Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Cookie Dough Lip Scrub

A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the recently opened store in Liverpool, which can I say is beautiful. It’s now the biggest Lush store in the world and spreads across three floors including a spa! But perhaps the most exciting thing, is the fact that it hosts over three-hundred new products! Cookie Dough Lip Scrub is one of these new exclusives, and is currently the only lip scrub on their exclusive list.

I’m gonna come right out and say it, but Cookie Dough is the BEST lip scrub Lush have ever done. Period. It literally smells and tastes like the delicious treat that it’s named after. It’s rich and decadent, like gooey buttery caramel and I am super impressed.

For this sweet, indulgent flavour, Cookie Dough contains an intriguing blend of ingredients. First we have warming, familiar and sweet Vanilla Absolute, which Lush suggests makes up the main component of the scent along with Cocoa. Cocoa Powder has a silky texture which really helps to soften skin, and is what gives this lip scrub its rich taste and fragrance. Boosting that cocoa flavour, Carob Resinoid comes from the evergreen carob tree, native to the mediterranean and has a naturally sweet chocolate-like taste; according to Lush, this is what gives this lip scrub it’s ‘baked’ flavour.

Furthermore there’s a distinct nutty taste to Cookie Dough which isn’t surprising considering it contains Hazelnut Oil, Pistachio Oil and Almond Essential Oil too. Another ingredient has also been included for its nutty taste, and this is Balsam Fir Resin, which gives the lip scrub a somewhat woody note in its scent.

As a lip exfoliator, it contains two types of Sugar along with Fine Sea Salt which do the job well. However one thing that certainly makes Cookie Dough stand out is that it’s super moisturising too. I know that *all* lip scrubs are somewhat softening for the skin, but I’ve certainly not tried any like this one. It almost has a wetter texture to it, which leaves your skin feeling gorgeously hydrated thanks to Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and the Pistachio and Hazelnut Oils too. Nut oils are rich in vitamin E and oleic acid meaning they are easily absorbed and help to deeply moisturise, firm and protect the skin.

I’m honestly blown away by this product. Although I’ve loved lip scrubs like The Kiss before, I’ve never been quite as obsessed with one as I am with Cookie Dough. It’s effective and mouthwateringly moreish and I struggle to put it down without eating using more! It’s a MUST try from Liverpool and I’d be thrilled to see it have a wider release one day. For now though, it’s available as part of this month’s Lush Labs release so make sure you get your hands on it!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Granulated Sugar, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Hazelnut Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Vanilla Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Balsam Fir Resin, Carob Resinoid, Gardenia Extract, Pistachio Oil, Cocoa Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Flavour

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Carrot Cake Lip Scrub

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!

Ingredients

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

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The Kiss Lip Scrub

Recently I found that I still have pictures of last year’s Valentine’s lip scrub from before I even started this blog that I never got round to posting! I still have a good half of my pot left and I think it’s only appropriate to post about it on the same day as this year’s lip scrub!

The Kiss was first released for Valentine’s Day 2015 and proved to be pretty popular, allowing Lush to bring it back for the next two years after that, and after trying it for the first time, it’s undoubtedly my favourite lip scrub of all time.

First things first, The Kiss isn’t your generic lip scrub that’s made out of Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil. The Caster Sugar is still the main ingredient but the Jojoba has been replaced with Safflower Oil. Safflower Oil is considered as a great softener for the skin as it probably has the highest percentage of unsaturated fats out of all the oils, and in actual fact I do consider The Kiss to be a little more hydrating than other Jojoba Oil containing lip scrubs. Cocoa Butter has also been blended into the mix, adding to the moisturising benefits.

Another difference with this lip scrub is the inclusion of Sea Salt which not only helps with the exfoliation but it adds a saltiness to the product which is actually a really nice change. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not a fan of overly sweet lip scrubs as they can be really sickly after a couple of uses, but you don’t get that with The Kiss and it’s actually really tasty with it’s sherbety flavour. To use a lip scrub, you simply use a finger to apply some of the product to your lips, gently buffing away the dead skin and then lick  it off to reveal soft and polished lips, so there’s absolutely no harm in ingesting the scrub, it’s why they’re so delicious! The Kiss also contains Sicilian Mandarin Oil as well as Almond Essential Oil to add a somewhat fruity aroma and flavour.

A cute little touch with this product is that the pot also contains these little red hearts mixed in with the scrub which is perfect for a Valentine’s exclusive. The hearts are completely edible so theres no harm in swallowing them too!

I’m a little gutted that The Kiss didn’t make a return this year but I guess Eve’s Cherry is a good replacement. I hope that perhaps we’ll see The Kiss again in the future because it’s going to be a real shame when my jar is empty.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Safflower Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Almond Essential oil, Cornflour, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, PEG 400, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Geraniol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 16255, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

 

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Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub

Alongside Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs, Lush also released a fruity lip scrub called Eve’s Cherry. I’m always slightly apprehensive with new lip scrub flavours because occasionally they have a weird after taste, but I’m a big fan of cherry flavoured things so I had high hopes.

This limited edition lip scrub smells rather fruity and not artificially, a lot like sweet cherry jam, or fizzy cherry flavoured candies which raised my hopes even more. I scooped a generous amount onto my finger and gave my lips a good scrub. The usual Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil base works wonders at removing dead skin, whilst softening and hydrating the lips. Eve’s Cherry further contains Shea Butter and highly moisturising Cherry Kernel Oil and I could definitely feel the benefits of these ingredients on my freshly polished lips.

