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St. Ives Swiss Formula Apricot Scrub Gentle

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Brand: St.Ives / Type: Exfoliator / Subcategory: Scrub / What it does: Smoothes, Cleanses, Exfoliates,

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      10.06.2013 21:40
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      Gentle, effective scrub that performed well for me.

      === Why Exfoliate=== I used the Simple Facial Scrub for a long time, which I found very good. However the saying goes that a change is as good as a rest, so I was looking around for something that would suite my needs: mature skin, slightly sensitive, very dry; I was going to go into specific detail but I think it would be too much information! Sometimes I feel a bit like a snake! Let's just say exfoliation is a must for me. ===Why This One=== I don't have too many cosmetic outlets in my town, and often end up looking for what I need in Tesco as part of my weekly grocery shop. It's an ordinary supermarket-sized store, so the range of items on offer is good but not great. I'd been keeping my eye open for something that took my fancy but without success. It didn't matter as I still had some Simple left. It was quite a coincidence, then, that I spotted this St. Ives one just as I was finishing it. The packaging says it's a 'New Look' so maybe it was there all along, and the new one just caught my eye; I don't know. Picking it up to learn more, it sounded just the job for me: for dry/sensitive skin, with an extra mild formula to reveal smooth, radiant skin - well, I can dream, and my skin isn't bad really! I remembered the brand name St. Ives from way back when. I decided to buy it as the price seemed good. Foolishly I threw away the till receipt and it was a few weeks ago, but I see the online price is £3.99 currently and that sounds about right. === A Closer Look At St. Ives === The scrub comes in a tube of 150ml. It has an appetising picture of apricots near the top left-hand corner - I think this is what caught my eye, either that or the deep pink flash stating 'New Look!' Other than that it's a clean-looking white tube, with more information on the back than the front, as is the norm. St. Ives call themselves the 'UK's No. 1 scrub brand'. I can't comment on that, but looking at their website they do seem to have a range of other scrubs available for different skin types. http://www.stivesbeauty.co.uk/ ===What's In It For Me=== The site doesn't contain a huge amount of information but probably gives enough basics for each product. It makes claims like non-irritating, dermatologist tested, 100% natural exfoliants, 100% natural extracts, formulated without parabens and phthalates. I know that a lot of people like to avoid the last two as possible 'nasties'. It's a little surprising, then, that it doesn't say what is in the scrub. I'm not going to name all of the ingredients as the list is quite long. The main exfoliating element seems to be walnut shell powder. I can also pick out water, glycerine and apricot fruit extract. Limoneme is also listed, and I have a feeling I have also seen this mentioned as less than desirable. ===Warning: Contains Nut Products=== Having cared for a child who had a nut allergy that was specific to walnuts, I am surprised that on neither the website nor the tube itself was I able to find any allergy warning. I suppose it is possible if rather unlikely that someone might ingest this; more to the point is that severe allergy sufferers can react upon coming into contact with the allergen. ===Using This Scrub === You use it just the same as any other scrub. The instructions say to moisten your face with water, dispense the product on to your fingertips and massage over your face, avoiding contact with your eyes, then to rinse with water. If you get any in your eyes, you should flush out with plenty of water. It couldn't be simpler. I prefer to use it in the shower - with hair like mine it's easier to keep it out of the way when it's wet, so I'll often shampoo first, put conditioner on & leave it while I exfoliate my face, then rinse hair and face together. Unlike the Simple scrub, this one has a mild but definite scent that I can only describe as fruity. I noticed it while dispensing from the tube, but not especially on my face. It's quite pleasant. I like the way this product has an element of lathering about it. It seems to make it easier to get the product right to the hairline. I find this scrub has slightly larger particles than the Simple one I had been using, and I feel I may have had a marginally better exfoliating experience because of this. I experimented to see if I could achieve a degree of exfoliation behind my ears and at the back of my neck as well as on my throat area and was quite pleased with the result. I'm not sure I could claim I now had smooth, radiant skin, but I was happy to find exfoliation was successful without my skin feeling unduly tight or irritated as a result. ===Summary=== I was very pleased with the performance of this facial scrub. I didn't think I could better my Simple one, but I think this is marginally better at exfoliating For myself, without allergies, I would certainly purchase this again. However, I've noticed that St. Ives also do a couple of scrubs for 'timeless skin', so I may try them out if I feel my skin, which is slightly sensitive, can handle them. I may be over cautious, but I'm concerned that no allergy warning is given. I can't fault the scrub itself but feel I must deduct one star for that reason alone, so it's 4 from me, and I would recommend the product. Thank you for reading this review. It may appear on other sites. ©Verbena June 2013

