My lips are often dry and I find that most of the time vaseline does the job. However some days it doesn't seem to cut it. I have found that dry, often dead skin, sat on your lips can stop lip balms from getting to the living skin that needs the moisture. About once a month, or whenever the need arises, I use lip scuff from body shop. I have found that wetting my lips, applying the product, rubbing my lips together and then wiping off with a moist cotton wool gets the best results. Another tip for those with dry lips is to ensure you are drinking enough water.
As this isn't the sort of product you should use every day, it does last quite a while - I'm still on my first one.
I think I paid about £7. In recent years, however, The Body Shop are discounting much more heavily. Never pay full price for anything - look out for multi-buys and other deals. Their internet site tends to be better at lower prices and in store tends to be better for mutliple purchase deals.
It doesn't take much to get a case of dry, chapped lips. I've always used the age old 'rub sugar into your lips' trick, but that does leave your lips looking like a giant fruit pastille so when I spotted The Body Shop's Lipscuff I quickly added it to my basket.
Lipscuff is exactly what it sounds like - a lip exfoliator, but it does claim to moisturise too.
The packaging has changed from the above picture now, but it's still the same product. These days Lipscuff comes with a classy slanted chrome lid, looking very much like an expensive lipstick. The entire thing fits happily into my closed palm, so as you can gather its basically the shape of a standard lipstick, just a little smaller. Also The Body Shop have changed the shape of the product itself as it now comes with a flat top that sits flush to the tube, rather than the pointed tip shown above. This makes it much easier to apply because you do apply it more firmly than you would a lipstick, and with a pointed tip it was prone to breakages.
It's an expensive product at £8 for 2.5g but a little does go a long way, my current Lipscuff is only about half gone and I've had it for about 4 months now. Obviously this is only available at The Body Shop as it's one of their branded products, but I'm sure you could pick it up on eBay too if you chose to.
~~~Beneath The Lid~~~
When you pop the lid off and twist the tube up (which is very easy to do, exactly like a lipstick) you'll be greeted with a spearmint green colour stick. A bit alarming at first, is this some kind of Martian lipstick? In fact if you sniff it you'll even get quite a strong whiff of mint. If you look closely you'll probably spot little brown flecks in the stick, which is of course, the exfoliating bits.
Prepare yourself guys, here comes the long, boring list of ingredients:
Hydrogenated Coconut Oil (Emollient/Hair Conditioner), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Candelilla Cera (Candelilla Wax) (Stabiliser), Ethyl Macadamiate (Ethyl Macadamiate) (Skin Conditioning Agent), Octyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Emulsifier/Emollient), Sclerocarya birrea (Marula Oil) (Skin Conditioning Agent), Bis-PEG-12 Dimethicone Candelillate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Polyethylene (Opacifier), Polymethylsilsesquioxane (Opacifying Agent), Lanolin Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Stearalkonium Hectorite (Viscosity Modifier), Ficus carica (Skin Conditioning Agent), Boron Nitride (Bulking Agent), Carnauba (Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax) (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Propylene Carbonate (Solvent), Mentha viridis (Fragrance Ingredient), Mentha piperita (Peppermint Oil) (Fragrance/Essential Oil), Menthyl Lactate (Fragrance Ingredient), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (Flavour), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77891 (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 42090 (Colour).
If you managed to wade through that list and make it out the other side, congratulations!
Regular users of Lush and/or The Body Shop will immediately spot the negatives here - this product contains castor oil, lanolin oil and linaool, which some people like to avoid. As you can see this also contains beeswax, unfortunately making it unsuitable for vegans.
Despite me describing the colour as spearmint green, this actually contains peppermint oil as noted above, so this is what gives Lipscuff its heady aroma. We can also see from the ingredients list that this contains sunscreen and that the brown exfoliating parts of the stick are actually crushed fig stones so very natural indeed.
