08.13.2013
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St. Ives
Apricot Scrub Renew & Firm
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6 fl. oz. for $4.29
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:08.13.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Apricot Scrub Renew & Firm is a fairly gentle scrub primarily because it contains just a tiny amount of abrasive walnut shell powder and because what’s listed before it provides a buffering effect. This can be an OK scrub for normal to dry skin. Note that the tiny amount of AHA glycolic acid has no impact on the exfoliating properties of this scrub.

Claims

Exfoliates to help visibly tone & firm skin. From America's #1 Scrub brand, this Apricot Scrub, with gentle alpha hydroxy, visibly tones and firms, revealing younger looking skin.

Ingredients

Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Juglans Regia Shell Powder (Walnut), Glycol Stearate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Zea Mays Kernel Meal (Corn), Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Jojoba Esters, Glycolic Acid, Ceteareth 20, Urea, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Caffeine, Polysorbate 60, Triethamolamine, Fragrance, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Phenethyl Alcohol, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Methlisothiazolinone, Prunus Ameniaca 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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Saturday, October 19, 2013
Not tested on animals!

St.Ives is NOT tested on animals it clearly states that on the package! Also if your looking for a gentle version of the original st.Ives apricot scrub to use this is it.Save the original one for your body and use this on your face because the original is harsh for your face.

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Replied on: Monday, October 21, 2013

Hi, and thanks for your comments! We list St. Ives as an animal tester because, though the company itself might not take part in any first-party animal testing, it sells products in China. The Chinese government requires all skin care and beauty products used on humans to first be tested on animals - and companies who sell their products there must comply with this requirement. We hope this clears up any confusion!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
Sunday, February 03, 2013
GREAT EXFOLIANT

GREAT PRODUCT! I EXFOLIATE REGULARLY TO SLOUGH OFF ALL THE DEAD SKIN. THIS GETS THE CRUD OUT OF MY PORES. I ALSO USE IT ON MY LEGS BEFORE SHAVING.

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