Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lip Scrubs: The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ vs Lip Love Sugar Scrub by Ophelia's Apothecary

I'm not a "lip" person. I don't have fantastic, luscious lips and for that reason I've pretty much ignored them over the years, and it's only been as I've gotten - ahem - older and they've started to thin and wrinkle a bit that I've paid them any attention. The last time I had a lip scrub was some Body Shop lip scuff thing about 15 years ago. I used it maybe three or four times and then after that I couldn't be bothered. Not only am I not a "lip" person, I'm hella lazy.

However, as I said, the years are finally beginning to catch up with me, so I've been making myself use lip balms regularly as previously mentioned, and recently I've been trying to incorporate a lip scrub into my routine. A few months ago I bought The Lip Scrub on a whim, and let me tell you internets - what you get there is a $30 jar of Vaseline with some sugar and cocoa in it. The cutesy packaging doesn't justify the ridiculous price.
Then a couple of months ago, on one of my Etsy binges, I had a bit of a look around for lip scrubs that weren't based in mineral oil, and found Lip Love Sugar Scrub from Ophelia's Apothecary. As far as I can tell it only comes in one flavour - Buttercream Frosting, a sweet vanilla cream. The base is almond oil - it's not solid like The Lip Scrub - more of a thick oily paste, I guess (hard to describe).

In my opinion, Lip Love Sugar Scrub comes up the winner for several reasons:

1. It's more of a "natural" concoction. I don't go in for all of this oogedy-boogedy science-in-cosmetics-is-bad nonsense,  but I do have a bit of a thing against Vaseline. Don't know why, but I always have. It's just... yuk.
2. The Lip Love Sugar Scrub is a smaller jar - about half the size of The Lip Scrub, but it's also about four times cheaper.
3. The Lip Love Sugar Scrub is more gentle, probably because it's not in a completely solid base.
4. The Lip Love Sugar Scrub tastes better.
5. And finally, I like supporting the little guys on Etsy. I love that so many of them go to so much trouble - the cute packaging, the little business cards, the lovely scents in the products. It's nice to have something that you know every Joe Blow doesn't have.

In conclusion, I really like the Lip Love Sugar Scrub, and I'd definitely buy it again (though it will last for ages, so I won't need to for a while). I'd also consider trying other products from this seller if I weren't on a No Buy at the moment. She's on my future shopping list for sure.


  1. Ooh great review, I've wanted to try The Lip Scrub out for ages but was put off by the price! I'll definitely check out the other link, you know I heart Etsy too xx

  2. I think I've picked up half my Etsy sellers from your blog reviews, Stef! :-D

  3. I must get one of these next time I am spending on the internet again... damn P10P..