Lip Perfecting Gentle Scrub with Micro Beads
0.5 fl. oz. for $10
Last Updated:01.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Have flaky lips? This lip scrub blends gentle, rounded micro-beads in a creamy base for delicate exfoliation. You massage it over lips for 30 seconds, then rinse. The result? Dead, dry skin cells are buffed away without scratching or otherwise irritating lips.

This is excellent to use before lipstick or lip balm for a flake-free and perfectly smooth pucker. As with all Paula's Choice products, this lip scrub is fragrance-free.

  • Delicately exfoliates flaky lips with rounded micro-beads.
  • Preps lips for smooth lipstick or lip balm application.
  • Only takes 30 seconds to use!
  • None.

Your first step toward never having chapped lips again. Ideal for dry, chapped lips at any time of year. Smooth round micro-beads ensure gentle exfoliation. Makes lips feel exceptionally smooth. Primes lips for lipstick, lip gloss, or Paula's Choice Lip Recovery Balm. 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.


Water, Polyethylene (Scrub Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid (Emollient Thickeners), Glycerin (Skin-Identical Ingredient), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (Thickeners), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Emollient), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (Antioxidant Plant Oil), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Opacifying Agent), Cellulose Gum (Thickener), Allantoin (Anti-Irritant), Potassium Sorbate, (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative).

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free products; all products formulated based on extensive published research on how ingredients can benefit skin; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; gentle cleansers; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection (including UVA-screening ingredients); proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed; gentle yet effective natural products; most foundations provides sun protection and come in a range of neutral colors; unique brow products; on-the-go teeth whitener; lipstick with sunscreen; impressive, reasonably priced makeup brushes; samples are available for most products.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, sagging, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)

Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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Again, the microbeads

Although I have purchased a fair amount of Paula's Choice products and have been largely satisfied, I find it highly hypocritical that EVERY other product from a different brand that has microbeads in it has a huge, long disclaimer in it, and this one is mysteriously lacking that. I think that speaks pretty strongly about the claims about bias.

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Miriam K.
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Thank you for your feedback.  Our microbead template is a newer one that we've just started adding to older reviews over the last month or two.  We started with facial scrubs but haven't quite made it to the lip scrubs that contain them yet, but rest assured, we are working on it!  I'll include a few links for you here to the other lip products that contain microbeads (that also don't have the template about them being in the products) so you can see that we are treating them consistently, no matter the brand (and PLEASE, if you do see a facial scrub that we missed, let us know what the brand and product name and we can update that as well!):  Aloette Soothe-N-Smooth, Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm SPF 18, Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind, Sally Hansen Vita B Lip Moisturizer.

It would be perfect but ....

I have this scrub, and it's great (like just about everything Paula makes) BUT plastic microbeads are very bad for the environment. I'm guessing that Paula's Choice is aware of this & working to find a replacement ingredient? That's the only thing stopping me from buying another tube. Keep up the good work!

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Microbeads? Bad choice!

Paula, microbeads are coming under fire for their serious long term negative environmental effects. There are lots of alternatives out there - why doesn't this product use a safer exfoliant?

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there! We are aware of the growing controversy surrounding microbeads and are working on reformulating this lip scrub. In the meantime, we're continuing to offer it because we believe it is one of the gentlest lip scrubs available and the tiny amount needed poses an inconsequential risk to waterways (this is far different than using a body scrub with microbeads every day when one showers, for example).

Works Great, Lasts Forever!

A little goes a long way, very effective w/o tearing lips to shreds!

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