St. Ives is brought us the iconic apricot scrub that has transformed the skin of the masses for the better. St. Ives recently brought back they're pop up mixing bar in the Flatiron district of NYC where you can make your own personalized facial scrub, body lotion, get freebies and sample products. The pop up is super aesthetic and smells HEAVENLY as soon as you walk in which makes for a truly instagramable experience.
All the decor in the mixing bar, from the walls to the ceilings, are filled with St. Ives products, bath bombs, scrubs, lotions, examples of the natural ingredients that are used in their products, amazing backgrounds for photos, a simulation photo booth, sinks to test products out in, vending machines for freebies and of course the glorious mixing bar.
When I walked in, the first thing I noticed was the smell, the marriage of scents of all the St. Ives products was AMAZING, it wasn't too strong which I was surprised about, usually when many smells are mixed its overpowering, however the Mixing Bars scent smelled like clean laundry but better. Theres also a very considerable chandelier hanging from the ceiling upon entry, the chandelier matches St. Ives so well as it is hundreds of bubbles cascading down. There was also a wall filled with leaves and shelves boasting their all natural ingredients, which is perfect for taking pictures. As I continued through the mixing bar there was a bath bomb station and a wall full of scrubs, scents and balms to buy.
The mixing bar itself was amazing, you go to the bathbomb station first to get a form to fill out with which exfoliation level, which exfoliant you want and the natural extracts with which ever type of benefits you want for your skin. I chose the bamboo powder for the gentle exfoliant with the rose and aloe extracts, which tone and heal the skin which is great for acne prone skin. My skin loves rose water so I knew it would love this scrub, I also didn't want the scrub to be too abrasive which is why I got the gentle exfoliant. Other exfoliants included Coconut Husk, Olive Stone, Walnut Shell Powder, Volcanic Sand and Apricot Stone which are all increasingly deeper exfoliants.
Once you order at the mixing bar you get a bag with a free sheet mask with your order, then I went over to the mixing counter. The mixing counter had a St. Ives skin expert mixer making the masks and explaining everything as they go along. First the mixer used water as a base, which is used for everything, then glycerin which is a natural thickener, dehydrated soap, then the essences, in my case rosewater and aloe, she then blended that in a nutribullet. While we waited for the mixing to finish we got to go over to the St. Ives vending machine where you fill out a little profile about yourself then get a personalized freebie!
When the mixing was done the mixer put in the bamboo powder (the exfoliant) and stirred it in by hand. The Volcanic Sand was so pretty! After mixing in the exfoliant the mixer printed out a custom label and put it on the jar with my name on it.
The scrub smelled just like flowers it was amazing, using the scrub has really made my skin more radiant and smooth. The exfoliant is very gentle and tiny but still abrasive enough to give a great exfoliating feeling. Every time I use the scrub my skin feels super smooth and soft without being dry.
The amount of scrub, freebies and the experience you get at the mixing bar for only $12 is honestly amazing, the mixing bar has a great environment and made me feel super welcome to sample products and take pics in the Photo Booth. The mixers brought me along every step of the way making it feel like an exciting science experiment that smelled incredible.