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I always try and exfoliate my skin at least a couple of times a week as I think it makes a huge difference to the look and feel of it. It not only helps shed dead skin cells which can make your skin flaky but it also really gives it a gorgeous glow.
Without doubt my favourite face scrub is this apricot one from St Ives and I have been using it for years now and not found anything which is as good. Even though it is so good it doesn’t have a designer price tag and is squarely aimed at the budget conscious woman as it only costs £4.19.
The scrub is fantastic at cleaning and clearing my skin keeping black heads at bay and stopping it from looking dull and flaky. It uses apricot oils and shell kernels to exfoliate and they are wonderful on my skin. It resembles a gritty sand which isn’t too appealing but it works so well that I wouldn’t want them to change how it looks now in case it didn’t work as well.
The exfoliator is quite thick and needs to be used on a wet face with wet hands otherwise it is too thick to use. I always make sure that I use really gentle motions when using this as it is such an intense exfoliation and if I am too rough with it then it can scratch my skin.
As soon as I wash the exfoliator off my skin I can immediately feel how much softer it is and how much smoother it feels. If I have any dry patches then this takes care of them sloughing them off my skin and the oils in it soothe the dry patches. My skin is then left looking radiant as well as feeling soft and smooth.
This is a great scrub and it is one of the best I have ever used and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
I have used the St Itves range of exfoliants for years since i was a teenager. With so many exfoliators on the market it's hard to know which to choose- but if you want a real, proper scrub- this range is for you!
It's quite a physically harsh scrub- you can really feel all the granites and rocks in this. Some people may be scared of using it thinking its too harsh- but along as you use it gently it should be okay. If you want to feel like you've had a 'real good clean' then this brand is a smart choice. It really helps clean out your pores- i find this scrub particularly effective for congested skin to get all of the 'crap' out of your skin and reveal brighter fresher skin on the surface.
So many exfoliators on the market have very soft beads and gooey textures that do not even feel like you are exfoliating your skin. They are just similar to a face wash. But this range it actually feels like a scrub- the texture is great.
I have tried chemical exfoliates but i feel like this product gives me the best result for my skin. The product does have a strong smell- people who are fussy about what ingredients are in the products may feel this smells to perfumed or chemically? But i would say this product is more about the results than the smell.
For the price of this product- it's a very cheap exfoliate but very effective!
I was looking for a new facial scrub and decided to try this as it was on offer.
On first impressions this scrub is very thick in consistency, however I've realised a little goes a long way. The tube is reasonable sized and will last a while with regular use. I use this product 2 or 3 times per week.
The product smells very strong of sweet apricots, personally this doesn't bother me and I quite like the smell but it may put some people off.
The scrub itself feels very scratchy compared to some other facial scrubs I have used. The bits in in are quite large so you have to be gentle when rubbing it in. However I like the fact the beads in it are larger as I feel it makes my skin feel cleaner after using it.
I have very deep set blackheads on and around my nose and this product has worked wonders in helping to remove these and clear them up. After using this my face always feels refreshed, occasionally it can be a little drying but not too much and it usually doesn't leave my skin feeling tight.
It applies easily and washed off easily.
The only downside is that I've read this scrub can cause tiny cuts to your skin under the surface, whether this is correct I'm not sure but I could see why it may. However this product has still helped clear my pores so I will still be repurchasing.
Face products these days can be extremely over priced and it can be really hard to find good ones that are cheap or at least affordable. For me a good facial exfoliator is essentially to keep my skin looking good and to get rid of any dry flakiness especially in the winter months.
I bought this from quality save and paid around £2 for it which is a really decent price and to be honest I wasn't expecting all that much from it for that price. It comes in a tube type packaging with a large flip plastic cap. You squeeze the tube to dispense the product.
The actual exfoliant has a creamy thick texture with little black flecks which are the bits that scrub. I personally find that the smells is over powering and sickly sweet although I am sure that some would find this a good thing, its not really for me. I do however like the creamy texture and it spreads into the skin nicely. I only use a small dollop and it easily covers my face and neck. I rub it in circular motion and then rinse it off under the shower, it rinses easily. The scrubs feel lovely and you can feel them working. After using it my skin looks brighter and it removes all the dead or dry skin that I tend to get in my T zone.