The last ingredient I want to mention here is the Marula oil. The Body Shop states that this is Fairtrade and is made by the Eudafano Women's Co-operative in Namibia. According to their website: 'By setting up their own factory, the 5,000 women members have gained entrepreneurial skills and, they tell us, a newfound self-esteem'. If that's not something to be proud of, nothing is.
The general idea is that you twist the stick up, apply Lipscuff like your usual lipstick or balm, rub your lips together and then blot the product away with a tissue.
However I do things a little differently, because that's just how I roll. First off I like to apply a good thick layer of the Lipscuff, no meagre portions here. Once on you can feel the slight tingle of the peppermint oil and smell it very strongly, but I find it really pleasant. You can also feel that this is a very rich product, so I suppose The Body Shop were telling the truth when they claim this is moisturising. During application you do get the slight sensation the exfoliant, it drags across your lips a little as you put the Lipscuff on. Despite the fact that the crushed fig stones do have quite a rough texture, I find that just rubbing my lips together isn't enough to exfoliate, personally. So I tend to rub the Lipscuff into my lips with a clean finger, using gentle circular motions, just as you would apply a normal body exfoliator. With this technique, you can really feel the fig rubbing against your lips and generally doing a good job.
Lipscuff does leave a slight creamy tint and brown flecks on your lips, so it's definitely one you'll want to remove once you're done. Once I've finished applying, I remove the product with a baby wipe or a wet flannel. I have very sensitive skin and I found that if I just removed it with a tissue as directed it would leave a little of the scuff behind and irritate my skin quite badly. If your skin isn't quite so sensitive you might not have this problem, but I'd definitely recommend a baby wipe rather than a tissue if you do.
Once removed I always find my lips have quite a red, harsh look as if they've been scrubbed to within an inch of their life, which I suppose they have. I like to apply a good layer of lip balm after application to keep my lips smooth, and I find that within a few minutes the redness has gone. Again, this could just be my sensitive skin, but I find no lasting soreness with the product.
~~~Does It Work?~~~
Well, I definitely notice a difference.
I suffer quite badly with cracked lips and one healthy application of this always gets rid of any dry flakes (height of sexiness, right there) and leaves me with soft, smooth lips.
Personally I find the fig stones to be a very strong exfoliant that is more that enough for my lips, but without making them too sore. As I said, I do have pathetically sensitive skin and I've never noticed any problems as long as I remove the Lipscuff properly. The moisturising aspect of the product is probably what stops this from being too harsh, as it glides on easily and has a really thick texture, not dissimilar to one of The Body Shop lip butters. Having said that, I still like to apply a lip balm after using the Lipscuff so I obviously don't find its moisturising properties enough on their own.
Just one. Lipscuff is a very soft product, and if its left somewhere warm or the lid is applied wrongly the stick is prone to getting a bit squished out of shape. This isn't really a massive issue though because you can just run your finger over the top of it and mould it back into a usable shape, but it can get a little annoying.
This is a lovely addition to any beautiful regime and gives you soft, flake-free lips without any hassle at all. Its lipstick style casing makes it easy to fit into your make up bag, and the fig stones offer fantastic exfolation without being too harsh. Just don't leave it out in the sun!
Thanks for reading :)
Up until early last year, the thought of exfoliating my lips had never occurred to me. That is until I stumbled across the Lush lip scrubs. I fell in love, bought them all and used them regulary. One day, for whatever bizzare reason (I think it was mainly curiosity!) I ended up eating around 1/3 of the jar.. it's described as edible after all and is made from oil and sugar. Unfortunately I was violently sick the same day, and it put me off the lip scrubs for life - I can't stand the scent of them at all now, especially the bubblegum one and I gave them to one of my friends who is a Lush addict like me. Due to giving my lip scrubs away, I was in need of a new product to exfoliate my lips. I was unsure if any similar products exsisted and the last place that I decided to look was The Body Shop website, where I came across their lip scuff. This is priced at £8, which I feel is a reasonable price for such an effective, good quality, fairtrade product.
