Arabica Coffee vs Robusta Coffee - The Differences

For most coffee drinkers, the origin or type of coffee that they’re drinking might not be given much consideration. The majority of coffee blends come from the Arabica coffee bean, which is a milder tasting bean with a caffeine content that is suitable for occasional coffee drinkers to frequent coffee drinkers.

However, there is another type of coffee bean known as the Robusta bean that has some benefits over its Arabica counterpart, and that’s why it’s included in my exfoliating Coffee Body Scrub.

  • Robusta coffee has a more bitter and burnt taste than Arabica coffee, which is why it is less popular for cafe coffee blends. Some blends will include a small percentage of Robusta beans for a stronger taste.
  • One of the reasons that Robusta beans have a stronger taste, is that they have a higher caffeine content than Arabica beans. Robusta coffee has almost double the percentage of caffeine than Arabica coffee, and while that’s not so good for taste it is very good for targeting skin conditions and signs of ageing.
  • Robusta beans also contain almost double the Chlorogenic Acid (CGA) content than Arabica beans, which is a powerful antioxidant and something that you definitely want included as part of your skincare regime. It’s also found in common foods like eggplant, peaches and prunes.
  • When Robusta coffee is used as part of an exfoliant, it can help to remove bacteria on the skin and increase blood flow circulation, which can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, signs of ageing and skin conditions. Buddy Scrub is one of the few coffee scrubs on the market to be using Robusta coffee grounds. 

So why not harness the powerful properties of Robusta coffee with my all natural, cruelty free and vegan friendly Coffee Body Scrub!

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Introducing my Bamboo Body Scrub!

 

I'm another year older and it's the perfect time for me to get some new outfits and continue to make your shower experience one to remember. The latest addition to my body scrub range is my Bamboo Body Scrub.

A careful combination of exfoliating sugar and salt, nourishing bamboo powder, hydrating plant based oils of coconut, grapeseed and jojoba oil, and topped off with the delicious smell of freshly cut lemons. 

So why should I be the next best thing in your shower? (after you of course)...

 

Sugar is a gentle exfoliant which removes your dead skin cells and enhances blood circulation to encourage the removal of toxins. Sugar is also a natural humectant which means that it helps to pull moisture from the air which can hydrate your skin. Sugar also helps to stimulate cell rejuvenation which can lead to smoother, youthful looking skin.

Sea salt is a more intense exfoliant for your skin and is great in removing dead skin cells. Salt is a natural detoxifier which can help to absorb toxins, leaving your skin feeling clean and healthy.

Bamboo Powder comes from the Bamboo plant and can also be used as a mild exfoliant for the skin. Bamboo powder contains high levels of silica which helps to absorb oil on the skin, reducing the likelihood of developing pimples and leaving your skin soft and smooth. Silica is also known for its benefits for strengthening hair, nails and skin, particularly with supporting anti-wrinkle and anti-acne activity. Bamboo powder also contains essential vitamins such as A, E and B6, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Grape seed oil provides a great source of Vitamin E which is important for keeping your skin well moisturised. Grape seed oil also has some antiseptic qualities which can help to reduce the likelihood of developing skin blemishes.

Coconut oil is increasing in popularity and is a great way to moisturise your skin. It helps to keep your skin cell connection strong which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or sagging. Coconut oil will naturally clear away any dirt, grime, or dead skin cells. It also assists in soothing your skin irritations, prolonging your tan and reducing the signs of ageing.

Jojoba oil is one of the oils most closely matched to the natural oil in the skin. Your skin produces wax esters which keep the skin hydrated and these wax esters diminish as you age. Jojoba oil produces these wax esters naturally and therefore gives your skin the much needed hydration that reduces with ageing. Jojoba oil also contains essential vitamins A, D and E, as well as Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that helps to target the signs of ageing. Vitamin E does this by smoothing skin and reducing the signs of wrinkles, hydrating skin to improve skin elasticity and rejuvenating dry skin.

Lemon Essential Oil contains d-limonene – a cancer fighting antioxidant and contains anti-bacterial properties. It also leaves your skin feeling fresh and smelling great…like lemonade – YUM!

