Review: St. Ives Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub

Okay I can barely put into words how much I loooooove this facial scrub.  I’ve been searching for a gentle, yet effective exfoliator for a while now and when I came across this one I was skeptical at first.  But I’m convinced that this is truly one of the best drugstore facial scrubs out on the market right now.  And its super budget friendly!

St Ives

A while back I was having issues with my foundation not blending well.  I noticed on the days that I exfoliated, it applied smooth and even.  At the time I was using a few different products to exfoliate but all of them were way too harsh to use more than once a week.

I happened to be in Superstore a couple of months ago and noticed that they had their St. Ives products on sale.  The Fresh Skin Exfoliating Apricot Scrub was actually one I had been using and while I liked it, I found the exfoliating beads too coarse for me to use any more than once a week.  The Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub caught my eye, mainly because I find my skin can be a little dull sometimes.  I’m also pale, so I experience redness on a regular basis.  So I picked up a tube for $3 and off I went.

The next morning I gave it a try and instantly I was in love!  It has a super creamy texture and a really lovely citrus scent.  The exfoliating beads were small enough not to damage my skin but large enough to give it a good gentle scrub and leave it super soft!  Since then I’ve been slowly upping my usage to about 3-4 times a week. My skin is feeling and looking great with no irritation or dryness and a completely smooth palette to apply my makeup.

The only drawback is that I can’t say for certain that it’s doing anything to brighten and even my skin tone, so I wouldn’t recommend it for that purpose.  Also, as with any exfoliating product, make sure you keep it clear of the eye area.  I read a review of someone who got this in her eye and ended up with a scratched cornea. #ouch.  So avoid doing that.  Overall though, I am super stoked about my $3 purchase and it’s being added to my list of favorite products for sure.

In summary:


  • Gentle yet effective exfoliation
  • Refreshing scent (not overpowering)
  • Leaves skin smooth and soft (no dryness)
  • Budget friendly!


  • No real evidence that it actually brightens or evens skin

COST: $3-$6 CAD, depending on retailer

WHERE I FOUND IT: Real Canadian Superstore; most drug/grocery stores

Happy exfoliating!

Maggie <3

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