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        26.04.2013 09:04
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        it's okay

        This scrub takes me back to my university days as this was what the girls in my house always used. I would sometimes pinch theirs and so when I was looking for a new scrub lately I decided to buy some of this again! It is a very good scrub that works very well but it is also very rough so it is harsh on skin despite it being a 'sensitive' formula so if you do have sensitive skin it may not be for you. It is important to exfoliate regularly so that your skin can repair itself and help to 'glow'. The dead skin cells can be washed away by using a scrub which is important for the skin. Of course you can find alternatives such as body brushes and special rough flannels to which you can just add some shower gel to wash with but I do like to use an actual body scrub, I like to feel the rough particles against my skin as it feels like they are actively working. This scrub by St Ive's comes in a white plastic tube which stands upside down so it means that it is easy to get the scrub out. I don't think the packaging is particularly appealing, you can buy an alternative version of this the 'gentle' scrub and I think that one is far more appealing looking. This looks quite dated actually and it could do with being see-through so you can see how much have left and also just how grainy it is before buying it. There is a peach coloured strip in the middle and pictures of apricots. It is obvious when looking at it what you're getting so this is good. The lid is a flip lid. It is really important that after using it you shut it properly. If you don't close it properly then it will get a bit manky, any bits of scrub which is exposed will dry out and the lid can be awkward to close again. I like that it is a flip lid though as it means it is easy to open whilst you are in the shower and have wet and possibly soapy hands. It's also very, very easy to close it too without getting soap/scrub all over it. I always tend to rinse this in the shower too to make sure none of the scrub is stuck to it and because it's not got any paper on it like my other body butters and things have it doesn't effect the packaging at all. The scrub itself is extremely well packed with the particles of scrub. This is supposed to be for sensitive skin but it is very, very rough. You can buy a more gentle one which seems to be more gel like and have less particles than this. This one is creamy, a pale brown colour with dark brown particles in it. It's cold to touch which is quite soothing and feels nice on the skin. When you rub this into your skin you can feel it scratching away. I find that it is quite hard to rinse off thoroughly, sometimes I do still feel residue of it on my skin so if you use this you will have to spend a bit more time than you would normally rinsing your skin completely clean of this. The smell is of apricot but also something else... I'm not sure what but it reminds me a little bit of the smell of Immac/Veet which isn't too appealing! It's not a great smell really but luckily it doesn't stay around for long! After using this yes my skin feels so much smoother it really does. It is lovely to feel like it's worked well on my skin and i do think it has a little shine to it which is nice. It hasn't caused any rashes or blemishes despite being rough and my skin being sensitive so the sensitive element to this does work. At the same time my skin feels a bit tight too after this so I like to moisturise afterwards. I do not recommend that you use this on your legs if you have just shaved though as this can cause a bit of a reaction and make them sore. In my opinion it doesn't smell great, it's hard to rinse off and it's not all that appealing looking but it does work well as your skin will feel nice and smooth afterwards and have a nice healthy glow to it. It's hard to know what to score it out of 5 but I think 3 will do as it's got some good points but there are better products on the market so I would recommend trying some others out first and definitely check the smell of this before buying it as it is a little odd!

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        17.12.2012 19:07
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        Gentle enough to use even when my skin is flaring up

