I was sent a couple products for review by BeautyCollection.com. They both also happened to be products I was desperately in need of. The dry harsh winds of winter left me with unattractive and chapped lips which have finally been brought back to life thanks the the team over at Beauty Collection. Maybe I should also give Sara Happ and Ole Henriksen a little credit too 🙂
Name: Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation
Where to Buy: www.BeautyCollection.com
Product Claims: This petroleum free lip salve is filled with emollient and conditioning extracts and antioxidant-rich African red tea
Top 3 Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2
Name: Sara Happ’s The Lip Scrub
Where to Buy: www.BeautCollection.com
Product Claims:* Eliminates dry, flaky skin to leave lips ridiculously soft and supple * Peppermint flavor is cool and refreshing–a wake-up call for your lips * No rinsing required; simply wipe off with a tissue * Allows any lip product to last longer and wear better (exfoliated skin is always the best start)
Top 3 Ingredients: Sucrose, Petrolatum, Flavor
I will preface this review with the fact that I tested both products with a 2 week gap between each products use. That means I used product A, waited 2 weeks and then followed with product B. I did this be to sure the affects felt by use of either product is not contaminated by the other.
I began with the Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation a favorite of Katy Perry. Reviewing the ingredients list, I will say having the Jojoba at the very top of the list was assuring. Jojoba oil has properties which are similar to the oils our body naturally produces. The texture of this product was confusing at first since I am used to lip exfoliants being products that should be washed or wiped off. The texture is actually similar to a butter of some sorts. There are also tiny grains, similar to the crystals you might find in a microderm abrasion exfoliant, but much smaller, mixed in.
The Lip Salvation is meant to be applied like a lip balm. That is much different than typical lip exfoliants I have experienced. When first applied, the product is a little grainy, but the grainy-ness seems to dissipate as I rubbed my lips together vigorously. This is where the exfoliation process begins. I applied this throughout the day. My lips kept getting softer and softer. Also, although the color is red, it is not visible on the lips.
My current lip balm has a base of bees wax. Sometimes it tends to leave a film in the area where the dry meets the wet part of your lip. Totally unattractive. Since using the Lip Salvation, I have yet to experience that dreadful sight.
Two weeks later, I tested Sara Happ’s The Lip Scrub, a favorite of Ashlee Simpson. This exfoliant was much more familiar in the sense that it was something that is massage in and then wiped off. The aroma reminded me of Thin Mint Cookies (ooo how I love the!). It tasted sweet with grains similar to that of sugar. After 2 minutes of massaging the product on my lips, my lips were tingling much like the tingle of a lip plumping lip gloss. I wiped the excess scrub with a damp wash cloth. After use, lips were noticeably soft and slippery smooth.
After testing The Lip Scrub I realized both of these products can work in conjunction, sort of like a lip duo. The Sara Happ Lip Scrub can be used for immediate exfoliation and the Ole Henriksen Lip Salvation can help to maintain and also provide mini exfoliation throughout the day.