Sweet Scrubs: Clinique Sweet Pots and the Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish

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A beauty illustration of a pamper session, by Anna Oh

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish Clinique Sweet Pots

Pamper time with Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish and the Clinique Sweet Pots

Hi everyone!

This has been a crazy month, and I haven’t really taken care of myself (there is such a thing as too much pizza) or addressed that pile of laundry that somehow doubles in size every night.


Whenever I feel like this, like I’m always behind, I look forward to treating myself with an extra-long nighttime beauty routine, and one product I’ve recently added to my regimen is a moisturizing lip scrub.

In fact, here’s a look at two new lip scrubs I’ve recently tried.

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish ($12)

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish

A medium firm plastic tip dispenses the product and gives a fantastic lip massage

The first new one I tried was Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish ($12, available at Pixi and Target stores), which is new for spring.

OK…this one is great, and I’ve never really tried anything like it! The plastic tip, which feels like a firm-but-squishy silicone, feels AMAZING when I scrub my lips with it, and since I’m able to control the pressure and placement, I feel like I’m massaging areas of my lips that I’ve never massaged before!

The moisturizing oils feel luxurious, too, although I do wipe them off after I’m done exfoliating. The instructions recommend keeping the formula on after the scrub, but it feels really weird with dead skin sitting there… I love how mess-free this product is as an exfoliator, but only as an exfoliator.

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Shorea Robusta Resin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Silica, Octyldodecanol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Yellow Beeswax, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Xylitol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed oil, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol.

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm ($19.50)

Clinique Sweet Pots Red Velvet Sweet Rose

Clinique Sweet Pots Red Velvet Sweet Rose

New for spring 2016, the Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm ($19.50 each, available in multiple shades) is a 2-in-1 product housed in an adorable double-ended jar that mimics a delicious macaron.

One side is a sugar scrub suspended in antioxidant-rich plant oils, while the other side is a fragrance-free balm. Interestingly, these are fragrance-free, because the packaging looks like candy!

Suggested Usage:

  • Gently massage sugar scrub on lips, then tissue off.
  • Use up to three times per week.
  • Smooth on balm anytime lips need lasting moisture and a hint of shine.

Most sugar scrubs are more sugar than anything else, but this one feels like a paste, so because of this, it tastes more like wax than sugar (bleh).

As a 2-in-1 product, these are really handy to keep in my bathroom drawer. I think that an un-tinted version for night and morning lipstick-prep would also be amazing.


Call me, Clinique. I got you!

Sugar Scrub: Sucrose, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cellulose, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax\Candelilla Cera\Cire De Candelilla, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Silica, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol Acetate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 20 Lake (CI 73360), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Lip Balm: Petrolatum, Polybutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutane, Tocopheryl Acetate, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, C12-16 Alcohols, PPG-51/SDMI Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Astrocaryum Murumru Seed Butter, Coleus Barbatus Extract, Ceramide NG, Sea Whip Extract, Cholesterol, Polylysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Linoleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Lauryl PCA, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Water\Aqua\Eau. May Contain: Mica, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360).

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish Clinique Sweet Pots

Swatches of (L-R) Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish, Clinique Sweet Pot in Sweet Rose, Clinique Sweet Pot in Red Velvet

What do you guys think of lip scrubs? Do you think they’re must-have, unnecessary, or a nice pick-me-up at the end of a reeeeally hard day?

See you in the next,


Anna Oh

Anna is an illustrator and designer from Atlanta, GA. Her work focuses on fashion, beauty, and awesome women. A former tomboy, Anna now happily embraces all things pink, glittery, and floral scented. You can see her illustration work at www.helloannaoh.com and on Instagram.


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  1. Erin says:

    I’ve never used a lip polish that I’ve purchased. I’ve had some used on me in facials. I usually just mix sugar with honey and coconut oil.
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  2. Allison says:

    Some kind of lip scrub is an absolute must for me, and I’ve come to terms with the reality that I’m too lazy to DIY it (even though I know it’s easy). I got a deluxe sample of the Fresh sugar lip scrub a awhile back and I like it, but I’m a sucker for clever packaging so I might need to snag one of these at some point.

