Second perk from coffee grinds

Coffee can not only perk up your day but if an invention from a group of Nelson students takes off, it could boost your appearance as well.

Students from Nelson College and Nelson College for Girls have come up with a coffee-based body scrub which is part of a skincare line called Bean.

Rebecca Gidall, Elliot Aitken, Chloe Rumsey and Fynn Jankiewicz-McClintock hit on the idea of using ground coffee after participating in one of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme event days. They were inspired by a previous contestant who had made soap using the sediment from wine.

"When we went to research it, we found out coffee had all these extra benefits and properties," said Gidall, 17.

She said caffeine was very effective at getting rid of cellulite and tightening the skin.

"It's like having a cup of coffee in the morning, it's a pick-me-up."

Gidall said caffeine was found to have boosted the anti-inflammatory properties of another product in one of the studies the group discovered during a market research module, and another study said the stimulant helped to create an even skin tone and texture.

When applied under the eyes, it increased blood circulation to diminish dark circles.

The group's exfoliant product is made up of 50 per cent new coffee grounds and 50 per cent recycled grounds from Kush cafe. Gidall said the project had to have a community component, which was fulfilled by the recycled aspect.

Bean also boasts a moisturiser containing coffee essential oil, and a lip balm made from Lav Kokonas coconut oil imported from Vanuatu.

Gidall said the group manufactured the products themselves using the commercial-grade kitchen at the Nelson YHA, where her father is the manager.

  • The products will be available from Bodywise Natural Health & Beauty on Bridge St from September 6, and at the Nelson Market on August 23.