“ Brand: Lush / Scrub / Type: Lip Scrub / What it does: Exfoliates, „
Available to purchase from Lush stores at around £4.99 a pot, it's a natural,vegan lip scrub that exfoliates dead skin and leaves your lips smooth, soft and smelling and tasting delicious. Chocolate scented and filled with goodies like vanilla extract and caster sugar, and jojoba oil, it's the fast solution to dry, dead skin. It comes in a cute little handbag sized pot with black packaging and a twist off lid, and the gimmicky picture of who made your product on the bottom.
The product itself is a mid/dark brown and obviously, sugary and gritty in consistency like most exfoliating products. The smell is divine, a rich, chocolatey and vanilla medley.
Following the instructions on the side of the pot, you only need to take a dab and rub it gently into your lips. It's a simple process and works very well, but I notice that the area surrounding my lips attracts the sugar formula leaving me feeling a bit sticky and gritty after application.
Pro's: Yummy smell, gentle, natural and works well to remove tougher and lighter dead skin on the lips. Leaves them soft, smooth and kissable.
Can be a bit hard to remove all the sugar/residue after application, does encourage you to lick your lips and dries them out a bit!
Overall it's a really good product, you really do get sweet lips. Strongly recommend, especially for the winter months
=== The product ===
This is a chocolate scented lip scrub from Lush designed to soften, moisturise and exfoliate your lips.
== The packaging ===
This scrub is provided in a small clear pot with a little screw top lid. This packaging is basic really, it works well though, it keeps the scrub kept in once place and this is ideal for placing in my handbag. This pot will show the suggested use by date on the bottom along with a little picture on the sticker of the person who made your scrub. I love the real personal touch to the Lush packaging and knowing how long I have until I should really have finished using the product. I am sure that this is a little gimmick really designed to make us discard things that don't really need it as I have exceeded the expiration date on things a fair few times really (Lush products I mean) and never had any problems.
=== How to use this ===
This scrub is very easy to use, just rub your finger in, cover it a little and then rub some over your lips. I tend to leave mine for a few minutes to ensure that it's soaked in nicely and then I remove the excess grains with tissue. This is really a scrub that you are going to want to use when you are at home or when you are in private and I usually keep mine in my bag and I have been known to use this from time to time when at friends houses for the evening before reapplying my lipstick or lip gloss.
=== Is it effective? ===
Yes, very. This contains lots of gorgeous ingredients such as caster sugar and vanilla extract which are designed to help exfoliate your lips and then leave them looking and feeling kissable soft and smooth. They will also be scented deliciously thanks to the gorgeous variety of ingredients that this lip scrub contains. The predominant scent that comes through for me is the cocoa which is delicious. My lips are left soft, smooth and supple after using this. I love the scent which seems to linger on my lips and I find that my lip gloss or lipstick applies much better and looks a lot more smoothed out after I have used this scrub earlier in the day. If I am suffering from dead or dry skin on my lips this will take care of it in just one application and when I am suffering from a cold and cough and wiping my mouth a lot I find that this gives me all the TLC I need to start feeling less self conscious about my appearance.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from Lush stores and www.Lush.co.uk with a 25g pot costing £4.95. Obviously this is more expensive than the vast majority of popular lip balms, scrubs or moisturisers but I really do feel that it is worth every penny.
=== Overall opinion ===
I love Lush products and I am tempted in to trying new things while in store, this one was pushed in to my basket right by the checkout and was definitely an impulse buy, the same as the Bubblegum was when I tried that.
I have been very pleased with the Lush scrubs so far and this one is no exception. It's delicious! I feel very confident with the way my lips look and feel since using a lip scrub and I love knowing how easy it is to ensure that they are kept looking soft and smooth.
What Is Sweet Lips?
Sweet Lips is a Sugar Scrub which is marketed as a lip exfoliator. The lip scrub is manufactured and sold by Lush, who sell a variety of handmade cosmetic products. Lush got the product recipe from 'B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful' when they bought the company out. Lush pride themselves on using natural, cruelty free ingredients (they don't support the animal testing industry nor do they purchase ingredients from companies who do) in all of their products, and as a result, the Sweet Lips lip scrub is vegan friendly. This product contains lots of yummy, intriguiging ingredients including castor sugar, (organic!) jojoba oil, vanilla extract, cocoa absolute and a few other bits and bobs. The castor sugar acts as a gentle exfoliator due to the grainy texture, while the jojoba oil acts as a moisturizer and adds softness and smoothness to the lips without been to greasy. The cocoa absolute provides a gorgeous taste and scent, making the product much more unique, fun to use and unusual.
