02.22.2013
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St. Ives
Moisturizing Olive Scrub
Rating
5 fl. oz. for $7.99
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:02.22.2013
Jar Packaging:False
pH:
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This is a very good cleansing scrub for normal to very dry skin. The abrasive agent is jojoba beads, and they are cushioned by fatty acids, oil, and paraffin (wax). The cleansing agent helps this rinse better than it would without them, but this is not a product for those who are looking for a scrub that doesn’t leave a hint of residue. The antioxidants in this scrub look good on the label, but they’re rinsed from skin before they have a chance to work.

Claims

Re-energize your skin for a healthy glow with this scrub. Fortified with olive oil, rich in Omega 3 and 6, to deeply hydrate. With natural anti-oxidants, like olive leaf extract to nourish the skin. And all-natural exfoliants to leave skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Jojoba Esters, Paraffin, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Cocamide MEA, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, BHT, Fragrance (Parfum), DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Limonene, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Yellow 5, Propylene Glycol, Red 4, Red 33, Blue 1, Sorbitol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract.

Brand Overview

St. Ives At-A-Glance

Strengths: A couple of water-soluble cleansers, a gentle microdermabrasion alternative; some good, inexpensive body lotions; excellent hand cream.

Weaknesses: Overly abrasive scrubs; ineffective anti-acne products; dated moisturizer; overall, the facial-care products are substandard, even if they are inexpensive.

Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.

For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, call (800) 333-0005 or visit www.stives.com.

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