Whether you order a skinny latte with caramel syrup or a extra strong black americano, your leftover coffee grinds could be the key to international success.
At least, that was the case for Bree Johnson, co-founder of - a skincare company that has garnered millions of loyal fans and whose products are sold all over the world. GLAMOUR finds out all about Bree's journey...
"People kept asking for the leftover coffee grinds"
"It all started when my husband, who owns a cafe in Australia, mentioned that women kept coming in asking for the left over coffee grinds to take home," says Bree.
After a bit of digging around, Bree realised they were rubbing the grinds on their skin to tighten, brighten and smooth. "I'd heard about the benefits of coffee but only as an old wives tale so I wanted to see for myself." She put the grinds to the test, and was so amazed by the results that she decided to spread the joy in the form of an exfoliating, nourish coffee-based body scrub.
"I've been obsessed with beauty since my cousin's made me a princess bath"
Coffee wasn't Bree's first encounter with the world of beauty; she had been attuned since her cousins first made her a 'princess bath' as a child.
"My cousins would run me these amazing princess baths when they would come over to babysit. They would have bubbles and bath bombs and toys in there - I've been obsessed with skincare and beauty ever since."
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"I'm a journalist by trade"
A degree in journalism cemented Bree's lifelong passion for the written word. "I've always been entrepreneurial so instead of working for someone, my co-founder and I set up Willow & Blake, a creative agency that focused on tone of voice development. At the time, there was lots of agencies who focused on visual elements, but not so much on the written content. The agency still exists to this day - they're in the same office as Frank!"
Clients include Seafolly, Heist tights and a roster of cool start ups, all of whom have a very distinct voice and identity among the market.
"We had no idea Frank would be this big"
At the time, Bree and her co-founders wanted to experiment with the brand as a case study for the media agency, but it quickly grew beyond all expectations.
"I've always loved natural skincare and I had an inkling that the coffee scrub would be a hit but I never expected it to be this big."
"We designed the original packaging to cut down on postage!"
Many people associate Frank Body with the cool paper-pouch packaging and industrial-chic aesthetic, but the inspiration behind the look is not what you may think.
"We put them in the original coffee sachets so we could squash them down and send them as a large letter, rather than a parcel. We just wanted the product to be as attainable as possible for our customers so it was important to keep the packaging costs down."
"I've been in a rush all my life"
Ever since her university days, Bree says she's always been in a rush to achieve things. "If I could go back and tell my younger self anything, it would be to be patient, and be persistent." You know what they say, good things come to those who wait...