July 25, 2019

Too Cool for School Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub Review & Swatches

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5 stars out of 5

I’m currently obsessed with Too Cool for School Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub ($25) and probably will be even deeper in love with it comes the Winter. I’ve been using this as my weekly exfoliating treatment (ok, so maybe I’ve been using it more than once a week but oh my god it’s so good) and it’s been such a treat for my dry skin!

I was a little concerned about purchasing it because coconut doesn’t seem to agree with my skin. I’m not allergic to it but sometimes when I use coconut skincare I seem to have some sort of weird, itch flare ups on my face. I tend to avoid it. This was thankfully a ok though! It does contain coconut oil but I had no issues at all!

I liked it because it really brought some of my greatest skincare memories from the past. It actually heats up when you use it so, I had that high school Biore Self Heating moment memory pop up! Remember that mask? The little pods they would come? And how they’d heat up making you feel like your did something amazing for your skin! I used them a ton in high school! They are still very much around but probably a death trap for skin ha..! I never researched the ingredients. I need to do that one day!

Too Cool for School Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub is a bit expensive at $25 for a 3.38 oz tube but Ulta has sales quite often on K-Beauty which should redeem that issue. I have to be honest and express that Too Cool for School always feels really expensive for a K-Beauty brand. I guess I’m a bit spoiled when it comes to Korean skincare as I always expect to pay so much less for it as K-Beauty is always very, very affordable.

Anyway, I’d still pay for this even off sale as I really love it!

This is a thick slightly gooey exfoliating scrub that acts as a mask as well. You apply it on dry skin, massage it in, and leave it on for five minutes before rinsing it off. It’s a little tiny bit harsh doing it dry but my skin is resilient and I didn’t experience any issues. It warms up as you massage it in which feels quite nice. Apparently the heat opens up pores to remove dead skin cells but count me skeptical.

The thicker paste-like texture doesn’t feel terribly exfoliating initially but as you rinse it off it breaks down and becomes a bit more grainier which results in a nice, smoother scrubbing action that smooths skin. It rinses clean away and doesn’t leave any residue behind. It has a subtle coconut fragrance.

The formula contains coconut sugar and shells to act as the exfoliating agent. It doesn’t feel terribly harsh to me once water is added and it does an excellent job whisking away dry, flaky skin. I love how fresh and glowing my skin looks after using it. I don’t feel tight nor dry after using it either as it does contain coconut oil which leaves my face feeling lightly hydrated!

All in all, an excellent facial scrub that I highly recommend trying!

Where to buy

Nordstrom Ulta

Too Cool for School Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub is 3.38 oz in size and $25. This is a warming exfoliating facial mask with a chunkier paste-like texture that has a subtle coconut fragrance. It’s meant to be massaged on dry skin, left on for five minutes, and rinsed off. I find it a little harsh to scrub on drier skin but it wasn’t too big a deal skin my skin is fairly resilient. Once water is applied the texture breaks down and becomes grainier that acts to whisk away dry, dead skin easily. It rinses clean away and I feel like it leaves my skin smooth and glowing but not tight or dry!

Glycerin, Sucrose, PEG-32, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/eicosadioate, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Coconut Flower Sugar, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit, Water/eau, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water.


  • Leaves my skin smooth and glowing!
  • Didn’t dry me out.
  • Smells very nice.


  • A little expensive.
  • Drags a bit on drier skin and feels a little harsher but the experience is much better after water is added.
  • Who

    Too Cool for School Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub is a great pick for drier skin types that need to smooth and de-flake!

    I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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    • kjh

      Sounds basically good. I’m iffy with coconut. Can’t eat the meat, closes my throat, but curries with the milk, ok. Have used coconut products on my body, but a little afraid for my face. The only clear drawback I can see is the shells and microtears. Every skincare blogger in the world bitches about St Ives, etc.

      • Isabella Muse

        I’m ok with coconut in regards to eating. Be it straight up coconut meat or coconut water or even in curries I’m ok but on my face it doesn’t work so great. Not sure why but sometimes I’ll get a terrible case of the itchies when using it. But this was a ok! Yup! I didn’t mention it but that will be an issue for a lot of people but honestly, it’s not the grain you’d get from St Ives, that stuff def can rip skin! This is way more gentle in comparison!

    • Sara

      Count me in for Coconut! Scented, flavored, skincare, food, drinks, I don’t care. I even have all the clorox scentsations coconut cleaning stuff. Yeah, I’m a junkie.

    • Gabbi

      I wonder how much this compares to the Skinfood Coconut sugar facial scrub and mask. I know the skinfood oke is cheaper as well!

    • Gabbi

      I wonder how much this compares to the Skinfood Coconut sugar scrub and mask! I know the Skinfood one is cheaper as well!