This is, by no stretch of the imagination, a new product. I'm not sure how long it's been around but it's definitely been knocking around for the last few years but I figured, as with all great products, that there's no harm in reminding those who own it of it's greatness and informing the one or two who mightn't have heard about it already.
Let me begin with: this time of the year sucks. The sky is like this big, ominous, grey weight that's likely to fall at any time. It gives me manky headaches. I'm like that character Kaa, the snake in the Jungle Book, going around the place complaining of my sssssinsuses. The drop in temperature also brings on a lovely conditions that I like to call Lip Leprosy. It's as though every single layer of skin on my lips collectively decide 'feck this' and decide to fall off all at one time. Lip lemmings hoping of the cliff together would be another fitting analogy. I used to coat them (in vain) with layers of whatever lip balm I could find. After a few years I realized that this was all just a ridiculously pointless endevour. There's no sense in throwing a load of grease on top of seismic sized splits in my lips. (That was almost poetic.. seriously though, they really are in bits by times). It makes far more sense to remove the dry skin and then apply lip balm to soothe and moisturize.
Lush's Bubblegum lip scrub is the answer to my dry lipped prayers. It's ingredients are mainly castor sugar and and organic jojoba oil. (Even writing that I was pronouncing it Joe Joeba, I'm just not cool enough to call it yohoba) You apply some to your lips using your finger and get right in there and scrub it all away. The ingredients also make is a super delicious treat. It's like having the sugar from a donut on your lips and that have a function other than going straight to your hips/arse/belly. I'd go as far as to say that I consider it a treat if I'm trying (but predominantly failing) to eat clean. It's the little things.
I know that given the ingredients you could essentially make your own, or just use a dry toothbrush and some vaseline but seriously, aint nobody got time for that.
The lipscrub comes in at around €6 (I can't find an Irish version of the website to give an exact figure) and it lasts for ages. I feel I'm doing it a bit of a disservice by describing it as a cure solely for lip leprosy, it's also great to use before applying lipstick, particularly a bold colours.