For a cheap product it really does the job well, I just wish it didn't smell so sickly sweet. I would recommend this for people to try, its not as good as the more expensive brands but for it is its great.
I used to be a huge fan of St Ives scrubs, last year I saw these on sale in Superdrug and bought a few to keep me going because the offer was outstanding. They had just brought out a new style to the bottle and they were on special for £1.75 each if I remember right.
The product is a very effective cream scrub for your face, it is used to gently remove the dead skin cells and sebum from the skin to keep backheads and spots from forming and leaves the skin below fresh and radiant.
Now why did I start the post by pointing out that I used to be a huge fan? The reasoning is when they changed the packing the neglected to let us know that this company went from one very proud of its policy of not testing on animals to one that does now test on animals! I still have this in my bathroom and use it now and again but feel guilty then tell myself I already bought it so I am helping no one throwing it away now, but I will not be buying more unless they ever go back to not testing on animals even though it is my favourite face scrub out there!
The product comes in a white tube with a picture of apricots on the front, across the middle is a green stripe, the colour is different on all the different versions of this product. The lid is at the base which really helps when trying to get the last of this product out because the product is already at the base of the tube.
When you open the tube you can immediately smell the apricots, the smell is gorgeous and smells very much like the real fruit. The cream is a very pale orange colour with small bits in it, the cream is smooth and of a medium consistency, it does not run but its not too thick that is does not come out of the container either.
The scrub is very gentle but effective in all St Ives scrubs this is why I have always used them, they never over scrub the body but do the job perfectly removing everything that they need to.
Another reason I stopped using this product is the ingredients, I used to think it was fairly natural but as all the information about SLS etc came out I realised this has some very nasty ingredients.
The current price for the 150ML tube of this product is around £4.29 so you can see why I jumped on the special offer.
Would I recommend this product, if you are not someone concerned with animal testing then yes, it really is a top product and does the job excellently. If you are anti animal testing then obviously no.
I have taken a heart off because of the fact they have not informed their customers!
I was given a 150 ml flip top tube of St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub recently as a gift. I tend to use face masks these days to cleanse rather than scrub my skin - so this was a product which I would not have purchased for myself. I have fond memories of the St Ives range, however, and used to use their scrubs a lot in my younger days. Nowadays my skin tends to be normal and not really that greasy - so I did not see the need for a scrub as such. Nevertheless, I've been using it - and I'm pleased with the results.
The product is supposed to gently exfoliate your skin, removing the dead skin cells. It purports to leave your skin smooth and radiant. Using this product is supposed to lead to healthier-looking, glowing skin in 7 days. The product is oil free and suitable for all skin types.
The product trumpets its Swiss origins: it contains more than 90% naturally derived ingredients; Swiss glacial water and Swiss botanicals.
AQUA (WATER), JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SHELL POWDER, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE , ZEA MAYS (CORN) KERNEL MEAL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, LINOLEAMIDE DEA, LANOLIN OIL, PEG-100 STEARATE, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) EXTRACT, PRIMULA VERIS EXTRACT, SAMBUCUS NIGRA FLOWER EXTRACT, SORBITOL, CETEARETH-20, CARBOMER, METHYLPARABEN, POLYSORBATE 60, TRIETHANOLAMINE ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, PHENOXYETHANOL,METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, CITRONELLOL, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).
The product advises: moisten the face and gently massage the scrub into the face - then rinse. Avoid contact with eyes. For best results use 3-4 times per week.
The scrub is taupe coloured and easily squeezed from the tube. Applying this over my damp face is certainly invigorating as is claimed. Whilst you feel the particles rubbing on your skin, doing their job of exfoliating - you are enveloped in the gentle scent of peaches. If you are used to gentle, more finely blended scrubs this one might take a little getting used to. It's a scrub that means business.
I tend to gently massage this scrub on my face for less than a minute, however - and I'm still impressed with the results. My skin felt smoother with this product from the first time I used it. After two weeks of occasional use I find my skin has a glowing, well-cared for look about it - and when you're over forty this is good news.