The taste definitely met my expectations. It’s sweet but not too sweet and also has a sharp, almost sour zing to it. The ingredients that make up the flavour of the scrub have been carefully chosen to mimic fruity tastes. Almond Essential Oil creates a subtle cherry flavour, Davana Oil tastes of peaches, whilst Buchu Oil gives a sultry blackberry hint. The subtle sourness comes from the inclusion of Lime Oil and prevents the scrub from being too sweet. I really really like this flavour, I think it potentially is almost on par with my favourite lip scrub of all time, The Kiss! It seems Lush really get them right for Valentines Day!

Eve’s Cherry is definitely one that I could use often, I’m really not a giant fan of overly sweet lip scrubs like Bubblegum or Sugar Plum Fairy so it’s nice to have something a little different that doesn’t get sickly after a couple of uses. I personally use a lip scrub every morning too, so obviously it’s important to use one I actually enjoy using, and I’m happy I’ve found a new fave!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cherry Kernel Oil, Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter, Citric Acid, Almond Essential Oil, Davana Oil, Buchu Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 42090

 

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Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub

This holiday season, alongside Cranberry Fizz, Lush also decided to re-release a favourite lip scrub from last year’s range – Sugar Plum Fairy.

Although it’s called Sugar Plum Fairy, it doesn’t really relate to anything in the Plum Rain scent family, nor does it actually contain any plum whatsoever! Oddly enough, the flavouring and the scent mainly comes from the inclusion of Sweet Wild Orange Oil.

The Sweet Wild Orange Oil gives the product it’s sweet and tangy taste and if you didn’t know what it was, you might be inclined to think it to be Blackcurrant or Raspberry flavour.  Like always, the Lip Scrubs are basically just Jojoba Oil and Caster Sugar, so they’re completely safe to ingest, you simply apply to your lips and lick it off.

The scent reminds me of flavoured fizzy drinks but again, it’s more of a berry-like scent, rather than anything citrusy.

I’m afraid there’s nothing particularly special about this Lip Scrub, there’s no extra ingredient that makes it stand out amongst the others, but I guess it’s a nice alternative to Bubblegum for those who like extra sweet flavours.

If you think you’d like Sugar Plum Fairy, make sure you grab one for yourself while stocks last! You can purchase it over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77007

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Cranberry Fizz Lip Scrub

Christmas 2018 saw the return of Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub, but released alongside it was a new one called Cranberry Fizz.

At first, the scent isn’t the best I won’t lie. I can’t really describe it but it just doesn’t seem to smell particularly nice unfortunately. With Brazilian Orange, Lime and Ginger, you’d imagine it to smell kinda zesty and spicy, and I guess it does, but sadly it doesn’t do it for me.

The base of Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil is mixed with Shea Butter, Peach Kernel Oil and Cranberry Seed Oil which are all said to be extra conditioning and softening for your lips. Whilst I agree that my lips feel much softer and more moisturised after using this limited edition scrub, I can’t say it feels any different using this one over the likes of Chocolate or Bubblegum.

Saying that, there is one clear difference. Cranberry Fizz contains Citric Acid and Sodium Bicarbonate, both of which are usually added to Bath Bombs to make them fizz – and like the name suggests, they do the same here! You get a fizzing, tingling feeling on your lips and mouth when exfoliating and licking it off which is kinda cool. The Citric Acid also gives the lip scrub it’s sour flavouring which reminds me of sour candies you used to love, yet hate as a child.

In conclusion, there’s something about the taste of Cranberry Fizz that I do like, I’m not one for overly sweet flavours so I more than appreciate the difference, yet there’s also something that I really don’t like so I’m very much undecided on my feelings towards this Christmas product.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Citric Acid, Peach Kernel Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cranberry Seed Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Ginger Absolute, Lime Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

 

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Chocolate Lip Scrub

A lip scrub is basically just a lip exfoliator to polish and scrub away any bits of dry skin. As a bonus, Lush have made their Lip Scrubs extra tasty and you’ll want to be applying it all day long!

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Chocolate Lip Scrub originally appeared as an exclusive via the Lush Kitchen, however it proved to be so popular, Lush added it to their main Lip Scrub collection.

Chocolate smells like, you guessed it, chocolate! The typical Lip Scrub blend of Jojoba Oil and Caster Sugar is this time mixed with Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Cocoa Powder and actual Dark Chocolate to give it it’s colour and flavour.

Saying this though, it’s actually supposed to be more of a sweet Chocolate Orange scent and taste as it also contains Tangerine Oil and Sweet Orange Oil which gives it a nice juicy kick and leaves your lips refreshed.

To me it kinda tastes more like, shall we say a sweet ‘standard dark chocolate flavouring’ than actual chocolate but it’s still something I’m happy to indulge in occasionally, though whilst it’s not as sweet as Bubblegum Lip Scrub, personally I find it can be a little sickly. Though I do find the actual scrub itself effective and quite moisturising and buttery which is definitely a good thing.

Jojoba Oil is the perfect ingredient for this type of product as because of it’s close structure to the skin’s own sebum, it’s easily and quickly absorbed by the skin.

Check out Chocolate and Lush’s other lip care products available here!

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Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Dark Chocolate, Flavour, Tangerine Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Limonene, Linalool

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