I love this stuff! After using it my face feels so soft. I've been using it every other day for a week and my face already looks so much more radiant. Love love love:)
This doesn't really have any benefits like skin renewal or whatever, but I love it just as a gentle scrub! Never too harsh or drying. A great occasional scrub for a great price!
This isn't meant to be abrasive. I am a long time fan of the scrub and this product is not designed to create results like the scrub from massaging it into the skin. I am used to scrubbing my face with sugar and other highly granulated materials, but due to an accident I have to resort to enzyme exfoliators. This product worked very well, but not in the directional use. I would suggest massaging the product into the skin (ignore the beads, they do nothing), and allowing it to sink into the skin for a few minutes. After a gentle rinse you notice this product, in fact, left your skin silky smooth. The packaging is misleading since so many followers of the scrub expect this to react exactly the same way as its predecessor. However, it actually does very well as far as delivering AHA's in a gentle, yet effective, manor.
I absolutely love this scrub. I stopped using the original apricot scrub formula because it was too harsh and abrasive for my skin. I was surprised to find this scrub at Target for $2.99 while searching for an AHA scrub, and have been so impressed with the quality of the product. The scrubbing beads are much more gentle than the original formula, and I have found that the AHA combined with the gentle scrub is enough to slough off all of my dead skin. It leaves my face looking absolutely radiant! I feel like Iíve had a facial every time I use it. My new HG scrub!
I think it's unfair that people are comparing this product to the original St.Ives Apricot Scrub. This is a completely different product, and I don't think it warrants a poor review just because it's not the same. I purchased this product because it contains AHAs. The formula is very gentle, which is good for me because I don't like to use harsh products on my face. I wanted something very mild, and this works well for me. I love the way it smells, it has a very light apricot scent. My skin feels refreshed after using this.
I have been using this for so long. This saved me from my teenage acne so this is a lifesaver for me. It's a scrub but there's not a lot of beads in the formula. It's gentle, gets all of my makeup off (not mascara) and leaves me skin feeling fresh and clean. I do feel a little tight afterwards but I always moisturize so that's not a problem. Lately I have been noticing that the texture of my skin and the tone isn't really what I'm looking for so I started exploring different options. I was looking on a couple of different ingredient analyzing sites and the ratings on this weren't so good. So I do have to switch to something a little less toxic. I'm thinking this might be why my skin isn't looking as healthy as it should. If the toxicity doesn't bother you with this I'd say to definitely give it a try. Well thanks for the run St. Ives
While I always attempt to find a single redeeming quality in any product I know is lackluster, there was just nothing of merit about this scrub. Any exfoliation substances (beads, walnut shell powder, etc.) were minimal in quantity, to the point where I had to exert a lot of pressure to feel any "sloughing" at all.
My assumption is that the manual exfoliation elements were downplayed in order to lessen skin irritation from the AHA. But the acid was present in such a low concentration that it would not have done anything in the first place.
A final attempt was made to use this scrub as a basic cleanser, a task at which I suppose it did an alright job, except for the slight film it left on my skin.
Four usage attempts and I threw it away. continued >>
This is more of a face cleanser than a face scrub. It doesn't exfoliate at all. I bought it thinking it would be the consistency of a sugar scrub (or the like), but it's really just face soap with little "beads" that don't exfoliate your skin.
I would not buy again.
I'm a very long time user of the original Apricot scrub which I absolutely love and swear by, and like others have mentioned here this is in no way comparable. It has very little in the way of scrubbing beads and the formula is very thick - combined this is a non-scrub that thickly lays on top of your skin and won't work in or work up to a lather of any sort. To top it off, it takes an effort to wash off and thats even using it in the shower, and leaves a greasy film on my face which I then have to use a cleanser to get it off. It claimes to firm and tone - it does not. Whatever AHA's it's supposed to contain don't seem to get through the thick consistency. As for the smell, I think they were going for cucumber and instead wound up with rotting watermelon. Whatever it's supposed to be, it stinks. I'll stick with the original formula which I love love love and get my AHA's elsewhere.
Like others I expected this to be like the regular St Ives Apricot Scrub, but it's completely different - the texture, the amount of beads, even the smell. First off, it's creamy and thick, with significantly less amount of scrubbing beads that you would normally find in the regular version. The smell is really bad - like plasticky chemical, if that makes any sense. I would be willing to buy it again and put up with the smell if it does anything for me, but nope. I actually quite like the consistency (as I believe that the regular St Ives scrub is much too harsh) but I was looking for an AHA scrub and this did absolutely nothing for me. The tube did say "Mild AHA" so that's pretty true.
EDIT: I definitely won't buy this anymore. It gave me a couple of huge cystic acne, and I'm generally quite tolerant of products.