Three multi-reviews for you…
Dimitri James’ Skinn Sugar Lips – Polishing Scrub for Dry & Lined Lips
I received this as a sample through one of my Ipsy bags (pretty sure I did, anyway). Ipsy’s description: “This lip polish is made with real sugar and a special butter blend that will gently scrub and exfoliate flaky, chapped lips to reveal a sweet and smooth finish.”
It smells really good, like candy, a mix between strawberry flavored candy and cotton candy, yum! When you take it out of the jar with your finger, it does feel like a sugary butter, on the lips though it feels like an exfoliant. I was tempted to taste it because it smelled so good, but I managed to refrain from doing so. As I rubbed it in circles on my lips, it was exfoliating, maybe a little too well as my lips started burning. However, once I rinsed it off, there were no signs at all of any dry skin there. The burning/raw feeling went away after about a half an hour to an hour and it stayed localized to my lips. Despite that, I think this works very well as a lip scrub.
There is a long list of ingredients, so I won’t list them here. But here is a link to the product page on Ipsy (link). It retails for $20 for a 1.3 oz jar on the Skinn website (link), but you can use the Ipsy code IpsySkin1215 for 15% off.
Vital Care Enriched Skin Treatments Vitamin E Oil
Product description via Amazon: “The Purest Vitamin E Oil Smoothes Skin, Softens Wrinkles and Lines, Formulated with Age Defying Antioxidants, Replenish Revitalize and Restore Your Skin’s Natural Beauty, 4oz. Ideal for Dry Skin – Rich with Vitamin E – Feels Smooth on your skin and may be used in the Bath – It Can also be applied on minor burns, scars, blemishes and stretch marks.”
I’m not sure that this is actually the purest Vitamin E oil out there, it very well may be, but it doesn’t specify the percentage of Vitamin E to mineral oil. It does say 4,000 I.U. on the front, but again, no % or ratio. As you might have guessed, the ingredients are mineral oil and Vitamin E. I know mineral oil has been a controversial ingredient in beauty products for the past few years, so if you’d like to read up more about that, here are some links that may be informative on both sides of the debate, and may help you decide whether or not you want to use products containing it:
- Is mineral oil bad for the skin?
- 3 key reasons to avoid mineral oil
- Why mineral oil is bad for your skin
- Beauty myth or fact: Mineral oil is bad for your skin
As you can see from the photo, the Vitamin E Oil skin treatment is a crystal clear liquid, it is and feels oily. The top is one of those stopper type with a hole in the middle, not sure what the proper name for them are, but it helps to control the flow of the product, similar to the European type stopper, but this one is just flat. I still managed to get it everywhere, all over the bottle and on the bottom, so it spreads wherever I lay the bottle. I used this on my eczema on my inner ankles and it seemed to soothe it. Of course I have to keep applying it or my eczema will flare up again, so it is not an actual treatment, rather it helps to abate the symptoms while you use it. It did soften the skin on other areas, like my forearms. The bottle mentions using it on the tiny lines around the eyes and corners of the mouth, nose, lips and throat, but I didn’t use it on my face or throat feeling that it would be too oily for those areas.
Though it seems to be an okay product, I think I would prefer to stick with other oils that I have used, like Biossance or coconut oil. However, if you’re interested in this product, I’ve linked to it toward the bottom of this post.
Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Arabica Coffee Scrub
Product description via Amazon: “Majestic Pure Arabica Coffee Scrub is 100% natural and specifically formulated to actively target cellulite, stretch marks, acne & eczema with caffeine from only the best Arabica beans. Blended together with highly moisturizing, regenerating & exfoliating oils & salts & brown sugar. Caffeine present in the scrub stimulates blood flow and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots, varicose veins and psoriasis. Dead Sea Salt is an excellent skin detox helping in reducing dead skin, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts and other skin blemishes. Coconut oil hydrates and moisturizes the skin; Shea Butter and Cocoa butter are high in antioxidants which nourish and protect the skin, promoting cell repair and rejuvenation.”
This comes in a plastic amber jar. Once you open the lid you get that mouthwatering heady coffee fragrance, rich and deep. You just want to keep sniffing and inhaling it. It’s a dry rub scrub (haha) in the jar. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m not a fan of salt-based scrubs. This one is sea salt based. Luckily, this is for the body and not the face, so I tried it on my legs.
The directions were “in the shower, apply our scrub […] massage the scrub onto skin in a circular massage motion. Leave to dry for 5 minutes and finish with a rinse”. Ok, that was actually difficult to do! Once I was in the shower, unless it meant to keep it as a dry rub on your skin before turning the water on, it was almost impossible to keep the scrub on my skin without it sliding off once my skin was wet. I did what I could and tried to keep my leg out of the stream of the water while I was doing this, but as I said it kept sliding off. And I don’t know about you, but when you have something dry in your hand like salt… initially it slips through the fingers quite easily, so attempting to apply that to dry skin results in it sliding off anyway. The only solution I could think of is to lightly dampen your skin first, then put some of the scrub into your palm, add a tiny bit of water, oil, or cleanser, just enough so that it sticks to your palm, then rub that onto your dampened skin PRIOR to turning the shower water on. Then let it sit on your skin for the 5 minutes. As it is salt… I HIGHLY recommend moisturizing immediately following getting out of the shower, especially if you leave it on that long!
This one, to me, was a lot of trouble to deal with. I like simple things – slather on, massage/exfoliate, rinse. However, this had a fantastic scent to it!
*Disclaimer: The Coffee Scrub and Vitamin E Oil were given to me at a discount in exchange for honest and unbiased reviews. These evaluations and reviews are an accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and are written in the same manner as if I had bought them at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
You can purchase these on Amazon:
- Vital Care Vitamin E Oil Enriched Skin Treatments, 4 fl oz bottle for $10 + free shipping (not Prime shipping)
- Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Arabica Coffee Scrub, 8.8 oz jar for $14.50 + free Prime shipping.
Prices and availability current as of the time of writing this post.