This is a product that I have been meaning to try for a long time. I kept reading great reviews of it. Since I wear many bold and dark lipsticks, many being a vintage inspired matte formula, I really needed a lip scrub on hand. I was using a damp washcloth to remove flakes. I would then “marinade” my lips with Smith’s Rosebud Salve, wait, and then tissue off and apply my lipstick. This worked OK, but it wasn’t great. Since I’m a product junkie, I feel my lips get extra chap because they are conditioned to well, conditioning. My sweetie husband purchased this Sara Happ lip scrub for me after hearing me talk about wanting it for months, maybe even years. (Side note-I choose to believe that he bought it because of me wanting it versus because my lips are flakier than buttermilk biscuits and no fun to kiss…)

Back to the product…hubby picked out Peppermint for me. I would have probably bought Almond Creme. Being male, he wondered why a lady would want to smear “dessert” on her lips. Umm, because I can and why not? After giving the product a try, I’m happy he picked out peppermint. It’s refreshing and doesn’t get in the way. It is applied literally right under my nose. The peppermint is neutral and really feels nice and smells nice for a lip product. I like the scent and it isn’t super strong. It’s season-less and I like that since my lips get chapped in all seasons. It smells sweet because this is a sugar scrub. The peppermint has a bit of a tingle. Think along the lines of Burt’s Bees lip balm.I like it, but I am still curious about the other “flavors”.

The scrub is easy to use. It’s much more luxurious than my wet washcloth. You take a tiny bit, it really doesn’t take much. It’s sugar crystals in a moisturizing base with jojoba and grape seed oils. It feels like gritty Vaseline. You take it and rub it in circular motions. You tissue it off. Sometimes I have to use a slightly damp tissue to get it off. This usually means that I’m being too generous with the scrub. I have big lips but I don’t need that much. My lips are left so smooth and somehow moisturized. I do then apply a light lip balm like Badger’s. I can use this lip scrub anytime. It’s no mess. When I apply my lipstick afterwards, it looks fantastic. My lips look smooth and lineless. No flakes! Bring on the 60’s barely there lipsticks, traffic stopping corals, almost black plums, and perfect reds! With this scrub, I’m ready for all of them.

I know there are cheaper items out there that do what this does. But, I’m happy with this. It’s luxurious. We’re all grown-ups here. We can decided what we want to blow our money on. I choose this lip scrub. The actual packaging is simple and functional. It does come in a very special box wrapped with a very special bow. I do think it is kind of sick that when hubby handed me this that I knew that it was a lip scrub and not a nice ring. I’m such an addict. He would have got more response out of a scrub than a piece of jewelry. Sick, I know. But, I’m not ready for rehab.

A 1 oz. jar retails for $24. It can be purchased at b-glowing.com. I can see why this is a favorite with the celeb crowd from Rachel Zoe to Jessica Alba.

The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

I like the freshness of Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea EDT/cologne. It is fresh and zesty. It is a “pretty” fragrance since it does smell feminine. Many green tea scents could be unisex but not this one by Elizabeth Arden. Elizabeth Arden Green Tea is a light wearing fragrance, comparable to a body spray. Elizabeth Arden as a woman and a company has always been very competitive. This fragrance was launched in 1999 to compete with such popular mall fragrance/body product shops as Bath and Body Works and The Body Shop. Hence, the light wearing fragrance to be worn all over the body with a lower price point than other department store fragrances.

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea is not as “green tea” as other green tea fragrances on the market. This means it is less “dirty”, “earthy”, or “pondy” than actual green tea. This fragrance is a play on aromatherapy (just read the adjectives associated with the fragrance notes), but it is much more “commercial” than the aromatherapy I think of. Elizabeth Arden Green Tea is not a per se green tea fragrance but an interpretation of a spa-like experience. It embodies the healthiness of sipping on green tea and pampering oneself. So, if you are looking for a “real” green tea fragrance, this is not it. If you are looking for a refreshing, light fragrance than this will do. I mainly get beautiful, feminine citrus from this fragrance. I get a heavy dose of bergamot. This is good for me since I love bergamot. The bergamot is complemented by other generic citrus accords with a wee bit of fruity rhubarb.It reminds me of a delicious summer sorbet. It has floral bergamot, jammy rhubarb, and orange zest. This is very refreshing. The fragrance has a certain coolness. It is ever so slightly minty. I really do think of it as a rhubarb and citrus sorbet with a garnish of mint. The zesty notes fade but you still are left with citrusy bergamot and tart rhubarb. That mainstream green tea is faintly there as well, just like that garnish of mint. The green tea adds a green sweetness to the heart. The dry-down is a bit softer than the heart. It smells muskier but in a clean musky, citrus way. The dry-down manages to be musky, green, and fresh.

The bottle isn’t exciting. It is very, very plain and it does remind me more of a drugstore fragrance bottle. At least it is glass and not in a plastic spray bottle making it more desirable than a B&BW spray.

It is not a long-lasting fragrance and it doesn’t claim to be. It wears slightly longer than a body spray. I guess it is meant to be “sipped” throughout the day just like a few cups of green tea. I do find it very refreshing. I like it for spring and summer.

Give this a try if you like pretty bergamot fragrances, Mélange Green Tea Solid Perfume, L’Occitane Thé Vert EDT or ThéBergamote EDT, Tocca Bianca EDP, Heeley Menthe Fraîche EDP, CK One EDT, Fresh Hesperides EDP, Creative Universe Te Cologne, and/or Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine-Basilic EDT.

Notes listed include: caraway, fruity rhubarb, lemon, orange zest, bergamot, cool minty peppermint, green tea, sweet jasmine, spicy carnation, fresh fennel, crisp celery spice, oakmoss, musk, and amber.

The 1.7 oz cologne spray retails for $27 and the larger 3.3 oz. for $37. It is available at all Elizabeth Arden counters and Elizabeth Arden’s website. * Currently it is available at fragrancenet.com.

Experience the fragrance in one more. Make a rhubarb sorbet (recipe here). Don’t forget the mint garnish! Perhaps you could put a scoop in a small cup of cool green tea…

I love the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Tinted Lip Balms because they actually have pigment. They are a great lipstick replacement. They have that minty tingle of the original Burt’s Bees lip balm. I’m a lipstick kind of gal. However, my lips usually get really chapped in the cold. Pigment rich red lipstick does not cover chapped lips very well. Instead it looks like smearing pigment on to the shedded skin of a Bearded Dragon. Everytime my lips get all messed up looking, I use an intensive treatment at night and during the day I use one of these tinted balms. Sometimes I use clear balm but most of the time I feel my lips need some color. Nutmeg is a reddish orangey coral with tons of gold shimmer. It looks great with green eye makeup, bronzey eye makeup, and coral eye makeup. Since my hair is dyed red, this color really works well. It’s a slim tube  Plus, this stuff is pretty cheap (under $6) and can be bought pretty much everywhere.