Price, Value For Money and Availability
I held back from buying this for ages due to the price. It isn't at all cheap at £4.95 for 25 grams, however once I did eventually buy it I realised that 25 grams is a suprisingly generous amount which lasts for absolutely ages - i've had mine for 6ish months and it looks barely touched - I have a feeling it will take me yonks to work my way through which is a good thing in a way although the use by date is only a year from the date it was made so it will be dissapointing if I don't use it up before then, but then again i'm sure it would be fine to use after the use by date. The Sweet Lips lip scrub is available in Lush stores. I bought mine in store to save on postage costs. I personally think for the price, you do get your money's worth, despite how steep it may seem at first.
The Sweet Lips lip scrub packaging is quite minimalistic and simply comes in a generously sized 25 gram sturdy, round glass pot which is full to the brim with product. The pot is transparent so the product can be seen through it. The lip scrub looks just like a dark yellow shade of sand, as the sugar crystals are visible. In certain lights, it has a very browny shade, and khaki type of green shade to it - weird! The lid has a black screw-on lid which has a sticker on the top of it which is also black so it merges in with the lid. It's nice and simple and has the Lush logo at the top with the product name underneath with white writing. The total weight of the jar (0.8oz/25g) is also listed. There is also a black label wrapped around the middle of the body of the jar. The front of this reads identical to the lid - the brand's logo and the product name as well as listing how much product the jar lists. On the back the ingredients is displayed. The colour scheme of the packaging is black and white, which is pretty much the theme of Lush packaging.
Physical Appearence, Texture, Taste and Smell
This is just like a pot of yellow coloured sugar. It's quite compacted inside the pot, but the sugar/ mixture nearer the top is more loose so it's easy to dip my finger in and get a decent amount out. It's easy to get a blob of it out though so I have to sort of flick it back into the pot carefully so I don't waste any of it. Smell wise, if you like chocolate then this is definetly for you! It smells very sweet and chocolatey - it's just like creamy milk chocolate. It doesn't really taste like chocolate, more like sugar with a strange undertone taste to it which I presume is the jojoba oil. As the ingredients are all natural, it's safe to lick the mixture off of your lips once you're done scrubbing your lips with it, which I used to do all the time until it occured to me that I was eating my dead skin cells - that slightly grosses me out so I personally wipe mine off with a tissue. If i'm using the scrub and can't resist having a little nibble on it (the smell is pretty irresistable), then I dip my finger into the tub and eat it like that, lol. I sound like such a pig! The texture is quite grainy, but definetly not to the point of feeling too rough to be used as a lip scrub. Despite the loose, grainy particles, the mixture does actually stay on my lips well, and using it isn't as messy as you'd expect.
How To Use and My Experience
To apply this I simply dab my finger into it and swirl my finger around until I have a reasonably generous but still small amount (a little goes a long way). I then rub it into my lips softly in circular motions, making sure they are covered evenly and that the scrub is rubbed in as much as possible to quicken up the absorption process. Rubbing it in isn't painful at all. I can definetly feel the grains on my lips but it doesn't feel sharp or unpleasant, nor does it make my lips sore - although I do make sure that I rub it in as gently as possible and take my time rather than shoving it on and rubbing it in as fast as I can. When the moisture has sunken into my lips (this process takes a couple of minutes at the most), I simply wipe the excess off with a tissue. Alternatively it can be licked off. After i've used the scrub, my lips feel noticeably softer, smoother and it definetly gets rid of dry, flaky skin and also helps moisturize cracked lips. This is good to use before applying lipstick because it smoothens lips out, ensuring the lipstick won't highlight the cracks. Obviously if you have very badly cracked or sore lips I would avoid using this until they are healed as the sugar may irritate the skin even more. In terms of the practicallity of using this outside of the house in the winter as I would with vaseline or lip balm, it isn't really practical - firstly because it's messy, and secondly because people will wonder what on earth you're doing! The pot that the lip scrub comes in definetly isn't small enough to fit into my jeans pockets, but it's compact and lightweight enough to carry in a small clutch bag.
The Results and my Overall Opinion
Smooth, soft lips which are free of flakiness or dryness. My lips always feel better - healthier, and after initial use they feel tingly, which is more pleasant than it sounds. Straight after using the lip scrub I usually notice that my lips have a pinkish tint to them - I suppose it gets the blood flowing. I personally use this around twice a week to avoid my lips becoming irritated or raw. I doubt that they would due to how gentle the scrub is, however it's better to be safe than sorry. My overall opinion is that this is a good product. It effectively softens the lips and cleanses them, getting rid of dry and dead skin. One tub lasts for ages so it's brilliant value - reccomended!
