Beauty Review – Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

Beauty Review – Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

Coffee was key during pregnancy for me, and is proving to be quite the indulgence these days when life can feel a little nonstop.  While drinking it has never been a daily habit (and still isn’t), the times I do get to sip on one are absolute bliss.  Coffee generally makes me a better person (fact).

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Enter Nyakio body scrub.  There were countless reasons why I wanted to try this concoction for myself:

  1. It’s coffee and sugar based.  Can you think of a better morning wakeup shower remedy?
  2. It’s packed with hydrating oils (avocado, shea, jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond, and mongongo) that counter and rebalance any stripping the scrub might do
  3. It’s made without parabens, sulfates, synthetics dyes, phthalates, or triclosan
  4. The recipe is inspired by a family ritual!

“Nyakio’s family secret: Nyakio’s namesake grandmother worked on her sustainable coffee farm, and after spending the day outdoors under the sun, she would boil down coffee beans with honey and apply the grounds to her skin using a sugarcane rod to exfoliate and soften her skin.”

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Before I get into my review, let me first warn you how severe of a critic I am when it comes to scrubs.  While I adore using them, I think very few of them out there are worth the price tag they keep.

Why?  Because I’m a huge fan of making my own sugar scrubs at home on the cheap.

I must admit, I was impressed with this mix.  With a gel-like, sticky and thick consistency, I was really happy with the amount of exfoliator used to make this product.  I find it frustrating when sugar scrubs melt away mid-application (forcing you to use more), but the coffee grind solved this problem beautifully.  It buffed away dead skin wonderfully, and a little amount went a long way – especially when mixed with a bit of water.  As far as aromatherapy goes, the scent isn’t your assumed coffee shop roast – my bathroom filled up with more of a java bouquet laced with caramel undertones (yum!).

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Bottom line?

Great scrub, loved the thickness and feeling of the coarse coffee beans, and have definitely enjoyed using it both in the morning and at night in the bath.  I’d recommend an additional moisturizer after applying this product, as it is not oily in nature and does not leave a hydrating film after use.  It has also inspired me to try my hand at creating a few of my own coffee scrubs (maybe something for the face?), I love the concept of a beauty caffeine boost as a part of my skincare ritual.

Happy Wednesday folks,


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