        I've been a big fan of St Ives skin scrub since I was a teenager and I still love it to this day. The gentle version is just as good as the original but a little bit less aggressive when my skin is feeling particularly fragile. Even when my Rosacea flares up and I have to be really careful about what products to put on it I still try to follow a regular skin care routine which includes a scrub every couple of days to remove dead skin cells and any patches of dry skin I might have. The St Ives gentle skin scrub is perfect for this as it still gives my skin a good buffing but it doesn't feel too harsh and doesn't irritate my skin too much. Although it is supposed to be gentle enough to be used every day I don't like to use it too much as I find that it can be slightly too harsh when used so often especially if my skin is feeling tender anyway. I like this because it really doesn't feel harsh but after using it my skin is always really soft and smooth and my skin actually feels cleaner and healthier and although I hate to use a cliché it really does feel like it can breathe again. After a few days of wearing heavy foundation on my skin it can feel as though it is clogged and even after cleansing and toning it just doesn't feel clean. This really cleans out my pores and stops them from becoming blocked which causes spots. I love how creamy this feels and although it doesn't foam up it is still really easy to massage in to my skin and it just glides over my face and doesn't pull or drag my skin. I like to spend a couple of minutes just massaging this in to my skin when I am in the shower and afterwards my skin is left feeling silky and this doesn't dry it out at all unlike a lot of face washes and some harsher scrubs. It costs £4.95 in Boots which isn't too expensive as it really does feel more like a premium scrub instead of a cheaper mass market one thanks to all the nice ingredients in it and the fact it is so nice to use.

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        07.04.2012 18:26
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        A good value and effective scrub.

        I am not brand loyal when it comes to most skin care products but nevertheless there are some that I go back to again and again. One of these is the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, in particular the "Gentle" variety. I have also tried the "Invigorating" and "Blemish Control" scrubs from the same range but I find that they feel more abrasive and therefore less pleasant to use. I wouldn't mind if they were more effective but for me they aren't. My skin is what I would call combination. I have tried products aimed at this skin type but too often I have felt they are "Jack of all trades" and don't really effectively deal with any of my problem areas. So I am left to choose between products for dry or oily skin. Scrubs for oily skin are too harsh on my dry cheeks even if they deal with my shiny forehead. So the best results for me have come from using dry skin friendly formulations of which this scrub is one. WHAT THE SCRUB CLAIMS TO DO This St. Ives scrub is said to offer mild cleansing and gentle exfoliation which will result in "smooth, radiant and healthy looking skin." It is said to be gentle enough to use daily although this is not true for me as I will explain below. Lastly, the packaging says the scrub is hypoallergenic and that it is suitable for sensitive skins. FIRST IMPRESSIONS The scrub comes in a reasonably attractive squeezy container, with pictures of apricots against a white background. [The picture in Dooyoo's image is of the previous packaging design.] The "bottle" is more of tube, which makes it easy to dispense. When you have used most of the product, you can cut the opposite end to the lid off to access what is left. I am always surprised at how much more the tube contains when I do so. Once I have done that though, I clamp the new opening shut tightly as the scrub tends to dry out otherwise. The scrub is thick enough not to flow out if you leave it on it's side and the flip top lid is secure once closed anyway. I have a friend who buys this scrub because she likes the apricot scent, which has always surprised me because I think it has only the mildest of aromas. To me it merely has a clean, fresh smell. I think it is fairly thick in texture, with plenty of visible exfoliating grains. These grains are well distrubuted throughout which makes it easier to apply evenly. APPLICATION Applying the scrub is easy and will be familiar to anyone who has used a similiar product. You dampen your face, massage the scrub in and then rinse thoroughly. One gentle squeeze of the bottle comfortably dispenses enough for me to massage into my whole face. It is creamier in texture than other scrubs I have tried which makes it surprisingly pleasant to work in. I also like the fact it feels gritty enough for you to feel it is doing some good, without feeling that your face has been sandblasted! I think it takes a little longer to wash off than some, as it is thicker, but this is a minor quibble. THE RESULTS If I have come back to using this scrub after a long break, I am always surprised at what an immediate difference it makes to the look and feel of my skin. My face looks instantly fresher and clearer, and any shine is long gone. It feels really clean, and it is smoother and softer to the touch too. I really notice an increased radiance to my complexion after a few uses. I haven't experienced any outbreaks of spots or redness. I have read much conflicting advice about whether it is or isn't good to use a facial exfoliation product daily, even if you are sticking to products intended for such use. I can only say that if I do use this every morning for any length of time beyond 3 days, the effects not only plateau, but actually reverse for me. My complexion appears duller and my cheeks begin to feel dry again, even with the use of moisturiser. If I use the scrub 3 or 4 times a week though, my skin does not suffer and the good results last. I am sure this will not be true of everyone that uses this as our skin is all different. I don't mind using it less frequently, as it makes the tube last longer. Although I use this mainly on my face, I also use it as a body scrub sometimes. I have found it to be very effective on those itrritating goosepimples that you can get on your upper arms. The "Blemish Control" scrub from the same range is also good for this. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY The standard price for the tube [150ml] is £4.99 in both Superdrug and Boots. I have almost never paid full price though - it always seems to be on offer somewhere or other. At the moment Superdrug are offering it at half price. It is also widely available in supermarkets. WOULD I RECOMMEND IT? Yes, I would. Although I do not find it gentle enough to use daily as claimed, I get excellent results from less frequent use so it is hard to use this as a reason to complain. I think that of all the scrubs I have tried over the last few years, this one offers the fastest and most relaible results. A liitle goes along way too- I am currently on a tube I began 3 months ago. Well worth a try to see how it suits you. OTHER INFORMATION Although the scrub is made from 95% naturally derived ingredients, it does contain 3 parabens and Sodium laureth sulfate which I know many people wish to avoid. Dermatologist tested - "in Switzerland"! [This review also appears under my user name on Ciao.]