I spotted this lip scrub in my local Lush. One sniff and I was hooked!
~Packaging and Appearance~
Lush Sweet Lips Lip Scrub comes in a small jar (25g). It's a nicde pocket size, so you can scrub your lips on the go, then just lick the scrub off. On the lid of the jar is the title of the product and on the side is a short description and an ingredients list. The lid of the jar twists off nice and easily.
Most of the scrub consists of sugar. The scrub is a light brown in colour, and contains chocolate and vanilla. Believe me now, it smells amazing, and tastes amazing too - this product is edible, seeing as all the ingredients are natural. The scrub exfoiliates my lips nicely, but if you rub to hard it can be quite abrasive and make lips bleed. You don't need a lot to exfoiliate, so it lasts a long time, unless you eat it!
One jar of Lush Lip Scrub is £4.50, which is a lot to spend on a small jar of scrub. If Lush lowered the price then this would be the perfect scrub for lips!
Lush is a store which sells beauty products that are handmade and unique. Each coloured and fragrant creation is lovingly made using natural ingredients to nourish and care for us lovely customers. The products come in packaging that can be recycled and they never test their product on animals.
After buying, loving and partly eating the edible Bubblegum Lip scrub by Lush, I decided to try a different flavour when I went back to repurchase the product. I had a choice between the chocolicious Sweet Lips or the minty fresh Mint Julips. Being a chocoholic, I went for the Sweet Lips. After all, it has been described as a guilt free chocolate treat.
What does it do?
We commonly exfoliate our faces and bodies but our lips are made out of skin too and this area frequently gets over looked. When lips are rough and flaky, it can look very unsightly and they look even worse if lip stick is applied over the top.
In order to make our lip sticks look smooth and our lips to be kissably soft, you need to use a scrub to remove the dead and rough skin cells. However as you are using it on delicate skin which is so close to your mouth, the product needs to perform its magic in a gentle and tasty way. And that is exactly what this product is for.
How does it work?
Firstly the scrub is made using only edible ingredients. The exfoliating ingredient is nothing other than Castor sugar. The particles are just the right size and consistency to remove the dead and rough skin cells and reveal the sparkling new layer underneath, without hurting or damaging the delicate skin. Plus it tastes pretty good too!
Jojoba Oil and Vanilla extract are present in order to add moisture to the lips. Our poor little lips can't produce their own moisture, unlike the rest of our skin, so it needs a little help. Exfoliants can strip the moisture layer of our skin so these natural oils put the moisture right back where it belongs. Cocoa Absolute is poured into the mixture to give the scrub a delicious and intense chocolate aroma.
How do you use the product?
I take a small amount from the tub with my finger and massage it gently into my lips using a circular motion. Then I rub my lips together gently to make sure I've done a really good job. After that, it's up to you. You either lick off the product (guilty as charged!) or rinse it off with water if sweetness isn't your thing.
Packaging and Price
The lip scrub comes contained within a circular glass jar with a black screw top lid in order to open and close the product. Across the lid is written Sweet Lips in white writing and the name of the product also appears on the side of the little jar. The contents of the jar looks like little brown crystals. The scrub costs around £5 for a tiny 25 grams of this product and it can be bought from your local Lush store or its online website.
This product is both fun and messy to use. Bits of sugar will drop from your lips and make you sticky so I would advise doing it over the sink, before applying any make up at all and washing your face after use.
Obviously what makes this product special is that is edible and its simplicity. But that is what also makes it not worth the price. I ran out of my Bumblegum scrub a while ago and while waiting for pay day, I simply refilled the jar with some sugar (probably about 1p worth) some Vegetable Oil (probably about 1p worth) and some food flavouring (probably about 1p worth). Granted it didn't look as pretty, smell as delicious or taste the same, but it did the same job for about 3 pence!
Nevertheless, I thought I deserved a new scrub from Lush after saving money from making my own and this one is truly scrumptious. The aroma makes it difficult to not lick it off until you have finished scrubbing and it tastes as sweet as... well, sugar!
My lips are completely smooth after use which means my lips look nicer if I wear lipstick and feel more comfortable in general. They look healthy and the scrubbing action gives them a lovely redness. The moisturising action leaves them feeling hydrated and in great condition.
The size of the pot is really small for the amount you pay but don't forget that your lips have a very small surface area so you only use a little bit at a time. It's not really intended for daily use either.
With time, the solution can get a little dry so put in a few drops of Vegetable Oil and it will be as good as new again. As this Lip Scrub is edible, it also means that it has an expiration date but you will probably have used it all long before it expires.
