We all know I love a good exfoliate but I also adore a good lip scrub. Oddly enough I am a little more picky about my lip scrubs. I know, you’d think it would be the other way around, wouldn’t you. I think it is because I have used some rather rough lip scrubs in the past. Maybe it is because the skin is delicate or maybe it is because unlike the rest of my skin, my lips have the added dimension of taste involved.
Not that I eat lip products, but 9 times out of ten you do end up tasting what you apply to the lips so it is a factor other skincare items rarely have to contend with.
This is the Manna Kadar Lippie Love 2.0 Lip scrub. As a brand I find Manna Kadar interesting. I know it can be a bit pricey, but to be honest I have never encountered it outside of subscription boxes. I never see it in stores or on the websites where I shop. In all fairness it may be there, but nothing has ever brought it to my attention. That could be me, it could be a marketing failure or some packaging design element, but it is not a brand I ever notice when I am shopping.
While I like all forms of lip scrubs, I find that the ones shaped like lipsticks are the most convenient to use. (Admittedly my absolute current favorite is from Hanalai and comes in a jar.)
So the Manna Kadar is off to a good start with the formula. It rolls up like a bullet style lipstick and has about as much product in it as a lipstick would. I know it looks like I rolled it up simply to see how much product there was inside, but I actually am looking at the consistency. Sometimes when you get these stick lip scrubs some of the scrubbing particulate (usually sugar) is clumped on the side. While it may make it limpy, depending on where the sugar chunk is, it can also fall out as you use it and cause the product to break off and fall out of the tube. So it isn’t actually an appearance thing, it is more of a product usage thing. If that makes sense. This particular tube looks fairly smooth. The texture, when touched has a slightly textured surface so it feels as though the particulates will be fairly finely ground.
So now to the use.
There is almost no scent to this product and when in use if the lips are licked then there is just the taste of sugar. I don;t particularly need a flavor with my lip scrubs but it is a factor as I have had some really bad tasting ones in the past.
The top of the tube wore away pretty fast as it was more oil than particulate and pretty much melted away. This is kind of expected for a first use with a tube style lip scrub, or at least it has happened with every one of them I’ve used. So I wiped my lips, took a break and came back to try the lip scrub anew.
While the particulates are not large, they are a little on the harsh side. They did work, but I found my lips growing quite pink from the friction of the scrub. I like a lip scrub that feels like fine grained sugar. Thai felt as though the sugar crystals hadn’t had their rough edges sanded off before being put in the mix.
In addition I found that this deposited a substantial coating of lip oil on the lips. While I don’t mind having the oil mixed with the scrub remain on the lips, this felt a little waxy and not all that pleasant. I found myself wanting to wipe it off.
This Manna Kadar lip scrub is a decent lip scrub, however it needs to be used with a light hand so you don’t damage your lips. It is also one I would use only on lightly dry and flaky lips, not ones that have painful cracks in them, It is simply too harsh a product and I fear you would cause yourself pain. I know at that point most lip scrubs would cause pain so your best bet would be to use a lip mask until the painful cracks are gone then use an exfoliator to take away the dry bits. But in general this had a rough particulate so caution when using is advised in general. To be honest, this isn’t my favorite. It isn’t even my favorite stick formula lip scrub. For that I would turn to elf. They have a wide variety of scents and flavors, are inexpensive and are less harsh on the lips. While I will use this lip scrub, I will use it gently and when it is used up, I will bid it farewell and not seek to replace it. There are simply much better products out there.