The lip scuff is said to be perfect for dry and flaky lips. The Body Shop state on their website that as well as exfoliating and smoothing the lips it also moisturises them, so I knew it'd be a good product for me as I have really dry lips. The lip scuff is packed full of goodness and a majority of the ingredients are natural. None of the ingredients have been tested on animals either which is always a plus when it comes to cosmetics. One of the ingredients that caught my eye was coconut oil, which is incredibly moisturising. Beeswax is also in there which is fabulous for hydrating and keeping the lips soft. The full list of ingredients can be found on The Body Shop's website.
The product comes in stick form like a lipstick or lipbalm would, which I find handy and in my opinion it's a more hygeinic way of using it as I don't like sticking my fingers into tins and jars of lip balm etc. It also makes the product handy for sticking in my handbag and not worrying about leaks etc. The casing it comes in is black with a silver lid. The plastic casing is very lightweight, as is the lid and it doesn't feel particullary expensive or good quality, although it does look quite elegant in a minimalistic kind of way. The product works just like a lipstick and to get the nib exposed and ready to use you simply twist the bottom.
The nib is shaped the same as a lipstick would be and it is light green in colour with noticeable brown and black speckles, which are the gritty bits that exfoliate your lips. Using the lipscruff is simple, I just rub it evenly onto my lips for a minute or so until I feel that my lips have been exfoliated enough. While rubbing it onto my lips the sensation of scrubbing is minimal and it's a very gentle exfoliator in my opinion. although I am used to quite harsh exfoliation so it will vary with different people I suppose. Once i've finished rubbing the product on my lips I am left with green residue on my lips with gritty bits and I simply wipe my lips with a tissue.
My lips are left smooth and moisturised and they look noticeably smoother and well cared for with no dry or dead skin visible at all. Although it is an effective exfoliator, it isn't at all drying or harsh. I usually use the lipscuff before applying lipstick so that the lipstick doesn't highlight any dryness or cracks and it works a treat. The fresh and minty peppermint smell of the lipscuff doesn't linger for too long, only a few minutes. It doesn't have a noticeable taste but immedietly after using it a very subtle sweet taste is detectable if I lick my lips.
I've had my lipscuff for around six months now and have used it probably three times a week or around there. It's lasted well and although it's now nearly run out. mishapen and a bit grotty looking it still does the job and I will be re-purchasing another one when I am next in The Body Shop as I have found the lipscuff to be good value for money and very effective. I also love the scent and it leaves my lips feeling soft, smooth and healthy.
I'm so excited to be writing a review about this product. Firstly, it is not called lipscuff anymore- they've updated it to simple lip exfoliator, and it doesn't have a pointed tip, it's a circular flat top now. Also, the packaging is different- very sleek and professional looking shiny black with chrome outer- very nice!
Moving on, I bought this last week as the winter cold has really dried out my lips this year- I wasn't sure what to make of it but the sales girl said that it works brilliantly and she uses it too, to be honest I was still sceptical but bought it anyway.
I used this on the night I got it, and applied then rubbed in small circular motions and wiped off with tissue. I have to say the only other thing that's gave me results like that is Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream! I was and still am extremely impressed- it's like finding a brilliant treasure from the body shop! This really does exfoliate the driest and cracked of lips but without being anywhere near harsh/ irritating. The results with use of this are comparable to the 8 hour cream applied overnight and that in itself says a lot!
However, I wouldn't say it's for everyone- if your lips are fine with lip balm then you probably won't need it (although I strongly believe everyone should exfoliate lips- just makes them more kissable!) but if you have drier than normal and cracked lips then this will be a miracle in a tube for you!
I bought this 2 weeks ago from Body Shop in Nottingham.
It cost me £7.20 (as I have a 'love your body' card). The usual price is £8.
After reading several positive reviews myself, I decided to but the product.
The instructions say to use every day for the first week, and then to continue using it once a week.
