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~+~ When and why I bought this product ~+~
I first bought this Aapri Exfoliating Scrub cream in the mid 1980s, when I was around 14 or 15 years old. This was at a time in my life when every single item I purchased was analysed and all the positives and negatives about the item were assessed, as I was fully aware of the way in which opportunity cost affected my world. That is, I could buy the scrub - which may or may not work - but in doing so I would not have the money for a new top or lipstick.
I recall that I ultimately decided to buy it for the first time after seeing an advertisement in Dolly magazine or Seventeen magazine. I recall that the advertisement told a good story about the product and explained exactly why it would be the perfect exfoliator for my skin. I don't recall their being many other options for my skin - there had been an expensive one that I'd previously purchased from our local pharmacist and which was for acne problems so only supposed to be used in problem areas. The Aapri product however was and is suitable for all areas of the face and neck, hence my ultimate decision to first purchase it all those years ago.
I have since bought this item at least five times in the intervening almost 30 years.
The scrub comes in a flip-top lidded 150ml tube that is similar to a large, squat tube of toothpaste. The cream itself is grayish-light beige colour with lots of flecks and chips of apricot seeds. It looks and feels a bit like sand.
The website explains that the product is made from natural apricot exfoliants as well as "aloe vera, vitamin E and apricot kernel oil to deep cleanse and remove dirt, grease and dead skin cells".
The product is designed to provide deep exfoliation that in turn assists aids dead skin cell removal and helps "resurface the fresh and radiant skin".
~+~ In use and my opinion~+~
This exfoliating scrub cream is very easy to use. The lid opens easily enough. A small amount of the cream is dispensed into the palm or fingertips of one hand, and the product is then applied to an already dampened face. Sometimes I add a small amount of water to the cream when it is in my palm, but I find this to be less successful and more uncomfortable to use than the "normal" method.
This scrub is a scrub that feels like one, and I love it. It really does give my skin a good work out and does leave it with a tingle and a glow for several hours. I've heard people say that its effects last years if the product has been used regularly. I certainly couldn't and wouldn't vouch for that, but I am definitely happy with this product.
~+~ Final thoughts and availability ~+~
This product used to be very easy to find in the 1980s and 1990s. Nowadays the facial exfoliator market is saturated, and it is less easy to find. It is currently (early 2014) available from Amazon.co.uk for £5.75, although I understand from several friends that it occasionally makes an appearance in the Pound Shop and similar places.
~+~ Recommended? ~+~
This is an excellent product at a good price. Highly recommended.
I first purchased the Aapri Exfoliating Facial Scrub Cream, after a friend recommended it. I have combination skin, with a greasy T-zone but have dry skin in places and this exfoliating cream is advertised as being 'ideal for normal/oily skin' and suits me well. This is labelled as the original scrub and has been around since 1985.
The product is a grey cream, which contains sand like pieces of apricot seeds and is applied to the wet face. I use either a wet face cloth, or my fingers to scrub my face. I like to scrub quite hard, and this removes dead skin and exfoliates my face well. It leaves my skin feeling soft and looking great.
After use my skin feels soft, although it can look red for a bit, due to me scrubbing hard, so I only use it once or twice a week, and when I'm not planning on going out for a while after. I also occasionally use this to exfoliate my arms and neck.
The scrub comes in a plastic tube with flip lid. It stands upside down, on the lid, so is always easy to get the product out as it runs to the bottom. There is 150ml (5.0 fl.oz) in a tube, which should be used within 18 months of opening. I use about one every 6 months, as you only need a small amount at a time.
Aapri is a British brand, and their products are made in England. They have a website www.aapri.co.uk where more information can be found on their products. I also use the blackhead clearing scrub when I have a breakout of blackheads.
I bought the exfoliating scrub from Boots the first time, but am no longer able to find it there. It is available in my local pharmacy for £1.99 or on Amazon for £4.70 including delivery.
Suitable for normal / oily skin The original scrub with the goodness of natural apricots stimulates cell renewal and reatores a radiant glow to the dull skin / Aapri exfoliating facial scrub cream contains ground apricot kernels, apricot kernel oil, aloe vera and vitamin E to deep cleanse and remove dirt, grease and dead skin cells / Its deep exfoliating action leaves your skin feeling smooth, clean and refreshed.