If you find yourself falling in love with this Lip Scrub, then there are two other varieties available for you to treat yourself with. There is Mint Julip which I am yet to buy but it smells like a mint chocolate chip ice cream or Bubblegum which I can vouch for as being completely irresistible.
All in all, this is a fun way to get your lips flake free. Of course, you can make your own for cheaper but you'll find it difficult to make it smell as gorgeous, look as pretty and taste as yummy as Lush do. This Lip scrub will please all of your senses while making your lips kissably soft.
I get really bad dry flaky lips in winter so a lip scrub followed by some lip balm is an essential for me during these cold windy days.
Lush do some nice lip scrubs and one of my favourite's is the sweet lips one. It comes in a little 25g glass pot which costs £4.50. This might seem expensive for something so small but it does last for ages and for me lush is all about treating myself so I don't mind paying it.
The colour is a bit unappetising as it is a brown sludge colour but the smell makes up for this. It smells of chocolate and vanilla and it actually looks like wet brown sugar which I suppose isn't far off from what it is.
What makes it soothing is that lush have added jojoba oil and tagetes oil so it leaves your lips lovely and soft.
To use you just need to scoop a little onto your fingers and rub onto damp lips. You then use little circular motions making sure to rub it all over and then wash it off preferably with a damp cloth to give it a bit of extra exfoliating action but you could easily just splash water or even lik it off as it tastes delicious.
When it is washed off you notice just how fantastic is does what it is supposed to and all the flaky dry skin has been sloughed off and my lips are left feeling lovely and soft and surprisingly well moisturised.
Even though it is chocolaty you needen't worry that you will be going round all day smelling like this as it doesn't last much longer than it takes to scrub your lips which is good I think because as much as I like and enjoy the smell I wouldn't want to be scented of it all day.
The feeling it will leave lasts quite awhile and it is incredibly soothing to dry lips and makes them really smooth and juicy looking. For the maximum benefit you really do need to add the lip balm as this will allow the oils from the scrub to penetrate more deeply.
There is not a lot more to say about this little lip scrub. It's just a simple product made with good quality natural ingredients that works fantastically.
==Sweet Lips Sugar Scrub from Lush==
After placing a relatively recent order on line with Lush, I couldn't help but order another one of these lip scrubs. I had previously used the bubblegum flavour one and had much success with it so couldn't resist another little pot.
This Sweet Lips Sugar Scrub comes in a little pot which holds 25 grams of the product and it costs £4.50 pence. This price I feel is not too bad considering the quality of the product you are getting and the fact it is rather an unusual item that of course is handmade and had nothing but high recommendations when I'd looked on line.
My Lush order arrived and I had a complete Lush-fest which included using this product and I have to say I was rather pleased. The little pot itself I can't help but find very cute and perfect to keep once the product has been used up. It is a glass little pot with a screw cap and emblazoned with the black labels that Lush are well known for.
The product can be slightly seen from outside the pot and the light brown colour of the sugary scrub can be noticed. The product itself is pretty much a very simple one in the fact that it is a scrub for soothing and smoothing your lips. It removed all the dead skin and any imperfections by literally scrubbing them off with the product which is made nearly entirely from sugar. Okay so a lot of people would probably think why not just use sugar? But the fact is, that it is in a handy little pot, has other ingredients such as jojoba oil and of course the cocoa flavouring.
The product is simple to use, if not a little messy if you are not careful. You need to make sure that your hands and lips are clean and fresh and then you dab your fingertip very lightly into the sugar Scrub. It needs to be lightly as a little bit of the scrub really does go a long way. Plus you don't want to waste too much (or make too much of a mess!). The scrub then needs to be applied and rubbed into the lips in a forward and backward motion.
I would say after literally 2 minutes you should have worked the scrub into your lips enough to have made a significant improvement in the softness of your lips. The scrub is really easy to get off either with a damp face cloth or indeed just by licking it all off! I like to finish the procedure with a good amount of lip balm to make my smooth lips get the hydration they need after being scrubbed at.
My lips really do feel wonderfully smooth and fresh after having used this product and seeing as I suffer from generally poor lip condition, this product is really perfect for me. I find the taste and the smell of chocolate really nice too. It is not overly strong but does give that light aroma which makes it feel like a wonderfully rich and luxurious product. The smell doesn't last for long after the product is not in use but I enjoy it so much that it is worth using this product every day not just for the condition that it leaves my lips in but for the smell too!
All in all I have to say is that this product is a top one in my mind. I will certainly be trying the other lip scrub that Lush have as I find these really perfect for my lip needs! The price may at first seem steep for what is essentially a small pot of sugar, but after having used it, you will understand that it is a great product that is worth every penny.
