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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5 Brands of Raw Cacao Chocolate for the Healthy Chocolate Lover

As you may know, I’m all for raw cacao as the alternative choice to your regular chocolate and that’s because my Raw Cacao Body Scrub is packed full of it! Raw Cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of ‘cocoa powder’, the key ingredient when making chocolate or chocolate flavoured goodies. By keeping cacao powder in its raw state, it retains more of its nutrients and antioxidant power. No wonder it’s considered a superfood! Raw cacao contains essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin C, to help nourish your skin and target the appearance of ageing, stretch marks, dry skin and more. Check me out here and I promise to turn your shower into a chocolate milkshake for the skin!

So, whilst raw cacao is great to rub all over your skin, it’s also pretty great to eat. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of five brands that provide you with chocolate made from raw cacao, and you don’t have to be a health nut to make the switch…

  

Pana Chocolate

Pana Chocolate specialise in raw, organic and handmade chocolate. Their chocolate is also vegan, gluten free, dairy free and soy free. The company started with its founder, Pana, who made, packed and delivered bars himself and has steadily grown the company to a worldwide brand. They stock 12 different chocolate flavours including ‘Sour Cherry & Vanilla’, ‘Rose’, ‘Fig & Wild Orange’, ‘Pineapple & Ginger’, just to name a few. Pana chocolate also have stores around Australia where they sell raw treats, such as colourful raw cheesecake slices.

 

 

Loving Earth

Loving Earth are based in Australia and sell a range of raw and healthy products. Their chocolate bars are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, fair trade and free from refined sugars. Their chocolate contains as little processing as possible and is also packaged in 97% post-consumer recycled fibre. Their flavours include ‘Hazelnut Mylk’, ‘85% Dark’, ‘Salted Caramel’, ‘Mandarin’ and more.

 

 

Alter Eco

Alter Eco primarily sell chocolate and chocolate related products, but also have some rice and sugar products. They are created by expert chocolatiers in Switzerland and are all organic, ranging from 47-85% cacao. They pride themselves on providing products that are reliably delicious, environmentally responsible and socially just. Their flavours include ‘Brown Butter’, ‘Coconut Toffee’, ‘Quinoa’ and ‘Caramel’ just to name a few.

 

Nibmor

Nibmor have a range of organic and ethically traded chocolate products, including chocolate bars and hot chocolate sachets. Their products range from 72-80% cacao and do not contain refined sugar. Their chocolate bars include flavours such as ‘Almond’, ‘6 Spice’, ‘Crispy’ and ‘Mint’. They even bring out chocolates for certain seasons or holidays so keep updated on their website.

 

 

 

Conscious Chocolate

Conscious Chocolate are based in the UK, and sell handmade, vegan chocolate bars that contain organic and raw ingredients. Their bars are free from gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugars and are made with biodegradable packaging.
They have a range of different sizes and flavours, including ‘Cheeky Cherry’, ‘Mint Hint’, ‘Goji and Coconut’, ‘Essential Orange’ and more.

 

 

So while you're treating your belly to some raw cacao chocolate, why not also treat your skin to my Raw Cacao Body Scrub?!

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Introducing my new Coffee Body Scrub!

 

Hi there, coffee addicts...

My latest outfit is sure to impress you, especially if you find it hard to function prior to a caffeine hit. It's my new Coffee Body Scrub, infused with nourishing plant based oils and delicious mandarin essential oil.

I'm all about making you happy, and my Coffee Body Scrub will do just that. My Coffee grinds will help to stimulate blood circulation in your skin to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scarring. The caffeine also targets skin conditions such as acne, eczema and dry skin, and helps to reduce the appearance of these.

Combine this with my exfoliating brown sugar and sea salt, nourishing coconut, grapeseed and jojoba oil and you're onto a friend with benefits that's a winner! See more of my good qualities below...

 

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 into your skin for hydration. 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.

Coffee Bean Powder comes from grinding whole robusta coffee beans and is a gentle exfoliant for the skin that assists with stimulating blood flow. The caffeine in coffee can also assist in tightening skin, helping to reduce the appearance of ageing and wrinkles. The caffeine in coffee also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to improve redness and irritation on your skin.

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.

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.

Mandarin Essential Oil contains properties that can address oily skin and acne. It also leaves your skin feeling fresh and smelling great…like fresh mandarins – YUM!

 

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Scrub-scribe and Save!

 

 

It’s a Friday night, you’ve had a stressful week and just want to relax. You plan to go home and run a nice hot bath, light a candle and scrub up with your favourite shower buddy – me! Only to get home and find out that I’m all out. Could the week get any worse?

There’s nothing I want more than to cater to your every skincare need and spend as much time with you as possible. Now I can, with my new scrub-scription service!

Simply choose which variation of me you are after, and select the scrub-scribe option at checkout. That way, I will show up at your door every month for six months without you having to lift a finger. I know you have enough on your plate than to worry about online ordering! I’ll even sweeten the deal with 20% off each month, because that’s just the kind of scrub I am.

So let’s make this friend with benefits thing a little more official, and make sure you’re my number one for the next six months…and hopefully beyond

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