Appearance wise it's very aesthetically pleasing, I particularly like lid. The image shown here I assume is the old packaging. It has the appearance on a lipstick, with a shiny metal lid with a slanted top.
The actual product is a light green colour with brown exfoliating beads. Despite the unusual look, the product has a light fresh minty smell to it.
In my opinion the product wasn't as amazing as I had hoped. During these 2 weeks I have used over half of the product, which is quite annoying considering the price. I'll admit it does exfoliate and remove a decent amount, not all, of dead skin on my lips. However I have used my regular face exfoliator on my lips and have found it has produced the same if not better results.
As it is not a very moisturising product, I find putting lipbalm over the top really helps.
I would probably buy this product again, but only to have in my bag when my normal exfoliator isn't there.
I'd say it would probably produce best results if your lips were only slightly dry.
I've always loved this offering from the Body Shop. It fills me with nostalgia for my early teen years when I was discovering makeup. Needless to say it is the only product from then that I still use...
I should point out that the lipscuff no longer looks like the picture above-the Body Shop revamped their makeup range (in fact many of their products) when taken over by L'Oreal, It now comes in a black twist tube with a shiny chrome effect slanted lid. In my opinion this packaging is more attractive, though the previous packaging (above) didn't put me off. The lid "clicks" on thanks to dents in the tube, like most lip sticks, but this feature is an unsung hero in the land of makeup bags. Nothing kills a bag quite like broken smudged lipstick.
The lipscuff is a pale green lip conditioning medium of marula oil and beeswax, with crushed fig stone granules to exfoliate found throughout. I would describe the smell as earthy green tea with a minty kick, not unpleasant but nothing special. Like most lip stick products, the tube base is twisted to push up the lipscuff for access.
Directions on the Body Shop website say to apply to both lips and rub together, then remove residue with a tissue. The method of application is important here: rubbing the stick over your lips will do nothing because the granules are embedded in the stick and only once the conditioning medium starts to sink into the lips will they be "free" enough to exfoliate.
On that note, the granules are both fine and coarse (because they are a natural product they are not uniform in size). This is a mixed blessing, it increases the effectiveness of the granules in exfoliating, but also increase the possibility of irritation or damage to the lips. I would advise light use until you are accustomed to it.
Those plumped up shiny lips in the makeup adverts? You won't get them from this product. What you will get are your own lips left soft and smooth, looking and feeling good enough to bite. So good in fact that you might be inclined to leave the lip colourant in the make up bag and go out in the nude. ;)
This is where this product almost lost a star. It used to be somewhere in the range of £5. now it is £7.80. I thought about it, and to me this lipscuff is irreplaceable, there simply is no product to rival it in the high street so I am happy to pay the higher price.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
I bought this product because I always seem to have a line of dry skin on my bottom lip which no matter what I do and how well moisturised my lips are it always comes back. It costs £7.80, so not cheap, but if it works then I think it's worth it.
It comes in a really classy looking tube which is black with a shiny silver lid. It looks nothing like the picture above which presumably is the old packaging. It's the basic lipstick style tube which twists up from the bottom.
To use it you just gently apply it to the lips, rub them together, then remove any residue with a tissue.
The lipscuff is a minty green colour with little brown grains in it. It's quite soft so you have to be careful not to press too hard with it or you'll get way too much on your lips and also waste a lot. It's got a lovely minty scent to it which is really refreshing.
You can't feel the grains in it too much when you apply it to the lips, it really just feels like a creamy lip balm with a very slight grittiness to it. It actually feels quite moisturising, and leaves the lips feeling instantly smoother.
After using it for a few days my lips were much smoother, and though the dry skin had not disappeared it had definitely diminished and was less noticeable. I've kept on using it and it seems to have made much more of a difference over time. My lips are still not perfect and I do still get a little bit of scaly skin in the middle of my bottom lip, but I don't get the dry, flaky skin that used to be a constant annoyance.
Overall I think this is a really good buy, and used along with a good lip balm it will help keep your lips in kissable condition.
