St Ives Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub ($4.29) is one of two new facial scrubs that St Ives has launched this Spring at drugstores. I picked mine up earlier this month at Soap.com (they get a lot of early releases don’t they!?).
I have a love hate relationship with St Ives Apricot Scrub so I wasn’t sure I’d love St Ives Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub but it sounded terribly tempted, I mean Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange?! How could I resist!? Please this is an even and bright formula that promises to get your skin bright and radiant….hello? I’m dull, I need to try it.
Take a look!
St Ives Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub is a facial scrub that’s quite reminiscent of the original Apricot formula not the blemish formula, just the regular Apricot Scrub. This is a rich, creamier scrub that isn’t as grainy or as harsh as the Blackhead and Blemish formula you’d get from the St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Blemish & Blackhead Control Scrub.
According to the tube this is a moderate scrub…I thought it quite gentle as it has a finely milled grainier texture but it might be a bit much for sensitive skin. To use simply wet your face and massage a small amount on your skin. It does later up a bit as you apply it but not a ton. It is highly fragranced but doesn’t smell exactly how envisioned. I expected a citrus fragrance and you do get that but it also has a bit of a perfume and freshness to it as well. At first I didn’t like it but I’ve gotten used to it.
This does whisk away dry, patchy areas but also creates new ones for me. After use my skin is super tight and majorly stripped. I ended up flaking back up after I used it. Unfortunately, this also happens with both apricot formulas as well. I have to limit myself to using this once every two weeks or so versus a weekly or even a daily product as my skin is dry already. If you have oily skin it might work better for you!
If you already use the original Apricot Scrub you’ll likely love this. If you’ve used the Apricot Scrub in the past and just didn’t quite get on with it not a lot has changed with this formula. Dry skin users…beware! It does strip and it does make skin feel quite tight after use and it will possibly cause more patchy, dry areas to crop up so be careful.
Use the original Apricot?
It’s available now at Drugstore.com and should be available in stores as well shortly.