St Ives Apricot Scrub for Sensitive Skin Review

St Ives Apricot ScrubSt Ives Apricot Scrub

I’m yet to find my ‘holy grail’ exfoliator so this is the part of my skin routine that is often neglected. When searching for a new one in a recent trip to Boots I thought I would try the St Ives Apricot scrub because a few people have recommended it to me in the past and the natural exfoliants appealed to me.  Having sensitive skin, I picked the sensitive ‘gentle’ version as I need to be extra careful I don’t use a scrub that causes irritation and I had high hopes I had finally found a facial scrub I would enjoy using.

Due to having sensitive skin I’ve always tried to exfoliate as little as possible so as a maximum I will do it once a fortnight (when I remember).  As I only bought the St Ives scrub recently I’ve actually only used it a handful of times and normally I would feel this is a little too early to review a skin care product but as I only plan on using it very rarely in the future if ever I thought this was an exception to that rule.

The St Ives Apricot scrub smells delicious and I loved that it is claimed to have an extra mild formula which gently exfoliates to reveal smooth and radiant skin. This was exactly was I was after but unfortunately even after only using this product a couple of times I know it’s not the one for me. Sadly, I’ve this exfoliator to be a little too harsh on my skin so it’s left feeling a little sore after use and also due to it being packed full of abrasive beads I find them really hard to wash Off. This may seem like a strange thing to say because it should be pretty simple right? but after splashing my face several times and gently patting it dry when applying my moisturiser I still find there are bits left on my face which makes it uncomfortable and irritating.

I’m really disappointed I haven’t got on with this product because it smells lovely and it did do a really great job at exfoliating my skin. It’s only early days so I might try it once or twice more but I’m not in a hurry because sadly I just didn’t seem to click with it.

Priced at £4.29 I think this scrub is really good value for money and I would definitely recommend it to people who haven’t got as sensitive skin as me… just be careful you wash your face A LOT after use!

Have you tried this scrub? Which is your favourite?

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  1. .
    April 4, 2014 / 9:43 am

    love this scrub! dermalogica daily microexfoliator is great too!


  2. Jess | Just Jesss
    April 4, 2014 / 11:23 am

    I really like St Ives scrubs, but my skin is super oily. I tend to use mine in the shower so it's much easier to wash off 🙂

    Jess xo

  3. Amy
    April 4, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Haven't tried it yet, but the scent sounds really lovely 🙂 and for some reason I have the same problem with most of the face scrubs – I just can't wash them off properly, so like Jess said – under the shower is a way to go haha 😀

  4. Lisa C
    April 4, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    I always use this in the shower too – I end up splashing water everywhere otherwise! I like this product, but can definitely see how it would irritate sensitive skin xx

  5. Irina G.
    April 5, 2014 / 12:01 am

    Thanks for the review!
    Love St Ives products!

  6. Michelle Murray
    April 5, 2014 / 6:39 am

    I love st Ives products. Apricot smells so yummy

  7. Kimberley Johnson
    April 5, 2014 / 7:12 am

    It does smell lovely! x

  8. Kimberley Johnson
    April 5, 2014 / 7:13 am

    That's okay 🙂 x

  9. Kimberley Johnson
    April 5, 2014 / 7:13 am

    Ahh tha'ts such a good idea! I will definitely try that! x

  10. Kimberley Johnson
    April 5, 2014 / 7:13 am

    It's a great idea.. I can't believe I didn't think of it! x

  11. Kimberley Johnson
    April 5, 2014 / 7:14 am

    It's disappointing because other than me being too sensitive to it, it's a really great scrub! x

  12. Kimberley Johnson
    April 5, 2014 / 7:14 am

    Thanks! I will take a look at that one too x

  13. babyteeth
    April 5, 2014 / 7:57 am

    I used to love St Ives when I was younger! Not had it in ages though. I prefer to use scrubs in the shower as they are always hard to wash off in the sink! Or if I do use them out the shower, I go over my face with a wet flannel to make sure it's completely rinsed off 🙂

  14. Corinne
    April 5, 2014 / 8:06 am

    I've tried this before an I found the same problem with bits still on my face. I'm not a fan at all.

    Corinne x

  15. loredana marin
    April 5, 2014 / 8:16 am

    I didn`t` tried this one but i`am a big fan of scrubs.

  16. The Beauty and Lifestyle Hunter
    April 5, 2014 / 8:58 am

    I do like it, but also generally use it on my back during summer to stop it becoming congested from sunscreens. Hubby loves it too. It does come at a great price, doesn't it!

  17. Zoe Lianne
    April 5, 2014 / 10:49 am

    I haven't used a St Ives product in ages! This has actually reminded me how great they are 🙂 xx

  18. The Girls Next Door UK
    April 5, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    I just bought the original one of this and haven't decided whether I like it yet or not! x

  19. Rakhshanda Rizvi
    April 5, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    Sounds really good! Would love to give it a try for summers!

  20. Sam
    April 5, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    I have really sensitive skin and would like to try something like this. Thanks for the recommendation. Wishing you a splendid weekend!

  21. hurny2009
    April 13, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Hii, sorry this is later than it should have been!

    Great post! I've tried this scrub myself and I completely agree with you. On paper this is the perfect scrub for someone with sensitive skin. It gives you a little of a false sense of security because it smells so nice! It's really not “gentle” at all, it felt I had scrubbed my forehead with sand paper which is not nice 🙁 (blotchy red skin = unhappy Kate). I do think however this would be a great scrub for someone with normal skin, it's just a bit too abrasive, as you've pointed out. Great post Kimberley, I will be back to read more 🙂 xxx

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