St. Ives Cleansing Stick- Cactus Water & Hibiscus Review

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If you are not deep into the k-beauty skincare world, the concept of a cleansing stick is foreign to you, and that’s ok. After you are done reading this post, you will more than likely add one to your routine because they are everything. I am not deeply engaged in the k-beauty world, but cleansing sticks are not foreign to me. I heard cries from around the world when Su:m37 discontinued their Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, which peaked my interest in cleansing sticks in the first place. There is a clear hole in the skincare market for a dupe of this stick, and while St. Ives won’t be the brand to remedy this issue, you can still discover cleansing sticks, and check my mini-review of St. Ives new cleansing stick. So let’s get started.  

What is a cleansing stick?

A cleansing stick is an oil-based solid cleanser in the shape of a stick. Though cleansing sticks are oil-based, they are not oil cleansers, because they contain ingredients that create soap (surfactants) They resemble lip balms in shape, but significantly larger. They are beneficial because they are typically not stripping, they are spill proof, leak proof, and travel-friendly.

How to use a cleansing stick

  1. Remove the cap and twist the stick until you have a tad bit of product sticking out.
  2. Wet the face but let’s note that it does not have to be soaking wet.
  3. Apply the cleansing stick to your wet face in a circular motion. You’ll notice it is very soothing and relaxing, like a mini facial massage.
  4. Rinse, pat dry and finish up your routine


St Ives Cactus Water & Hibiscus Cleansing Stick Review 

I’ll start this review off by being fair and stating that before this review, I’ve never used a cleansing stick before. So the first thing I did once it hit my hands was sniffed it- very clean, very fresh. The scent was reminiscent of a body soap.

The packaging is just like all the other cleansing sticks- it’s in a tube that rolls up and down like antiperspirant

I wet my face and rubbed the stick all over and I’ll admit I’m in awe of how well it cleanses. I was left with very little dirt on my face when I moved on to the toning portion of my skin care regimen. When I tested with makeup, it removed most of my makeup except in those hard to reach places (crease of the nose) and even removed waterproof mascara. It rinses as well as it cleanses, and my face was not tight or dry.

The only complaint I have, which to be honest is not the brand’s fault, but thanks to the unique structure of cleansing sticks (all of them for that matter), you have to be sure to keep the top of the tube as dry as possible, if that makes sense. Like bar soap, if you leave it too much water, it becomes soggy and you can’t screw product up to the top of the tube because the wet soap at the top will stick to the sides, which makes the cleansing stick hard to use. So keep a paper towel handy to pat the top of the product dry after use.

It is also important to note that this product contains coconut and coconut derivatives, so if you are one of those people that suffer from acne or normally has adverse reactions to coconut oil, I’d recommend avoiding this stick.

St Ives Cactus Water & Hibiscus Cleansing Stick retails $7.99. Pick this up at a mass merchant near you, or click here to purchase.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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