Product Review: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

by Bionic Beauty on 02.Mar.2008 · 12 comments

St. Ives Apricot ScrubSt. Ives Apricot Scrub
The Apricot facial scrub by St. Ives has many fans, however I cannot count myself as one of them. I have tried this scrub three times over the past six years. Every time I hope to like this drugstore find but end up pitching it (any suggestions for left over facial scrub?) or using it on my hands or winter feet.

The apricot seeds are large and excessively rough on my skin. Something in the formula causes my semi-sensitive skin to breakout massively. Even after a thorough rinse with water, I end up with large scabs in my eyebrows (ick) that develop within two days and then the hair in my eyebrows falls out in those patches (double ICK!) (reference my earlier post about Ferro’s mineral makeup to help even out my skin).

Hopefully this time, I have finally learned my lesson not to try this face scrub again. Are there any readers with similar experience, or do you love this product?

St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Gentle For Sensitive SkinSt. Ives Apricot Scrub is available at for $3.99.


1 Charlotte March 2, 2008 at 11:04 pm

I guess I’m not the only one. I like this scrub well enough for a drugstore product, and I’m fortunate to not have had your experience with it! I, too, have sensitive skin, and wanted to like it, but compared to really good stuff, it’s not so great. It’s currently being used as a hand and foot scrub. Alas!

2 Jen March 3, 2008 at 1:38 pm

I have sensitive skin as well. I prefer facial scrubs with almond or sugar, much gentler and give a good exfoliation without irritating my skin.

3 Shannon (Cole Mine) March 3, 2008 at 3:17 pm

I tried this scrub many years ago and also found that it was excessively irritating to my sensitive skin. Seems the formula must not have changed since then…Thanks for the tip.

4 BionicBeauty March 4, 2008 at 9:07 am

Yes, irritating to the skin and irritating to the mind when you see you skin getting scratched and pimply. I’m going to take Jen’s suggestion and try something a bit gentler- maybe a sugar scrub.

5 atique March 4, 2008 at 9:30 pm

i like this product…well i have this black head comedo things, and its always feel nice after scrubbing , and yes i feel exfoliated and clean with this apricot scrub..
looks like i’m the only one who like this product 😉

6 Lilan March 5, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Hi BionicBeauty,

I have the same feeling about this scrub. I’ve purchased it twice already, thinking that it would be a good drugstore scrub for my face. But sadly, the second time I bought it, I remembered why I didn’t have it in my beauty arsenal in the first place – it’s scruffy and ouchy on my skin. And I haven’t used it again since.

Funny though, because the tube is still sitting in my shower.. Maybe I’ll finish it on my legs – I need somethinig to help me exfoliate before I self tan this season 😀

7 kia March 9, 2008 at 8:19 pm

sorry that you had this experience. i think the formula is too rough as well but surprised at the amount of people that love it. i’ve heard that they’ve come up with a more gentle formula. i haven’t looked for it in the line because i’ve found a pretty good daily exfoliator.

if you are ready to ditch, try it on your feet first.. or like lilan’s suggestion.. legs or elsewhere that maybe able to tolerate a good thorough scrub

8 Kenya April 2, 2008 at 5:31 am

SO glad i’m not the only one that ran into some issues. Awhile back I purchased a number of drugstore items to perform my own home facial after watching a tutorial on youtube. Afterwards I noticed quite a bit of irritation. Since I used more than one product during the facial, I wasn’t sure which particular item caused it, or if it was a combination that did it. I haven’t used the scrub since then, but hearing other reactions gives me the idea that it just might have been the scrub.

9 BionicBeauty April 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Kenya, Welcome to Bionic Beauty, good to have you here! 🙂 I think I get itchy and irritated just thinking about the scrub these days. I’m testing out a new set of facial masks and should have the results up soon. They are natural and the textures are nice. I’ll post a review quick- maybe something to try.
Again welcome!

10 Melody April 13, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Wow.. I have been using this product for nearly 10 years, and my face doesn’t get clean without it. I have really oily skin, so it is necessary to scrub away the dead skin cells. I have never broken out due to the use of this product.

11 Mallory April 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm

You could try their new ‘sensitive skin’ version. Personally I’ve never had any problems – and it leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft.

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