Wednesday, March 13, 2019

St. Ives Exfoliate and Nourish Apricot Oil Scrub Review

St. Ives Exfoliate and Nourish Apricot Oil Scrub
Bought for: P434
Bought from: Watsons

I've been seeing this St. Ives Exfoliate and Nourish Apricot Oil Scrub in many advertisements whenever I browse online. The curious in me wanted it so badly so I made sure to buy one on my previous trip to Watsons which is way back last year. Hah! I've learned to manage my Watsons spending a long time ago. :D Anyway, I trust St. Ives Scrubs so much, I even repurchased the regular Blemish Control Apricot Scrub a dozen times before, so it did not take much convincing on my end when they released a new scrub variant.


Our iconic exfoliator meets the nourishing, yet makeup-melting, powers of pure grapeseed oil in our face oil scrub. This oil scrub infused with our signature apricot extract (100% natural, of course!) leaves you with soft, refreshed skin.


(1) Shake and squeeze a small amount (dime-sized is a good start) of Apricot Oil Scrub into *dry* hands, (2) Next, rub hands together to distribute oil evenly around palms, (3) Massage gently onto face (again, *dry*), (4) Now, add warm water, continuing to massage in small circles to emulsify the oil. Once it turns milky white, rinse with warm water and lastly, (5) When you’re done rinsing, pat dry with a towel and admire your soft, glowing skin!


Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydrated Silica, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil.

This product has very few ingredients and I appreciate the simplicity of its formulation. It makes me think that I'm putting lesser chemicals on my skin. This product is composed of 100% natural exfoliants such as Walnut Shell Powder which is carefully milled to be gentle on the skin and Apricot Fruit Extract which has a lot of skin benefits.

A quick Google search and it leads me to St. Ives official site and I read somewhere that Apricot is great for wrinkle reduction, moisturization and better skin tone which is why it's a primary ingredient among all of their scrubs. Aside from the fact that the fruit itself taste good, it's also great to be taken both orally and externally (through skin care products).


The scrub is housed in a squeeze bottle that I find travel-friendly and economic to use. The cap shuts tight with a click and the bottle itself is sturdy. It also displays all necessary information such as claims and skin benefits, ingredients, directions for use, expiry dates and a lot more.


The scrub has a strong fruity scent of Apricot which I kind of like. However, it's strong enough that those who are very sensitive to scents may find it overwhelming. It even reminds me of car fresheners that usually make me feel nauseous when fragrance combines with car motion. There's just something about it that makes me like it overall.

The scrubs are suspended in oil formulation and I know you get the picture. It provides deep exfoliation so you have to be careful and gentle as you massage it on your skin to avoid over-exfoliation (leads to skin damage and excess oil). Make sure to apply on dry skin with dry palms or it won't emulsify and turn milky white, leaving you a greasy layer that's hard to wash off afterwards. I learned this after a couple of tries (silly me!). Once you get the hang of it, you'll realize that it's very easy to use.


Overall, it's a good scrub to keep skin soft and smooth. The beads are slightly abrasive so you have to be extra careful. The oils are effective in melting away skin's impurities and the scrubs seems to buff away roughness, revealing a brighter complexion and younger skin cells. I just don't think I'll use it alone as a cleanser. I still prefer to do a second cleansing with a facial wash because I feel like there's still grease and dirt left as it's not able to wash away all makeup completely (especially the waterproof ones).

Others may find scrubs like this too drying because of the deep exfoliation factor but for someone like me who has oily skin, I feel like it's just suitable. The huge amount of oil helps hydrate skin and get rid of the taut and dry feeling after exfoliation. If you are leaning toward the drier skin type, you may have to slather moisturizer afterwards to make up.

I like St. Ives Exfoliate and Nourish Apricot Oil Scrub because it's a good value for money and does its job in revealing a more youthful, radiant complexion. It's not a comparison review but if I am going to recommend which variant is a better investment, I still would recommend the regular St. Ives scrubs as those are less abrasive and complicated to use. Nonetheless, scrubs from St. Ives are still game changers!


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