Product Review: The Lip Scrub Show Down

by West Parsons on May 24, 2011 · 3 comments

in beauty, makeup, product review

I was sent a couple products for review by  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 🙂


Product Specs

Name: Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation

Price: $15

Where to Buy:

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


Product Specs

Name: Sara Happ’s The Lip Scrub

Price: $24

Where to Buy:

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.


naturalsheri May 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Great article. If there is anyone out there who’s tried the old school way; they can confirm you can exfoliate for free with your toothbrush and toothpaste. It does the trick for me. It keeps my lips silky smooth and maintains natural color. (circular motions)We all know by exfoliating , it restore color and everything. After brushing my lips I immediatly apply a lip balm or gloss. I know there are many who oppose to petroleum,lanolin etc. I can only speak for my self when I say that I add Aquaphor lip balm. It keep my lips smooth . Great article though. 🙂

CallaLily June 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

I use a home mixture of petroleum and baking soda and wipe off afterward. This works fine for me.

Ms. J June 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

@ naturalsheri- used your method today and I love, love, love it!!! Beats kicking out good money for tiny containers any day!!!