, 2015

beauty scoop | skinnyskinny organic anti-acne treatment

A while back, I updated my “faves” page to reflect all of the ultimate repurchases I’ve curated over my five years of blogging.

You’ll notice that the “acne treatments” section is the largest of the bunch, and I cannot tell you how ecstatic that makes me.

I’ve finally found some wonderful, effective, natural products that truly work at gently treating and preventing breakouts, and I’m thrilled to detail one of my latest additions to the repurchase list here: skinnyskinny’s Organic Anti-Acne Treatment.

skinnyskinny organic anti-acne treatment

{I purchased SkinnySkinny’s Organic Anti-Acne Treatment from my local spa after my facialist used it on my skin during a treatment. It costs $24 for a 1-ounce glass bottle.}

During a recent facial at my beloved local spa, my friend and aesthetician Kristin applied skinnyskinny’s Organic Anti-Acne Treatment onto my skin, and I immediately had that same comforting “ahhhhh” sensation that I felt when I first used another favorite acne treatment on my skin.

That’s basically how I measure up every single acne treatment. Seriously. Does my skin have some sort of crave / response to it? It must be working. Scientific, I know.

In all seriousness, though, the cooling and calming effect it had on my skin and senses was noticeable.

The familiar scents of old favorites tea tree and lavender combine with antiseptic niaouli oil (a new one to me!) and anti-inflammatory thyme oil for a simply powerful acne-killing blend — all in a base of antibacterial, antioxidant-rich babassu oil.

That makes skinnyskinny’s Organic Anti-Acne Treatment appropriate to spread all over the skin as a preventative treatment as well as for use as a spot treatment.

I go both routes, dabbing it onto spots and, when I’m feeling congested or know that zits are in my future (ahem, mother nature), spread a thin layer onto my skin after moisturizing with a simple carrier oil like marula, argan or jojoba.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Babassu Oil*, Niaouli Oil*, Thyme Oil*, Tea Tree Oil*, Helichrysum Oil*, and Lavender Oil*
* certified organic

As mentioned in the intro to this post, this is just one of many acne treatment faves. I’ve written an in-depth review of another one that I absolutely love (and know you do, too!), but consider both of these must-haves for very different reasons.

skinnyskinny can be used all over the face because of the babassu oil dilution. It’s also packaged in a larger bottle, but it’s not a roll-on; if you spot-treat, you’re likely going to be using a cotton swab.

skinnyskinny is also substantially less expensive, as you get more product, so you don’t feel guilty about using it all over your face (and it’s intended to be used that way!).

Is it just as effective as this one? Yes, though I will say that it takes a bit longer for it to treat breakouts, but it is quite gentle and can be used more in the preventative process.

The former is better for those “OMG please get rid of this volcano on my face” times we have — and it indeed zaps them quickly.

My beloved, holy grail acne treatment that I’ve pretty much never quit talking about since it gave me stellar results in 2012 is different from both of these in that it’s more for those painful cysts that crumble your soul.

Spot treatments and serums just don’t do the same for me, so that’s why I’m adamant at having all three of these in an acne-prevention arsenal. Prevention, pimple-killing and cyst-zapping all require different slayers!

So with that, I absolutely stand by the addition of skinnyskinny’s Organic Anti-Acne Treatment onto my “faves” page and repurchase list.

I’m impressed with the concentrated yet calming and, of course, effectiveness of this product to prevent and gently treat breakouts.

skinnyskinny, you rock!

What natural acne prevention products are in your arsenal? What different types of breakouts do you battle? What’s on your ultimate acne treatment repurchase list? Tell me in the comments section!

March 30, 2015

beauty scoop | me & the girls bar beleza multi-use beauty bar

This past month, I had four weekends of back-to-back travel — some for quick jaunts to see friends and one big trip for work — and I had to seriously up my packing game.

You guys, I did carry-on only every single trip.

Now I won’t say that this is all because I figured out how to pare down my TSA-approved beauty bag, but it did make a difference not having to lug additional beauty oils in a checked bag!

One easy swap I made was leaving behind my travel-sized jojoba oil (for oil cleansing) and replacing it with Me & The Girls Bar Beleza Multi-Use Beauty Bar.