This product does not irritate my slightly sensitive skin and once I got used to the tingly feeling using this scrub gives then I enjoyed using the product a lot. Would recommend.
Good value scrub.
Available for £3.99 at Superdrug.
On first purchasing this product I was unsure but as soon as I smelled it I knew I would love it! It is so refreshing and really wakes you up in the morning shower whilst also effectively scrubbing off your dead skin and rough patches! I find this a very useful product to keep away the scaly skin whilst keeping the skin moisturised and smooth, I feel this doesn't strip moisture which is very good and unlike many other scrubs that you can buy! It has fine particles aswell and bigger apricot seeds which are very effective. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with dry skin although it can be slightly abrasive so people with sensitive skin should keep clear. I am very interested in purchasing the other products from St Ives particuarly the face scrub because I get along so well with this! Reasonable price too, which is always a bonus! Recommend highly!
This product is one of my bathroom staples. It is really good for the whole body and when used carefully and appropriately, reveals soft smooth skin underneath. The trick to getting the best out of it is to wash yourself with shower gel or soap first, rinse and then use the scrub in the areas you want to treat.
Some people complain that it scratches the skin. This is only true if you scrub too hard. The fact is that the grains are quite rough, so you only need to rub it in to the affected area very gently. If you scrub like you are scrubbing a sauce pan, you are bound to damage your delicate skin!
I don't think it is recommended for use on the face, however, I have been using it on my face for years. I don't use it on my face often, just occasionally. For example, if I am going out and my skin feels dry, I steam my face, rub in some olive oil and then very gently exfoliate with the scrub. It feels great and by the time I have finished and moisturised my skin, I have the perfect smooth base for applying my makeup.
My daughter left her St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot scrub for me to try and I am so pleased she did because I think it is brilliant and far better than my usual, more expensive scrub. She informed me that the 150ml tube cost around £3 which, I have to say, is excellent value for this quality product.
The tube I have been using is the 'new look' one featured in the Dooyoo picture and is somewhat more stylish and tempting than I remembered. It tells me on the front that it 'gently exfoliates dull surface cells to instantly reveal smooth, radiant skin' and I agree - after having used the scrub 3 x per week (as suggested) my skin looks and feels much smoother and clearer. I noticed the effects the first time I used it and my skin has improved even more - so much so that a couple of people have commented. I tend to suffer from blackheads but have noticed these are less apparent now and my moisturiser sinks in quicker meaning my primer and foundation look and stay on better.
The information given on the tube states that this scrub is suitable for all skin types, is oil-free and contains 100% natural ingredients. On the reverse it gives further reassuring details including the fact it contains no parabens or phthalates and is dermatoligically tested. There is a long list of ingredients, directions for use and St Ives' Beauty Philosophy which are clearly printed on the reverse of the tube.
It is advised that you use on a moistened face and gently massage into the skin and then rinse with water. The scrub itself is a fairly thick consistency and is oatmeal in colour and thee is a generous amount of exfoliants in it. I would advise massaging it in very gently because it may be too abrasive for young or sensitive skins. It rinses off easily but I use a warm damp muslin cloth too just to ensure all trace is removed. After application my face does not feel at all taut or dry, just smoother and slightly nourished.
I am pleased with the texture and the results so an added bonus was the pleasant smell this scrub has - I am not sure how to describe it but I would say a little apricoty, sweet but not too strong and certainly very pleasant.
I am awarding 5 stars for this St Ives scrub and it has made me look twice at their other products which I have previously thought to be pretty average. Well worth the money when I come to replace my daughter's tube :)
I do like to have a thorough facial regime, and as such I do believe that a good facial scrub is a must. As I was recently doing a couple of days away with work, it was essential that I took some small bottles of smellies which would fit within my 100ml hand baggage allowance. As I couldn't find any facial wash in my local Asda, I did pick up a tube of this St. Ives Apricot scrub. Although I have used it in the past, I haven't used it recently and was therefore keen to see if it was still as good as I remembered it.
