St. Ives Apricot Scrub sued for causing skin damage
St. Ives Apricot Scrub, one of the world’s most popular facial scrubs, has been slapped with a lawsuit that alleges the product can cause k\skin damage.
The suit has been filed by plaintiffs Sarah Basile and Kaylee Browning, who are seeking $5 million from Unilever, the parent company of St. Ives. It may become a class-action suit as more people may join the legal battle.
The plaintiffs claim that the inclusion of crushed walnut shells in the company’s facial scrubs makes the exfoliator totally unsuitable to use on face.
The suit argues, “The St. Ives product says its dermatologist tested — which is misleading, they say, because it is tested ... but NOT recommended.”
They stressed in the lawsuit that the company misled consumers with false claims in advertising, and that they would have never bought the product if they had known that it could cause real harm to their skin.
It is not the first time that the company’s popular scrub has attracted criticism. Previously in 2001, various online reviewers had criticized the product, calling it “damaging” and even painful to use.