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Upcircle / Optiat Coffee Face Scrubs

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Face Scrub Pamper Kit: £2.99 / 3 x sachets

Full size tubes: £12.99 / 100 ml

Last updated: 17 February 2019

  • Vegan beauty product

  • 100% Vegan brand

  • 100% Recyclable packaging, plastic free.

  • Repurposed, sustainable, handmade.

Ingredients

FACE SCRUB HERBAL BLEND 

Coffea Arabica Seed Powder, Sucrose, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, *Limonene, *Linalool.

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FACE SCRUB CITRUS BLEND 

Coffea Arabica Seed Powder, Sucrose, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Lippia Citriodora (Lemon Verbena) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, *Limonene, *Linalool.

 

FACE SCRUB FLORAL BLEND 

Coffea Arabica Seed Powder, Sucrose, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pogostemom Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, *Limonene, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Linalool.

*Natural constituent of essential oils listed.

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Beauty-not-cruelty review:

The face scrubs are also available in multiple blends designed for different skin types: Herbal, Citrus and Floral. The Herbal blend is recommended for oily/combination skin and contains a beautiful combo of ingredients such as rosemary, thyme, petit grain and tea tree essential oils. The natural antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties of the ingredients target skin problems like acne and breakouts whilst others like rosehip oil hydrate and moisturise. If I had to categorise my skin I would put it in the normal to combination bracket, so technically this scrub would be my bag. I enjoyed the effectiveness of it, but I was a little disappointed by the orange fragrance, it’s pleasant enough, but not the herbal notes that I expected.

The Citrus blend is recommended for dry/dehydrated skin due to its combination of rosehip, sweet orange and lemon verbena essential oils. Once again the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the ingredients should soothe redness and balance skin tone while Jojoba oil deeply moisturises and nourishes skin. I don’t class myself as having dry skin but I did enjoy the moisturising effects of this face scrub, and the zesty, citrus fragrance which is uplifting and brightening.

The Floral blend is recommended for sensitive skin due to its gorgeous concoction of chamomile, rosehip, geranium and patchouli essential oils.  The focus on hydrating, moisturising and nourishing ingredients are partnered with soothing and anti-inflammatory chamomile, making it helpful for rosacea, acne and psoriasis.  Again, it’s tricky to comment on the effectiveness of this specifically but again I felt let down by the fragrance. The list of main ingredients is right up my street but any notes of the floral essential oils were overpowered by the sweet, orange ingredient, which was by no means unpleasant, but not what I had hoped.

As a whole, I found the coffee grains in all three face scrubs a little too abrasive and gritty and I couldn’t help but feel that something gentler would have been more enjoyable to use. Considering that the Floral blend is designed for sensitive skin, and the Herbal blend for acne etc., I would be concerned that they are too harsh for the face but obviously I cannot confirm this. On the switch side, similar to the body scrubs the shea butter is very effective and leaves skin feeling smooth and moisturised. Instead my skin always looked glowing and healthy after each and all of the scrubs, leaving it prepped and ready for makeup too.

Overall, after using both the body and face scrubs regularly over the past few weeks I have certainly noticed a difference in my skin tone. It’s far softer, firmer and healthier in general and I even think my cellulite has improved slightly too. I have had a few breakouts here and there on my face but this could be normal for me and I couldn’t say if it is a direct result of the thicker shea butter element.

Don’t get too bogged down in the fragrance, as all of them are enjoyable and most have a heavy citrus/ orange note anyhow, but instead focus on which is recommended for your skin type. I would certainly purchase these again (I’d choose the Herbal Blend Face Scrub fo’ sho’) and would be interested to see the long term benefits.

The ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly values that the brand uphold wins it hands down for me and it such a huge selling point. You can read more about Upcircle on our blog post and view their page on our Vegan Beauty Brand Directory.

How to use

Apply direct to damp skin with fingertips in circular motions.

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Disclaimer:  These products have been sent to me to test and review by the brand. I have received no monetary benefit for this review. The review is 100% honest and reflects my experience. Product and brand information is correct at the time of publishing but please check the product website before purchasing.

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