e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator Review
There's not too many frills or gimmicks here, since lip scrubs are pretty straight-forward. The company's claims are to "Gently exfoliate lips to remove dry, chapped skin with our Lip Exfoliator! A sweet sugar and smoothing sensation, infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils to nourish and protect. This Lip Exfoliator treats and smoothes lips for a conditioned and revitalized feel." (Retail Price: $3)
Sucrose (sugar), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ozokerite, Fragrance (Parfum), Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
How It Rates with the EWG
*The only reason the e.l.f. lip exfoliator doesn't score a 1 (which is the safest rating before "Approved) is because it contains fragrance, a vague term considered a "trade secret." "Fragrance" ingredients don't have to be disclosed, and could potentially include any number of unpleasant or irritating chemicals or animal extracts. (Source)
SCENT & TASTE There shouldn't be any getting inside your mouth, but it doesn't taste great. The scent is very strong and obviously a synthetic vanilla fragrance. Or trying to be vanilla, but off...
TEXTURE The exfoliating sugar crystals a definitely there in solid numbers, they aren't dissolved or few and far between, like many cheaper products. Application is similar to applying lip balm; circular motions over the lips, concentrating on rougher spots. Rinsing with warm water removes residue and leaves a moisturized finish, thanks to all the oils.
PACKAGING Handy, lightweight lipstick case makes this easy to store and travel with.
Pros: In conclusion, my review of this product is positive. The ingredient list is pretty simple and natural, and e.l.f. cosmetics is also a cruelty-free company. I've tried homemade sugar scrubs, the pricey but luxurious Fresh Sugar lip-scrub, and good old washcloth & Aquaphor to exfoliate my lips. Comparing the products and methods, I will say that I don't think much money needs to be spent. They are all basically very much the same. For $3 and in a handy lipstick tube, I like the e.l.f. lip exfoliator stick most because of it's handy application and packaging. I probably will not repurchase, mainly due to the odd scent and how occasionally I use it.
Cons: The stick seemed to dry out a big after a few months, making it a little less easy to use. However, I rarely use it and theres only a small amount in the package, so this might not be a problem for more regular users. Also, the smell is the most noticeable thing to me. However, you only use the product for a minute and then wash it off, so the scent isn't lingering.
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