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St. Ives Apricot Scrub Too Harsh For Your Skin? Try These 6 Instead

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If you're a skincare junkie like I am, then you might know that our tried and tested exfoliants ie apricot scrubs, have been getting a bad rep. Why? Because they are abrasive and can damage sensitive skin, which means they do more harm than good. If you have skin that's easily irritated and are looking for milder exfoliants to get you that glow you love, read on!

Keep It Rosy

Rose Face Scrub

Rose Face Scrub


Exfoliate, rejuvenate and nourish your skin with this natural scrub from Laviche. It's made with real rose petals, sugar, rose oil, almond oil, coconut oil and honey. 

How to use: Rub on your face gently in circular motions, leave on for up to 5 mins to nourish the skin with its natural oils.

Great for: If you're looking for a natural scrub and love rosy fragrance 

Tip: If you breakout easily with natural oils, avoid this one. 

Old School Haldi FTW

Turmeric Ginger Scrub - 100g

Turmeric Ginger Scrub - 100g


Haldi is that magic ingredient that our grandmother's convinced us could solve every woe from dull skin to a sore throat! Clear up those clogged pores, soften the skin and give it that natural glow with a gentle polish with this scrub. It's got organic turmeric oil, rosehip, jojoba, avocado, and olive oil to nourish the skin and leave it supple. 

How to use: Rub on your cleansed skin in gentle circular motions. Rinse off in a few minutes. Make sure you let those granules do their job!

Great for: a natural glow and skincare inspired by ancient remedies. More on BodyCafe's products here.

Plant Extracts To Soothe The Skin

Exfoliating Face Scrub - 50g

Exfoliating Face Scrub - 50g


Made with soothing plant extracts and actives to work on your skin, this face scrub gently exfoliates and helps you tackle blackheads and dull skin without any harshness. The scrubbing beads are gentle yet effective in giving you that deeply cleaned, revitalised skin you crave. 

How to use: Massage on wet skin for 2 minutes. Rinse off. Use twice a week. 

Great for: Gently cleansing the skin and leaving it nourished thanks to the olive oil and plant actives. 

More info on this sustainable brand, here

You Oat To Try This One

Oat Meal Micro Peel Face Scrub - 100g

Oat Meal Micro Peel Face Scrub - 100g


Definitely, the most expensive option on this list, this oatmeal micro peel scrub is powered by oatmeal extract, aloe, carrot seed oil, and horse chestnut extract which help remove dead skin, moisturise and firm your skin and help tackle dark spots. 

How to use: Apply on wet skin and gently rub in circular motions. Rinse off and follow up with a moisturiser, they recommend using their own. 

Great for: Sensitive and acne-prone skin as the superfine texture clears out the pores without any irritation

Want to know more on The Paradise Tree's Ayurvedic skincare? Head here

Ever Heard Of Cleansing Grains?

Almond Cleansing Facial Grains

Almond Cleansing Facial Grains


This one is definitely a luxe product that is ideal for when you really want to pamper yourself. Made with minimal and pure ingredients like almonds, French pink clay and nutmeg, it gently exfoliates skin to leave it smooth, nourished and soft. 

How to use: Make a paste with facial oil, rose water or water and gently scrub. Rinse off and pat dry. 

Great for: This is good if you have a normal skin type as it could be drying due to the clay if you've drier skin

Splurging? Check this out

Revitalize Your Skin With Charcoal & Mint

Green Tea & Charcoal Face & Body Scrub - 100 gm

Green Tea & Charcoal Face & Body Scrub - 100 gm


This one pulls double duty as a face and body scrub. Made in small batches, it's packed with ingredients that are beneficial for the skin like almond oil, coconut oil, green tea, neem and tulsi. It's super gentle on the skin and leaves it nourished and glowing. 

How to use: Apply on face and body and rinse off. Pay attention to the rough spots like elbows and give them a bit more TLC

Great for: Oily skin peeps thanks to the charcoal

More handmade goodness, this way!