Wednesday, April 24, 2013

St Ives Warming Scrub and Invigorating Apricot Scrub!

Years ago, my favourite face scrub was the apricot one from St Ives, in the peachy tube.  Oh I loved it so and would repurchase it over and over.  It was perfect.  It smelled divine and had the perfect scrubby texture.  We were very happy together.  Then, for no reason and without consulting me, they changed the formula... And not for the better... I tried to love it but feigning enthusiasm wasn't enough, especially since my face just wasn't as scrubbed and radiant as before.  So for the past seven years or so, I've walked by the St Ives stands in the chemist and looked sadly at the scrubs, remembering what was.

On a recent trip to Boots where I went in just for a look and came out €50 poorer, I came across these guys!  New packaging, I was intrigued.  I picked up the Invigorating Apricot Scrub and opened the cap, breathing in the oh so familiar scent.  Ok.  I was going to try it again for old time's sake.  And I picked up a warming scrub, just because.


Let's start with the Warming Scrub shall we?  First of all, sweet Jesus the stuff is thick.  I thought they'd left the plastic protective layer on it because nothing was happening for ages.  But squeezing with two hands did the trick and out came this gelatinous looking scrub with little red micro beads, ready to do business.  With key ingredients like sunflower, sugar, silica and jojoba, this exfoliates the skin while retaining moisture and it heats up on contact with water and forms a lather, cleansing one's pores and exfoliating one's visage.  This really does leave my skin feeling soft and radiant and is worth the possible injury trying to squeeze it out.

The Invigorating Apricot Scrub is back in business for me!  When they changed the formula, they took out lots of the exfoliating seeds and so no matter how long I was working away at my face, it never felt scrubbed enough.  Thankfully, the lashings of corn kernel meal and ground walnut promotes skin cell turnover and gets rid of every bit of rough skin sitting on my face, waiting to cake my foundation.  The apricot cleanses, hydrates and nourishes the skin and smells lovely altogether.

Will I be buying these again?  Absolutely.  Although I expect it'll take me a while to get through the warming one due to ultimate thickness.  I don't have exact prices as I threw away the receipt in an attempt to ignore how much I spent but they were around the €5-€6 mark each, so definitely budget friendly.

Have you tried any of the scrubs from St Ives?  Now, who wants to come feel my face?
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  1. Hi Karen! I truly love your blog and how you write - I read you religiously every morning on the bus! I just have one tiny request - it would be amazing some time to see you talk about a product you haven't gotten on with - those type of reviews can be just as helpful as the positive ones, and sometimes even more entertainingHope that hasn't offended - keep up the good work either way!

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  2. Fear not for I am stockpiling products I'm not too mad on at the moment! I don't know how entertaining it'll be but I thought it'd be better to do one big post rather than lots of little ones :) Stay tuned!

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  3. I love love love St.Ives face scrub. I can't wait to try the warming one now, thanks, I didn't even know about this one x

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    1. Me neither! Thats why sometimes it's good to have an aul root in Boots on your own some day

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  4. I love this stuff but only for scrubbing my shoulders and back, it tears my poor face apart!! I may try the warming one though, sounds nice!!

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  5. I have the St. Ives green tea scrub! I use it 3x a week

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    1. I must give that one a go next once I finish these ones x

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  6. Thank god! I loved the apricot scrub years ago too until I tried the new formula- that bottle has just been sitting in my bathroom not being used cause I was so disappointed it had changed!

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    1. See, we know good scrubs and know when a formulation is disappointing! It's back and great, so go forth and scrub your visage!

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  7. This has been on my shopping list for ages and there it will remain thanks to this review x

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  8. I LOVE St.ives apricot scrub, but ONLY the invigorating one, the others (blemish fighting and something else) just don't have enough scrubbing power. I have no problem checking for grittiness in a shop before I purchase an exfoliating product. Has to be done ;)

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  9. I'm confused,so did the apricot return to its original formula?

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