A top 5 out of 5 star rating and a very high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I was spending my 10% off voucher in Lush the other day and decided to get a lip scrub. I'd wanted one for ages but decided now was the time! After much deliberation I decided on the Sweet Lips lip scrub.
Lip scrubs are designed for exfoliating and moisturising your lips, before applying lip balm. I think they're a great idea, because I like to use lip tint and dry lips make any colour look awful - especially tints. This particular scrub is the one for chocoholics. I thought it smelled absolutely divine in the shop - just like a bar of chocolate - and this was a major factor in me deciding to buy it.
Sweet Lips contains almost all natural ingredients, the greatest of them being castor sugar, which gently exfoliates your lips. Some people might wonder why you'd buy a product just with sugar in it, but let's face it even if you got some castor sugar and some olive oil or whatever and decided to try and make a lip scrub yourself, I bet it wouldn't smell as good as this! The scrub also contains jojoba oil to soften (and I bet you wouldn't be able to get hold of THAT at home), as well as vanilla extract. This, along with the cocoa absolute, helps to create the delicious chocolate scent. Unlike normal chocolate, this product is suitable for vegans!
The lip scrubs all come in little glass jars with plastic lids, which I think are fairly new to Lush - the new face tints also come in them. I'm sure the jars will be easily reusable once the product is used up. The name of the product is on the top and a list of ingredients on the side.
Using the scrub is easy. Make sure your lips are dry and clean, then dip your finger into the product (I say dip, but lightly touching the surface is probably enough) and rub onto your lips in a circular motion. Keep doing this until your lips are soft and smooth. The smell intensifies at this point as the scrub is just under your nose, which is great! After you've finished you can lick the sugar off your lips (yum) and apply lip balm.
I tend to apply this product when I need it, which is sometimes twice a day, sometimes once, sometimes every few days. I've noticed that my lips are definitely softer with less dry skin and lip tint looks much better on. I'm so impressed with the longevity of the product too - I've had it about two weeks and I've hardly made a dent in the top. At this rate it's going to last months! Not bad for £4.50.
I don't have a bad thing to say about this product. It's value for money, despite seeming expensive to begin with. It works well, is natural, will last for ages and smells absolutely delicious. It also helps control my chocolate cravings by giving me a mini sugar hit! I definitely recommend it, but if it sounds too chocolatey for you there are two other lip scrubs available - Bubblegum which smells like Snow Fairy, and Mint Julip which smells like After Eights. Take your pick!
I never ever ever go into Lush stores, simply because the smell is just far too strong for me and makes me feel a little sick actually. One day when shopping with my mum, she made me go in with her because she wanted me to choose what I thought was the best flavour of one of the salts. I went in with her, but rolled my eyes when doing so.
I spotted a little glass tube with a rather eye catching lid. It was black with a picture of a pair of red lips on and as I explored it more I noticed it was a lip scrub. To be honest I had never heard of a lip scrub before, but as someone with dry lips, I gave it a closer look. I unscrewed it a little and could smell a rather sweet and very tempting chocolatey vanilla smell and asked my mum to smell it. She loved it and said she would buy me it. Not bad!
The 25g little tub cost around £4.50, which I think is quite expensive, but arent most products in Lush.
In order to use this scrub, with a little bit of water on your finger, scoop a little bit of the scrub and apply to your lips and massage in a small circular motion. The smell of the product was really really nice and I was kind of tempted to eat it, but I thought it was a good idea not to.
The texture of the scrub was quite nice on my lips, not exactly rough and not soft either. I found this product easy to use and with the nice texture, it was nice to use too. After scrubbing my lips with this scrub, I rinsed off the bits and was left with fresh feeling lips. I found that the dry skin on my lips had gone and my lips felt really soft.
Having never heard of a lip scrub, I was pretty amazed at the results it gave me. A little expensive, but for a product that works its really not that bad. The smell of this product is lovely and gives the product a great touch.
If you have dry lips that need some therapy but you are sick of putting on lip balm, try this. A little expensive but worth it if you really do need help with your smackers.
Sweet Lips Sugar Scrub is origionally a product from the company Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful.
Be Never has closed down now and some of the products they used to sell have been handed on to Lush who is the sister company of Be Never.
One of the products handed down is the sugar scrubs which come in 3 flavours - Sweet Lips, Bubble Gum and Mint Julips.
I have so far only tried Sweet Lips, and that is what I am reviewing today.
Since coming to Lush the packaging has changed a little, it nolonger says B on the lid, instead it is a black lid with the Lush logo and the product name in white writing. It is still in the thick glass jar with a screw top lid.
This lip scrub costs £4.50 and is a 25g jar. Now personally I think that is pretty expensive when you consider the fact that its a tiny jar with sugar and oil in it !
