Product Review: Frank Original Coffee Scrub

Every now and then a product comes along that is surrounded by extreme hype, but for the most part I can them and eventually they fade away. The hype never really left the Frank Original Coffee Scrub, so decided to give it a go and popped it on my Christmas wish list. I ended up receiving both the original scrub and the peppermint scrub, but I decided to start with the original to see what all the fuss was about. This product certainly makes for a full on body scrub experience. First up – the smell is amazing. If you want a scrub that will kick-start you and wake you up in the morning, look no further. It’s especially good for me, as I can’t actually drink coffee but I do love the smell. The only downside to the smell is that it sort of lingers on the skin after you rinse it off, and I’m not a huge fan of products that do that. The scrub element itself is phenomenal. This is a heavy duty scrub, you can really feel it working away and getting the job done when you use it. And then of course there is the novelty element of you and your entire shower being covered in coffee grounds (don’t worry, it washes off). The scrub is vegan, cruelty free, and made in Australia. Frank Original Coffee Scrub retails for $16.95 and is available for purchase from Frank Body.

What’s In My Shower – Spring 2016

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – I’ve been using this as a standard body cleanser for years now, but lately I’ve reverted back to using it as a face cleanser as well. I’ve had some issues with dermatitis this winter, so I went back to basics in my skin care routine so I could figure out the source of the problem.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser – This is my all-time favourite cleanser, and one that you can guarantee I’ll always have sitting on my shower shelf. I’ve gone back to using this on a daily basis now that I’ve figured out it’s not a culprit in ‘dermatitis saga 2016’, and my skin is much happier for it.

Paula’s Choice Pore Normalizing Cleanser (sample size) – I picked up this sample sized cleanser the last time I placed a Paula’s Choice order, with the intent of my partner Sebastian using it to help keep his clogged pores at bay. I’ve been “borrowing” this to use as a spot treatment cleanser whenever I can feel a breakout brewing. A few of my friends have told me this is is a strong ass cleanser, and can be quite drying on the skin but I think because I only use it occasionally I haven’t seen any of the negative effects.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a long-time favourite of mine, and I use it every couple of days as a manual facial exfoliant. I alternate between using this or my Eve Lom muslin cloth, depending on my mood.

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion – I’m dipping my toe into the world of self-tanning this season, and I thought a gradual tanner would be a good place to start. So far I am liking this product, although the fact that you have to leave it on in the shower for three minutes has restricted my use of it to evening showers (which I rarely have), and weekend use. Due to that, I am not yet a bronzed goddess… But watch this space.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – This is one of my favourite shower products, and one that I’ve repurchased quite a few times now. It feels like such a little luxury when I use this, it’s so luxurious and smells amazing.

Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub – I have to admit, body scrub is probably my least used shower product. However, considering I’m trying out different self tanners this season it’s become something of a necessity. This is another of my favourite products, and if you’re into gourmand scented body products it’s worth picking up for the scent alone.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner – This is my go-to inexpensive hair cleaning duo, and one that really works wonders on my hair despite the low price point. I always return to these products when I’m at a loss with what to use, as they’re my old faithfuls and they’re guaranteed to leave my hair looking and feeling soft and smooth.

LUSH Big Shampoo – If you haven’t yet tried LUSH’s Big shampoo, what the hell are you waiting for? I try to use this one a week to deep clean my hair and give it a little bit of extra bounce and shine.

