This post is by guest blogger Tasmin Taylor.
I'll admit, I'm not really a coffee drinker. More of a herbal tea kinda gal. But discovering Optiat's Invigorating coffee scrubs at this year's Love Natural Love You Show was somewhat life changing, well, morning changing at least.
I adore the smell of coffee, but I know that too much hard caffeine in my body sends me into a bit of a frenzy. Heart palpitations, hot flushes and headaches are never a good look. That's why I was so excited to discover a completely different way to get my caffeine fix, whilst doing a little good before 9am, too.
Optiat stands for "One Person's Trash Is Another's Treasure." Their Invigorating Scrubs not only leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and glowing, but they're environmentally friendly too.
Using high quality, and often organic, Arabica coffee beans, Optiat work with a number of coffee companies to help recycle and repurpose their beans to create a wonderful range of natural, sustainable, and low ingredient exfoliating scrubs. According to their website, "more than 500,000 tonnes of coffee is sent to landfill in the UK alone every year." What a waste!
Available in 3 varieties, Lemongrass & Peppermint, Clove & Cinnamon and Lemon & Black Pepper, Optiat's scrubs are gentle enough to use on your face (with care) and are packed full of antioxidants and caffeine to help stimulate blood circulation - effective against cellulite, stretch marks and dry skin conditions. Optiat suggest using no more than 4 times a week, but luckily, one scrub leaves your skin feeling smooth for days!
I tried all 3 scrubs and my personal fave has to be the Lemongrass & Peppermint. Nothing beats a bit of minty freshness in the morning to enliven the senses and leave the skin tingling. Lemongrass is said to be an excellent pain reliever too, perfect for the morning after an intense workout.