The Edit: Scrubs Up

After a long day there’s nothing I love more than coming home, taking off all my makeup and giving my face a good old (gentle) scrub. I’ve always loved scrubs as there are so many different versions from budget to high end and from seriously scrubby to little fairies polishing your face… Yeah, I did just type that, but I’m tired so just go with me here…

First up is one of my all time favourite scrubs, the St. Ives Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub. This one in particular over any other scrub out of the St. Ives range, why? The ingredients are nicer and softer on the skin. Although most of the scrubs are formulated without parabens, I’ve noticed some of them still contain sulphates and assumed that applied to all of them. However a few months back I noticed that the sensitive one lurking in the boys bathroom had slightly different ingredients – no SLS. It’s much more gentle in comparison to the others and leaves me far less red. I likey a lot! It comes in at around the £4.30 mark so unless you’re currently living on beans on toast (don’t worry i’m currently on my way there) then this is probably in your budget. If your new to the world of scrubs and want something effective but with slightly kinder ingridients than other budget scrubs – this is your gal!

Next up is slightly more pricey at £12, the Elemis Fresh Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash, I’ve done a review on this already. But this is a really lovely scrub if you’re looking for something that is free from nasties and is a little bit more upmarket this is great. The beads are also quite small making them very gentle on the skin, but they still get the job done – it also smells glorious.

The Origins Modern friction is a pricey one that I always feel a little undecided on. It’s effects on the skin have been known to out perform other scrubs on occasion, but £30 for a scrub is a massive amount of money – hence why I save my little sample for those days where I’m in need of a heavy duty scrub (think along the lines of being on holiday for two weeks without using a scrub *shudders*). I’m not too sure on how lovely the ingredients are for this one as my sample doesn’t have the ingredients list (one of my biggest peeves with Origins samples – how do I find out what’s in it dagnabbit!?) but I have heard it contains SLS, so if you’re bothered by that then this isn’t for you.

Last but not least, the Nude Miracle Mask – say whaaa? A scrub AND a mask?! I know, I love that idea too. You wouldn’t think it, but I would say this is the most gentle product of the bunch. It has really weeny little rice beads that exfoliate. You massage these into your skin for one minute and then leave for five. It contains AHA so it’s supposed to be super brightening, as I use scrubs quite often I don’t notice this too much, but if I were to use just this once every week and a half I would notice a difference. I try not to use AHA products too regularly though as I heard they can thin the skin and such things. This baby’s a little pricey as well so although I love it, I save it for special occasions.

Well, who knew I could write about scrubs for so long or over use the term “SLS”?! I’d like to point out that although SLS has been linked to bad things, so has eating too many vegetables, I don’t freak out if I use a product that contains parabens and SLS, but I do like to celebrate the absence of them where I can – they’re unnecessary fillers after all. Anyway I digress – it’s safe to say a love affair with scrubs is well under way – leave your favourites below so I can get some inspiration for my next purchase!


  1. Becky
    03 Apr 2013 / 3:03 pm

    I've been using the St Ives scrub for years, but I have the one in the green packaging (don't remember what property it had, haha). I love using the Origins scrub, though I don't see a difference. I just like how it turns from a paste to a cleanser with water 😛 I'm trying out Queen Helene's raspberry scrub right now – it doesn't have anything special, but it's a good basic scrub.

  2. Maddy
    03 Apr 2013 / 3:44 pm

    I love the St Ives range, I use the micro-demabrasion one! Love it! xxx

  3. Nashia Anthony
    03 Apr 2013 / 3:49 pm

    I love the St Ives range its just amazing… Makes my skin feel so after and clean after i have used it.

  4. alittlebitofluxury
    03 Apr 2013 / 4:03 pm


  5. Lucy Cole
    03 Apr 2013 / 4:19 pm

    Definitely noting down that St Ives one! The idea of a scrub and mask for Nude Miracle mask sounds perfect too!XX

    Lucy Cole | A UK Fashion Blog

  6. Jennifer
    03 Apr 2013 / 4:26 pm

    I have been using the St Ives apricot blemish fighting scrub for years! Its gentle but still vigourous enough to get rid of dead skin x

  7. Leanne Rachel
    03 Apr 2013 / 4:34 pm

    I definitely need to give the St. Ives scrub a go, I've heard so many good things about it! xx


  8. zoe louise
    03 Apr 2013 / 5:18 pm

    I have a little sample of modern friction and really like it but the full price puts me off. Will have to look int the st ives scrub xx

  9. Grey Walls
    03 Apr 2013 / 5:24 pm

    I love the St Ives Scrub always makes me skin feel soft and clean afterwards.


  10. Shen
    03 Apr 2013 / 5:34 pm

    I'm going to try the st ives scrub i think! Everyone raves about it!

  11. Maxine Whitney
    03 Apr 2013 / 5:52 pm

    I love the St. Ives scrubs, one of those products I tend to always go back to time and time again and forget why I ever stopped using them.

    Maxine, xx

  12. Adele Miner
    03 Apr 2013 / 6:42 pm

    St. Ives is my favorite ever, I have crappy spotty skin and it helps so much! I actually get look forward to using it, how sad! x

  13. makeup lover
    03 Apr 2013 / 10:42 pm

    I've tried St.Ive's before and really enjoyed it! I might re-purchse it after reading this post x
    Amy |

  14. Amy
    04 Apr 2013 / 12:16 am

    I'm so incredibly keen to try any product from NUDE as all I have heard about the brand is positive things 🙂

    The same goes for Origins. I was not aware there was a sensitive version of the St Ives scrub, I have the original it would seem and although I like it I find it does leave my face a little more red than I would like…I'm hunting this down; thank you 🙂

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  15. Priya and Izzy
    04 Apr 2013 / 9:29 am

    Everyone seems to hate on the St. Ives scrubs now, I'm glad you still like them. I really want to try the NUDE Mask and Scrub product now as it's been cropping up on a few blogs and looks really interesting! x

  16. Pippa Jones
    04 Apr 2013 / 2:03 pm

    I really didnt enjoy the origins scrub, but really want to give some of the others a go!

    Pipp xx

  17. Sarirah
    04 Apr 2013 / 6:00 pm

    I really like REN's micro polish cleanser. I think I'll try the Elemis freshskin one next. 🙂

  18. Katherine xo
    04 Apr 2013 / 9:40 pm

    I just got the nude miracle mask and can't wait to try it out! x

  19. Stacey Ann
    05 Apr 2013 / 10:13 pm

    Defo need to try some of these!X

  20. Jess
    05 Apr 2013 / 10:42 pm

    i bought the st ives one after reading your post this morning and i'm in love already. the apricot scent just ugh and my skin feels amazing right now.x

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