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          31.01.2011 17:19
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          Would definitely recommend!

          This facial exfoliator is for all skin types, it exfoliates and removes the dull skin cells which results in you having bright and radiant skin. St. Ives is a brand which I feel is reliable and this product did definitely not let me down. Packaging This exfoliator comes in a 150ml plastic tube, there is a flip lid which means the product will not spill out. The tube stands on the lid so it is easy for you to get the product out. The tube is quite simple yet it contains enough information about the prouct. Texture and Smell This exfoliator is like a thick cream when you first remove it from the tube, something which I particularly like about it is how scrubby it is. The smell to this exfoliater is not too strong, there is a mild apricot smell which makes it a pleasure to use. How to use To use this product you wet your face then apply the exfoliator to your face, massage it into the skin, as this product is a pleasure to use it is nice to massage in for a few moments. Then rinse and you will be left with refreshed and bright skin! Where to buy and price - Supermarkets such as Morrisons, Asda and Tesco - Boots - £4.38 for 150ml - Superdrug - £4.38 for 150ml It is worth looking out for when this exfoliator is on offer as it often is! Personal Experience I have sensitive skin so I am often worried about trying new skincare products but as this product is for all skin types I felt it would be worth trying it, I am so pleased I did! I use this approximately 2-3 times per week, sometimes it can be more or less depending on how my skin is looking at the time. This exfoliator is a pleasure to use and something which i will contiune to use

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            06.07.2010 22:49
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            The best ever!

            I have used this for at least the last 10 years and it is AMAZING!! I use it every two days without fail, it is one of the best things i have ever ever bought. It keeps my face soft, glowing and i have not had a single spot or blemish (touch wood). I have tried using other facial scrubs and well to be honest they do not even compare to this. I use like a walnut size on my face, its thick and creamy and it is not to harsh, i have used others before that made me feel like my face had been scrubbed with a brilo pad. Ouch! It doesnt even have to be used just on your face, i use it when you just cant afford a wax this month and have to revert back to the trusty razor. I gently scrub my legs with this first, wash it off and away we go with the razor, believe me once you have finished, massage a little moisturiser and believe me you will not even tell the difference and you do not even have to go through the pain either and its a hell of a lot cheaper. Obviously doesnt last as long as waxing though however feels just as soft. Smells nicer than those hair removal creams to mmmmmm.... apricotes! I just love have used since a teen and refuse to try any other! You seriously should try it!!

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              27.05.2010 18:02
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              Love this product

