Beauty Aisle: Bite Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub

Do you really need a scrub for your lips? Here's how to tell—and a natural one to try.
Bite Beauty Lip Scrub
Yes, it smells good enough to eat. And, as it turns out, the ingredients are largely food-grade

Bite makes lipsticks without the “ick” (no parabens, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, or potentially harmful ingredients). The natural brand, which launched in 2011, is exclusive to Sephora—its founder, Susanne Langmuir, famously said: “I love Whole Foods, but I don’t want to shop there for cosmetics.”

She recently rolled out this Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub, which prompted us to revisit the question—Why do you need a lip scrub?

Maybe because your lips are super dry from long-wear lipsticks? Or your lipstick is going on bumpy, and no amount of lip balm can cut through that dead layer of winter skin to moisturize them? Just speculating!

The scrub’s waxy texture may not look coarse enough for the job. But if you work it into your lips in a circular motion, it will not only exfoliate them (thanks to jojoba beads and cherry fruit acids), but the scrub will treat your lips to a nice dose of antioxidant resveratrol, a signature ingredient of the line. (Sorry, sipping wine just doesn’t linger long enough on the lips for the effect.)

I was surprised by how much it left my lips feeling moisturized. A facial for the lips!

You probably don’t need to use the scrub more than a few days in a row to get your kisser in shape for spring. And then, depending on how dry or flaky you get, you can transition it to weekly use. A tip: to get the full lip service, let the product linger on your lips for a few moments, before wiping them clean. —Sharon Feiereisen

Whipped Cherry Fruit Lip Scrub, $18

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (And) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Carnauba Wax (And) Beeswax (And) Jojoba Wax, Aroma, (Natural Flavor), Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Vine Extract, Siraitia Grosvenorii Fruit Extract, CI 75470 (Carmine).

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