One of the products I was most excited about trying from my complimentary Influenster Poppy Voxbox was the Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish. Newcomer Nyakio (pronounced Neh-KAY-oh, as is cleverly incorporated into the logo) is the brainchild of Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, who draws inspiration from her Kenyan heritage to create her products. The line launched just this past March, and is exclusively available at Ulta.
I can honestly say I have never used a coffee bean scrub in my life, and at this point am excitedly thinking about homemade dupes — if this works, could i somehow replicate this with stuff found around the house?
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s see how this works first!
The product is a beige paste with lots of small brown specks mixed in–presumably ground up coffee beans. One can’t help being reminded of St. Ives Apricot Scrub–once a beauty favorite but has fallen out of favor due to being ruled as too harsh on the skin (there’s even a current class action lawsuit!). I’m hoping that this scrub bears little resemblance to the St. Ives, but as I feel it in my fingers and then start massaging it into my skin, it just feels more and more similar.
The coffee beans on the skin aren’t necessarily painful, but they do feel jagged and rough. Not so different from ground up apricot shells.
Even after I wash the stuff off, there is a little bit of oily residue left on the skin, presumably for hydration purposes. From peeking at the ingredient list, it is most likely shea butter. However, to me its a little uncomfortable to have that layer as it makes it difficult for me to assess the state of my skin post-scrub.
I’ve been able to use this scrub a few times now (they recommend using 3x/week) but haven’t noticed a significant change in the quality of my skin. I am happy to report that it doesn’t seem like it’s getting worse, and doesn’t seem to be getting drier.
Comclusion: I stopped using St. Ives Apricot Scrub years ago because I realized it was the thing that made my skin so dry/damaged that I thought I needed it in the first place. Although the face polish didn’t do any detectable damage to my skin, the fact that it hasn’t improved my skin, plus the $22 price tag, make me hesitant to consider incorporating it into my skin routine.
*Disclaimer: I received this product for free for testing and review purposes. All opinions are my own*