I was in a beautifully tiled room overlooking a courtyard in Fez. It was a warm, sunny morning and I could smell the lemon tree outside my window, followed by a hint of olives and almonds. The aroma of coffee was strong enough to wake me up. It did and I was back in New York on a particularly foggy morning. Red Flower was responsible for transporting me to Morocco and back with its Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub ($66).
In my shower, I actually gasped with pleasure when I started rubbing this scrub into my skin. The lemony, coffee, spicy smell is completely divine. Red Flower is a brand that I associate with distinctive scents (the French Lavender Body Lotion is a great example) and there is a lovely undertone from Tahitian gardenias.
This scrub is also invigorating. The coffee grains exfoliate, but also stimulate making it a treatment for cellulite and for contracting broken veins.
The various oils (apricot, lemon, almond and olive), along with shea butter, really make the skin feel nourished. This isn’t one of the scrubs that leaves you feeling sandblasted. In fact, Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub leaves the skin feeling so soft and supple that I didn’t follow my shower with body lotion.
As to be expected with Red Flower, all the ingredients are completely natural and there’s nothing nasty here. Even the antibacterial is lactoperoxidase, an enzyme that is part of the body’s natural immune system.
By the way, my Fez fantasy wasn't completely whacky as Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub is part of Red Flower’s Hammam (or Turkish bath) range.
Ingredients in Red Flower Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub: Coffee, Olive Fruit Oil, Apricot Oil, Lemon Oil, Almond Oil, Monoi (And) Gardenia Tahitesis, Sugar, Shea Butter, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Neroli, Lemon Rind, Grapefruit Rind, Orange Oil, Coffee Blossom, Lactoperoxidase And Glucose Oxidase