Two women, Kaylee Browning and Sarah Basile, have come together to file a lawsuit against a famous beauty company and one of its products: St. Ives Apricot Scrub.
Both customers said they first bought the product because its marketing claimed that the crushed walnut shells contained within the scrub helped exfoliate and clear the skin.
After actually using the product, however, Browning and Basile noted that their skin became extremely irritated. The walnut shells were like “sandpaper,” and actually damaged their skin.
Once these reports were filed, dermatologists and estheticians came together to actually investigate St. Ives marketing claims.
Plaintiffs have since reported back with research done by professional, certified skin care experts.
Everyone concurs that the walnut shells can cause inflammation, irritation, and even micro-tears in the skin. The ingredient is completely unsuitable for cleaning a person’s face because the results will actually cause the user more harm than good.
Furthermore, some of these experts suspect that the original formula had never been tested in the first place, before the product hit the shelves.
The plaintiffs wrote, “Accordingly, St. Ives is unfit to be sold or used as a facial scrub. The product is completely worthless.”
Currently, St. Ives and its parent company, Unilever, are potentially facing the prospect of paying off a $5 million lawsuit for customer damages.
It doesn’t seem that the companies want to take responsibility though.
Unilever recently wrote a statement that continued to assert, “We can say that for over 30 years, consumers have loved and trusted the St. Ives brand to refresh and revitalize their skin. We are proud to be America’s top facial scrub brand and stand by our dermatologist tested formula.”
Until this case is settled, perhaps it’s better to invest in a new facial scrub rather than run the risk of damaging your skin.