I know, I know.
I’m always telling you to ditch scrubs and now I’m using one (or two). What’s going on here?!
Let me reassure you: I still prefer glycolic acid over a scrub. But I know some of you are scrub addicts. You love scrubbing your face, seeing all that gunk come off and taking in their gorgeous scents.
So I’ve been on the hunt for a scrub even I would be happy to use (because I wouldn’t recommend you something I wouldn’t use myself). That’s when I came across Optiat.
What makes Optiat scrubs different from the rest? They don’t just do your skin good. They do the world good too.
One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure
Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? A freshly-brewed cup is one of the littlest pleasures of life – and a true godsend when you need to stay up late to finish that project or presentation.
But have you ever thought about what happens to those coffee beans once your coffee is made? Yup, they end up in the trash. What a waste!
Optiat founders Will and Anna Brightman believed there would be a better way to repurpose coffee beans. That’s when they decided to create Optiat.
They outsource the finest quality of Arabica beans from local London coffee shops and use it in their scrubs.
Coffee isn’t the only thing Optiat recycles. After solving the coffee beans problems, Optiat has moved onto unwanted hemp husks. They’re now the hero ingredient in a new line of masks.
Let me tell you about both the scrubs and masks…
P.S. Optiat stands for One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure. 😉
Feel Great Coffee Scrub Mouthwatering Mandarin
Yes, Optiat Feel Great Coffee Scrub Mouthwatering Mandarin smells like coffee. And mandarin. Its scent is zesty, uplifting and not too strong. Just the thing you need to wake up first thing in the morning.
It sort of looks like coffee too. It has the same dark colour and grainy texture. Now, when I say grainy, I don’t mean unpleasant. It doesn’t scratch or irritate skin when you massage it all over your face and body.
But yeah, you can definitely see they’re using coffee. It’s not just sprinkled in to make a good marketing story. 🙂
Coffee Arabica seed powder is one of the key exfoliating ingredients together with brown sugar. This duo gently removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. At the same time, shea butter and sweet almond oil moisturise it.
You apply the scrub and leave it on for five minutes before rinsing it off. When I’m done, my skin is softer and smoother and glows, too!
The catch? This stuff is messy. It’ll turn your shower into a muddy pool. You’ve been warned.
Oh, one more thing: citrusy scents can be irritating if you have sensitive skin. I don’t so I can use it without problems.
Pick Me Up Coffee Scrub Lemongrass Lifter For Body & Face
Same scrub, different scent.
Pick Me Up Coffee Scrub Lemongrass Lifter For Body & Face has the same gentle, grainy texture, same dark colour (read: it makes the same mess in the shower) and same key ingredients.
Same results, too: softer, smoother and brighter skin.
So, what’s different? The scent. This one has lemongrass in it. But I can only pick up a few whiffs of it. If in Mouthwatering Mandarin, the mandarin aroma overpowers coffee, here is the other way around. The coffee aroma is stronger while the lemongrass sits quietly in the background.
I prefer Mouthwatering Mandarin but this is lovely too.
Purifying & Exfoliating Face Mask
Optiat Purifying & Exfoliating Face Mask is a clay mask so I would recommend it only to oily, non-sensitive skin. I say non-sensitive because it has lavender and citrus oils that have the potential to be irritating for this skin type. But they do give the mask a nice herbal scent.
The mask uses hemp powder to gently exfoliate skin while bentonite and charcoal soak up excess oil. This prevents you from looking like a frying pan all day and getting pimples all over your face.
Like everything with clay, it’s messy to use. You need to mix a teaspoon of the powder with a little water to form a dark, greyish paste. Be careful. If you’re as clumsy as me, you’ll make a mess all over your sink. Just saying…
You apply it onto your face and wait about 10 minutes. During this time, the mask hardens, getting a little uncomfortable (but not more uncomfortable than your average clay mask).
The removal process is even messier. It takes a few minutes but the results are worth it. I use it only on my t-zone cos that’s the only stubborn area that insists on pumping out too much oil.
The mask did a good job at soaking up excess oil and left my skin feeling soft and looking bright. Used a couple of times a week, its oil-soaking properties help you keep breakouts at bay, too.
Available at: Feel Great Mouthwatering Mandarin and Lemongrass Lifter, £9.99 each; Purifying & Exfoliating Face Mask, £18.91 at Amazon
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