This little tube of cupuacu and cocoa butter is a game changer for all you jetsetting oil cleansers out there!

me and the girls bar beleza multi use beauty bar

{Me & The Girls sent me a sample of Bar Beleza to review. It costs $42 for a 1.5-ounce twist-up stick.}

Me & The Girls Bar Beleza Multi-Use Beauty Bar can be used as a light face balm, but I find it the most powerful and absolutely essential in my beauty routine as a travel-sized balm-to-oil cleanser.

The twist-up packaging and large applicator size (about an inch wide) makes it fun and easy to roll over the face, going up and down the T-zone and then circling it into the cheeks.

The firm cupuacu and cocoa butter formula melts slowly into the warmth of your skin, but doesn’t drip down your face at all the way some oil cleansers and carrier oils can when you’re doing more traditional oil cleanses.

me and the girls bar beleza multi use beauty bar

You’re then able to massage the thin layer of butters and oils into your skin to dissolve makeup and prep your skin for a fresh cleanse — all without taking up any space in your precious quart-sized, TSA-approved baggie.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu Seed Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter)*, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil)*, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut Oil)*, Vitamin E – Tocopherol

*99% NOP-certified organic ingredients

The short, sweet ingredients list is compatible with both my skin and my oil cleansing skin care philosophy, but of course I do know there are many of you out there who are sensitive to coconut oil.

Perhaps Me & The Girls will consider making a version of Bar Beleza sans coconut oil (and maybe replace it with beeswax or, to keep it vegan-friendly, caranuba wax?). Just a thought!

Another thought: Because I only use my Bar Beleza for makeup removal — and choose to apply it straight from the applicator to my skin — it’s worth noting that it can get a bit grubby (because, um, it’s removing my makeup!).

If you truly want to take advantage of it as a multi-use bar (for moisturizing your face or even using on your lips), I would recommend applying it to clean hands and then massaging your face. If you’re very particular, you can also swipe the top of it with alcohol after each use.

I’ll be getting more use out of my beloved Bar Beleza this week, as I pack up for another round of jet-setting. You can bet I’m going to strive for another carry-on only trip (thanks, Me & The Girls!).

Do you pack your cleansing oils into your TSA liquids baggie? What do you always take on the plane? What do you leave behind? Have you tried Bar Beleza? Tell me in the comments section!

March 25, 2015

beauty scoop | beessential mechanic’s and gardener’s soap

Marketed as a soap for the greasy mechanic, gardener or man in your life, Beessential Mechanic’s and Gardener’s Soap is truly fit for anyone who could use a little extra full-body exfoliation.

beessential mechanic's and gardener's soap

Beesential sent me a sample of its Mechanic’s and Gardener’s Soap to review. It costs $5.99 for a 5-ounce bar.}

Thanks to the power of coffee grinds, Beessential Mechanic’s and Gardener’s Soap delivers an exhilarating scrub that’s especially ticklish on your feet and preps the skin for whatever moisture you choose to drench your skin.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Saponified Oils of: Coconut, Olive, Palm, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coffee, Cocoa Powder and Coffee Essential Oil.

Because of the intense color of coffee grinds, Beessential Mechanic’s and Gardener’s Soap does leave your shower with a tinge of brownish-caramel coloring. If you’re a bit of a neat freak, beware.

The color runoff collects in the built-in soap dish of the shower, so you may be wiping that off a little more than usual when you use this soap.

It doesn’t stain, though, and it doesn’t affect anything on your skin — anyone who has ever used a coffee body scrub knows how much of a mess it can be! Oh the things we do for soft, exfoliated skin.

I enjoyed using this soap after weeks of travel where I just wasn’t great about exfoliating. It left my skin feeling invigorated and clean without stripping moisture.

The texture, though, can feel a bit scratchy if you aren’t used to heavy-duty exfoliating soaps. This definitely isn’t one to use on your face!

While I enjoyed using this soap, it’s not a must-have for me because I do prefer to exfoliate using body scrubs and polishes. It is, though, a nice one to have on hand for travel, as it’s a solid and can help you keep up your exfoliation game while on the road.

And of course, if you do have a greasy mechanic in your life, he or she may just love how scrubby this soap is!

How do you clean up coffee scrub residue in your shower? Do you prefer exfoliating soaps or body scrubs and polishes? Where are all my greasy mechanic readers? Tell me what you know in the comments section.



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