**This product was purchased by myself. All opinions are my own**
So, in that Lush haul I had, I picked up this face and body mask. I like coffee and I’ve used some nice coffee skin products in the past that were nice. I figured this would be awesome.
So the “claims” from Lush are:
If you’re a sucker for the strong, dark, stimulating type, this coffee-filled mask is just the thing to kick-start your day. Wake up and invigorate the skin and mind with the rich, intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sweet roasted cocoa extract. Kaolin deeply cleanses impurities from the pores and ground coffee acts as a gentle scrub to buff away dryness and reveal the glowing skin beneath. Smooth this one all over your body to feel soft, clean and wonderfully fragrant.
Cool, it’s going to buff away dryness and cleanse impurities from my pores.
Here are the instructions:
Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Leave on for five to ten minutes, then gently scrub off with warm water.
Here is what the product looks like in the tub.
So I tried this product about 4 times since getting it. I tried it going exactly by the instructions they give and in another way. My theory was that I could slather my face in this, have it set up like a mask, and then wash it off in the shower. I don’t suggest this method by any means. The product does not “set” like a traditional mask, and once it’s in a warm environment (like a shower) it starts to melt off your face. This wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t so fragrant and running into your mouth. It smells like coffee for sure, but more like if you made a pot of coffee and forgot to take out the filter and those used grounds got to sit out for a couple of hours. Anyone that drinks coffee will know what I’m talking about. It’s a rich coffee smell for sure, but it’s not a great coffee smell. Now imagine that running down your face and into your mouth. Yuck.
So, the next few times I tried it, I skipped the whole mask nonsense and used it more as an exfoliating product that didn’t sit on my skin long and I rinsed away after. It still had that smell to it, but it was much more tolerable in this way because it wasn’t lingering or melting into my mouth. While it’s well known that physical exfoliating products aren’t the greatest, I have to use them because I have issues with chemical ones. This worked perfectly for that purpose and isn’t as harsh as say, apricot shells.
Pros: Great at physical exfoliation. Applies easy and you don’t need much.
Cons: Smells like stale coffee grounds, doesn’t work as a mask like Lush claims. Bit pricey compared to other options out there.
As a mask, it’s not good. It’s not even acceptable. It’s pretty bad at being a mask. If you want a coffee ground exfoliation product, this is a good option. I wouldn’t use more than twice a week though due to the fact physical exfoliation can be rough on the skin. Even as a coffee drinker, I found the smell a bit too strong and unpleasant. I will probably not repurchase this product after it runs out simply because of the price, smell, and having something I like better.
You can buy Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask at Lush online and in any of their stores. It retails for $10.95 – $19.95, depending on the size you get.