Fow me this was a treat, I'd had a stressful day and it was cold and my lips were cracked and sore, I went into Lush to buy a lip balm and ended up coming out with the lip scrub as well as the balm.
I do think this will last quite a whilse which makes the price more acceptable, plus I now want to try the other flavours, I cant really justify the price of these but luckily I was give some Lush vouchers as a gift and I still have £20 in vouchers left so I may use tat to treat myself to the other flavours.
The scrub is very yummily ( is that a word? ) scented, it is chocolate and vanilla scent and it also tastes like chocolate and vanilla - yes I ate some!
This is perfectly safe to eat, although obviously it is not the healthiest of things since its all sugar and oil!
The scrub is easy to use, I damp my finger and press it lightly into the top of the pot, this will pick up a small amount of the scrub - there is no need to push hard as you will end up with too much and it will all just fall off when you try and apply it.
I moisten my lips before applying so that it hold there, then I put the scrub on and do circular motions with my finger.
This does nto feel rough but it does make a strange feeling on te lips.
Whn you are done you can either lick it off ( yummy! ) or wash it off and you are left with fresh feeling lips, I then apply a Lush lipbalm.
Im using mine 1 or 2 times a day and it does last a long time as you do not need much at a time.
Im looking forward to trying the other flavours soon, I hope they are as yummy as this one!
The ingredients ( as given on the Lush website ) in this product are -
Castor Sugar (Sucrose)
Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
Vanilla Extract (Vanilla planifolia)
Tagetes Oil (Tagese minuta)
Cocoa Absolute (Theobroma cacao)
Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta)
Sweet Lips is one of Lush' new-ish range of lip scrubs.
I say new 'ISH' because they actually come from B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful, Lush' sister company who are no longer active - some of the products have been moved over to Lush as they were too good to forget about completely.
This one smells heavily of chocolate as soon as you open the pot and has very faint hints of what I think is vanilla.
It is basically a powdery-sugary mixture with flavours and lovely oils etc. to scrub and soften your lips.
To use, you simply get a teeny amount on your finger (a pot will last AGES because you need so little at a time) and scrub it into your lips. It scrubs away all the dead skin and the oils etc. moisturise the skin.
You can really feel it working (I tried some in store and that's why I bought it, because I could feel it tingling and scrubbing all the bad winter skin away!)
When you've used it on your lips, if you lick your lips you can taste chocolate - it's ace!
Browsing in Lush after work today, I was collared by an enthusiastic sales assistant who wanted to tell me about new products instore. One of them was a product called Lip Scrub, which was previously sold under the 'B never too busy to be beautiful' brand. I had never tried a lip scrub before though I have countless lip balms and creams at home so I was interested and had a look at the testers.
The lip scrub was available in three different scents, Sweet Lips, Bubblegum and Mint Julips. Bubblegum has the Snow Fairy scent which is well-known among Lush addicts, it reminds me of lollipops and sugar mice, and it's too sickly sweet for me. Mint Julips was lovely, it smelt of mint but also sweet tones like vanilla. The instant favourite for me though was Sweet Lips, a simple blend of chocolate and vanilla, with chocolate being the main scent.
The packaging is different from the picture shown above but it is still packaged in a chunky clear glass jar with a black plastic screw-top lid. There is a sticker on the lid showing the Lush logo and the name 'Sweet Lips' in white writing on a black background, another sticker around the jar in the same style, and one underneath showing the expiry date (a little over a year).
The jar is quite a generous size for this type of product, the label says it has 25g of lip scrub, and it's totally full to the brim with product. I should mention that the jars aren't hygienically sealed shut so customers can unscrew the lid in the shop and look at the product. I am probably a bit over-squeamish but I took one from the bottom of the pile and checked the surface had no indentations before I bought it!
The ingredients list is short and simple, castor sugar, organic jojoba oil, vanilla extract, cocoa absolute, tagetes oil, and flavouring. It's also a vegan product.
It cost £4.50 which I initially thought was a little expensive but the assistant assured me it would probably last for the best part of a year, and what tipped me over the edge was the fact that if I spent over £20 instore I could take a free Christmas gift box. The lip scrub took my total to just over £20 and then I got a £16 Christmas box for nothing. Win win!
The product looks lighter than you see in the picture above, it's a sandy yellow colour and it looks quite shiny in the jar. It is also a dense formulation, I can turn the jar upside down and nothing falls out.
To apply it all I have to do is touch my finger to the surface of the jar and it picks up enough product. A little goes a long way with this stuff. The combination of exfoliating sugar grains and moisturising oil is very effective, and the sweet taste is an added bonus. I am a compulsive lip-balm applier and I had thought my lips were in the best condition they could be but they are definitely softer now.
