Lip Care Duo

This post has been a long time coming... we're talking pre- orange lipstick habit when shades of wine and berry were the only way to go. In addition to my arsenal of lip balms, I've been using two products to give my pout a more intensive treatment: LUSH "Sweet Lips" Lip Scrub and Kari Gran's "Lip Whip." This delicious duo has endured a long trial period, and as I scrape the pots clean, here are my thoughts on how they performed and why one of them is on my list of products-to-repurchase.

Let's start with the hydrator, Kari Gran's "Lip Whip." Kari Gran is a natural, organic, non-GMO beauty brand based in Seattle, WA. This is the first product I've tried from the brand's skincare line, and I'm really impressed. The hydration boost comes from a cocktail of oils -- castor, camellia, avocado, olive, sunflower and calendula -- along with beeswax and peppermint oil for a subtle, fresh flavor. I keep this on my bedside table and think of it as the lighter alternative to my other favorite overnight balm, NUXE Reve de Miel, which is much thicker and less forgiving to wear during the daytime. Unlike other intensive lip treatments I've tried, Lip Whip doesn't leave a film on your lips or wash out your natural lip color. In fact, it gives such a glossy finish that you could use this over lipstick to add extra shine. At $15 for a 7ml pot of organic goodness, the price is just right, and because all you need is a tiny dab, it should last you a while; mine is just nearing the end after a few months of consistent use. Lip Whip also comes in a cinnamon-pimenta berry flavor and tinted versions, which I'm especially eager to try!

In the mornings, I exfoliate my lips whenever I feel the need with LUSH Sweet Lips Lip Scrub. After pointing out the inferiorities of LUSH in my last post on local skincare, I have mixed feelings about this product too. It does exactly what it says and tastes scrumptious too... the almost-edible chocolate-vanilla combo (almost because if it includes dead skins cells, no thanks) is my getting-ready guilty pleasure.

What I don't like about Sweet Lips is the almost-natural ingredients list: castor sugar, organic jojoba oil, vanilla extract, cocoa absolute, tagetes oil and... "flavor"? It's probably a negligible amount, but still, if you can bake brownies without artificial flavor, surely you can make a lip scrub without it too, especially if you're a brand that appears conscientious about what goes into your products. Or at least tell us what "flavor" is instead of giving us a shifty explanation! So as much as I love the concept of this little jar packed full of sweet stuff, I'll try to make my own next time from a little sugar and olive oil. Apparently Sweet Lips isn't available right now, but you can find other lip scrubs on their website.

Another Lip Whip is going on my wish list... any others to recommend?