Product Type: St. Ives body care
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Bye bye blackheads
St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub
Member Name: Torialou
St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub
Advantages: Does its job.
Disadvantages: Tested on animals.
ST IVES - NATURALLY CLEAR APRICOT SCRUB BLEMISH FIGHTING
I think most people will know the St Ives brand, they are a well known brand on the shelves of our stores for over 25 years. I have used their products on and off since I was in my teens, as I have combination skin I am very prone to blackheads and spots as such a face scrub is an important part of my daily skincare routine. I have recently been using a different brand and although I was not unhappy with said brand, on a recent trip to Superdrug this was on sale so it went straight into my basket! I do love a bargain!
The products have recently undergone a new look to the packing although I can not see any mention on the tube about a new formula so it appears to just be a facelift.
THE PRODUCT ....
St Ives, the company, not to be confused with the city! was founded over 25 years ago and produces a mix of body and face scrubs. Their philosophy is that "nature has some the power to sooth, heal, awaken and energise. Above all, they respect the natural world as a vibrant source of energy and life and are just as committed to bringing us it's power, as they are to preserving it's vitality." They say that they use natural products where possible because they know that it works, they use no parabens or phthalates, use environmentally sustainable vendors and use eco friendly packing.
St Ives is owned by Unilever.
A little concerning I can no longer find anything on the tube to inform me that this product has not been tested on animals, before Unilever acquired St Ives there was definitely a label on the packing that said not tested on animals. Upon checking their website I also can not find any statement regarding animal testing. Sadly a little deeper investigating turns up that since they were taken over by Unilever they are now not a cruelty free brand. Bad times!
THE PACKING ....
The face scrub comes in a white plastic tube which is very soft making it very easy to squeeze the product out even when you are running low of the product. The tube is shaped like a very large toothpaste tube and stands on the thin end so that gravity does the work for us while we are not using the tube and draws the scrub to the lid ready for use. The tube has a simple clear flip cap lid that has a simple hole in the lid to squeeze the scrub from.
The tube is very basic in design, it has a photo of 3 apricots at the top of the tube, a small circle with a union jack on it informing us that the product is the UK's No 1 scrub brand.
Below this is the St Ives logo and information regarding the product, it informs us that the product "effectively lifts away surface oils and dirt that can lead to blackheads and blemishes." Under the blurb is a picture of the product, although it really does not look good, it looks like a pale slug to me!
It then informs us that this particular product is for oily/blemish prone skin and that it is oil free with salicylic acid ad 100% natural exfoliants.
The back of the tube has the St Ives logo followed by some more blurbs about being natural and their philosophy. Directions for use and ingredients.
TO USE ....
The directions are very simple they say to simply moisten face with water, disperse product onto finger tips and massage over face and rinse clean with water.
When you open the tube you are met by a very nice scent of apricots, it does smell very natural and quite tasty. The scrub a pale beige colour and I can only describe it was looking like the cream contains grains of sand. It looks very similar in colour and texture to sand. Compared to many scrubs I do find that St Ives has more granules to scrub the skin, I am not sure if this is good or bad but I do prefer it and feel like it has removed more from my skin than those with less.
COST AND SIZE ....
The product currently retails for around £4 for a 150ml tube and can be bought from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets and chemists as well as online.
I have to be fair to the product and rate it on it's performance not how I am currently feeling after discovering that it is no longer free from animal testing so with regards to performance this is an amazing scrub. It leaves my skin feeling very fresh and does improve the pores and blackheads slightly, although nothing seems to get rid of them completely for me. The product has never caused any irritation to my skin and it never leaves it feeling dry. I have to give the product 5 out of 5 for it's performance and I would suggest it to others, however I will no longer be purchasing this product simply for my personal ethical reasons. I try where possible to not use products that have been tested on animals so will be returning to my regular scrub.
Summary: A good product, does what it is supposed to, sad about an ethical company testing on animals.