Exfoliating Lip Scrubs: Lush versus Philosophy

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It’s January. In most of the States, that means cold(er) and dry(er) weather. Despite slathering on chapstick at night and throughout the day, I am usually fighting against red, chapped lips during these months. Recently I started using lip exfoliant to get rid of the dead, flaky skin, before applying lip balm. Here’s what I think of the two brands I’ve tried thus far.


Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub – $15


I picked up this Philosophy brand lip scrub from Sephora late last winter, but it’s just getting use now. I love the scent of their Bubble Bath/Shower Gel so I was excited to try this product.


The flavor/scent is mint, and the exfoliating “beads” are fairly coarse, and suspended in a white gel. For being my first lip scrub, I was pretty pleased with the result. My lips felt smoother afterwards and the mint scent was very pleasant. It didn’t remove all of the dry skin, though, so I’d often have to repeat throughout the day.


Lush Lip Scrub – $9.95


Over the holidays while visiting family, I came across my very first Lush store. I’d never heard of the brand but their tagline of “Fresh Handmade Cosmetics” was right up my alley. The store is like a playground for beauty product fanatics. Piles of soaps and bath bombs, stacks of lotions and shampoos, plus make-up and fragrances, all arranged in a chaotically appealing manner.


I picked up the Popcorn Lip Scrub (or Santa did and put in my stocking–what a sweet guy). The description reads: “A sweet and salty lip scrub that smells like popcorn.” True. It smells like popcorn with a touch of sweetness–salty, warm, buttery and a little caramel-ly. This has a much different consistency than the Philosophy scrub. It has small, light yellow crystals without any gel or cream, so you’re rubbing just the beads over your lips. I love this product. It smells delicious; it tastes delicious (you can lick it right off your lips); it has no preservatives and it’s vegan. It also comes in several other delightful flavors–Mint Julips, Bubblegum, and Sweet Lips. I’ve been applying at night, followed by a lip balm, and in the morning my lips are soft and moisturized.

In a battle between Philosophy and Lush…Lush is the clear winner.


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