Carrot Cake is one of my favourite cakes so I was pretty excited to see how a carrot cake flavoured lip scrub would turn out! I’m not one for stupidly sweet flavours so I was hoping I wouldn’t find it too sickly, like some others.
Most of Lush’s lip scrubs don’t really contain a lot of ingredients, but Carrot Cake has a pretty long list which tells me a lot of thought has gone into perfecting the formula. Once you open the lid and have a sniff, you’re greeted by a syrupy sweet aroma that’s actually very reminiscent of the cake it’s named after! I can definitely pick out a slightly orangey note in the smell alongside the sweet cakey aroma and it really makes you excited to try it.
Honestly and surprisingly when you taste it, it’s so easy to imagine you’re actually eating cake! It’s a sweet maple syrup-like flavour, again with orangey notes and a hint of warmth. It’s a nice taste but I can definitely imagine it getting sickly after too much.
It’s difficult to say what exact ingredients give the smell and the aroma but the orangey notes are definitely coming from the Brazilian Orange Oil present in the mix, although Carrot Cake also contains Orange Peel Wax too. The warmth likely comes from the addition of Ginger Oleoresin along with Cinnamon Powder and the slightly nutty flavour may come from Walnut Oil and/or Toasted Hazelnut Oil. Carrot Cake contains a couple of strange ingredients too – Carob Resinoid comes from the evergreen carob tree, native to the mediterranean and has a naturally sweet cocoa-like taste, and according to Lush, this is what gives this lip scrub it’s ‘baked cake’ flavour. Fenugreek Absolute is another uncommon ingredient that has a maple syrup-like taste.
As a lip scrub, it contains the usual exfoliant of Caster Sugar which buffs away dead skin nicely, but Carrot Cake also contains Ground Almonds too, and a lesser amount of Fine Sea Salt. Lush suggest that the Cinnamon Powder also helps to gently polish the lips.
I found this lip scrub to be fairly moisturising on my lips too. From the ingredients list, it seems like a decent amount of the ingredients have moisturising qualities such as the Orange Peel Wax, the Walnut Oil and the Hazelnut Oil along with the Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter that are pretty standard ingredients in a lip scrub. Carrot Cake also contains Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil as the only carrot-based ingredient. This oil is both moisturising and softening on the skin and is rich in the antioxidant beta carotene to help keep the skin looking healthy and supple.
In conclusion, Carrot Cake is a great new lip scrub and hopefully is shaping the way for more exciting flavours to come. I can’t say it’s one of the best flavours I’ve tried but that’s probably just me and my dislike for anything too sugary. If you’re looking to try it for yourself make sure you get one soon before the Easter range disappears from stores!
Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Ground Almonds, Organic Shea Butter, Walnut Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Ginger Oleoresin, Carob Resinoid, Fenugreek Absolute, Fine Sea Salt, Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil, Orange Peel Wax, Toasted Hazelnut Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Paprika Oleoresin, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour