St Ives Exfoliate & Nourish Coconut Oil Scrub ($6.99) is a new coconut oil scrub created with coconut shell powder to exfoliate your face and reveal a brighter, smoother complexion.
I picked up St Ives Coconut Oil Scrub as well as St Ives Exfoliate & Nourish Apricot Oil Scrub at a Super Walmart in the Catskills at the end of November. I was somewhat shocked to find it on the shelves as I had never heard about it and later when I was Googling info I couldn’t find a word about these anywhere.
These are quite an interesting and unique product as they combine the formulation of a cleansing oil with tiny grains that act to exfoliate skin. It’s an interesting combination that effectively exfoliates skin.
Let’s take a look at my review.
St Ives Exfoliate & Nourish Coconut Oil Scrub is available in a single size squeeze bottle that’s 4.23 oz. Their regular Apricot Scrub is 6 oz in size and considerably cheaper at around $3.99 to $4.99 if you’re one to compare prices.
I have drier skin so, I tend to exfoliate once a week or even once every two weeks. There is such a thing as TOO much exfoliation when it comes to drier skin in my opinion. If you do it too often your skin will be drier than when you originally started. So, I stick to doing it once or so a week if that. I’m mentioning this because my experience with St Ives Exfoliate & Nourish Coconut Oil Scrub was a great one but I do think I have to limit my use since it is a harsher scrub and does leave my skin feel a bit tight after use.
I actually don’t know a lot about coconut shell powder in all honesty but a quick search reveals that it’s actually available in a pure form that can be used as a facial scrub. As far as I know this is the first coconut shell powder scrub I’ve ever used. Although dotted with tiny brown specks that isn’t the actual scrub part of the formula. The powder seems clear, almost sugar-like in appearance. The grains are very fine and tiny. These grains are suspended in a gel-like cleansing oil that’s made up of grape seed oil and coconut oil (which is actually very low on the list of ingredients). There is a good deal of fragrance here which I found very pleasant. It’s a fresh fragrance that’s every so slightly fruity that has a very faint coconut note. If you’re sensitive do beware as the scent is quite strong.
This is quite a unique product and it got me thinking about creating my own version of it somehow by combining maybe sugar and my favorite cleansing oil? This takes the idea of cleansing oil and reinvents it a scrub. Mind you, it is NOT a cleanser in my opinion. Sure, it might whisk away any oil, dirt, or leftover makeup on your face but you don’t want to use it to cleanse your skin. Why? Because you don’t want to get this near your eyes or in your eyes due to the smaller coconut shell powder grains. Also, you don’t want to scrub your face daily to get it clean. This is solely an exfoliating product in my opinion so, be sure to work with it on already cleansed skin.
To use it, cleanse your face first. Remove all your makeup prior with whatever technique or products you use to do so. Dry your face well after and shake the bottle of Coconut Oil Scrub briskly. Squeeze a dollop of the gel into your dry hands and massage onto your dry face. At first this has a gel-like consistency but as you massage it turns into more of an oil. It’s a harsher scrub so use gentle motions when massaging. I massage for a minute or so. Now you can add a little water to emulsify the oil (it’ll go milky) and you cam continue to massage gently. After that you rinse. It’ll rinse clean away and it won’t leave a greasy or oily residue. As I mentioned above it left me feeling a little tight but nothing a little moisturizer didn’t help. I think it did a very good job smoothing and softening my face but did not hydrate it so, plenty of moisture was needed after to restore what was lost. I thought my nightly serums and moisturizers absorbs a hell of a lot easier after using this and my skin looked visibly smoother and brighter.
I probably wouldn’t recommend it for sensitive users nor ones prone to redness thought. My own skin is drier and not sensitive and it worked great. I can see myself adding this to skincare line up. I liked it a lot. I WISH it didn’t leave me feeling tight but I can restore moisture easily with other hydrating products I use.