- Product: Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant
- Vendor: Tarte
- Initial Review: 3/1/2016
- Price: 16.00 USD
- Reason for Purchase: This is an exfoliant I actually borrowed from a friend. I was telling her that when I put on my lipstick my lips have dead skin that would ruin the look. She told me to check out the new lip scrub since I enjoyed Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Powder.
When I told my friend about my lip troubles and she recommended this product to me, I was surprised because she wasn’t one to vouch for the latest trends. She is more of a “tried and true” kind of girl where she will work with old skin care and wellness practices handed down by generations, not based on the new, cutting edge wellness technology large brands like Tarte produce. But she said she loves this scrub, and that her lips are never softer and cleaner than when she uses it. So I decided to check out the ingredients and find out what it is about this particular scrub that made it work better than an at-home remedy.
Sucrose: Sugar. In this case, it is used for exfoliating purposes
Sunflower Seed Oil (helianthus annuus): This oil is used as an emollient (moisturizer) that contains a large amount of Vitamin E – the skin healer. So it moisturizes the skin by stopping moisture from even leaving the skin (evaporating) in the first place, and then heals any damage done to the skin’s top layer (epidermal layer).
Beeswax: Used as a moisturizer by stopping water from evaporating similar to sunflower seed oil. It also functions as a waxy vehicle for cosmetics, so it can be the lipstick or lipstain in itself.
Peppermint Oil: Peppermint oil is historically used as a physiological stimulant. It is soothing and cooling to the skin.
Maracuja Oil: This oil is derived from the Passionflower plant in the Amazons, or it can also be extracted from passionfruit. It is heavy in anti-itching, anti-inflammatory acids such as oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linoleic. Great for moisturizing and soothing.
When I tried it on my lips the first time, I wanted to make sure that it scrubbed the grime off my lips first. I was not concerned so much about hydration and soothing feelings until I knew that this was going to actually keep my lips smooth and not just act like it was going to. But then I came to realize that the salt in salt scrubs are not actually what I would need for my lips because you dry your lips out and only produce more dead, dry skin when you try to put your lipstick back on.
Powered by the sunflower seed oil, Shea butter, and Maracuja Oil I was in a constant state of healing, hydration and protection as I was scrubbing the actual dead skin off while not producing MORE dead skin.
For real though, the scrub is really effective. My lips were smooth and hydrated, but they were also not reacting to the scrub with redness or tingling because of dryness or anything like that. I was able to put on my lipstick and lipgloss without the raw feeling that can come with plain sugar scrubs or salt scrubs.
My friend has thus taken the scrub back from me, but I will be buying my own brand new one in the coming weeks. No bumpy lips here.
Sucrose, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba/beeswax/cire d’abeille, cera carnauba/copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax/cire de carnauba, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, hydrogenated castor oil,mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, tocopheryl acetate, caprylyl glycol, passiflora incarnata seed oil, limonene.