I really miss this cleanser. My mom used St. Ives for YEARS to cleanse her face and she by the way, has this gorgeous, unlined, flawless skin. She's in her late 50's but her skin remains fabulous. As I'm in my late 20's you might think that it's odd for me to use a product that was marketed to older women, but I really think that the older generation knows something we don't about gorgeous skin. Every skin lotion or cream my mother has suggested to me over the years has worked magically for me as well. And she NEVER used gel cleanser. Not once. That says something about those, doesn't it?
It took me awhile to figure out how to use this stuff, but after I did.....HEAVEN. My skin is combination with oily spots in my t-zone and dry cheeks and chin. I've found that I really do not like using gel cleansers (the majority of which are what is sold on the market) as they tend to leave my face feeling uncomfortable and tight after a wash. I have been using Neutrogena Naturals Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover, but I really don't like it, for the aforementioned reasons. It also claims to be fragrance free, but it DEFINITELY has a strong fragrance to it, and it irritates the delicate skin around my eyes.
St Ives Chamomile Cleanser (which I happen to have a little bottle left) is perfect after using the Neutrogena. My routine is 4 parts: Neutrogena Naturals (which I will be replacing) to take off heavy makeup such as foundation, Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover (the BEST!), St. Ives Chamomile Cleanser to smooth and moisturize, and Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizing Lotion to lock it all in. The St Ives doesn't leave my face feeling tight. It gives me a moisturized, soothing, baby clean feel on my face. My skin is always so smooth and soft after using this. I'm really quite upset that I have to find ANOTHER cream cleanser to use after I run out of this, especially since creams don't remove all of my makeup, and I MUST use a gel cleanser or soap before using the cream to get all of my makeup off. I'm reluctant to use Neutrogena Naturals Cream Cleanser since I hate the smell (same as their natural facial cleanser-by the way, WHY is a 'natural' product fragranced? Mind boggling), and something in it just makes my skin angry after awhile.
I will really miss this product once it's gone. I hope and pray that St Ives will bring it back again, because it was really perfect. If I cannot find anything to replace this, I will go to using an all natural bar soap and Albolene to cleanse with cream. Ridiculous that something so wonderful and inexpensive was removed and now the useless, toxic crap that clutters up shelves is allowed to stay.
St Ives Apricot Cleanser is designed for use with oily skin that's prone to blemishes. Its lovely apricot fragrance is very soothing. This skin-care cleanser comes in a 6.5-oz bottle so you can enjoy it for days.