Coffee Skincare – Upcircle ‘You Brew-ty Pamper Kit’ Review

Hello and welcome!

I hope you’re having the very best day. I just want to start by saying that I’m sorry I haven’t put out a post recently! I’ve been super busy with a project which has been taking up a lot of my time (and, so far, patience). You may also notice that my blog looks ever so slightly different, this is because I’ve switched to fully self-hosted through Siteground. Again this took a lot more time than I anticipated and has caused me a fair amount of stress. I’ve also changed my Instagram handle from multibendystraw to multibendybeauty. So, all in all, there’s been a lot of changes!

I’m still working on a lot of different things so, whilst I’m still aiming to upload twice a week, some weeks might only be once. I will get everything organised and back on track though!

Anyway, enough rambling. Today I’m going to be reviewing the ‘You Brew-ty Pamper Kit’ by Upcircle. You may be thinking ‘who on Earth are Upcircle?’ but, if you’ve been reading for a while then you may know of a brand I talk about called Optiat. Well, Optiat are Upcircle! They’ve rebranded and reformulated their products so I’m going to talk about them today.

This set was kindly sent to me for free by Upcircle. I’ve been following them for coming up to 2 years now so it’s really cool that they sent me something to try out! As always, just because I was sent it doesn’t mean that I won’t be honest. I’ll let you know all of my thoughts and feelings on the product.

The ‘You Brew-ty Pamper Kit’ retails for £5.99 and contains one sachet of each of the following:

  • Floral Blend Coffee Face Scrub
  • Herbal Blend Coffee Face Scrub
  • Citrus Blend Coffee Face Scrub
  • Lemongrass Coffee Body Scrub
  • Peppermint Coffee Body Scrub
  • Tangerine Coffee Body Scrub
  • Organic Face Serum

I will quickly include some information about Upcircle before getting into the review, in case you haven’t heard of the brand before, or want to hear about why ‘Upcircle’ over ‘Optiat’.

** Please note all links to the Upcircle website are affiliate links which means I earn a small commission should you make a purchase – this is no extra change to you, it just helps me support myself **

Who are Upcircle?

Upcircle, originally called Optiat (standing for One Person’s Trash is Another’s Treasure), was founded by a brother and sister. Their use of a cafetière prompted them to wonder how many coffee grounds were being wasted through the process of making coffee (a lot, as it turns out). They decided to collect up unwanted coffee grounds from cafés around London and give them new life as skincare products. They also looked elsewhere for potential ingredients to salvage and use in skincare so also created hemp face masks and chai soaps.

Just last year, in 2018, they went on Dragon’s Den (I was excited to say the least) and secured an investment with Touker Suleyman and Tej Lalvani.

Towards the end of 2018 they changed their name from Optiat to Upcircle. The name ‘Upcircle’ combines upcycling (turning one item into another of better purpose), and circluar economy to truly represent what the brand stands for. Shortly after the name change came a change in packaging and formula of the scrubs which got rid of plastic entirely in favour of metal tubes and cardboard boxes, and the introduction of a brand new face serum.

Their products are natural, cruelty free, vegan, sustainable, and organic, as well as being made from recycled ingredients.


If you read my review on the Optiat ‘Face Mask Be Good Pamper Kit’ then you’ll know that this packaging is extremely similar in design – just with the new branding.

I really love this packaging (I did the first time). Sometimes when you buy sample sized products you don’t tend to get as much effort put into the packaging design but I love all of the elements of this!

Inside, stacked up, are all of the different products you get. It’s pretty heavy and when it arrived I forgot just how many different products there were in this set! I’ve actually had this for quite a while and it’s taking me a pretty long time to get around to reviewing because there’s just so much to use up!

I love the change in the sachet packaging too, I think the branding is more sleek and I like that the face scrubs and body scrubs are easily distinguishable from each other.

Another huge bonus is, of course, that you can recycle the box.

Body Scrubs

I have tried Upcircle scrubs before, back when they were Optiat (you can read my full review of one here) and I really enjoyed it so I was a little concerned when they said they were changing the formula – after all, you get pretty defensive when a brand changes a product you love.

I have to say though, the formula of these new body scrubs is so much better than the original!

My initial thoughts was that these felt more liquid than the previous formula (the previous one was in a squeezy bottle which was a little difficult to get out at times). The one sachet of this doesn’t quite do my full body but it’s enough to get a really good idea. Although it’s more liquid of a formula, I find this new scrub doesn’t spread as easily as the first one.

Every scent is incredible but I have to say my favourite one is the ‘Lemongrass’ one. Although I love orange scents (so I thought ‘Tangerine’ would be my favourite) this ‘Lemongrass’ scrub smells exactly like jelly babies to me and it’s heavenly.

