Apricot Scrub Gentle, for Sensitive Skin
6 fl. oz. for $4.29
Last Updated:08.13.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Apricot Scrub Gentle, for Sensitive Skin contains the same abrasive agents as the Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control with Salicylic Acid, for Oily/Acne Prone Skin, just less of them. We suppose that makes this the milder choice, but it is still not preferred over gentler facial scrubs or a washcloth with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser. This version omits the sodium lauryl sulfate and does contain a more gentle cleansing agent.


Extra mild formula gently exfoliates for a deep clean, removing dull skin cells to instantly reveal noticeably smooth, radiant skin.


Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Zea Mays Kernel Meal (Corn), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Stearate, Jojoba Esters, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Juglans Regia Shell Powder (Walnut), Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Cetyl Acetate, Ceteareth-20, Urea, Polysorbate 60, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenethyl Alcohol, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Butylphenyl Methypropional, Iron Oxides, Methylisothiazolinone, Prunus Armeniaca Fruit Extract (Apricot)

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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