Recently, St. Ives reformatted the scrub so now it's free of sodium laureth sulfate, a "cheap" foaming agent. (It also seems that they have got rid of the for sensitive skin version, leaving only the regular and the invigorating one contains salicylic acid. So I guess I have to deal with the regular version now...
First off, the new Fresh Skin scrub smells exactly like the old one, with a strong sour fruit (probably apricot) scent (reason number one why I settled for the for sensitive skin version, which has a smells that's not as bothersome). The grain size and ingredient (crush walnut) is also kept the same, a little too big for my liking (but work well on legs and feet). They last similarity between the old and new one is that after I rinse it off, there is a very thin oil-like residue (that gave me white-heads every time after I use it). I am not sure if I get that with the old version, as I stopped using that on my face long while ago.
The most noticeable difference would be the base that's holding the scrub, as the new base is noticeably squishier and thinner. As the scrub is smoothed out, more of the beads are in contact with skin, not buffered/lubricated. So it turns out that the newer scrub is even harsher than the old ones in the regular formula (which I stopped buying immediately when I knew there was a gentler version available).
Overall: Hate it (more like I hate St. Ives for discontinuing the gentle version) but I guess the back of the feet wouldn't mind the strong scent, residue or the abrasive beads.