Product: St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
Overall Rating = 1.875 Stars – Terrible to Just Okay
Cost: $4.79 for 6 oz. (.80 per ounce) Price Category: Inexpensive
Sold By: Walgreen’s and major retailers everywhere
Container: Flip-top plastic tube
Description: This is an Allure magazine Best of Beauty Award Winner. (I have no idea why.) This is described as “THE multi award winning apricot scrub that deeply exfoliates for clean, smooth and glowing skin, from America’s No. 1 scrub brand*. (*Based on 52 week unit sales ending 7.30.16)”
Morning Review: The first thing that hit me when I opened the cap was the scent. The St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub has a strong fruity, sweet and flowery smell. My nose immediately started running. I wet my face and massaged the grainy cream onto my skin. The crushed walnuts were very abrasive feeling and were much too harsh for my sensitive skin. My face felt irritated. This will definitely provide deep exfoliation if you have clogged pores. Even after rinsing I could still smell the strong perfume.
Warning: Please do not use this or any abrasive cleanser if you have Rosacea. Please consult with your dermatologist before using any exfoliating product.
Morning Rating = 1 Star
Evening Review: At the end of the day my skin still felt slightly irritated. I used very little product the second time with more water to try and achieve a gentler cleansing experience. This cleanser effectively removes all face makeup. My makeup wipes did not find any traces of makeup except for eye makeup. You cannot get this product near your eyes. (Crushed walnuts in your eyes would not be a good thing.) You will need to use a separate cleanser to remove your eye makeup. This is definitely not a good cleanser to use with a cleansing brush. That would be too harsh and irritating for any kind of skin.
My tester with normal skin who likes perfumes said it was okay and it didn’t seem too rough for her. My male tester said, “It stunk so much I didn’t want that on my face” and he didn’t want to try it.
Overall Review: I would not put this on my face again, nor would I recommend it to clients. I feel that harsh abrasive products are unnecessary and can cause damage to your skin. I would only use this on the heels of my feet or areas with thicker skin that are not easily damaged. It is effective to exfoliate rough, dead, calloused or dry skin on areas such as feet, elbows or knees. Also, I would not mind the heavy scent so much on my feet, but I do not want that near my nose or eyes. This may appeal to you if you like smelling like a bowl of fruit salad.
This is not a very good cleanser unless you are just looking for something that will deep clean, exfoliate and scrub your skin; your skin is not easily irritated; and you like heavy perfumes. Definitely stay away from this one if you have fragrance allergies and/or sensitive, delicate skin.
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub is suitable for the following skin types:
- Consistent, Combination or Oily skin with no sensitivities to fragrance or harsh ingredients
- NOT for Sensitive skin or anyone with Rosacea
- NOT for those with fragrance allergies
Morning Rating = 1 Star;
Evening Rating = 1 Star;
Average from Other Testers = 1.5 Stars;
Value Rating = 4 Stars;
Overall Rating = 1.875 Stars – Terrible to Just Okay. (Please review the About 365 Cosmetic Reviews page for the rating info.)
Please note that the Walgreen’s website has a photograph of the old formula from 2013 and shows the ingredients from the old formula. I have posted photos of the old formula and the new formula. I have also included both lists of ingredients. This review is for the new formula. I have noted when reading reviews from other sites that many people that used the old and new formulas are not happy with the new formula.
Ingredients Old 2013 Formula (from Walgreen’s website): Water, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Peg-100 Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Cetyl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Ceteareth-20, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Carbomer, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Phenethyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Titanium dioxide.
Important: Please read our full Disclaimer before using this or any product.