St. Ives

Exfoliate & Nourish Coconut Oil Scrub

4.23 fl. oz. for $ 6.99
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Brand Overview

St. Ives' line of oil cleaners/scrubs is supposed to help nourish skin while revealing a brighter glow; unfortunately its ingredients can cause the opposite response!

Exfoliate & Nourish Coconut Oil Scrub comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a flip-top cap. Inside is a gel-oil with scrubbing particles suspended in it. The gel-oil foams slightly mixed with water, which you're instructed to do before each use.

While the non-fragrant plant oils included in the formula do an effective job of cleansing and softening skin, they're not helped by the inclusion of the exceptionally harsh coconut shell powder that acts as this product's scrub component. The shell powder is quite abrasive, which means there's strong potential to create micro-tears in skin (which isn't nourishing at all and can create problems you wouldn't have to worry about with a better formulated scrub!).

The abrasive coconut shells are joined by strong fragrance, which only adds to the irritation this scrub presents.

Your skin deserves better than this when it comes to nourishing. For truly gentle options, see our list of Best Scrubs.

  • Contains hydrating oils to leave skin feeling smooth.
  • Scrub particles are harsh and can cause micro tears on skin.
  • Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
We go nuts for coconuts. The coconut shell powder makes an excellent exfoliator and partners perfectly with pure grapeseed oil to nourish with a flourish. Smooth it on and scrub up to 3-4 times a week for skin that shouts, hey girl hey!
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydrated Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Cocos Nucifera Shell Powder, Cocos Nucifera Oil.

St. Ives At-A-Glance

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, visit www.stives.com.

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