I recently picked up the new Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant because I seem to have a desire to try every lip scrub on the market! I tested it on my hand in the store and it appealed to me because it had rough, raw sugar like the Lush lip scrubs, but unlike those really rough scrubs, Tarte combines the sugar with a really nice, hydrating balm-like mixture. It seemed gentle, yet effective – a combination that seems difficult to find. So how did it live up to my hopes? Keep reading to find out!
The Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant comes in an oval shaped tin. This means you have to dip your finger in for those germ-a-phobes out there. I do not mind that so much for a lip scrub since I only use them at home and can make sure my hands are clean before using it, but I know some really dislike products like this. My only complaint about the packaging is that the top can be rather tough to remove. I suspect this is to keep the product inside from drying out as it is a balm-like consistency and it also will keep the lid from easily falling off should you pack it in a bag. A minor complaint, and given the product inside, worth the very slight annoyance!
Just as I had hoped, Tarte’s new lip scrub is gentle yet effective for removing dead skin on the lips while hydrating and conditioning them! The raw sugar is a great, rough exfoliant while the balm-like base moisturizes and conditions while helping the sugar glide over lips and preventing the scrub from being too rough and just kind of scraping up lips. The sugar smoothes lips, though it took a few uses before they felt completely free of dead skin, and the Maracuja-based balm softens and hydrates lips, creating an overall feel of soft, healthy, conditioned lips! It has become by far my favorite lip scrub! All of my complaints about the Lush (too rough) and Bite (not abrasive enough) scrubs seem to have been addressed with Tarte’s Maracuja Lip Exfoliant and the perfect scrub now exists!