At this time of year my lips become quite dry and flaky, and if I don't care for them they become very chapped and bleed at times.
I have tried various lip balms and salves but nothing works for me, as the wetness of any balm seems to increase my chapped lips.
Now I have found the perfect product, the body shop lip scuff. This will not cure my cracked lips but it certainly helps as it removes excess skin before it has the chance to crack in bad weather.
The body shop lip scuff is basically a minty flavoured lip balm with small gritty pieces in it. These gritty pieces are there to help exfoliate any dead of flaky skin cells from your lips.
Once you have applied this lip stick type lip scuff, your lips will tingle and instantly feel refreshed. All of the flaky skin and cracks will be removed leaving your lips feeling lovely and smooth and crack free.
This is packaged in a small black lip stick tube dispenser, with a turning mechanism that is used to retract the lip scuff from the tube, when you have finished applying the scuff just turn it in the other direction and the scuff will be retracted back into the tube and stored safely.
Over the top of the black tube, there is a sliver click shut top that displays the body shop logo. This is also there to protect the product form getting damaged in anyway.
As this is the size of a lip stick tube it is very small and compact, so you can carry it everywhere with you.
This amazing lip scuff is made up of three key ingredients.
Crushed fig stone granules that are the small gritty pieces that exfoliated you lips,
Marula oil is rich in antioxidents and fatty acids and is produced in Namibia, the ingredient makes the lip scuff easy to apply, while hydrating at the same time.
Organic bees wax is used to soften and condition your lips.
The other ingredients include Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ethyl Macadamiate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Beeswax, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Bis-PEG-12 Dimethicone Candelillate, Polyethylene, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Lanolin Oil, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Powder, Boron Nitride, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Menthyl Lactate, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake.
THE BODY SHOP TRADE PROGRAMME
Marula oil is the ingredient which supports the trade programmes. This trade programme is one of many that are supported by the body shop.
This community trade programme in particular changes thousands of women's lives every year, these women are part of the Eudafano Women's Co-operative and work in this all women organisation to earn a fair wage.
The body shop buys this ingredient and in return the women of the organisation gain independence in a male dominated area.
Each lip scuff retails for 7.50 each tube at the body shop online or any body shop store.
Each tube is 2.5g / 0.08oz and is exactly the same as a pip stick in size and appearance.
This is very simple to use just apply to dry cracked lips and use it exactly as you would a lip stick. Then rub your lips together until you feel you lips have absorbed of ground down the gritty bits.
To get the best results possible apply three to four times a week, or as needed if lips are really dry.
Over used can make the lips very sore, as there will be a build up and the gritty grains can get stuck into your lips, making them very painful indeed.
To keep your Lip Scuff nice and clean, wipe the surface of the scuff with a tissue, every time you use it.
This can be used to condition lips or even used under a lipstick to give your lips a nice even plump finish, without lipstick sticking in to the cracks in your lips and looking very unattractive.
The main advantage for me, buying it from the body shop is that you can be certain that they don't test the stuff on animals and this is very important to me.
I liked the way it tingled straight after application, this showed me that it was actually doing something.
After I used this my flaky skin on my lips had disappeared and they instantly felt refreshed and smooth. I am sure this was down to the gritty exfoliating particles within this lip scuff.
This didn't feel all that nice applying the scuff, as is was like rubbing sand paper over my lips but I have to say the results were almost instant and if I didn't see it I would not have believed it.
I only use this once a week and I no longer suffer from chapped lips as this seems to prevent it and any skin build up on my lips is removed with this.
Anyone with dry chapped lips would really benefit from trying this, not only will it condition but it will also add shine to any dull un-kissable lips.
