I’d heard so many good things about Mr Bean Body Scrub that when I finally got my hands on a sachet, I couldn’t wait to try it out! The first sachet that I tried was Coconut and then I bought a second one, Mandarin, to compare them.
Their website states “Organic Coffee Scrub with Robusta Coffee Beans, Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil, Himalayan pink rock salt, Demerara Sugar, Organic Cacao and Vitamin E oil. Get wet, rub a large handful of scrub in circular massage motions, focusing on problem areas. Leave to dry for 5 minutes and finish with a rinse.”
Unfortunately, Mr Bean Body Scrub didn’t live up to expectations for me. Don’t get me wrong, they smell amazing and exfoliate well but if you’re not a fan of the smell of coffee, then avoid this scrub! Even though Coconut has a slight coconut scent, the coffee smell is very overwhelming. Mandarin smelled a lot more like citrusy coffee, but still strong coffee.
As I said, they exfoliate well and smell amazing but I just wasn’t a fan of the very course, dry texture of the scrub and found that it made a huge mess in the shower. Every time I used it, most of the scrub ended up on the floor with only a little stuck to me. I’m used to using a wet, almost sticky, sugar scrub and this coffee scrub was the total opposite of that.
I used it according to the instructions and wet my skin before applying. I then left it on while washing my face and rinsed the scrub off before washing my body with a shower puff and body wash. I found that if I used the scrub after washing, I was left with a ‘dirty’ looking tan from the coffee scrub and the oily residue would rub off all over my towel.
The resealable bag that the scrub comes in is quite useless and becomes difficult to open when you’re in the shower and your hands are wet and getting a handful of the loose mixture out the bag at a time can be quite messy. I chose to empty the bag into an old sugar scrub tub and found that easier to control, as I could just unscrew the top and grab a handful when I wanted to use it.
The scrub did leave my skin feeling smooth and exfoliated and it definitely did improve the appearance of my skin tone (if only temporarily), although I’m not too sure what kind of effect the coffee grounds are going to have on the shower drain and if they’ll eventually end up causing a blockage with long-term use.
I did try to use this scrub in the bath (like I do with sugar scrubs) and it was a total disaster! I ended up sitting in something that resembled coffee soup with coffee grounds floating around everywhere and an oily residue that just lingered in the water and coated my skin. Getting out the bath was another story. Oily coffee residue and coffee grounds just stuck to me, everywhere! If you don’t have a shower, don’t buy this stuff! I had to jump in the shower after my bath and wash myself a second time just to get rid of all the coffee grounds and oily residue. It wasn’t fun.
This could be a really great product if two things were improved; if the resealable sachet was swapped for a screw top tub and the formula made to be a little more wet (or sticky) so that its easier to use, spread around and massage.
A trick I eventually figured out was to climb in the shower and wet my body, then turn the water down until it’s almost off but leave a little trickle of running water. Grab a handful of the scrub and dampen it slightly with a little water before rubbing the damp scrub all over the areas to be exfoliated. Wetting the scrub reduces the amount that lands on the floor and makes it easier to spread around and massage in a circular motion. Use a loofah or shower puff and body wash or soap after exfoliating to remove the oily residue and brown coffee colour that is left on skin.
Mr Bean Body Scrubs are available online, although I won’t be buying any more. I prefer The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Cream Body Scrub.