Something the sales assistant told me, and I kind of wish she hadn't, is that the lip scrub is 100% safe to eat! It's a very good idea that a product you put on your lips should be edible (though I can't think of any edible lipsticks.) It is perfectly alright to apply the scrub then lick it off when you are finished. I just have to remind myself that it is made up of sugar and oil or I think I could go through the whole jar in no time!
One little tip - it's a fairly light formulation which is a good thing as you can't go overboard and end up with a swollen looking mouth, but if you have dry or chapped lips like my boyfriend and want a more heavy duty scrubbing session applying a layer of Vaseline first gives more intensive results.
I am very pleased with this, I will definitely repurchase it.
This product did used to be sold in Be never too busy to be beautiful (Lush's sister shop) but since B closed down in December 2010 Lush have started selling this product. So:
Price and packaging:
This is £4.50 for 25g as of January 2010, which at first sounds ridiculously expensive, but I have a sample that's perhaps a quarter of the size of those pots and it has lasted me two years, and I'm barely halfway down the pot. This is packaged very attractively, in a glass pot with a label on it stating what it is. (You can see a picture above) The pot feels really sturdy and well made, I think it's unlikely to break if dropped, although it is glass so there is always the possibility.
Scent and looks:
This smells very sweet and very chocolaty! It is very much as if someone has mixed expensive chocolate, sugar, and perhaps a touch of vanilla together. Looking inside the pot, it just looks like ordinary brown sugar to me.
How to use and my opinion:
Wet your lips using a flannel or similar, then get a bit of this on your finger and gently rub all over your lips. Gently is key here, if you have a patch of very flaky skin rub harder, but if you do it too much you'll get sore lips. This is common to all scrubs/exfoliators, not just this one! Afterwards just rinse off with water and apply lipbalm/gloss or whatever.
I really like this. It seems like such a silly thing to buy, and you think "Good God I've just spent almost £5 on this!" but it's a little touch of luxury and lasts forever. Highly recommended.
** Just to make a quick note that Dooyoo has put this product under 'Lush', which is semi-correct because it is available in Lush shops, however it is actually a 'Be Never Too busy To Be Beautiful' product, thus mine was purchased in one of their shops. **
On my first trip to the mouth watering cosmetic boutique that is Be Never To busy Too Be Beautiful I noticed that their products although gorgeous were pretty pricey! But I just had to buy something. I literally could not leave without purchasing just one item. So I looked around hoping to fine a cheaper item just to experience the 'B' effect and I came across this sweet lips sugar scrub. I recognised it faintly and remembered seeing a review on it somewhere. So I picked it up without any hesitation and continued my tour around the Aladdin's cave.
** B Never too Busy to be Beautiful **
To explain this shop as easily as possible, for the health and beauty fans it works on the same basis as shops such as Lush and The Body Shop. For the people who may not be as clued up, I will just explain briefly...
The Company sells a treasure trove of health and beauty products, but is mainly known for their stunning cosmetic range. Their products and ingredients are tested through modern non-animal tests and a panel of human volunteers. Their suppliers also have to sign an agreement before 'B' conducts business with them so much so that when I asked if they sold Nail Varnish the lady at the counter explained that they can not get a current supplier to agree with their policy, which is a shame as their colour pigments are amazing! B Never too busy to be beautiful is also the only UK Company to carry an entire colour cosmetics line that is suitable for Vegans. So well done to them!
The thing about this shop is regardless of what they sell it is an amazing little place to look around. Full of charming kitsch items and glitzy, sparkling things all around the place, mixed with extremely friendly and funky staff members it is somewhere that you cant help but be drawn too!
** B Sweet Lips Sugar Scrub **
This product is exactly what it says it is. An exfoliater for the lips. Personally I have never seen a lip scrub before but I think it is an excellent idea! This product claims that it will make your lips feel 'Smooth like satin, smooth like melted chocolate, soft as marshmallow and feather pillows' well that's an imaginative product description if ever I saw one! It just shows what a fun side the 'B' company have and how their products come across. This sounds perfect. I have really soft lips but they tend to get dry and sore very quickly. Especially as the weather changes so quickly my lips don't know what to do with themselves. Sometimes I have to brush my lips with a toothbrush to exfoliate them so if this scrub works I can give my toothbrush a rest! (on my lips that is!)
The scrub itself comes in a 25g pot that costs £4.40. The pot had a black label and a black lid. It has gold writing on the top and a bright red air of lips. Simple packaging but eye catching all the same. The scrub itself from the outside looks like a glittery gold liquid, but it all changed when you open the lid!
