Palmolive Body Butter Coffee Scrub Exfoliating Body Wash - review


It's not often that I come across a body wash I'm obsessed with - I normally just buy whatever's on special and want something that works - but I am obsessed with this and I can't wait to try more from the range.

Do note from the outset, though, that this is marketed as a scrub but it's a rubbish exfoliant (more on why below) so don't buy it for that reason: buy it for the unbelievably delicious scent.

Palmolive claims/product details:

  • Gently exfoliates to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth
  • Awaken your skin and delight your senses with this sweet and delicious coffee scrub aroma
  • Rich formula transforms into an ultra-creamy lather that gently exfoliates with natural apricot seeds, to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth
  • Store away from direct sunlight
  • RRP $6.79 AUD for 400ml, but do shop around

I've had a look online and you can also buy these in coconut, peach and vanilla - and since all of those sound pretty good to me, I'll certainly be trying them. Can't wait to stock up next time Palmolive is on sale.

I also like that these aren't expensive, that they're often on special and that they're widely available, meaning you can find them at most chemists and supermarkets. Bonus.


This is a really lovely product and I'm enjoying using it, so much so that I suspect I'll always have one in my shower from now on and I can't wait to try the other fragrances.

It's a creamy gel product that contains little exfoliating grains. Do note that the grains don't do anything because they're so small and there isn't enough of them, so I wouldn't buy this if you want a good exfoliant: this won't do it.

What it does do, however, is smell unbelievably divine. It smells like coffee cream, coffee ice cream or Baileys Irish Cream (the drink). Every time I smell it, I want to eat it. And every time I smell it, I'm transported off to some ethereal utopia where all good smells live on a permanent basis - and I don't want to leave.

Seriously, if you like the smell of coffee, then go buy one of these for the scent alone. It's worth it just for that and they're not expensive anyway so that's a double bonus.

As for what it does, minus the rubbish exfoliation, it actually makes a nice body wash. While it doesn't foam super well so I need to put more on my shower puff than I would another product, it feels creamy and hydrating on the skin and it doesn't strip it or dry me out the way other body washes have done for me lately.

Indeed, I've tested the pH and it comes in at somewhere between a five and a six, so it's not too astringent and it certainly feels gentle on my skin, plus it leaves my body feeling soft and hydrated after use. Yes it contains sodium laureth sulphate as the second listed ingredient (SLS' sister, otherwise known as SLES, which is meant to be a little less irritating on the skin), but I've found that this product leaves my body feeling clean, soft and nicely hydrated after use so I'll continue to buy it.

Overall I think this is a lovely product because it smells divine and doesn't dry out my skin, and while I wouldn't buy it as an exfoliant because it's rubbish, it's a really nice body wash and I can't wait to try more of them. I've given it an HG tag for the scent alone, but the effect and the price are worth noting too.


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