Product Review: Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturiser

I love Jergens, and apparently so does America as it’s their number one selling bodycare brand. *cue trivia music* I’ve been a fan of the fragrance free daily moisture from Jergensfor quite a while now, so I was really excited to try a new product from their body moisturiser range. I’ve been using the Shea Butter conditioning moisturiser for a couple of weeks now, and I’m happy to say that it was love at first try. It is quite a bit thicker than my usual go-to fragrance free moisturiser, and it’s perfectly suited for the colder weather. I also love the scent, I was trying for ages to figure out what it reminded me of and I settled on shortbread biscuits (delicious). The moisturiser feels thick and luxurious but applies easily to the skin and sinks in nice and quickly. It’s as gentle on my sensitive skin as the fragrance free moisturiser, which I am ecstatic about as ‘gentle’ is often not the case with a lot of other fragranced lotions. The Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturiser retails for $7.99 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline. (please note: product was sent for consideration for review)

Product Review: Palmolive Body Polish

A truly great shower gel has to smell so good you want to eat it, right? Well if you agree with that statement you’re going to love these new releases from Palmolive. “An exfoliating bodywash gel, Palmolive Body Polish promises to renew and revitalize the skin with naturally derived super fruit extracts containing anti-oxidant properties.” Sounds pretty good, right? All three of these smell really good, and yes they do smell like something I want to eat. So that’s a win. My favourite of the three scents is Acai Berry. Something about it sent me right back to high school, it’s very reminiscent of something I used around that time. The lovely little trip I took down Nostalgia Lane while using this in the shower one evening was quite wonderful actually (isn’t it funny how a scent can instantly transport you away to a different time and place?). I really liked these as a shower gel, but to be honest they didn’t do much for me in the way of exfoliation. I’m used to sugar scrubs that really get in there and work at your skin, these are far more gentle. They work wonderfully as a shower gel, they lather up a lot, smell amazing, and leave the skin feeling smooth and moisturised. If you’re in the market for a cheap and cheerful body wash you can pick up while doing your groceries, definitely check these out. The Palmolive Body Polish retails for $6.99 AUD (for 400ml) and are available for purchase from major supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide (please note: product was sent for consideration for review).

Product Review: Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion + Giveaway

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s skin suffers during winter. It’s easy to cover everything up with stockings and long sleeves, and having an extra couple of minutes in bed is often more appealing than standing in a cold bathroom slathering moisturiser on your body. However, sometimes letting your skin do it’s thing during the cold weather is not a great idea. When my skin gets dry, it gets itchy. And it drives me insane. So I’ve really been making more of an effort to moisturise my body this winter, and the Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion has been a star in my routine. Clinically tested by dermatologists, the Daily Moisture Therapy range includes two creams and a lotion to nourish and repair dry, sensitive skin. This range also includes a gentle, soap free body wash which is designed to cleanse, soften and hydrate. Physiogel spokesperson Montse Pena said: “According to reports, dry, sensitive skin is a prevalent problem for many in Australia, yet there is reluctance amongst dry, skin sufferers to try new products. We believe this stems from a fear of flair up, and a lack of confidence that the products will deliver results. Physiogel is different. Our creams and lotions with Physiogel BioMimic Technology have the science to deliver visibly healthier skin while being hypoallergenic and free from fragrances, preservatives and colours. Physiogel products have already gained vast support overseas as consumers have discovered an immense faith in the skincare range. We’re now really excited to introduce the new Physiogel range to Australian consumers to address this growing need.” I’ve been leaning more and more towards fuss and fragrance free body lotions, and this one fits the bill. This lotion is exactly what I need, something lightweight but extremely moisturising, is fragrance free (and doesn’t have a weird psuedo-fragrance like some do), and sinks into my skin quickly so I can slap it on before putting on stockings in the morning. The 200ml PhysioGel Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion retails for $16.99 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline (please note: this product was provided for consideration for review).

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve teamed up with Physiogel to offer a few of their products to one lucky reader. So if you’d like to try the Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion along with the Daily Moisture Therapy Cream, Intensive Cream, and Body Wash, simply leave a comment below telling me what you’re most looking forward to this summer. For an additional entry, share the giveaway on your blog or any social media platforms (facebook, twitter, etc) and link to it below. Please be advised this giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Entries close at midnight on Sunday July 26th, and winners will be announced on Monday July 27th. Good luck!