Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Scrub Down with St. Ives Elements Olive Scrub

Every time I walked by the face wash aisle at my local drug store, I always gave the St. Ives scrubs a smirk. Back in the day when I was a teenager and started having zits, my mom brought home this bright orange tube of St. Ives apricot scrubs. She instructed me to use it as my way to zit-free salvation.

However, it did not help my problem skin at all! Instead it exacerbated the problems because of the grainy texture of the apricot exfoliating pieces and the richness of the creamy substance. I did not remember how I washed my face but I always found pieces of the scrub in my ears afterward. That was quite annoying!

Hence the smirk when I saw the newer, leaner, and better versions of St. Ives scrubs called St. Ives Elements. I could not imagine how St. Ives could improve the quality of their scrubs at all! Then came Marie Claire magazine that included a sample pack of the Olive Scrub to their subscribers. Because the sample was free, I gave it a good try and after that, all my apprehensions toward the St. Ives Elements line went away into thin air. It was that good!

To me, the Olive Scrub is nothing like its predecessor the Apricot Scrub at all. The exfoliating beads are much smaller and rounder, hence giving a smoother feeling when scrubbing on my face. Also, the Olive Scrub has a smaller exfoliator to cleanser ratio so none of the beads end up in my ears so far. Another plus is it rinses clean without stripping off the moisture on my skin and does not turn my face red after washing.

I've been using it for about a month and so far so good. I does not over-exfoliate and is gentle enough on my acne-prone skin. Plus the smell is kind of nice as well. To use it, I squirt about a dime size amount of scrub into the palm of my hand, then I massage it all over my wet face for a while. Finally, I rinse everything out with water and done!

You will like the Olive Scrub if you:
  • like to exfoliate your skin to give it a glow,
  • have acne-prone skin and do not want a sand-paper feeling when using a scrub,
  • have oily skin and does not want an over drying face wash,
  • want a good quality and budget-friendly scrub: this will only cost you $7-8 USD,
  • are a fan of the regular St. Ives apricot scrubs.
You will not like this product if you:
  • think nothing can surpass the good ole apricot scrubs!
Honestly, I can't think of anything negative about this product and I'm quite picky myself. I highly recommend it to everybody, even the zealous scrubbers among us (I'm a recovering one myself!)

My birthday bash was very enjoyable thanks to my friends. They took me to watch Kung-fu Panda and the movie was hilarious! I love that Po Panda so much!

Have a nice day and be gorgeous! Also, check back here often and I'd love to hear from you.

Your Makeup Blogger


  1. Kungfu Panda was definitely a fun movie to watch.

    BTW, I will definitely check this product out. I am looking for a new scrub. Do you use it everyday as a cleanser?

  2. I will try it next time I go to the drug store.

    Ngoc Ha

  3. Hi Kaolee,
    Thanks for visiting! I do use the Olive scrub as a cleanser almost everyday for about a month now. I suggest to use it once a day first if you're a vigorous scrubber.

  4. Hi Ngoc Ha,
    Thanks for visiting girl! I'm glad you find the information useful.


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