Yes! We started life as Optiat. However, we soon came to outgrow that initial vision and as part of our continuous brand development process, we evolved... Our ambition is to have an UpCircle product in every home and we felt this would be most achievable with a more unified and holistic approach. We took our learnings from Optiat and built on them to create UpCircle.
We stand for all round better skincare by elevating leftover natural ingredients and bringing them back to life as beauty products your skin will love.
The caffeine in our coffee scrubs helps stimulate blood flow, which in turn helps combat skin conditions like eczema, acne, cellulite and stretch marks. But don't worry, rubbing it on your skin won't keep you up at night.
The main benefit of our scrubs is as an exfoliator, buffing away dead skin to reveal fresh, soft smooth skin. We recommend that you shampoo and soap as usual, and then use our scrub as the final part of your shower routine. We've added shea butter to leave your skin hydrated post-scrub - no need to moisturise afterwards!
We collect used coffee grounds from London's finest cafes, bars and restaurants. This organic matter needs to be kept in best condition, so we use the only natural preservative permitted by Natrue, the European natural cosmetic board.
Each ingredient can be found in nature. We believe this is a tiny price to pay in order to save good stuff from landfill, and leave the world better than we found it.
The skin on your face is a little more delicate, so save the vigour for scrubbing your thighs and go gently on your face! We've fine-tuned our formulations to soften up the texture of our face scrubs. Just a spoonful of sugar, as they say!
This is up to you; it's certainly not necessary. However, the serum will prime your skin so active ingredients from other products, like creams, can sink in deeper. If you wear make-up then we would recommend moisturising after using the serum to avoid slippage, but if you're going makeup-free then moisturising is not needed!
This may sound mad, but oil eliminates oil. So serums can be great for oily skin types, which tend to be more likely to breakout. Believe it or not, our serum can help fight your breakouts. It provides moisture while the vitamins and antioxidants fight damage, like UV rays and acne-causing bacteria. See for yourself, give it a try.
Absolutely! Our serum can double up nicely as a hair / beard oil. Keep split ends and wiry Gandalf beards at bay by massaging a couple of drops of oil to your luscious locks. Again, less is more! Only apply to the mid-lengths to ends of your hair, avoid the roots.
Chai is the Hindi word for tea. But "chai tea" generally refers to tea steeped with a blend of stronger spices. The chai spices we use in our soaps have been brewed to make Henny & Joe's chai syrups. Henny & Joe's are a family run chai tea company based in Bath.