Frank Bod Review: Does it Scrub Up?


If you’ve seen shots like this pop up in your instagram feed and are wondering what’s got the girls getting so dirty, you’ve already come across Frank Bod! If you haven’t yet succumbed to the hype and embarked on a messy relationship with Frank, read my honest review and find out if Frank’s the guy for you.

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Who is Frank?

Frank Bod‘s an exfoliating coffee scrub, a sweet-smelling but not sweet-tasting (oops, this is not a food review…), caffeine-craving inducing sachet of coffee grounds, almond oil, vitamin e and sea-salt. Frank Bod has a range of other coffee-based products too.

Frank Bod says:

I’m many a thing: mostly humble, always caffeinated, naturally derived; and 100% Australian owned and made. I started as a simple coffee scrub, equal parts dirty and loving. Now I’m a growing coffee-based skincare range, because I’ve always said I’ll love every inch of your bod. I do a lot of things, which you’ll soon discover. Importantly, I only test on babes.


Why use Frank Bod?

The website (smartly) doesn’t make huge promises… it says it’ll make you perky in the morning, buff away your dry flaky skin “to smooth over your lumps and bumps”, is “full of antioxidants to fight dryness and fine lines”, hydrates and nourishes the skin and “makes you a smooth and sweet nut that everyone will want to nibble on”…

Rumour has it that coffee scrubs might even work on cellulite and stretch-marks, but testing that’s gonna take a lot more getting down and dirty, so I’ll just review Frank Bod’s promises, using the product, and whether the stuff ‘scrubs up’ to the hype (and the mess). I’m pretty sure Frank used to claim to target all this stuff, but it’s pretty hard to measure topical treatments for dry skin, cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, psoriasis and acne… so let’s just enjoy it for its instant benefits.

My time with Frank

I don’t make a secret of my love affair with coffee: soy flat white, coffee liqueur, coffee and chocolate, coffee ice-cream… so it was only a matter of time ’til I got swept up with the Frank coffee scrub craze.

Frank and I got together over the weekend – actually Frank got with me AND two of my friends at the same time! Ordered from Australia (over Christmas/NY) it arrived in around 5-7 working days, came in a cute AF courier, and box, and with some dinky little stickers which I’m probably going to stick on my dogs soon…


Sniff and taste test done, I started getting dirty with Frank Bod. I’d recommend doing this naked, but because I wanted to share my experience, I kept my ‘kini on (actually, it still kinda looks like I’m in my birthday suit cause it’s nude).

I covered myself, and covered the bathroom (and helped to cover my friends) in Frank Bod. We rubbed and we buffed (and we lol’d)…

Be Honest: Review of Frank Bod Coffee Scrub

It’s as good as it is messy… It makes one helluva mess. We also loved it a HELLUVA lot. It smells great, rubs on smoothly and left my skin really, REALLY soft, glowing and feeling nourished.

It’s a really, really good exfoliator. There’s a lot of product in there, and for the price it’s a pretty good amount too – Between the three of us, we didn’t use even half the bag. It really makes you want to rub it all over your body, so I did that and my dry, winter skin felt totally revitalised. It said to wait 5-10 minutes, so I rubbed and buffed a while, really working it into my legs, knees, elbows and feet.

When you wash it off, it leaves behind the sweet almond oil, so don’t follow up with anything soapy which will remove the oil.

There’s no way I’m making this at home… My initial thoughts were “why not make a coffee scrub at home” but having used Frank Bod, there’s no way it would be as good, and it would make even more mess. To start with, Frank Bod isn’t just coffee, and it must be the combination of the coffee grounds and the sweet almond oil which leave your skin so smooth and glowing. I’d also suggest that without the oil, the scrub wouldn’t be so ‘scrubby’ – it wouldn’t stick to you and rub in as well, but I haven’t tried it myself.

As for the mess – it’s definitely a product I’d want to confine to the bathroom – I’m not going to make this in the kitchen, or anywhere I can’t hose off..

Would you do it again..? Hell yes! It was worth the mess just for the laughs, we smelled delicious and our faces and bodies glowed.

My favourite thing though, wasn’t even the scrub… if I thought my skin felt smooth after the scrub, it was nothing compared to the amazing body balm we applied after which left my skin  totally glowing and feeling very hydrated.


The good, the bad and the ugly…

While I was very pleasantly surprised with Frank Bod, my only couple of gripes would be that it mightn’t be so good for the drain – unlike a sugar or salt exfoliator, it won’t dissolve, so I actually wiped some off with paper-towels instead of letting it all go down the drain as I was staying at Treghan Lodge over the weekend); and that in taking 5-10 minutes, and making a mess, it’s something I’d have to plan on using, rather than doing so when I’m in a rush.

Overall though, I’m pretty smitten with Frank, it’s a simple, cheap and effective product, vegan, uses eco-friendly packaging, and makes my body feel and look great. It’s also the only way I can have a dose of coffee after 3pm and still sleep through the night – sold.

Kiwi babes can purchase Frank via the online store!