              I bought this body scrub recently from Superdrug for £3.99 except I bought it in a 300ml tub instead of a squeezy bottle. I am normally not a fan of exfoliators and used to see it as a bit of a waste of time and money. But since it's coming into summer, I wanted to do a fake tan before a night out and so I thought I should perhaps try exfoliating first to see if it did make a difference. Now, not to sound uppity as I most definately am not!, I usually like to spend my hard earned cash on nice high end products and normally wouldn't really buy cheaper high street brands but since money was a bit tight I thought this would just need to do! Well, I was very pleasantly surprised by this product. It smells gorgeous - like slightly sweet fruity apricots but not awfully synthetic or heavy smelling, just light and fruity. The scrub contains jojoba beads and natural ground up kernels to product the exfoliant. These are lovely and rounded in shape so they are not excessively itchy and don't cause any irritation. A little went a long way with this and a little scoop was enough for one limb. It is quite generously filled with the exfoliant beads unlike some you can buy which are pretty sparse so you get a good and even coverage of the product. After scrubbing for a few minutes on damp skin you then simply rinse it off. The results I got from this scrub were excellent. My skin felt the softest it has ever felt before and looked smooth and even. I have not had that good an effect from any of the high end products I've used before. Plus it left a slight hint of the apricot scent behind which was lovely. Not only did my skin feel lovely and soft it looked hydrated and refreshed. This is definitely one product I will always have in my bathroom as it's a great bargain beauty buy which gives instant results. Highly recommended.

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              01.03.2010 15:00
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              Works well and is a must have

              So I am forever trying new face washes I love the feeling of a clean face and this one took me by suprise. Normally I would not buy such an expensive wash but I gave it ago and loved it. My face always feels clean and fresh after using this and my skin looks noticably heathier. Definatly a thumbs up. St Ives is an exfoliating face wash, the formula is really thick containing little beads of black and yellow along side the thick orange cream. It removes dead skin cells and helps bring your facial skin back to its forma glowing self. It is very gentle and does not cause soreness or any red patches. So there is no need to worry there. As it removes dead skin cells it leaves your skin feeling extremly soft to touch. I would recommened using a little moisuriser after just to keep skin nice and fresh and hydrated. It smells lush just like apricot but be careful not to get it in your mouth it taste vial! I always end up with it oin my mouth somehow not good. This is also really kind on sensitive skin. So do give it ago. There are many different St Ives products avaliable so have a look around! It costs £4 but is well worth it, if they are on offer stock up! My cuboards are full of it because I love it so much.

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              27.02.2010 17:35

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              Possibly the best facial scrub I have used

              My skin can be quite tempramental. In this respect I can find it quite hard to find a facial scrub that will be effective without damaging my skin. I bought this product because it was on offer and I have been a loyal user ever since. The Texture is quite thick so you ony need a small amount each time you use it. It is creamy with tiny beads in that effectively exfoliate your skin without feeling like its peeling your face off! Another advantage is that you could use it anywhere on your body that you feel needs it. The tube that I currently have has been in my bathroom for almost three months, even though I use it at least once a day, and I still have plenty left. After using the product my skin has felt healthy and fresh ... unlike with some other scrubs I have used that have made my skin red and tight. This product, whether on offer or not, is well worth the money you pay for it!

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              03.02.2010 19:25
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              Great and reasonably priced

              Whenever you use a face scrub/body scrub you always end up with spots coming out that were lurking uder neath your skin. This however is different. This leaves your skin feeling smooth and glowing. Containing apricots, olives and minerals it is made from natural ingredients and good to your skin. ***Benefits*** Oil Free Non-Irritating Dermatologist Tested 100% Natural Exfoliants 100% Natural Extracts Made without animal ingredients and not tested on animals. ****Cost**** It is around £3.50 from stores like Boots and Tescos but sometimes they do offers and you get the points too. They have a huge range of body products which I have just discovered. Amazon and Ebay also have good deals. ****Usuage**** I normally use this around 2-3 times a week and then after that I tend to use fake tan as the scrub polishes your skin removing dead skin cells and then the tan goes on better and covers better. ****Application**** Dampen face (usually I use a cloth) Massage a small amount into your face using circle movements then rinse and pat dry. ****Package & Product**** It comes in a plastic tube that has a flip lid at the bottom. It comes in 150ml and has the logo of St Ives on the front with a small mountain picture on the very top. The texture is like runny oats and a pale brown colour. The smell is quite pleasant, it isn't over powering in the slightest and you can really smell apricots. The only downside to this is that it leaves bits in the shower or sink but they can easily be washed away. I also get some spots when I use this but if I keep using it, they go away and leave me skin glowing. Also the lid came off in my travel bag one day so be wary of that. I tend to put it in a clear plastic bag now so it doesnt go every where.

