LUSH Lip Scrub in Bubblegum £4.95 for 25g
I've been meaning to buy The Body Shop's 'Lipscuff' for months now but never seem to get round to it. I like the idea that it is in a lipstick form, but it was more expensive so I decided to try the Lush 'Lip Scrub'.
Using a lipscrub isn't vital but if we exfoliate our bodies and face to make them smoother, why shouldn't we do the same for our lips? Imagine what our lips go through everyday; talking, eating, drinking, kissing, biting (if we're nervous!), all sorts of weather conditions-they need looking after!
Secndly, by exfoliating the lips we provide a smooth base for anything to be added on top, such as lipstick. Also if you have flaky lips, this product would be great for you as it would gently remove the dead skin so you can then apply a layer of balm to soothe them.
The problem with using a normal, facial exfoliant on the lips is that there's a risk the product will get in your mouth, ick! Lush have definately avoided this problem by making the scrub a sugar scrub and therefore edible. The main ingredient is castor sugar, but it also contains jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is great as it is a naturally moisturizing ingredient, it also balances oil production (which is why it can be used in treatments for acne). However there is that slight thought that pops into my head every now and then ;"I just paid a fiver for a few grams of sugar!", if you're a student or on a budget, then make this yourself! If you live in a house of girls you could make a big vat of it and split it all between you!
Lush's Lip Scrubs come in a range of colours and flavours; Bubblegum (pink), Mint Julips (peppermint/vanilla, gold in colour), Sweet Lips (chocolate, gold in colour), are a few of the options.
The size of the sugar grain is perfect as it isn't too rough, but the formula is dense enough to cover the lips without too much effort. Infact, this fine but effective scrub reminds me of 'Scrub Your Nose In It' facial exfoliant by Soap & Glory that I reviewed here.
The Bubblegum flavour is bright pink! I find the colour quite appealing, and the taste is really sweet; it reminds me of Haribo/parma violets i.e. not a very natural flavour, and almost perfumed. It is very synthetic tasting which is fine in small doses, I wonder if the vanilla flavour, or any of the others for that matter are like this?
The final result is brilliant and pleasing. It takes seconds to apply, rub and remove (with yo' tongue!) and afterwards my lips are left tingly. After a while I apply a chapstick/balm, as I would before applying any lipstick. I like this product because it is simple to use, with instant results. It's also quite fun to apply, so different to anything else I do! My lips are definately softer after using this, (I can't stop touching them!) whether it is worth the £4.95 price tag is your decision, would be a good gift!
Do you use lip scrubs? Are you a fan of LUSH products?