Way back in the day, before the beauty community exploded on the internet scene, before “beauty blogging” and “youtube gurus” was the norm, all we had was MakeupAlley for reviews on beauty products and such. One of the most reviewed scrubs was the St. Ives Apricot Scrub and the other was the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. I’ve never actually seen the Queen Helene one but St. Ives has always been around in every single jam3iya (local co-op, drugstore, market, etc…) ever since the beginning of time. I myself bought it once before a looong time ago but only used it a few times before I had to throw it out because it had expired. The reason why I didn’t use it much was because when I was younger, I was extremely afraid of the product getting into my eyes and burning them. That’s mainly why I stayed away from using lots of things around the household, I was afraid of “the burn”.
Now that I’m older, a lot of other things factor into the reason why I like a product or not, besides “the burn”. The St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub costs 2 – 4 KD (depending on where you buy it) and comes in the usual squeeze-tube packaging with a flip-top cap and they straight up tell you on the packaging “oil/blemish prone skin” ya3ny they might as well have said “not for you, LuLu” but I chose to ignore that part and read the bottom part “oil free with salicylic acid and natural exfoliants” and on the back I noticed one of the ingredients was “walnut shell” which all registered with me as “must try, pronto!” Keep in mind that I have combination skin (dry skin, oily T-zone).
First of all, I do not recall the smell being this awful. Yes, I know I’m always going on and on about fruity scents or gourmand (sweet food-y scents) but I just can’t stand the smell of apricots or peaches and and aside from the chemical-y smell which is awful in and of itself, this thing also has an underlying apricot scent. I could live with it if it was a stand-out product or even a good product with such a vile smell. It might take the joy out of exfoliating my face (I go ham) but I could live with it. Unfortunately, this scrub is akin to rubbing sandpaper on your face. The granules are far too big to properly exfoliate your entire face no matter how long you sit there and try to evenly spread out the product. No matter what I tried, some parts of my face ended up being not exfoliated. Not only that but it also actually messed with the texture of my skin afterwards. I had microexfoliation action going on around my chin area and both cheeks. My skin was straight up dry and flake-y. I even busted out my MAC comfort creme and applied it to my face but nothing helped. My skin was parched and all that was after one use. A week or so later, I was at the doctor’s for something unrelated when he took a closer look at my skin and said “You should really look into micro-dermabrasion.” Me! The girl who rarely wears foundation because my skin is just that good.
From my previous post, you can see that I’m currently on the hunt for a new favorite face scrub because the formulation of my old favorite face scrub has changed so it no longer works the same. I’d picked this up to see how I’d like it and as it turns out, I don’t, not one kernel (See what I did there? Walnut Shell? Kernel? Hardy Har Har). My face has thankfully recovered since and I’ve found another use for this! I actually love it as a foot scrub in conjunction with a pumice stone or foot file! That said, I’m still looking for a new favorite face scrub.
Tips&Tricks: If your face scrub is too harsh for your face, use it as a foot scrub!