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              17.01.2010 10:27

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              A lovely product to use

              I have been using this stuff for years, and it is really good at what it does. At around £4 it's not that expensive as it seems to last forever! I have combination skin that is also sensitive, and i find that this really makes my skin smooth and never irritates it. I tried the the sensitive version of this, and one designed for skin with spots, but i still think the original is the best version. It is easy to use as you just squeeze a bit into your hands and then apply to damp skin in circular motions. It also smells delicious, but not too overpowering. However, although this product makes my skin feel smooth, i can't say ive noticed any visible improvements to my skin, but that could be because i dont use it everyday. If you are looking for a scrub to make an improvement to your skin, this might not be it. So, overall, this is a really nice, easy to use scrub, but i haven't noticed any improvement in my skin.

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              04.01.2010 17:06
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              I was recently looking for cheap face wash to see me over the christmas season, when I came across this apricot scrub, I was tempted to get it, but then saw that it was over £3, and that was in wlikinsons, so I didn't even need to price check it with boots to see if it was any cheaper! But for some reason, at the back of my mind, I recalled that somebody in the past had reccomended it, saying that it worked really well, so I went with whoever it was that said it, and bought it. When I first tried it, I noticed that it was more grainy than any other face scrub, I have had before, now I was expecting it to be a bit grainy, obviously, because it was a scrub, but this one almost hurt my skin, has I rubbed it in. My mum suggested that it could be because I have sensative skin, but anyway, I continued to use it, and noticed that gradually, there was an improvement in my skin. OK, so it doesn't really work that quickly, but I think that that is part of the secret of it working. On the bottle it says that it is for oily or blemish prone skin, that is exactly what my skin is, so it must be working! The smell, is not what you might think it would be, it is a sweet smell, quite nice, but not of apricot. It does take a while to get the liquid off of your face, as I tend to miss parts of my face while washing it all off, and if you have long nails then naturally, you are going to get little bits of grain stuck in them, but I think it is worth it. Of all the face washes that I have used I think that this one is probably the one that has worked the best. Not only does it fight your spots and oily skin, but it also makes your face and hands super soft, and smelling nice! I would definately reccomend this to anyone who tends to get greasy skin, and to somebody who wouldn't be bothered about the price of it, mind you it quite a big bottle (150ml)! If you buy it every once in awhile, you will not regret it!

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                01.12.2009 11:59
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                HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

                I don't usually spend a lot on cleansers scrubs like this, preferring instead to use a facial wash and a good moisturiser afterwards. However I bought this scrub on impulse, I saw it on offer in Tesco's and got lured in by the fancy packaging and the promises on the side of the 150ml tub. There are large, juicy-looking apricots on the front -I love the smell of this fruit so that appealed to me. The packaging also said that it fights blemishes and blackheads, which was another bonus. However being an avid fan of Body Shop products, and loving natural ingredients, the clincher came when I read the following: * Oil free - 2% salicylic acid; * Dermatologist tested; * 100% natural exfoliants; * 100% natural extracts. So that was that, the scrub fell effortlessly into my shopping trolly. I wasn't particularly excited about using this product, in fact I forgot I'd bought it until I was in the shower a few days later. I then reached for the tube and put a dollop onto my hand. The consistency was thicker than your average cleaner, but it was very easy to apply. I easily applied a thick layer of scrub onto my face and the smell of apricots was intense. I was also very impressed that I didn't lose half of the cream down the plug hole. With a lot of creams and shower gels I find them impossible to use in the shower because they drop straight off the body and straight down the plug hole, however this wasn't the case with this product. In the past I have used exfoliators and I have found them very harsh, however this wasn't the case with this product - it felt nice to apply and as I washed it off I could almost feel the impurities drain away with it. I got out of the shower and moisturised my face as usual, it felt clean, smooth and I felt very refreshed. When I joined my partner in the living room he also remarked that he could smell apricots, so the smell had obviously been locked in by my moisturiser. I am so pleased that I accidently stumbled across this product - it's a treat to use. Five out of five from me!

