02 January, 2012

No More Crusty Lips!

Lately, I have to exfoliate my lips daily. If I don’t, my lips will just pile up with tons of dead skin and look really gross. Typically, I use my toothbrush or my face washcloth for the job. After seeing EdenFantasys carries a few different lip scrubs, I decided I’d see if a product made specifically for lip exfoliation worked any better.

The Brown Sugar Lip Scrub, by Not Soap Radio seemed like a good choice. I’ve tried one of their lip balms before and was pleased with it.

I ordered the lip scrub off of EdenFantasys, along with a bunch of other items. I actually almost didn’t notice the little pot of scrub in the bottom of my box before I threw it into the recycling bin. It was nestled in with some brown shipping paper meant to pad my items inside of the box. It’s not packaged up; you just get the little pot.

The plastic pot measures 1 inch tall and about 1 1/3 inches diameter. It contains 1/3 of an ounce of lip scrub, which isn’t really much. The bottom of the pot is white plastic and the top is black plastic. Attached to the top is a little sticker stating that this is a brown sugar lip scrub. It displays Not Soap Radio’s logo and a set of red lips. On the bottom is the list of ingredients. The pot is pretty plain looking, especially considering the $7.99 price tag on the lip scrub. The size is about the same as that of a Carmex pot, though I think this may be a little bit shorter. It’s pretty easy to screw the lid on and off, even though it doesn’t have any grips or anything on it, just plain, smooth plastic.

Sucrose, Glycerin, Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Flavor

As you can see, most of the ingredients are all natural oils or butters, which moisturize lips to help keep them smooth, soft, and supple. There’s also added vitamin E for lip health. Beeswax gives the scrub a little more solid of a substance. It’s common in natural beauty products, like Burt’s Bees products. Sucrose is the actual brown sugar crystals. I didn’t notice any irritation from the use of this scrub. Those with sensitive or acne prone skin may notice irritation from the sugar crystals if they get it on their skin. I haven’t gotten any yet, but I wouldn’t doubt it if this scrub would cause at least one or two tiny pimples along my lip line.

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub has a very grainy appearance. Looking at it, it basically looks like a dampened cup of light brown sugar. Individual crystals can easily be seen in the jar. It has a somewhat squishy feel to it, since it has a lot of give. I can easily press my finger into the jar a bit without covering my finger in scrub. This makes it easier to scoop out scrub, since you don’t have to really dig into the jar to get any out. Rubbing it between fingers, it feels extremely grainy and somewhat moist. It does not have any feel as a lip balm or anything. It definitely has more sugar crystals to scrub skin than products like St. Ive’s scrubs. The scent is pleasant and sweet. I can only really smell the brown sugar and the cocoa butter. It’s not overpowering. I can smell it from my lips and if I put the pot right up to my nose. Once I rinse off the scrub, most of the scent goes away. Within an hour or so, the rest of it will disappear.

Applying the scrub is pretty simple. After showering or placing a warm, wet washcloth on your lips for a few minutes, you just scoop out a small amount with one finger and massage it gently onto your lips in a small, circular motion. Showering or placing a washcloth over your lips first will allow the dead skin cells to loosen up and be removed much easier. As the grains massage off the dead skin, they will begin to dissolve. I keep up with the massaging until a majority of the grains have dissolved. You do have to make sure you are very gentle with your exfoliating, or your lips will become sore and may bleed. My lips begin tingling once I’ve been massaging them for a few minutes. It’s a pretty pleasant feeling and lasts for a few minutes once I’m done. It’s not too powerful. The flavor of the scrub is very sweet and yummy, like sugar, which is great since some will get into your mouth as you are scrubbing. It’s perfectly okay to get this scrub in your mouth, though I do not advise eating the whole pot of it. After you are done massaging, you should rinse around your mouth to get any remaining sugar crystals, since they can irritate the skin if they sit on it for a long time. A little water will cause the crystals to dissolve and rinse away. Afterwards, you should moisturize your lips with a vitamin E and aloe enriched lip balm.

Compared to my normal methods of lip exfoliating, this produced pretty good results. I didn’t notice any dead skin on my lips and using my finger to scrub my lips allows me to scrub exactly where I want to. The washcloth and toothbrush can sometimes feel like they missed small areas, while reaching others more than they needed to. The scrub also allowed me to adjust pressure to different areas of my lips by tilting my finger in different directions. After I finished up with scrubbing, I applied a nice, moisturizing balm to my lips to help keep them from drying out so quickly and to protect them from the cold, dry winds outside. Because of the cold weather and my extremely dry work environment, I do have to scrub my lips daily. I always scrub right after I get out of the shower. Because of this, my lips are always pretty soft, healthy, and smooth looking after I’ve finished applying lip balm.

I feel this would make a great addition to a gift set or basket to just about anyone, especially in the winter. It could be included with some lip balms, lotion, body wash, and body scrubs for a nice gift set to pamper someone special. The pot does not say that it comes from a sex toy store. It is small enough to put in a makeup bag or purse without taking up a lot of space. It should be fine for travel, since the pot is plastic and the lid will not screw itself off.

I love this product and I do feel I can fully recommend it to anyone. It produces pretty similar results to using home-made scrubs like honey and sugar, or using a toothbrush, but it’s a pretty nice product. It really just makes me feel a little pampered. Other than a somewhat high price for such a small pot, I don’t have any complaints about this product. It does its job and it tastes so yummy.

I give the Brown Sugar Lip Scrub 5 stars. 



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