My 'invigorating' apricot scrub comes packaged in a small (30ml) tube and this is predominantly white in colour with a trio of orange apricots on the top. I like the presentation of this product as I feel it is quite clean looking and yet girly enough to sit nicely amongst my bag of other more colourful products. As I only have a small tube of this scrub, my tube is opened via a screw top lid and this opens to reveal a small hole with which to squeeze the scrub out. The scrub is a creamy colour which has more defined darker particles as a result of the apricot content and smells slightly fruity with the top notes being decidedly apricot in scent. The text on the tube assures me that this product uses natural ingredients and I like this as I feel like I am doing some good to my skin.
To use this scrub I like to ensure that my skin is clean to begin with and that all my existing make has been washed off. I then squeeze a five pence sized blob of scrub into my palm and work it over my skin in a circular motion paying particular attention to the areas on my face which have slightly more defined pores such as my nose and forehead area. This scrub feels gritty on my skin and I can definitely feel it exfoliating through the top layer which is certainly invigorating. Although the feeling is noticeable, it isn't painful, however I wouldn't want to use this scrub too near to my under eye area for fear that it could mark or damage this more sensitive area. After I am happy that I have done every last square centimetre of skin, I then rinse this product off using clean water. It rinses off quite easily in my opinion with the occasional gritty particle resisting and clinging to my skin.
After rinsing, my skin feels soft and much cleaner than it did previously and not too dried out or tight. Although I do not have particularly uneven skin, I do believe that my skin feels softer and looks slightly glowy after use which is a nice feeling. Unlike other exfoliating products which have a small amount of gritty particles which don't seem to touch my skin, this one has a sufficient amount of scrub to really leave my skin feeling squeaky clean and soft and this is unlike any other exfoliating product I have used. That being said, I do like to follow the scrub with a deep moisturiser to replenish the moisture which has been removed.
A neat little side effect after using this product in the bath, is the considerable amount of residue that sits in the bottom of my bath after use and this does give the impression that I have been down to the beach. Although this does mean that the bath needs a good rinse after use, it also indicates that this product has a good amount of scrub which is very pleasing. This is a facial product, however I do also like to use it on other areas where dry or pimply skin is apparent and this scrub does work very well on my décolletage area.
I purchased a small tube of this scrub from my local Asda store and paid £1 as part of a three for £3 deal. A larger tube will set you back around £3.99 for 100ml. In my opinion this is quite a small price to pay for a product which is so versatile and that can be used by both a male and female market. I will definitely be buying this facial scrub again and for this reason this product scores an excellent five stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading!
Item: St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub
Bought in: Superdrug
I bought this after another facial scrub ran out and I happened to see it in the travel section of Superdrug. The tube I bought is only 30ml in size and I chose this as I hadn't used this product in a number of years so decided to try the travel size. Just on the off chance that it wasn't as good, I wouldn't have a huge tube left to use.
This scrub comes in a tube that has "New Look" across the top but when I saw it on the shelf I recognised it immediately to I assume that that packaging hasn't changed drastically since I used this a few years ago. The Tube is overall white with a number of bright and bold colours making up the design and text. At the top of the tube there is a photo of an apricot that has been cut in half so you can see that Apricots are involved even without having read the text. The front and back of the tube is really quite text heavy, but I won't see this as a negative as the tube I bought is travel size so on a larger tune this info would be more spaced out and look a lot less fussy. From the top down on the text reads "St Ives. Fresh Skin. Apricot Scrub. Invigorating. Gently exfoliates dull surface cells to instantly reveal smooth, radiant skin. All skin types. Oil free with 100% natural exfoliants" This is all very informative but strangely it doesn't mention at all that this is a facial scrub. If I was looking for a good body scrub to use I would be disappointed to have picked this up and get it home only to read on the back that the directions for use tell you to apply it to your face. The scrub technically could be used in any part of your body but the scrub is much finer than a full body scrub so would not be as effective. The back of the tube, as I mentioned, advises you how to use the product and gives full details on the ingredients which they advise are made from "100% natural extracts". The
