Reed Coffee Face Polish - review


You may remember that I fell in love with the Reed Orange & Poppy Seed Scrub (reviewed here) that we received from Lust Have It a while back.

I liked the scrub so much that I used an LHI discount code to pick up a bundle of products to give as Christmas presents last year - including candles, cheeseboards and scrubby goodies - and of course I couldn't help but throw in a couple of items for myself since they're reasonably priced and I do love supporting small businesses, especially when they're homegrown.

Those extra goodies included a Coconut, Lime & Mint Body Scrub (reviewed here) and this Coffee Face Polish, and while the coconut scrub didn't grab me quite as much as the orange/poppy seed one did, this little polish is something I'm really enjoying and it's my favourite of the three. Do note that I'm using using it on my body because I've recently gravitated away from overly scrubby products for my face, but more on that below.

Reed claims/product details:
  • Our scrubs are all natural so you can rest assured you are not slathering your body in harsh chemicals
  • There is also the added benefit to the environment with no nasty synthetic microbeads polluting our precious waterways
  • Full of olive oil, which doesn't clog pores
  • Rich in antioxidants and vitamin e, replenishing your skin's moisture as well as blocking harmful UV rays, which can lead to premature ageing
  • Caffeine is an antioxidant that acts as a tightening and firming agent
  • Exfoliation helps clear acne and breakouts, improves skin texture, reduces the appearance of large pores, helps ward away the signs of ageing and allows better absorption of moisturisers
  • Ingredients: coffea arabica, brown sugar, Australian sea salt, olea eurpoea
  • RRP $5.50 AUD for 70g

For more info on the company or to purchase any products, see its website here.

Above is the little note that came with the product - a nice, personal touch.

There's the scrub below. Just look at that coffee goodness!


I knew from the first use that I really loved this product. Having said this, I also knew that it was a little too harsh for my face and it's one I prefer to use on my body. 

Do note that I've always loved really scrubby face products, but I've been watching far too many Youtube videos from skincare experts like Caroline Hirons and I've also been monitoring my own skin, and I've come to realise that more gentle scrubs and chemical exfoliants do generally have the same effect as harsher ones (so long as they're decent products), so my own experience and research have swung me away from some of those rougher scrubs that I used to love.

Now this isn't a terribly harsh scrub if you use it gently, but I love its effect so much on my body that I would prefer to use it there. Also, the prices of the face polishes and scrubs are the generally the same for the amount of product you get in each pack, so it's not as though I'm 'wasting' a more expensive scrub on a larger area when it's meant for a smaller one.

What I love about this scrub is that the scrubby matter is more refined than it is for the body scrubs, which means that I need less per application because it spreads more readily and it also works just as well as the products with larger grains.

The other plus to smaller grains is that they're lighter so they adhere better to the skin without falling off as easily when you add water, so you lose less product and it's less messy to use (one of my gripes with dry scrubs in general, but I don't find that with this one).

I also love the smell of this product. Yes it smells like coffee but in a gentle way and there's something complex about it that really appeals. I also think the olive oil means the scrub doesn't strip the skin but adds something nourishing too.

Of course, the most important thing for a scrub is that it does a good job of exfoliation! This does. My skin feels super smooth and polished after using this, and unlike the Reed body scrubs I've used, I'm happy to use this more than once a week because it doesn't feel as rough on the skin.

On top of all that, Reed is an Australian brand and a small business, and its products don't contain any nasties or ingredients that aren't good for the environment (eg microbeads). Plus its products are well-priced and the ones I've used do the job well. What's not to love?!

A fantastic product. I'll definitely be looking at buying more from Reed in future.

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