MAC Lip Scrubtious – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

Lips go through so much and receive very little care. What is your lip skincare routine?

Whether you have dry or normal lips, there will be a time when you have dead skin peeling off and although, let’s be honest, we’ve all picked on it a few times, the best way to deal with it is to scrub.

Although physical exfoliation is not part of my skincare routine, it works wonders for dry lips. So let’s have a look at one of the most popular lip scrubs, the MAC Lip Scrubtious. Is it worth the cash? Let’s find out.

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The MAC Lip Scrubtious comes in two different flavours, the fruit of passion and sweet vanilla. In this post, the pictures show the fruit of passion flavour which suitably comes in a pink glass-like jar (probably a strong plastic) with a black screw on lid.

The product comes with white cardboard outer packaging which looks simple and sleek, typical of the MAC branding.


Smell, Texture and Taste?

Both flavour scrubs have the same sugary paste-like texture but a different scent. The fruit of passion smells like sweet fruit whereas the vanilla one smells like…well vanilla.

Although you shouldn’t taste your cosmetics, sometimes it does accidentally happen with products that are used on the lips. Maybe I didn’t accidentally taste them much but I never got a flavour from using them.

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One 14mL pot retails for £14 which given how long it lasts for and the results, is worth it. Could you exfoliate your lips for less, with maybe something like plain sugar? Yes but your lips won’t feel the same.


Practicality of use – user experience

This lip scrub is very easy to use. All you need to do is scoop up a small amount, smear it on the lips and then rinse off with luke warm water.

This scrub also lasts a while because you need very small amounts to get a good result. Here’s a picture of how much I scooped up the first time I used it and it was too much, you need half of that or less.

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Skin compatibility

Lip skin compatibility is not as detailed or researched as much as our face skin, so one can only assume that this lip scrub is suitable for all.

However, avoid using any cosmetics, especially scrubs, if your skin is irritated, broken or has open wounds.



This lip scrub lasts for 24M.

Here’s what the brand says about the product:


Pucker up! Get totally smooth lips with M∙A∙C Lip Scrubtious. This sugar-based exfoliator gently buffs away dry and flaky skin, with a formula enhanced by hydrating and nourishing conditioners leaving lips soft and oh-so-smoochable. Available in five flavours including Candied Nectar, Fruit of Passion, Summer Berry, Sweet Brown Sugar and Sweet Vanilla.


  • Exfoliates lips
  • Smoothes and softens lips
  • Conditions lips
  • Hydrating
  • Dermatologist tested


  • Using a fingertip, massage a generous amount onto lips in a circular motion.
  • Wipe away with tissue or rinse off if desired.
  • Use two to three times weekly.



It wouldn’t be ethical if we didn’t talk about the credibility of this section. It is very hard to impossible most of the time to verify the information or credibility of the sources, so please take this section with a pinch of salt unless stated otherwise. This section is not meant to be definitive and is most likely more about reputation around those subjects than credible information. If you have additional or more correct information please email:

MAC markets itself as cruelty free however, many disagree because their mother brand is not cruelty free.



This scrub is not too aggresive, it doesn’t hurt to use and it leaves the lips soft, smooth, free of dead skin and moisturised.

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This lip scrub is not meant to be skincare but it actually contains some ingredient goodies that will help moisturise your skin.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation or pigmentation purposes. For the full list of this product’s ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.


Ingredient positives:

  1. Sucrose – A natural sugar, skin conditioner, replenisher and humectant.
  2. Petrolatum – A moisturiser, skin conditioner, skin protector and soother. Despite the large negative publicity, there isn’t as much scientific evidence to support that this ingredient is negative for the skin.
  3. Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – Also known as Jojoba oil, a skin conditioner that can enhance the skin’s restorative properties.
  4. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract – A good skin conditioner. Helps retain moisture by forming a barrier and reduces the appearance of rough patches and dry flakes. Anti-flammatory, soothes itchy, irritated or sunburnt skin. Absorbs UVB, anti-oxidant, emollient, skin replenishing.
  5. Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner that can contain anti-oxidants.
  6. Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil – A mousturiser that can soften dry skin. Rich in fatty acids and vitamins.
  7. Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract – A skin conditioner high in fatty acids and antioxidants.
  8. Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial extract with skin calming effects.
  9. Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract – Hair and skin conditioner.
  10. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  11. Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  12. Water/Aqua/Eau – Self explanatory.


Ingredient negatives:

 1. Flavor (Aroma) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.


Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in this lip scrub have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Flavor (Aroma), Phenoxyethanol.


Ful list of ingredients: 

Sucrose, Petrolatum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water/Aqua/Eau, Ethylene/Propylene/ Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Flavor (Aroma), Phenoxyethanol, Red 33 (Ci 17200), Yellow 6 (Ci 15985)

MAC Lip Scrubtious


The MAC Lip Scrubtious is a great lip scrub which lasts for a while and leaves lips soft, smooth and dead skin free. It also leaves the lips feeling a little moisturised and although there are definetely cheaper options out there, this one works well and is worth the cash.


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I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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