When you squeeze the scrub from the tube it is cream in colour and you can see the actual "scrub particles" though it as they are a pale brown colour. The scrub has quite a strong smell of apricots. Not fo fresh apricots but more of that artificial smell you get from apricot flavoured sweets. It is nice and thankfully once it is out of the tube the smell dies down quickly. You can smell it when applying it but after washing it off there is only a very faint remainder of scent on your skin and that fades away to nothing within a few minutes. I like that the smell dies away as I use a number of other scented products so would rather smell of them than of peach flavoured sweets haha
Use and results:
The back of the tube advises you to "Moisten face with water. Dispense product on to fingertips and massage over face. Rinse with water, Avoid contact with eyes. For best results use 3 or 4 times a week.". I always use this scrub in the shower as I found that trying to use it over the sink was far too complicated and resulted in me being soaking wet. When I apply it I do indeed wet my face first then apply the scrub to my fingertips. I squeeze out around a 2cm line of scrub on my fingertips, then press this on to my nose and cheeks first. I press it in to my face and rub over, in the same way you would if you were using soap to clean your face, only pressing a lot harder. At first I make sure to only do this over the area from the top of my nose down to make sure that none goes in my eyes then full wash that off. I then get another 1cm of the scrub and press that on to my forehead and temples and scrub it in to the skin. However when I am doing my forehead I to my head forward to ensure that none of the scrub can wash in my eyes. Then I squeeze my eyes tightly closed as I rinse it off. The scrub feels a lot bigger than it actually is when you are scrubbing it in. it feels like the size of pebbles over your skin but is actually only just slightly bigger than the size of grains of sand. The scrub is gritty and really does scrub away dead skin on your face. When you wash it off your skin feels a little tingly and is slightly red from the friction. This dies away very quickly. I especially like to use this to ensure that I don't get patchy dry skin on my face in the winter and when I return from my summer holidays. I don't personally feel l need to use this 3 to 4 times a week to keep my skin smooth but if you have dry patches you might. The actual motion of rubbing it over the skin on my face actually feels really nice so I enjoy using it. This particular tube is labelled "Invigorating" and it really lives up to its name.
I am glad that I found this again. I had been using a stronger scrub that had menthol through it (might review that later too) and feel this one is kinder to my skin. I will buy a full size tube once this rubs out. 5 stars from me.
I began using this product a few years ago as it was on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots. Have been using it ever since and is definitely one of my staple products, although I do alternate between the invigorating and blemish fighting versions depending on the state of my skin!
This product is widely available in major stores such as Boots, Superdrug and major supermarkets. It usually retails between £4.00-£5.00 which is a bit costly in my eyes for a facial scrub, although is in line with products that are similar to this. For your money you get a 150ml tub. There are other products available in the range such as the body scrub - which is a larger tub and also different types of scrubs for your skin/skin's needs - eg blemish fighting, gentle scrub, timeless scrub and the slightly different olive scrub.
The scrub comes in a white plastic tube with pictures of apricots on it and the st ives logo. The packaging is simple although there is a lot of writing on it - it is all useful informative stuff including where the product comes from (switzerland! I had assumed Cornwall!), what ingredient are in the product (90%) natural and instructions for use and the usual warnings (not to get in eyes)!
The scrub comes out the tube really nicely and is n offish white with lots of little kernels in there. The kernels feel a bit rough on your skin initially but at the same time they are gentle enough not to scratch the face!!
The instructions tell you to massage over neck and face - I suppose you could use for the boy too but you may be best on price buying the particular body scrub they have in the range. After gently massaging, rinse well, dry and apply moisturiser.
The great apricot smell makes the product feel instantly really natural. Used 2-3 times a week I find the scrub does a great job at keeping blackheads at bay. After use I get that really healthy rose tinted glow and have also found the product is really effective at removing dead skin cells suitably so that my skin feels soft and I am able to use my regular tinted moisturiser afterwards with no streaks.
This scrub is so gentle skin doesn't feel dried out afterwards even if you don't moisturise straight afterwards (which naughtily sometimes I don't do!) Despite using this product a few times a week a tube tends to last me at least two months as not much is needed on each application.
So in summary
Powerful yet gentle scrub
Leaves skin feeling smoother, radiant and moisturised
It is a bit costly but bargain on a 3 for 2!
Would definitely purchase gain but loses one star for the cost factor!
St / Ives Apricot Scrub Invigorating / Gently exfoliates dull surface cells to instantly reveal smooth radiant skin /