St. Ives Smoothing In-Shower Body Scrub: Product Review

What: Angela softens up with St. Ives Exfoliating In-Shower Body Polish

The Lowdown: Memorial Day is a memory, and since summer’s when we bare the most skin—like it or not—it’s high time that we all take a little inventory of any rough spots we’ve let go through the long winter months. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Okay, now for a remedy …

Enter the all-over body scrub, in this case the St. Ives Exfoliating In-Shower Body Polish. Mineral beauty products have been a huge beauty trend for some time now, and sugar scrubs have been around forever—so combining the two only makes sense. St. Ives has a pretty good reputation for natural, quality beauty and skin care products (though I have, at times, found some things to be slightly overpriced for what you get) and there’s something about a scrub that just makes me feel so, well, fresh.

In short, the product delivers what it promises—soft, smooth skin, right out of the shower. Easy to use? Yep—just scoop out a glob (that’s the technical term, in case you were wondering), scrub in a circular motion, and rinse. I can’t really say if the whole “mineral” aspect really makes any difference—a good sugar scrub is a good sugar scrub after all, minerals or not. But on the whole, a nice shower experience, and I’m feeling slightly more bikini-ready already. Slightly.

But before I go to the verdict, one thing: a tub of the scrub—which is admittedly a decent-sized 8 oz.—is about $8, which doesn’t seem bad but it takes an awful lot of product to scrub the whole body. If you decide to indulge, I’d suggest using it occasionally for a whole-body exfoliation, with daily only on those rough spots (knees, elbows, heels) to keep things smooth AND protect your budget.

The Verdict: It’s a yea. Okay, no fireworks here but a good solid body scrub for a decent price. If you like St. Ives products, you’ll probably enjoy this one as well.

Buy It: Walgreens.com, $7.99