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                  24.11.2009 13:40
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                  A very good face scrub that does the job with ease

                  St Ives Apricot Scrub- Invigorating facial scrub to revitalise the skin. St Ives is a well known brand that does a variety of products including facial scrubs/ washes and body cream. When I saw this product St Ives Apricot Scrub on the shelf is was currently on offer in Adsa, if I remember correctly it was about £1.99, bearing in mind the normal price of this product is closer to £4.00 so as it was a bargain a decided to give it a go and I do not regret my decision this product is lovely. The face scrub comes in a 150ml plastic tube, with a flip lid that is located on the bottom on the tube in my opinion this is the best place to have the lid as it can stand upside down on its lid and all the product will flow to the bottom of the tube ready to be used when you want to squeeze some of the face scrub out. St Ives describes the product as face scrub however, I would normally call this product an exfoliate, as it can be used to help control blemishes and unclog pores The product has been Dermatologist tested and is 100% natural exfoliates and 100% Natural Extracts. ~~smell~~ The smell of St Ives is divine; personally I love the smell of the apricot scrub. It is not overpowering that you can't enjoy the smell but it is the gentle tones of the apricot that make this a good face scrub to use in the morning. ~~Texture~~ I personally like the texture of the exfoliating face scrub as it is of a creamy texture, which contains lots of little micro beads. I particular enjoy that you can feel these micro beads straight away when you squeeze some of the scrub on your hand, you can feel the rough texture of the scrub and know that it will massage into your face well. The directions explain that you should dampen your face and massage you face with the scrub. For all first time users I would advise that you massage softly at first as the St Ives face scrub can be quiet rough if you massage to hard. I like the rough texture of the scrub as I know that it is working on my skin and that I can gently massage the scrub in certain areas, and in my problem areas on my face which I know are prone to breakouts and can massage that area harder and feel the micro beads working on my face; unlike other facial scrubs that are very liquidly and you can not feel the micro beads in the substance at all, which in my opinion means that it is not doing the job of helping to unclog your pores. Once you are happy that you have massaged the scrub all over your face wash it off and you will be able to feel that you skin feels clean and refreshed. ~~opinion~~ St Ives claim the face scrub helps to remove dead and dull skin cells to leave the skin looking more vibrant and refreshed. In my experience this is defiantly the case. I use the face scrub 3 - 4 times a week maybe a little less sometimes as I do not want my face to get accustomed to the face scrub so that it will not work as good as it should. Also I find this if I use it everyday it can be a bit rough on my skin. Within a couple of weeks of using the product my skin was visibly bright and cleaner and the blemishes on my skin had cleared up. I can dry skin at times so if you are planning to use this product I would advise that you follow it up with a good face moisturiser so that you skin does not completely dry out. All in all this is a very good face scrub that does the job and you can actually feel the micro beads working on your skin along with having a lovely Apricot smell.

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                  14.11.2009 14:42
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                  Does exactly what it claims too.

                  I am a great believer in regular exfoliating and I have tried many products, often expensive products, this is, by far, the best exfoliator I have ever used. It costs around £4 for a 150ml tube and this might seem pricey, but there are often 2 for 1 offers on the scrub and you can quite often get it cheaper from supermarkets and places like superdrug and wilkos. The exfoliator itself lasts for ages and a small amount goes a long way, so taking this into consideration it is not expensive at all! The scrub comes in a large tube with a flip top lid which keeps it nice and water tight as it has a permanent home in my shower! The tube rests on its lid so this means the scrub comes out very easily and you can easily control the amount you want. The scrub itself is a creamy thick consistency with beads of exfoliator in it. I love the consistency of the scrub as it sticks to your skin and you can really feel it working, unlike other exfoliators which seem to disappear to nothing when rubbed onto wet skin. You only need a blob of the scrub as it goes such a long way and it can be used on face and body. You can rub the exfoliator in quite vigorously as it is the gentle version and doesn't seem to irritate the skin like other scrubs can do. It smells lovely, a strong aroma of apricot and other fruits and it feels much nicer to use, with its natural ingredients, than scrubs like clearasil which can feel harsh on my skin as it is quite sensative. When you have used the scrub your skin is left feeling invigorated and really soft and smooth, I also find it helps with spots. I always moisturise after I have used it as my skin does feel a little tight, this feeling disappears instantly once moisturiser has been applied though and my skin is left looking really healthy and smooth. I have been using this product for about 6 years (since I was 16) and I will never bother with another exfoliator again. This really is fantastic value and I highly recommend it!

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                Mild cleansing formula that gently exfoliates, removing dull, dead skin cells to instantly reveal smooth, radiant, healthy looking skin /