Saturday, June 23, 2012

Face Off: Queen Helene Oatmeal 'n Honey Scrub vs St. Ives Apricot Scrub!

This is a very unusual post for me to write.  I am about to talk skincare, something so unique and so personal, I really am not sure how one actually blogs on it.  However, I use a product so universally awesome, that I feel compelled to share it with you.

Queen Helene Oatmeal 'n Honey scrub is a gift from the Gods!  As I ..erm..mature, I find my once oily skin is turning combo on me.  Combo skin can suck it as far as I am concerned.  My t-zone is oily and the rest of my skin is scaley.  Due to the sensitive nature of my skin and the intensity of the oily bits, I have the worst time coping with my flakey parts.  Enter Oatmeal 'n Honey Scrub.  And here is why it is so desperately bomb.

Queen Helene vs St. Ives
I know tons of people swear by St. Ives Apricot Scrub.  I am not one of them.   Above you can see a side by side comparison  (left) Queen Helene (right) St.Ives  Quite a difference eh?

St. Ives Apricot Scrub
As you can see on the image above, St Ives has large, uneven.. even jagged exfoliating particles. They do very little exfoliating and more often just tear up the delicate surface of your skin.  This wont do you any favors. St. Ives also has a thick, waxy consistency that leaves a slightly scummy feel on the skin.  This leads to dull, damaged skin.  Ick

Queen Helene Oatmeal 'n Honey Scrub
Here is a nice close look at the Oatmeal 'n Honey scrub.  The exfoliating particles are smaller, finer and more evenly distributed.  The feel on the skin is that of extremely fine sand.  The base is more hydrating then St. Ives and rinses cleanly away.

I noticed positive results immediately after using Queen Helene.  My skin was softer, smoother, brighter and far less flakey.  After a week, I noticed a sizable reduction in the number of blackheads in problem areas.

This product can be tough to locate.  I had one tube and one backup and ran out.  For the life of me I could not remember where I bought it.  I looked online, at pharmacies, ULTA everywhere for over 4 months.  One day I walked into a Sally's Beauty and spotted three bottles on a bottom shelf.  I practically leap frogged over the top of my daughter, snatched up all three, cornered the sales woman and begged her to never stop carrying's that good!

Final Thoughts
I will almost never give skin care advice on this blog.  This is the exception.  If you are looking for a gentle, effective exfoliator, I don't think you could do better then Queen Helene Oatmeal 'n Honey Scrub.

Where to Buy:  Sally's Beauty Supply, online retailers
Price: $4.29


  1. Thanks for the recommendation! I feel like my skin changes frequently, so sometimes old standbys stop working for me, and I am always on the lookout for products that other people love... Right now I use an acne scrub, but I will keep this exfoliator in mind!

  2. I have/had the same problem, scrubs or cleaners would work great then stop or my skin would revolt. What I do now is have two/three products that I switch between. I use the Queen Helene, then I have a Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Scrub and the correspnding cleanser. If I use any one of those for three days in a row my skin freaks. So now I alternate the scrubs every other day and one day a week I use the Neutrogena cleanser, since it tends to dry me out. This really works for me and I don't end up throwing out a bunch of stuff I can't use.

  3. I looooove the Queen Helene Cocoa Butter scrub! I've used the honey one but like the scent of the cocoa butter one better. It does have a nice consistency and rinse clean very easily. No one ever talks about this scrub but it's the best one I've ever used. Plus it's super cheap! Even my bf likes me to use this on him.

  4. I am intrigued, I've never seen the Cocoa Butter Scrub, but the way you describe it sound amazing. I love Cocoa Butter...ugh now I am on another quest. lol Thanks for the tip!

  5. Stopping by from the blog hop. I used to do something similar when I had acne. I would wash my face, then steam it for 5 minutes, apply the mask, and put warm paraffin wax over the scrub. It would stay on for 15 minutes and then I would rinse off. It was messy but it helped with the acne.


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