At work today, I noticed my pout was not looking up to par. They were pale, dry, even starting to peel and my multitude of salves, balms, sticks and glosses weren’t cutting it. I made a mental note to exfoliate my lips when I got home tonight since I hadn’t in a while. I know the cosmetic connoisseurs out there will think of this as old news; we scrub our hands, faces, and asses. Why not our lips, too? Then there are others whom I can barely get to use a body lotion, let alone worry about scrubbing their lips. The ultimate scumbag way is a wet washcloth or soft toothbrush to scrub off dry skin. It works and won’t cost you a thing (maybe the extra coin so your lips can have their very own toothbrush), BUT as cheap as I am I do love a good sugar scrub. The one I’ve been using forever is C.O. Bigelow’s lip buffer from Bath & Body Works. I just went to their website to price the damn thing and they don’t carry it anymore. (C.O. Bigelow’s website lists the product as out of stock.) Ugh. It was only 7 or 8 bucks and they always have some sort of buy 3 for $x where I would stock up on my rose salve and mentha lip shine too. Seems there is just less and less stuff I’d buy at B&BW. So, similar to the rest of my cosmetic needs, I went to LUSH (dot com).
They have lip scrubs in three different flavors for $9 a pop. The website didn’t have a super detailed description on how to use it, but I’ve held on to their catalogue and it said you can just lick the scrub off. I like the edible idea, especially with flavors like mint julep and chocolate.
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be a scumbag if nine bucks still didn’t feel like a splurge. I checked my two ol’ stand-by shopping sites, soap.com and drugstore.com and found Softlips Pure 100% Natural Lip Polish. Listed for $4.99 on both sites, so go with whichever one has better shipping options for you if you can’t find it in any local stores. I have not seen this before but now I will be on the lookout on my next Target or Walgreens trip. The reviews are good and I’m into the “natural” part. Most of the $15 dollar and up lip scrubs I found had a lot of mineral oil and not a lot of sugar… which is the whole point! I was never big on Softlips‘ balms, but I know many a girl who have been using them for years. They’ve got the track record, hopefully this becomes a product I use for years. If you’re a fan or have used this please let me know! Or fill me in on any other scumbag ways to scrub those kissers (homemade sugar scrubs anyone?).