Scoop: Sweet Beauty

Scoop: Sweet Beauty

Re-posted from Seattle Magazine
August 2010
By Kate Calamusa

Seattle’s Sweet Beauty skin care adds white chocolate to the mix

It’s no secret that chocolate is balm for the soul, but it turns out it also boasts moisturizing superpowers for your skin. SoDo-based organic skin care purveyor Sweet Beauty has added Theo Chocolate’s white chocolate to its new line of zesty body lotions and scrubs. Our favorite scents? Fragrant tangerine truffle and mojito ($22/8 oz.). Owner Lisa Françoise hand-mixes the moisturizing exfoliants in small batches, adding lime and mint or tangerine butter to the rich honey, organic cocoa butter and cane sugar base for scrubs that smell tantalizing enough to nibble. And considering that all of Sweet Beauty’s skin care products are organic and paraben free, lick away if you like. We’re happy just asking people to smell our freshly scrubbed, decadently scented skin. Available at Julep Nail Parlor (multiple locations, including downtown, 1427 Fifth Ave.; 206.985.0088; or at

Recipe from KOMO 4 News Interview: Summer Berries Facial Mask


1T Pureed Blueberries
1T Pureed Strawberries
3T Greek Yogurt
2t Honey

Directions: Puree berries separately. Do not add moisture, just quick pulse until fully pureed. Mix Berries together add Yogurt and mix well, add Honey and mix again. This should last a few days in the refrigerator.

Tip: I will puree larger amounts of fruit and freeze pre measured amounts for ease next time I need this refreshing mask.

Strawberries: Contains Salicylic Acid, which is a Natural Exfoliant, Tightens Pores, Cleanses and Softens Skin, High in Antioxidants

Blueberries: Antioxidant Power House, Vitamins C and E, Aids in Hydration

Yogurt: Cooling, Zinc, Calcium, B1, B2, B6, B12, Protein

Honey: A Natural Humectant, Attracting and Retaining Water to the Skin, Antioxidant, Aids in Wound Healing

A note on purchasing Berries, Organic and Freshly Picked in Best since they will contain the most antioxidants.

Recipe from KOMO 4 News Interview: Tropical Face & Body Scrub

1 1/4 cup Organic Cane Sugar
1/3 cup Melted Organic Coconut Oil
2 T Grape Seed Oil
1/4 cup Pureed Pineapple
Puree pineapple. Don’t add water, just quick pulse until fully pureed. Set aside. Pour sugar into bowl. Melt organic coconut oil – 1 minute in the microwave works well. Add grape seed oil. Add pureed pineapple. Stir.
Pineapple: contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that cleanses the skin and digests dead skin cells
Vitamin B: natural source of alpha hydroxy acid, natural anti inflammatory
Coconut Oil: easily absorbed by the skin, a gift from Mother Nature, free radical scavenger, fabulous scent
Grape Seed Oil: polyphenols, great for fighting free radicals, anti inflammatory, linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid.
Sugar: gentle exfoliant, natural humectant, prepares the skin for moisturization, contains glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acid

Beauty and the Beans

Re-posted from Fresh Cup Online Magazine

August 2010


By Dan Leif
Coffee a hot ingredient
in cosmetics industry

If you’re a coffee lover, you no doubt want quality beans at the heart of your morning latte and maybe in the ice cream or cake you nibble on later in the day. But how about in shampoo or body cream? Thanks to a pair of recently rolled-out cosmetic lines, coffee consumption doesn’t have to stop when the eating and drinking do. Goodbye, aloe. Hello, Arabica.

The two cosmetic brands in question are Seattle-based Sweet Beauty, which has begun pushing its “mocha collection” that includes a sugar scrub using espresso beans from Caffe Vita, and Barista Bath and Body, a company that’s based in Portland, Ore., and uses coffee in a variety of products, including shampoo, conditioner, soap and lip balm.

“Coffee in general is loaded with antioxidants and is also an anti-inflammatory,” says Lisa Francoise, owner
of Sweet Beauty.Not surprisingly, the people behind both lines are longtime coffee drinkers. But both say the choice to bring coffee into a realm traditionally dominated by unpronounceable chemical ingredients is more than just a novelty play. “Coffee in general is loaded with antioxidants and is also an anti-inflammatory,” says Lisa Francoise, owner of Sweet Beauty. “It’s a real gift from nature when it comes to skin care.”

Francoise’s company was built on creating cosmetics using another bean-based food product, chocolate. But within her latest line, she formulated a lip balm, massage oil and body cream from coffee bean butter, which is made by extracting oils from organic coffee beans and adding them to hydrogenated vegetable oil. Don’t worry, though—it won’t lead to a triple bypass. “Hydrogenated vegetable oil is scary when you think about eating trans fats, but for the skin it’s an amazing product,” Francoise says. “It provides an occlusive barrier and seals in the moisturizer and antioxidants from the coffee bean.”

Sweet Beauty’s final coffee-based product, a sugar scrub, has an independent coffee shop at its roots. When Francoise needs a fresh batch of the cosmetic, she heads to a shop in her Seattle neighborhood and buys Caffe Vita espresso beans by the pound. Back at her workspace she grinds the coffee and combines it with coffee bean oil, chocolate and sugar. “We use the organic espresso beans just to add an extra exfoliation to the scrub,” says Francoise. “You’re not getting much benefit other than the feel and the look from the coffee beans.”