If there's one thing I can get behind, it's a good exfoliator. And with bathing suit season fast approaching, I was on the lookout for one to make my skin shine like the top of the Chrysler Building. Therefore, when my coworkers went on a "Let's all get frank coffee scrub" spree, I was in there like swimwear. Frank coffee scrub is an exfoliator made of roasted and ground arabica coffee beans. The site has two types of frank, original (which contains almond oil and orange essence) and grapeseed and coconut oil. Being that my legs go by Gobi and Sahara (as in the deserts), I opted for the latter for some extra hydration. Coconut flakes, brown sugar, jojoba beads and sea salt aid in smoothing and sloughing off dead skin cells while grapeseed and coconut oil moisturize.
Scoop a handful out, apply to damp skin, and start scrubbing. I basically attacked my body. Arms, legs, back, chest... tush. I went AT IT on my skin. After you're done beating yourself up, it's time to chill. The directions instruct to wait for 5 - 10 minutes until you're dry before rinsing off so the ingredients can really sink in to your skin. When you're dry, rinse off and get to steppin'.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Well I worked it, a few times, and long story short, YES. Frank leaves behind a film of organic oils that is incredibly moisturizing and now my skin is RIDICULOUSLY smooth and soft. In addition, I have patches of eczema on my arms and legs and other scrubs, while doing a good job of exfoliating, would aggravate the eczema and cause my skin to break out in red, itchy bumps. Sort of counterintuitive, no? Frank actually relieved my eczema so I'm giving it the go-ahead for sensitive skin types like myself.
Another thing I love about frank is the packaging; as in, there is none. It comes in a cute, eco-friendly paper pouch with a thin plastic lining and ziplock closure to maintain its freshness. There are no large glass jars, printed designs, or complicated applicator. Often, a lot of what you're paying for with a product is the packaging and, especially with a scrub, what do I care what container a product comes in that I'm literally going to wash down the drain? That simple packaging is reflected in the price, the original is $14.95 and the grapeseed and coconut oil iteration (the one I use) is $17.45 -- both with FREE SHIPPING in the US. That's less expensive than a good NYC lunch and lasts much longer (although both end up in underground pipes at the end of the day.... HEY NOW).
Also, frank claims it reduces the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. I don't really have a problem with either of those so I can't vouch for its effectiveness, but I do have scars (I never quite mastered the razor) so if I see an improvement with those I'll check back.
My only problem with frank is that, being that the scrub is dry, it's hard to apply whatever amount you scoop out entirely onto your body. Inevitably, a portion of it falls and ends up on the bottom of your shower. Personally, since I have no shame (and my shower is clean), when I realized how much of the scrub was on the floor and not my body, I wiped dat sh*t up with my hands, applied it back onto my body, and used the rest to exfoliate my feet by pawing the ground of my shower like a bull about to charge.
1. Use frank at the end of your shower, after shaving and washing your body. You want the scrub to be the last step in your routine so the hydrating film it leaves behind isn't washed off.
2. Be warned, frank can be a little messy. Make sure you're securely in your shower so as not to splatter coffee particles all over your bathroom. Also, you're going to look like you rubbed dirt on yourself while you wait to dry but don't worry, that's just the coffee and it all rinses away at the end, leaving you clean.
3. This is not a treatment to start when you're in a rush. You need enough time to be careful scooping (don't want to make too big of a mess), rub it in, wait for it to dry, rinse your body, and rinse your shower. This is, however, an excellent nighttime treatment. That way, you can hop into bed afterwards and wake up with the silkiest skin ever.
4. Try it on your face! While my body is drying, I very gently massage my face with whatever scrub is left on my hands and the results are amazing. Big thumbs up as a weekly exfoliator.
So if you're on the market for an affordable, adorable (from the pouch to the site, frank is pretty cheeky), and super effective body scrub, then invite frank over for a little one on one time. ;)
Want to make your own? Try our DIY version here. It won't break the bank!
Get to know frank at frankbody.com.
Photo by Gloria Cavallaro