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December 28, 2007

Lip Scrub Helps Lips Look their Kissable Best

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Lip scrub helps lips look their kissable best.



By Joanna Cosgrove
Online Editor



Tubes of color, pots of gloss and a myriad of liners—there are countless lip products on the market designed to make lips look fuller, plumper and more beautiful. But the cold, dry conditions of winter can reveal the limitations of even the best lip products. The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ is formulated to prep lips by sloughing away dead skin which smoothes, plumps and softens the lips to better receive color—or just go bare. Available in six flavors, the exfoliating sugar base is infused with natural extracts to make Lip Scrub a tasty beauty treat.


 The lip scrub helps lips look their best.
A self-professed beauty-junkie, 28-year-old Sara Happ has loved all things bath and body for as long as she can remember. But in 2005, Ms. Happ’s own flakey, dry lips led her to discover a hole in the beauty market. Lip balm may coat dry lips, but if the lips are dry and flaky, no amount of lip balm would help.


“I kept reading ‘exfoliate lips with a wet washcloth or baby toothbrush’ in all of my magazines, and I thought there had to be a better way. So I made it myself,” she said.


Ms. Happ had always enjoyed the benefits of exfoliation.


“That feeling of seriously smooth skin, the way your face and body glow after sloughing off those dead cells. Heaven,” she said. “But when it came to my lips, there was really nothing out there on the beauty market to keep them from looking dull or to remove the dry, flaky skin that no amount of gloss can cover.”


She knew what she wanted, down to the texture, smell and taste of the product, so she charged into her kitchen “laboratory” and began experimenting. After tinkering with the formula for nearly a month, she hit upon a recipe that met her expectations. The Lip Scrub is a super hydrating blend of exfoliating sugar, grapeseed and jojoba oils that acts like a loofah for the lips. It’s rubbed on then tissued (or licked!) off, leaving behind an emollient coating on lips. 


“My lips had never been pinker or smoother; my gloss never looked better,” she recalled. “It became a staple in my makeup bag, and I was using it every single day. Really, truly, every day. That is when I knew I was on to something.”


Ms. Happ’s The Lip Scrub is available in six delicious flavors: almond crème, peppermint, vanilla bean, brown sugar, cinnamon sugar and cocoa. Each 30ml pot is packaged in a rich, chocolate brown box that’s tied with a sheer white ribbon that makes the $20 lip scrub look like a decadent little present.


“I am a very visual person, so, this part was crucial. I knew the product had to look as good as it performed. It had to be something I would want to display in my bathroom. Something special.”


The Lip Scrub debuted in Los Angeles in 2006 but quickly caught on elsewhere following a web buzz and several celebrity purchase sightings. The products are sold on www.thelipscrub.com and in more than 250 luxury boutiques throughout the US and Canada, and is distributed in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Germany.

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