Leaves lips feeling smoother upon first application
Not for daily use
Didn’t see a super noticeable change in my lips
Dries out lips a bit
Burt's Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub
We put Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve picked at my lips. It’s a nervous habit I revert to when I’m anxious or bored, and it’s resulted in a lifetime of dry, chapped lips and an over-the-top chapstick obsession. And don’t even ask me what happens to my lips in the cold winter months!
I almost view my lips as a lost cause to the point where I’ve never tried to do much to fix the problem, but when I heard about Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub, I was intrigued by its promise to “gently buff away rough, dry skin” using honey.
Here’s what my experience was like.
Best For: Dry lips that need a little extra love
Uses: Lip conditioning/exfoliation
Potential Allergens: None (unless you have a honey allergy)
Active Ingredients: Honey, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, vegetable oil
About the Brand: Burt’s Bees is a skincare brand known for using gentle, all-natural ingredients.
About My Lips: Dry, chapped, and on the thinner side
Not to sound like a broken record here, but my lips aren’t exactly much to write home about. They tend to get very chapped, dry out quickly, and they’re on the thinner side — my upper lip is thinner than my lower one, though, so most of the damage tends to happen on the lower lip, which is also the lip I pick at the most.
The Feel: Thick and grainy
The Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub is thicker than your average chapstick or lip balm, and it includes a graininess that makes it the “scrub” that it is. Upon application, it feels similar to when you exfoliate your skin — but it’s gentler than a traditional exfoliant since lip skin is much thinner and more sensitive.
The Smell: Lightly sweet (and tastes great, too)
This may be an unpopular opinion, but the main highlight of the Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub is how great it tastes. I know, I know — you’re not supposed to eat your chapstick (I learned this in middle school) — but if some of the Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub does accidentally make its way to your tongue, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The main ingredient in this lip scrub is honey, so it makes sense that it would taste so great, but it smells great too — lightly sweet and honey-like.
Irritation: Dried out my lips a bit
Few products don’t dry out my lips, but I did notice that a few minutes after using the Burt’s Bees Lip Scrub, my lips felt the tiniest bit dry. It wasn’t anything drastic, but they also didn’t feel amazing. The drying doesn’t seem to last, though — they go back to feeling moist within half an hour or so.
The package indicates that this lip scrub should only be used two to three times a week, and I can see why — I imagine using it more than that would be very drying and damaging for my lips.
The Results: Lips were smoother, but it wasn’t anything drastic
I loved how it tasted and smelled, and I also loved the concept of giving my lips a little extra love, which I know they need, especially in the colder months. I also love how natural and nutrient-rich it is.
Did I thoroughly enjoy using the Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub? Yes, I did.
It would be a stretch to say this scrub totally transformed my lips, though. They did feel smoother upon first use, but it seemed that in a few hours they were back to their old selves again. The package does recommend using this lip scrub in conjunction with the Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment, so I will try that to see if it yields a more life-changing — or at the very least lip-changing — result.
The Value: Totally worth it
For as “basic” a product as a lip balm or scrub, there are a lot of expensive ones out there.
At just $9, this is a decently priced product, especially when you factor in how high-quality all the ingredients are (the honey is even responsibly sourced!).
Again, the results weren’t life-changing for me, but I did love the ritual of taking extra good care of my lips, which tend to be totally neglected. I’m interested to see what happens when I throw in the overnight intensive lip scrub, too — while it’s another product to buy if it gives my lips a little extra love, it’s worth it.
ILIA Balmy Nights Lip Scrub ($26): This is another clean lip scrub, but at $26, it’s a lot pricier than the Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub. I also didn’t notice much of a difference, and it doesn’t have that same honey taste. In my opinion, you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck with the Burt’s Bees scrub.
If your lips need a little TLC, the Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub is a great option. While it might not be the miracle worker your lips need, it will still smooth them out and get rid of any dead skin.
- Product Name Conditioning Lip Scrub
- Product Brand Burt's Bees
- Price $9
- Weight 0.25 oz.
- Ingredients Honey, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, vegetable oil, acacia senegal gum, lanolin, flavor (natural flavor), beeswax, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, glyceryl behenate, silica, rebaudioside A, limonene.