** Opening The Lid **
The scrub itself is actually castor sugar and when you open the lid what looks like liquid from the outside is actually a soft mound of golden sugar! It isn't hard like a sugar cube but soft like a cake. It really is rather unusual! The scent also got me straight away. It was so sweet, incredibly sweet! On a closer sniff it smelt like creamy chocolate. I had to check the label just to make sure it wasn't some form of ingredient for cake baking!
The scrub actually has essence of chocolate and vanilla in it, so not only does it smell delicious, but it actually tastes good too and you can eat it. (Ok not eat it like food, but you can lick it off your lips no problem... the guy in the shop demonstrated this perfectly!)
** Instructions **
It really is simple, you make sure your lips are free from any lip gloss or lip product and that they are clean and dry. Then you Smooth a little on to clean lips, scrub gently then rinse away with water. However, the assistant told me in the shop if you don't want to rinse away with water just lick your lips! I should have questioned if there were any calories in this scrub!
** What Is It Like To Use **
This little gem is rather odd. You really only need a very small amount because it spreads so well. This makes it excellent value for money. I rubbed a little onto my lips in circular motions and I could feel the grains of sugar spreading over my lips and slightly dissolving. I also felt a few grains of sugar miss my lips and move to my face... this is where you have to be careful. If you use too much or don't rinse off properly you will look like you just crammed a doughnut into your mouth!
The sugar wasn't too harsh but harsh enough to do the job. I licked off (I mean rinsed!) the remaining sugar and my lips tingles. They really did feel soft and smooth. I was very impressed. The lip scrub also contains jojoba oils which are known for their moisturising qualities and this definitely showed on my lips. I ran my tongue over my lips and they felt ultra smooth. I was extremely impressed!
** Conclusion **
What a delicious little delight this was! Such a simple product with simple ingredients that works! The sweet lips sugar scrub really is sweet and works wonders at softening my lips. I personally think that at under £5 it is a complete bargain. I have used this every day since I bought it and it still looks brand new. It smells delicious and always has people asking what it is although I refuse to let them try it!
When this does eventually run out I will be buying this again. It is also a great quirky stocking filler or little gift and I 100% recommend.
As I said, I bought this from the B Never too Busy Too Be Beautiful shop, but you can also buy it in Lush stores, or online on the B website, the Lush website or the fashion website www.Asos.com/beauty.
** B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Info **
You can buy their products online at -
Telephone - 01202 667 830
The Customer Care number is for general feedback, store comments or specific product enquiries. Their office is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Check out the website for your local store.
As you'll know if you've read any of my other reviews, I love Lush, so it'll come as no surprise that I also love products from their sister company B Never too Busy to be Beautiful too! This lip scrub I am about to review is one of my all time favourites and an essential to have to keep your lips soft, smooth and flake free, even more so with the winter months fast approaching.
It's primarily a sugar based scrub but has added extra's such as jojoba oil to soften and moisturise and chocolate extract and vanilla absolute both of which make it smell and taste (although you're probably not meant to eat it!) gorgeous. Which all combined provide you with a scrub which is quite gentle but also scrubby enough to actually do some good. Alone the sugar might be too harsh as the skin on your lips is alot thinner than elsewhere on your face, but the added jojoba oil makes your lips lovely and oiled.
To use, you take a tiny amount on your finger and rub onto your lips in circular motions, if you want you can leave it for a few minutes to let the oil seep in and do it's work, then when finished just simply wipe off with a wet flannel or tissue.
It comes presented in a small glass container about the size of a lip balm, with a screw on black lid that has a sticker on saying "Sweet Lips Sugar Scrub", the B logo and a pair of red lips, it looks cute and classy and also alot more expensive than it really is. It retails at £4.40 which quite honestly is a bargain! It lasts for absolutely ages as you only need to use the tiniest bit.
The harsh winter weather and air conditioned offices can have a negative affect on our lips, making them dry, flakey and sore, so as well as slapping on the lip balm, it's also important to keep them flake free by exfoliating them with this gentle yet effective scrub thus creating a perfect smooth base to apply balm and lipsticks, the latter looks awful when applied on dry scabby lips!
For all you chocolate lovers out there, it has a lovely chocolatey aroma, but at the same time it isn't too chocolatey to put off people who don't eat that much chocolate like me. I will be trying the other one in the range next time, the Mint Julips one which is meant to smell like after dinner mints and has peppermint to add a "refreshing zing to your lips!"
As with all of the Lush products, B products are also not tested on animals and the majority are also suitable for Vegan customers too.
Definetely worth a go, bargain beauty product for under a fiver!