I recently purchased The Body Shop's Lip Scuff (£7.50) and am absolutely thrilled with it! At the time the price seemed a little expensive for my budget, but having used it I feel that it is worth every penny. It works as an exfoliant for the lips, using crushed fig stone granules to gently remove dry and flaky skin. It has a mild, minty aroma to it, helping to sooth sore lips and contains two moisturising agents, marula oil and organic beeswax, to keep lips soft and supple. I bought the Lip Scuff because of my eczema and although the instructions say to use one to two times a week or as required, I find that it is gentle enough for me to use throughout the day. Up until now, due to my eczema, I have never been able to wear lipstick, as the colour looks uneven because of the flakes on my lips. Since my discovery of the Lip Scuff I have been able to use lipsticks by applying the Lip Scuff 15 minutes or so before putting on my lipstick, allowing the dead skin cells to be removed and the moisturisers to begin to take effect. This product comes in the style of a lipstick, with a black container and a smart angled silver cap. The lipstick container makes it easy to apply, although you do have to be a little careful when applying so as not to end up with granules in your mouth. If you are a fan of The Body Shop's products you can invest in a Love Your Body card for £5 which, amongst other benefits gives you 10% off of every purchase for a year, making looking after your lips even easier on your wallet!
Whilst looking around the shops the other week, I decided to see if I could find anything for my lips which had become quite dry and flaky. I ended up buying two products - Blistex revitalising cream and the body shop lipscuff. I have decided to use the body shop stuff first properly as the Blistex one you have to put on before bed etc and it is strong stuff, and im to tired at bedtime to fuss over my lips at the moment. PRODUCT The body shop lipscuff is basically a minty flavoured lip balm with small gritty pieces in it. You are supposed to use it like any other lip balm but the gritty pieces are meant to slough away dry flaking skin on your lips to leave you with super smooth lips. PACKAGING The packaging is certainly nothing to shout about here. The lipscuff is basically a dark green tube with a pale mint green lid with darker spots (very feint and small) which I think is supposed to represent what?s inside. Although it is not very fabulous and doesn?t stand out that much, it is fairly smart with its slanty lid and shimmery base and doesn?t look cheap and tacky like some other lip balms. PRICE I bought this for £2 exactly. I think it was reduced slightly, but if you are lucky you can sometimes buy this in the sales for as little as 50p! At the time I bought it there was no mega sale at the shop. WHERE You can only buy this from the body shop stores. There are no other places this is sold at. There are stores all over the UK so there should be no problem buying this. Another advantage of buying it from the body shop is that you can be certain that they don't test the stuff on animals, which for a gritty lip balm is pretty cruel and pointless anyway. The particular branch I bought this from was the Quadrant shopping centre in Swansea. USING IT To use it is really simple. I ran it all over my lips like a normal lip balm in front of the mirror - wait! I looked at my lips - they were a green
/blue colour! I had to wipe my lips slightly to remove the colour it had left, so Im glad I didn't use this like a normal lip balm in public with no mirror! I felt my lips - they definitely felt softer to the touch but not moisturised in any way. I put on a slick of normal lip salve on the top and my lips felt soft and nice. ADVANTAGES The advantages of this lipscuff are: It is simple to use It is small and convenient to carry Fairly stylish packaging Smoothes lips and removes flaky bits Nice mint flavour and smell DISADVANTAGES The disadvantages of this lipscuff are: Leaves colour on lips although easy to wipe off Gritty pieces sting like hell if you use it too often - limit to using once a day or less Sometimes gritty pieces are left on your lips Will not move huge pieces of dead skin on lips No moisturising properties Boring colour of packaging doesn't stand out OVERALL My overall feeling of this lipscuff is that it is good to use under a lipstick or once in the morning to remove nasty bits of skin and dryness, but it is no use to me as a general lip balm as it doesn?t moisturise and stings if used too often. I would buy this again on offer price, when the sales are on I may stock up but it isn?t worth more than two quid. I do like to use it once a day and my lips have definitely improved (in the short term) as a result. Recommended (just about).
For soft, kissable lips you've got to keep them in shape / Gently exfoliate with Lipscuff, then moisturise and condition with Lip Care for the perfect pout /