I heard you loud and clear a few weeks ago when so many of you said you'd like to see more skincare reviews on Nouveau Cheap, so I'm working on several new skincare posts in the coming weeks, beginning with this one today.
Also, several of you said you wanted to see more cruelty-free, vegan and paraben/phthalate-free products, so I'm killing two birds with one stone (bad analogy to use when speaking of cruelty-free products. Sorry!) with this review of St. Ives Green Tea Scrub:
St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub
(retail: around $5, 4.5 oz)
I have a long history of trying to find the perfect facial exfoliator, which means I've used dozens and dozens over the past several years. I prefer for my facial exfoliators to have a lot of "traction", meaning I really like to feel the beads/seeds/micro-crystals on my skin, and I prefer the base to be VERY dense. There's nothing worse (for me) than an exfoliator that's thin and watery with a small amount of scrubbies that are loosely floating around in a thin base. Why use an exfoliator at all if you can't feel it working, right?
My ideal physical exfoliator (not to be confused with chemical exfoliators like AHA and BHA products) would have the consistency of toothpaste, and I would want it PACKED with small beads/seeds/micro-crystals. If your exfoliating needs are like my own, I think you might just love St. Ives Green Tea Scrub.
I posted about this scrub, along with the other new St. Ives Green Tea body products, when I spotted them at Rite Aid back in January. On that post, many of you commented about how you loved this scrub, so I was glad to have purchased it. I love trying things that you say you love, and you definitely did not let me down with this one!
As you can see in the pic above, this scrub is nice and thick. Yay! Also, the scrubbies (yes, that's a technical term) are micro-crystals, and they're very small. I don't care for large and/or jagged scrubbies like the apricot shells you find in certain scrubs because they just don't seem to do the job on my skin.
I've been using this Green Tea Scrub since I purchased it in mid-January, once or twice a week on a consistent basis. I can confirm that I have not experienced any breakouts since using this product, and my skin definitely feels smoother and looks a bit brighter after I use it. As for any drying, I don't find this product dries out my skin at all, although I do have very oily skin, so your experience may be different if you have dry skin.
Final Verdict: St. Ives Green Tea Scrub does an excellent job of exfoliating my skin and it fulfills all of my requirements when it comes to physical exfoliators. The formula is nice and thick, the scrubbies are small and densely packed within the base, it smells fantastic (not like true green tea, but it's got a lovely, fresh, green-tea-ish fragrance to it) and it leaves my skin feeling very smooth and brighter than before I used it. I don't find it drying on my oily skin, and the fact that it's super affordable, vegan, cruelty-free and free of parabens and phthalates makes it a drugstore bargain that's hard to resist.
Do you own St. Ives Green Tea Scrub? Do you agree or disagree with my assessment? I'd love to hear from you!