Once I applied the scrub and washed it off, I noticed that it was leaving a residue which I was initially concerned about. However, this absorbs into the skin and leaves skin feeling extremely soft and moisturised. This isn’t something the original scrub did and I love how hydrating the new formula is.

Overall, I love these body scrubs and I definitely will pick one up for myself! The full-sized version retails for £14.99 for 200ml and you can check out each of the scents or get one for yourself on the Upcircle website here.

** The link above is both an affiliate link and has my affiliate discount code ‘Multibendybeauty’ automatically applied at check out. My discount code gives you 10% off your purchases and I make some commission. **

Face Scrubs

Whilst previously I was just using the body scrub on my face, I’m glad to be trying their face scrub which is supposed to be more gentle on your skin (since facial skin tends to be more delicate than the rest of your body).

Both my boyfriend and I tried the ‘Citrus’ scrub together, since the sachet contains enough for a couple of uses (there was even a bit left over). It was easy to apply and remove, unlike other facial scrubs/masks I’ve used.

Again, this leaves a residue on the skin since the formula is very similar to the body scrub one but this isn’t a bad thing as it absorbs into the skin over time leaving it really soft. Both my boyfriend and I loved how it worked and how it left our skin feeling. My skin is super dry, and my boyfriend’s is normal to combination and it worked wonderfully on both of our skin types.

I’ve used up all the other face scrubs too and loved them all. They all have slightly different scents but the overwhelming scent is, of course, coffee. I actually like the different scents mixed with the coffee as I find they just break through the coffee smell but not enough to be unpleasant, or too much with how strong the coffee is.

I can’t actually choose whether I prefer the face scrubs or the body scrubs. They both work in a very similar way, the facial scrub is just designed to be more gentle. Personally, I’d probably get more use out of a body scrub over a scrub designed primarily for my face, but they’re both equally as great so no matter your needs there will be something for you.

This item retails for £12.99 for 100ml and if you’d like to read about the different face scrubs or grab one yourself then you can do so here.

** As with the previous product, this link also has my affiliate discount code automatically applied at the checkout. This gives you 10% off and provides me with some commission. **

Face Serum

Now this product is something entirely different to the other two. This is something new that they launched which I was very interested in. I love skincare (including serums) and I love coffee so combine the two and it’s definitely something up my street.

It actually took me far longer than the other products to get around to using this. I think it’s because it’s in a sachet but is a liquid so I was concerned about how to store it and if it was going to be messy. Since I do my skincare routine at night, by the time it rolled around for me to do my routine, I didn’t want the hassle of opening this and potentially getting it everywhere (I’m clumsy).

Honestly I’d say this is more of an oil than a serum in terms of how it feels. To me a serum feels somewhere in between an oil and a moisturiser (it’s really hard to describe), whereas this feels very much like an oil. It smells very earthy.

The product does absorb well but it takes a fair amount of time, which I find to be the case with oils I’ve used. Personally, my skin doesn’t like oily, or heavy, products, however this is personal and may not be the case for you.

In terms of how it worked, it worked amazingly on my dry skin. The next day my skin was super hydrated and soft to the touch. However, for me, I personally know I wouldn’t use it due to the texture/feeling of it.

If you have dry skin and enjoy using heavier products then I’d definitely recommend this product! This item retails for £14.99 for 50ml and you can read more about it, or purchase it yourself, on the Upcircle website here.

** As with the other products, this link also automatically applies my 10% off affiliate discount code at check out which gives me a small amount of commission. **

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am really impressed with all of these products. The formula of the face scrubs and body scrubs is incredible, it’s hydrating, exfoliating, and smells fantastic. Whilst the facial serum isn’t for me personally, it still works great for dry skin. I love that this ‘You Brew-ty’ kit allows you to try all of the different products before you purchase them (there is also a set containing each of the body scrubs, and a set with each of the face scrubs if you’re only interested in trying the coffee scrub products). For £5.99 this set is 1000% worth it if you’re unsure about any part of committing to the full-sized scrub. Although each body scrub sachet only gives you one use, it’s enough to test the formula in the short term and work out which scent is for you.

I’d highly recommend picking up this ‘You Brew-ty Pamper Kit’ if you’re interested in the products but don’t want to choose only one body, or face, scrub for your first purchase.

If you want to pick up one of these sample kits then you can do so through the following links:

Okay so this brings us to the end of this review on the Upcircle ‘You Brew-ty Pamper Kit’, I really hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know what you think of this kit, or any of the other products in the comments. Also please follow my blog if you aren’t already!



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