RISBJ Staff | Jan 15, 2014
WICKFORD, RI – In an unlikely, yet beautiful marriage of coffee and beauty, Rhode Island native Stephanie Additon has created a new line of all natural skincare products, called JAVA Coffee Infused Skin Care, that harness the rejuvenating properties of green coffee – one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, and a natural source of caffeine. JAVA products are formulated with essential oils that are proven to nourish, repair and protect the skin. When combined with the natural caffeine in artisan roasted coffee, the benefits to the skin are significantly amplified. This is what Stephanie calls the JAVA EFFECT.
“Green coffee is a treasure trove of antioxidants, and caffeine in roasted coffee can actually make your skin smoother. When we combine coffee with essential oils like organic argan oil, the results are unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” says Stephanie.
People who have tried the products agree. The JAVA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JAVA.Skin.Care) is full of enthusiastic praise for JAVA products, and feedback includes comments like “JAVA has become my new favorite skincare regimen;” and “This stuff is miraculous;” and “My skin has never glowed like this before!”
Because anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body, Stephanie wants to offer people all-natural, nourishing products that are free from harmful chemicals. “There are 1300 chemicals in your body care. We’re here to change that. Everyone deserves to know what their skin is drinking in,” says Stephanie.
The essential oils that are widely available, like Argan oil, do not have the power that high quality all natural and organic essential oils have, like those used in JAVA products.
Stephanie is also dedicated to growing her business with as many Rhode Island connections as possible. “The entire JAVA supply chain has ties to Rhode Island,” says Stephanie, “Additionally, in a process created by, and known only to the JAVA family, our green coffee bean extract is made entirely in the U.S. by artisanal roasters and master millers including Kenyon’s Grist Mill.
The JAVA skin care line, including a body wash, coffee bean and raw sugar body scrub, body serum and bar soap, is now for sale in selected stores in Rhode Island including Beauty and the Bath, Wickford, RI; Updike’s Newtowne Coffee,Wickford RI; Total Look Salon,North Kingstown, RI; Most Naturally & More, Narragansett, RI; Silver Tides- Narragansett, RI; Christina’s LTD,Westerly, RI; and, Green Envy Eco Boutique, Newport, RI. Stephanie is thrilled to launch JAVA in Rhode Island, and has plans for national sales, as well as international distribution in high-end spas over the next year.
THE BIRTH OF JAVA
It all began with an exquisite cup of java from Stephanie Additon’s family-owned coffee shop, Updike’s Newtowne, in North Kingstown. It was here that she conceived the unlikely intersection of coffee and beauty: A new cup of java to be savored — this time, by the skin. Stephanie, married to Updike’s Master Roaster, was inspired by the science that underscores coffee’s topical benefits, and saw the potential early on of wedding coffee with skincare.
JAVA GREEN COFFEE BEANS
Green Coffee beans contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants out there — more than acai, and twice as much as green tea or blueberries. JAVA Green Coffee Bean Extract — cold pressed from fresh, green coffee beans — delivers superior anti-aging skincare benefits including a visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and a dramatic reduction and evening of irregular skin tones.
THE BENEFITS OF CAFFEINE IN SKINCARE
More and more, caffeine is turning up as an ingredient in primary skin care products. While many of those tout the antioxidant properties of coffee, when applied topically, what coffee really accomplishes is vaso constriction. Caffeine dehydrates skin cells by energizing them, making them release sodium, potassium and water, making skin appear smoother. Because of this, caffeine is often utilized in cellulite reduction. It’s also a component in many eye creams, which reduce puffiness.