We hand-source used Arabica coffee grounds from London's finest cafes, bars and restaurants

Siblings William and Anna Brightman founded Optiat in April 2016, after a series of events led to them conceiving the idea of a body scrub created with used coffee grounds. William explains:

"Having received a cafetiere for Christmas, I began making my own morning coffee. However, I realised that post-brewing, the freshly brewed grounds had to be thrown away. With more than 55 million cups of coffee drunk every day in the UK, this represents a big waste problem. Indeed, it turns out that more than 500,000 tonnes of coffee grounds are sent to landfill every year in the UK alone! I saw an opportunity to change this."

Since launching ‘For The Love of Scrub’, a range of four naturally-scented coffee scrubs, the duo have now developed a new range of natural beauty products based on unloved, unwanted hemp husks.

Why coffee?

There are 2 types of coffee bean:

  • Robusta: Low-quality, only used to make instant coffee.
  • Arabica: High-quality, used by cafes and restaurants to make your Americano and flat whites.

Arabica beans are only grown in mountain shade at altitudes above 600m. As a result, they are much harder to grow. They are more expensive but they taste way better too! 

If you wouldn't eat or drink something, why would you be happy to put it on your skin? That's why we only use Arabica grounds.

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A natural exfoliator

The fine grounds act as a natural (microbead-free!) exfoliator, gently removing the surface layer of skin cells. Your skin will feel soft, smooth and glowing!

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The pH levels

Coffee is the same pH as your skin - meaning it won't leave it feeling dry. We add shea butter and almond oil, leaving you feeling luxuriously smooth and moisturised.

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The caffeine levels

The caffeine in coffee helps stimulate blood flow, effective against skin conditions such as acne, eczema, cellulite and stretch marks, addressing those areas in need of renewal and regeneration.

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High in antioxidants

The antioxidant level in brewed coffee grounds is higher than in freshly ground coffee! That means they are better at fighting free radicals, one of the main causes of the signs of ageing.

For the Love of Scrub

Influenced by the thoughtful care and attention we put into our scrubs, For the Love of Scrub is a range of four naturally-scented scrubs inspired by real-life events and experiences.

Whether that's before a date, after a big night out, after a workout at the gym or just for a quiet night in, we have you covered!

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The "Pick Me Up" Lemongrass Lifter

Scrub up zesty after getting hot and sweaty. After a tough workout, use this natural scrub as a perfect boost. Infusions of lemongrass, lime and coconut will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and revived!

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The "Feel Great" Mouthwatering Mandarin

Scrub up deliciously for date night. Got a hot date? Use this natural scrub to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the night ahead. Our mandarin infusion will leave you feeling confident and dance-floor ready!

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"The Hungover" Potent Peppermint

Scrub up fresh after a night out. Over-indulged last night? Our peppermint infusion will revive your skin and help combat that hangover with its energising and revitalising fragrance!

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The "Hit The Sheets" Vanilla Velvet

Scrub up silky smooth for a blissful night in. Time for a quiet night in? Our vanilla infusion will relax a tired mind and body with its sweet and warming aroma. The perfect way to unwind!

Meet The Collaborators

We currently have carefully-selected partnerships with over 40 artisanal cafes, restaurants and bars spanning Shoreditch, Hackney, Dalston, Kings Cross and beyond! 

Check back here for interviews, photos and much more detailing our daily journey as we visit our collaborators and collect their used coffee grounds.

If you think you know of a potential new partner for us, get in touch below!

Our Stockists



Wholefoods Camden - 49 Parkway London NW1 7PN

Wholefoods Clapham Junction - 305-311 Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 1LN

Wholefoods Fulham - 2-6 Fulham Broadway, London, SW6 1AA

Wholefoods Kensington - 63-97 Kensington High Street, The Barkers Building, London, W8 5SE

Wholefoods Piccadilly Circus - 20 Glasshouse Street, London, W1B 5AR

Wholefoods Richmond - 1-3 George Street, London, TW9 1AB

Wholefoods Stoke Newington - 32-40 Stoke Newington Church St, London, N16 0LU

Planet Organic Devonshire Square: 10 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4AE

Planet Organic Islington: 64 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LR

Planet Organic Muswell Hill: 111/117 Muswell Hill Road, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3HS

Planet Organic Torrington Place: 22 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HJ

Planet Organic Tottenham Court Walk: 23-24 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 1BJ

Planet Organic Wandsworth: 52 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, London, SW18 4FT

Planet Organic Westbourne Grove42 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH

18Fourteen Male Grooming10 Buckingham Parade, The Broadway, Stanmore, HA7 4EB

Apple Jacks - 28 The Mall, London E15 1XD

Bachu's Dispensing Chemist - 708 Kenton Rd, Harrow HA3 9QX

Maple Leaf Pharmacy20 The Green, Twickenham TW2 5AB

Rest of UK

The Bay Tree - 24 Saxon Square, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1QB

Beanfreaks - 95 Albany Rd, Cardiff CF24 3LP

Botanica Health - 26-30 High St, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8RY

Cheltenham - Gallagher Retail Park, Tewkesbury Road, Gloucestershire, GL51 9RR

Ceres Natural Foods Ltd - 9-11 Princes Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1EN

Coach House Coffee - 1 Talbot Court, The Square, Stow on the wold, GL54 1BQ

D. Atkinson Herbalist18 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ

Eighth Day - 111 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7DU

Energetic Health & Natural Beauty - 33 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DP

Food For Thought - 2-6 Haydon Place, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LL

Giffnock Glasgow - 124-134 Fenwick Road, Glasgow, G46 6XN

Healthfood Unlimited181 Cowick St, Exeter EX4 1AA

Melbourne In Lichfield - 2 Bolt Court, Market St, Lichfield WS13 6LA

Modern Baker Ltd214 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 7BY

Rawberry52-54 St Georges Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8AH

Rice Up Wholefoods Ltd20 Hanover Buildings, Southampton SO14 1JH

Rin's Coffee - Specialty Coffee and Fine Tea

Amber Beauty (Online)

LoveLula Boutique (Online)

Natures Healthbox (Online) 


Castle Pharmacy - Unit 8, Ballinakill Shopping Centre, Dunmore Road, Waterford, Ireland

The Health Store Galway - Unit 4, Briarhill Shopping Centre, Galway, Ireland



Kärkkäinen - Multiple Stores and Online

Ruohonjuuri - Multiple Stores and Online

SOKOS - Multiple Stores and Online

Terveyskauppa Eko - In Store and Online


My Green Corner (Online)


Pan-Naturprodukte (Online)


Lau Beauty - Via Foppa 21, Ingresso via California 22, Milano

L'armadio di Valeria - via Strada Attiraglio 3, 41122 Modena


Branch & Root (Online)


Cyprus Premium Outlet - Agios Athanasios, Cyprus, Andrea Kariolou, Limassol 4102, Cyprus



CLF Distribution

Tree of Life UK Ltd.

The Health Store




Branch & Root


Nordic Health Systems




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Would you like to stock Optiat scrubs? Get in touch!

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