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11 March, 2014

St. Ives Apricot Scrub: Sensitive Skin v.s. Fresh Skin: A post by Lina

Afternoon all :)
This wonderful weather just won't quit!!

Something new for you all that I hope you will come to enjoy.  My gorgeous little sister, Lina, is more than competent in the world that is makeup, beauty, and skin care products (unlike myself) and has thus agreed to help me in adding a new aspect to Smoke In The Rain by writing (with a little help from big sis' editing skills) her very first skin care product review for the sanctuary that is my lifestyle/fashion blog.

Don't hesitate to give your feedback, whether or not you'd want to see more of this sort of thing on here, and if it was missing anything...or if it was just mind-blowingly awesome.  Let us know in the comments below, via SMITR's new Facebook page (consider this my delayed reminder to "like" us on Facebook) either via comment, wall post, message, or on Twitter :)  Without further blabbing, here you are:

Ever since I was a little girl, I remember my family using St. Ives products on a daily basis. The body washes and lotions (the Oatmeal & Shea Butter specifically) were favourites  When I was in the fourth grade I began to develop acne.  It latched itself to wherever it could and thats when my mom introduced me to the St. Ives Apricot Scrub for Blemishes and Blackheads. She said it would clear my pores and get rid of all the dead skin and oils that my acne grew and fed off of. Ever since she introduced me to it, the St. Ives Apricot Scrub has held a special place in my heart. That is six years of passion and commitment with this product. My first memorable beauty product, a significant part in every girl's life (whether it's a conscious thing or not, I guarantee you'll remember if you think back).

Of course all beauty products evolve, and over the years St. Ives has come out with different selections of the scrub.  Alongside the classic Blemish and Blackhead, I've used the Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub and the Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub. Here are my own thoughts, opinions and comparisons regarding these two versions of the scrub :)

The Similarities:

With both of these scrubs, I find they have the same scent. It doesn’t smell much like apricot at all to me and it doesn't take you away to a farm filled with blossoming apricot trees, gently blowing with the slight breeze on a bright, sunny day, bees buzzing around you as you pick and bite into a crisp, juicy, ripe apricot.  Although I wish it did. 
When I use it, I recognise and notice the scent but it doesn’t linger much nor does it add to the joy of the product.  It’s kind of just there (for lack of better words).  It is, however, thankfully note chemically. It doesn’t fall under the categories of ‘cute and flirty’ or ‘fresh and summery' either though. I would say the smell of these products is just a simple, enjoyable soapy smell with a slight hint of apricot (for lack of a more fitting description/fruit choice on their behalf).

Another similarity between these products is that you don’t need to use too much! A little dime-sizde amount is the perfect amount to cover your entire face.  

As for the packaging, it's durable and doesn’t get ruined if it sits in the shower. I find that because they have squeeze tubes it's both sanitary and the product comes out fast and with ease.  

The Differences: 

The first scrub I bought and tested was the Sensitive Skin scrub. I used this baby for weeks and prefer it to the Fresh Skin.  Heres why: 

This scrub doesn’t only work as a gentle scrub, it works as a cleanser! The little apricot seeds remove all the dead skin on your face to leave it soft while stripping the oil and makeup from your face. You must be warned though...when I say it strips oil from your face, I mean all of it. You step out of the shower and get this wonderful feeling of almost-new skin, but along with it-- dehydrated skin. 

For some people this may be irritating but I just ad a thick, soothing moisturiser on top and it feels luxurious, even rewarding.  It's kind of  like my skin is screaming, “THANK YOU LINA!!!!” at the top of it's non-existent lungs.  Whereas with the the later, the Fresh Skin scrub, I don’t really find that I get that satisfaction.  It doesn’t help much with taking off makeup nor does it feel as smooth while using it. 

Hopefully in the pictures below you can see the difference in texture as well. The Sensitive Skin scrub is much more runny (like a cleanser) and the Fresh Skin scrub is more rough and creamy. 

All-in-all I would say Fresh Skin is on the average side of things and that I would repurchase the Sensitive Skin next time around. :)

Sensitive: 1

Fresh: 2

St. Ives Apricot Scrub Sensitive Skin: $3.29
St. Ives Apricot Scrub Fresh Skin: $3.29

That's all for now! Hope you can use the above critic and that you've enjoyed my spot on Smoke In The Rain.


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