 

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Which Skin Type Are You?

Which skin type are you?

 

Cause I’m all about that skin, bout that skin...

One thing that everyone should know is what type of skin type they are. Knowing this information is important because it informs your decisions when purchasing skincare and cosmetic products, as well as what your skincare regime should be. Your skin type can change over time so it’s good to have a think about it every few years and see if you have noticed any differences in how your skin looks.

Skin type is often determined by a few different factors:

  • Water content
  • Oil content
  • Sensitivity

There are four common skin types, which each have unique signs so that you can determine which type applies to you: 

Oily Skin – an overproduction of oil which can clog pores and encourage skin conditions

  • Shiny, thick complexion
  • Prone to blackheads, pimples and skin conditions such as acne
  • Enlarged pores

Recommendation – My Activated Charcoal Body Scrub.

I contain exfoliating ingredients to help wash away excess oil and grime. Activated charcoal and kaolin powder can absorb more than one hundred times their weight and can help to restore the natural balance of oil on your skin. Finally, jojoba oil can help to reduce the oily nature of your skin as it is the closest plant oil to your skin’s oil and does not leave a residue. 

Dry Skin – an underproduction of oil which can leave skin flaky and irritated

  • Dull complexion
  • Flaky, red patches
  • Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Itchiness
  • Less elasticity making wrinkles and dark circles more noticeable

Recommendation – My Raw Cacao Body Scrub

I help to target dry patches by gently exfoliating away dead or flakey skin. I can also help to address dry patches by removing any bacteria and hydrating the skin with nourishing plant based oils. Raw cacao powder is an antioxidant super house which can help to reduce the processes that cause free radicals and help to balance out the surface of your skin. 

Combination Skin – a little bit oily in spots and a little bit dry in spots which can call for different products for different areas. Common oily spots can be the t-zone and the chin.

  • A combination of the signs seen with both oily and dry skin types
  • Visible pores
  • Blackheads and pimples only in specific areas

Recommendation – My Green Tea Body Scrub

I contain exfoliating ingredients to help softly scrub away dry skin and bacteria. The green tea powder aims to soothe and replenish skin, helping to soothe irritated areas. This scrub contains three nourishing oils, including jojoba and coconut oil, which combine to help hydrate dry skin and also help to balance out oily skin. 

Normal Skin – The Goldilocks of skin types, not too oily and not too dry – it’s just right.

  • No sensitivity to cosmetic or skincare products
  • Rarely have imperfections or skin conditions
  • Even skin tone
  • Pores are not easily visible

Recommendation – All of my body scrubs!

Buddy Scrub aims to suit the masses and the combination of my many natural ingredients help to address issues that people can experience with their skin. Try me out for yourself…once you’ve had a taste of your ‘friend with benefits’ it will be hard to go back!

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8 Health and Skin Benefits of Green Tea Matcha

Green tea has been around for many many years, however more recently it has come to the forefront as a staple ingredient in food, beverages and skincare. Many of your much loved products are turning green and for good reason, as green tea has many health benefits that make it a superfood for your body and skin.

 

  1. Matcha is rich in chlorophyll which is a natural detoxifier and helps to remove toxins from your skin and body.
  2. Matcha contains high levels of catechins, which are a potent antioxidant and help to fight the processes that cause free radicals and prevent poor health.
  3. Matcha helps to absorb and prevent excess oil and sebum on your skin, which can help to reduce the appearance of acne and blackheads.
  4. Matcha naturally produces energising properties, which helps to stimulate skin cells and blood flow to help reduce the effects of ageing.
  5. Matcha contains more antioxidants than dark chocolate, spinach and fruits like acai combined.
  6. Matcha contains a number of important nutrients, including iron, protein, potassium, calcium and vitamin C.
  7. Matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that supports relaxed and smooth skin.
  8. Matcha contains anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce the appearance of skin conditions and support radiant skin.

 

Now that you know some of the great benefits of green tea matcha powder, you can see why it’s included in my Green Tea Body Scrub. This scrub gently exfoliates your skin with sugar and pure sea salt, nurtures your skin with green tea powder and moisturises with plant based oils.

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