14 April 2016

Pow Wow Lip Scrub

Lush have released many lip scrubs over the years, and it is only in the last year or so that I've managed to get my mitts on a handful of vegan ones. Pow Wow is one such lip scrub that I found wandering the empty listings on eBay, felt pity on it, and decided to give it a home amongst my vast Lush collection.

What first attracted me to this particular scrub was the inclusion of lime in the ingredients. I recognise that Lush create these products to remove dried skin and soften lips. However, my initial thoughts are always whether or not a particular scrub is in any way edible. After discovering edible Snow Fairy (Bubblegum Lip Scrub), I've since been on the look-out for other Lush products that I can digest. Strange I know, but I'm sure some of you cannot deny having licked a soap or two, just to see....

This scrub was first released as a festive product back in 2011, and is aimed at getting those lips smooth and noticeably softer for those 'mistletoe moments'. Featuring jojoba oil, rose hip oil and argan oil to moisturise and hydrate those lips, this scrub is a feast for those weathered-looking pouts. And as if this wasn't enough, Lush have also added in a combination of caffeine powder and ginseng root powder to stimulate the nerves in your lips and keep them feeling and looking fresh all night.
To give it that extra 'pop', the creator also included popping candy in the ingredients, which is supposed to snap, crackle and pop as soon as you begin to use this on your lips. Unfortunately, I didn't experience any these theatrics, although this could be to do with the fact that my pot of Pow Wow is not as fresh as it could be. 

What I did love about this scrub was it's scent and taste. The lime oil is definitely the dominating fragrance here, and mixed with the sugar, gives it a sweet and fruity smell that is both fresh and sexy; it's smell reminded me a lot of those old-fashioned chocolate lime sweets that I used to get as a child. Pow Wow's taste, although not really something that relevant to a cosmetic product, tastes lovely and reminds me of sherbet.

However, despite it's pleasant aroma, it didn't really work that well as a scrub. Firstly, what I noticed about this product, was that the pieces of sugar seemed a lot bigger than other Lush lip scrubs. This made it extremely difficult to apply to my lips, as the pieces tended to fall off and litter my floor. Secondly, the smaller, more manageable pieces, were rock solid, meaning that it was difficult to spread Pow Wow without making a mess and missing almost your entire mouth.
I understand that my tub may not be as fresh as it can be. However, having read other reviews, my concerns seem like problems that have happened to a lot of people, most of whom had these same issues with freshly made batches. 

Therefore, it's not a scrub I would buy again. On the positive side, if you do battle with the large chunks of sugar, you will find that it does leave your lips feeling soft, no doubt due to the many oils found in this product. However, it could do more to remove dried skin and seems like a lot of effort, for what is undoubtably, an unimpressive outcome.

Quantitative Ingredients: Popping Candy, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rose Hip, Argan Oil, Lime Oil, Spinach Powder, Goji Berry Powder, Ginseng Root Powder, Caffeine Powder, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.


  1. Hello!
    I've used this one fresh and it was exactly like you described it. It smelt wonderful but because of the big sugar pieces it was hard to use as a scrub. The popping candy popped only when I licked it off my lips and put it in my mouth :)

  2. Jen darling, check this out:
    As you can see the lush lebanon website uses your blog for its product description!!

  3. Haha! I found an old Pow Wow just the other day when tidying my room! We used to eat it rather than use it as a lip scrub - it seemed to be better at being sweets than treating lips 😂

  4. Don't you think it is unfair to Lush that you rated a product that was expired?

    1. Hey lovely - this wasn't expired when I first used it - I just haven't posted a review because my pictures weren't up to scratch. If the item is passed its best, I will always state it in the review :)

  5. maybe it'd be worth scraping the pot out into a pestle and mortar and grinding the sugar down and repotting it to make it more manageable?

  6. Thank you so much for providing information about lip scrubs and making people aware about their right application and usages.

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