#TestedWithLove: Elements of Aliel's Arise (Black Soap & Coffee Scrub)
Oh, hello there! If you're here, then you probably saw the title and thought "'I love coffee, let's do this." If that was your first impression, then you're also probably my twin and we should be friends, because that's what my thought was when I was presented with this product.
As a Pinterest-beauty advocate, I have tried many different homemade versions of this scrub and this one takes the cake. Its few ingredients are no-nonsense and good-for-you: African black soap, coffee and glycerin.
First impressions are important (as we all know) and the impression I received was lovely. The box came stuffed with tissue paper, the jar of scrub and a cute note thanking me for giving them a try. Adorable.
Upon opening the jar, my nose was assaulted by the overwhelmingly bitter aroma of coffee grounds. Also, it looked like a jar of mud. Not a pleasant sight, but then the best experiences sometimes have horrible beginnings. I read the simple instructions and took a pinch. The texture made it kind of awkward to spread, but I got the hang of it quickly.
At first, I hated it. The scrub was almost scratchy, and it smelled like burned coffee beans. However, I kept rubbing it in and smearing it around and then...something happened. It started foaming. Now, instead of a slimy substance with grounds in it, it was a smooth, almost-puffy exfoliating wash.
That's all I can say. After washing, my skin felt smooth as a dolphin's butt. If dolphins have butts. Actually, now I'm not sure. Nevermind, let's continue.
After three weeks of using arise, I have decided that this is how all face washes should be. My skin is naturally more on the oily side and this wash really helps to regulate it and keep me from feeling greasy.
On the other hand, I wear sunglasses all day long and I sometimes get eczema patches where my sunglasses sit on my hairline, so I tried arise on that. POOF. Gone. Literally cannot rave about this enough. Check it out if you're a coffee fiend like me; I really don't think that you'll regret it.
See you next time! And if you want to know more about this rising brand, check out our interview with its founder, LaKeisha A Entsuah