Caramel Espresso Coffee Bar - review


A lovely subscriber alerted me to these coffee scrub bars after I mentioned that I loved coffee scrubs but didn't love how messy they were.

These bars seem like the solution to the problem, so I went out and bought a couple last time Chemist Warehouse had a sale.

Unfortunately, however, I don't think they're any good and I'm looking forward to finishing mine and moving on to something else. More on that below.

Coffee Bar claims/product details:

  • A coffee scrub in a bar, as simple as that
  • Caffeine can penetrate through the skin barrier, helping with cellulite by preventing the accumulation of fats in cells
  • Caffeine is loaded with antioxidants to help fight premature skin ageing such as wrinkles, sunspots and fine lines, and is ideal for reducing redness by increasing microcirculation and benefiting stretch marks
  • Caffeine also promotes evenly toned, smooth skin
  • Ground coffee beans provide a gentle yet effective exfoliation, helping tighten the skin by restricting blood vessels to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Available in four flavours: Caramel Espresso, Vanilla Latte, Chocolate Cappuccino and Coconut Macchiato
  • To use: wet the bar first; scrub in circular motions on your skin, concentrating on problem areas; let your skin absorb the oils for up to 5 minutes, then rinse off; repeat twice a week or when necessary
  • RRP $5.99 AUD for 60g, but do shop around


I so wanted to love this product but unfortunately it's not for me.

It's a small, hard 'soap' bar that basically comprises coffee grounds fashioned into a little rock. I have the scent 'Caramel Espresso', and I do smell some caramel in among the coffee. I enjoy the scent, so no complaints there.

The first time I used this, the top 'panel' of the bar (that is, the section along the top that's not as wide as the rest of the bar) fell clean off and smashed on the bottom of the shower. I tried to retrieve it, but it was so soft that it disintegrated between my fingers. Perhaps I got a bad one.

I then went to use it and found that it was very rough against my wet skin so I learned to remove little bits of product and work those into my skin, rather than running the bar across it - otherwise I feel I'm scratching my skin.

The product does 'work' in the sense that you can get a reasonable exfoliation from the grains, but I've found that the bar is incredibly waxy - so I'll massage my skin to get the exfoliation happening but then find I'm covered in this waxy substance that's a bugger to remove.

I therefore have to scrub with this before I cleanse because I can't remove the waxy film from my skin without giving it a good wash after use, and even then the wax doesn't completely come off so I'm aware of it on my skin after my shower. It's not a feeling I like.

The other thing to note is that my bar has dried out and become harder over time (and it started out hard enough). What this means is that it's very difficult to use now because I can't rub it across wet skin without scratching myself, and I'm having trouble removing bits from the bar and disintegrating those before I use it. Essentially the product has crumbled into little chunks and I can't use those for exfoliation unless I find some way to smash them up first.

Overall I don't like this product and I can't recommend it. I think the idea is definitely there and I would love to see more coffee scrubs done in this way, but they haven't nailed the formula of this one so I wouldn't buy it again.

Not for me.

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