  3. Teresa Luong says:

    The Clinique pots are supposed to be French macaroons. Nice post!

  4. Anne says:

    I love that you included the list of ingredients for these! I wish all beauty reviews included this.

  5. Amy says:

    I love lip scrubs. The Fresh sugar lip scrub is good. For a less aggressive scrub I like Bliss Fabulips. (I’m a complete sucker and also bought the ‘pout’-o-matic exfoliating tool). And last, I have the GlamGlow Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment set. The balm is very nice but I’m not too fond of the scrub. It tastes really weird and doesn’t fizz for me (possibly doing something wrong). I am definitely planning on getting the Pixi scrub.

  6. I have one of the Clinique Sweet Pots (Candied Cassis) and I really like it! Sure, I could make my own lip scrub and it would barely cost me a thing but I just really like the look and feel of the Sweet Pots 🙂
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  7. Chris25 says:

    The Pixi Lip Polish sounds promising!
    Chris25 recently posted … Review: CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation in Golden Tan

  8. I use them a lot in the winter, mostly the ones from LUSH.
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  9. Adia says:

    I love lip scrubs (I’m using one my Sara Happ currently), so I want to check out the Pixi one next time I’m in target. Amazing drawings as usual!
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  10. Tatiana says:

    I’ve never used a lip scrub. Even in the winter my lips rarely get so dry that they flake or peel. I do love to use a good lip balm and wear one every night to sleep in. Love the illustrations!

  11. Stella says:

    Anna, your reviews are seriously AWESOMEEEEE

  12. Jenni says:

    I’d definitely want to try the Clinique one, they just look so cute! And it’s such a smart idea too having the scrub & balm in the same package, since you tend to use them together anyway. xx

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  13. Michaela says:

    I might have to try a lip scrub. I heard that they’re essential for dry lips. We’ll see. I wish there was some kind of fruity smells with the Clinique ones. I dunno I’m used to the fruity smells. Thank you for posting the ingredients. In a way it’s nice to know what you’re putting on your lips because you’re in a way swallowing it every time you lick your lips etc

  14. Jessica Revitte says:

    I love your reviews! I’ve been seriously wanting one of those fab Clinique Macarons, and now I REALLY want one. So cute.


  15. Rachel R. says:

    I like lip scrubs and use them as needed. Maybe once a week or so; more if I’ve been wearing a lot of liquid lipsticks. I use e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator de-potted and mashed into a little tin, as I don’t like it in stick form. (It’s too hard packed in stick form.) The Clinique pots are really cute, and seem like they’d be nice for travel. I’m partial to a gloss/balm with a red tint in summer.

  16. jonirae says:

    I have a Sara Happ vanilla/brown sugar sort of scrub that I usually use in combination with Bite’s agave mask. I’ll put the mask on fairly thickly, and sleep on it, (I still can’t believe that stuff stays on all night!) then in the morning I’ll tissue it off and use the sugar scrub before I brush my teeth.
    I’m not a huge fan of the vanilla taste, but I was disappointed with the faux-mint taste of glamglow’s “foaming” lip scrub.
    Likewise, I wanted to love the Clinique pots because they are so cute, but I felt like I could barely tell the difference between the scrub and the balm! the scrubby bits are soo tiny! maybe i needed to dig into it a little or something, but I didn’t want to ruin it! 🙂

    • jonirae says:

      oh, btw, while we’re talking innovation suggestions, lol, here’s my would-be-holy-grail: Rosebud salve turned lip scrub.
      It would have to be the minted rose version, (that’s an absolute must, cause I love the refreshing tingle and pretty, healthy color!) but yeah. same formula, add some scrubbies, perfection!! 🙂

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