Worth Every Penny?: Lush Lip Scrub

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

So this product is $10--not that expensive, right? But I'm filing the Lush Lip Scrubs under "Worth Every Penny?" where I usually talk about pricier items, because it's a terrible value for what it is.

The concept is simple enough and is actually a great idea: an exfoliant product to rub around your lips and slough off all the dead skin. The problem here, as I'm sure a few of you DIYers will know, is that a lip scrub is laughably simple to make at home. I've even done it a few times myself, using some coarse sugar, vaseline and honey all mixed up in a saucer.

**Tip: If you've got a lot of dead skin on your lips, wet a washcloth with hot water and hold it up to them to soften those hard bits before scrubbing!**

I was curious to see if there was a difference in a store-bought lip scrub, so I picked up the Lush one in Mint Julips and I can safely say it was a waste of $10. Whereas my homemade concoction was moisturizing as well as exfoliating, the Lush one is just like someone packed a whole bunch of dry sugar into a little pot. Yes, it smells good and is edible (meaning you can lick it off your lips) but you could also tailor any lip scrub recipe to be the same. There's no reason you can't also throw in some essential oils into your mix!

My perspective on this type of shopping is kind of like eating in a restaurant--get it only if you can't make it yourself, or if they do it better. Not only is the Lush one not better, it doesn't even compare to my homemade version.

My final verdict? Google "how to make a lip scrub" or some other similar phrase and put that $10 towards something else!

I'd love to hear from any of you who have made your own lip exfoliant--I hear it's a pretty common thing to do, especially in winter!

And on that same note, if you've ever made a beauty product in your own kitchen, whether it's for your hair, skin, or nails, leave me a comment below. I love hearing about things like this--they're always great fun to mix up and can save you quite a bit of money!

Hope you're all well! Happy Thursday!


  1. I recently started doing lip scrubs as I'm trying to end the never ending cycle of lip balms. I mix together equal parts of honey, apricot kernel or coconut oil, and sugar. And voila, lick-able lips :)

    This is also a great body exfoliator. Mix up your favorite oil and some sugar, then use some of pure oil afterwards to moisturize. I'm trying to move all natural DIY, and so far I love it!

    1. Oooh, I don't think I'm familiar with apricot kernel oil but it sounds delicious!

      Thanks for sharing your "recipe"! I think I'm more likely to try that out as a body exfoliator since discovering this, I haven't touched a single lip scrub.


      How's the all natural route going?