A Little Sugar for You: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment & Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15

Who doesn’t like a little birthday present, especially when it’s a sweet one? A while ago I snagged the Sephora VIB birthday present this year, which is a mini duo of the much raved-about Fresh lip treatment. Want to know just how sweet the original Sugar Lip Treatment and Rose Tinted Lip Treatment are? Read on to find out!

A little bit about how my lips: my lips could be dry and fragile, but ever since I discovered the NUXE Honey Lip Balm about 5 months ago, they have been behaving really well (I am close to finishing the pot and will most probably repurchase, but that’s another story). In fact, they have been behaving so well that I don’t normally need a lip balm during daytime. That’s how my lips work: if they get proper moisturization during nighttime, I am fine throughout the day as long as I am not running around in the cold (or testing drying lip products, which fortunately I don’t do often). If they don’t however, I can use all the lip balm I want in the world, and they will still be dry and chapped.

The mini duo contains 2.2 grams (0.08 oz) each, which means together you get a bit more than one full-size Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (4.3 grams/0.15 oz). The packaging is pretty well-done. The tubes have a metallic finish, and you have to screw the top open to lift it up. That way the caps will always fit perfectly instead of becoming a bit loose over time. I’ve had that happen with other lip balms I tried!

When I opened the original I thought: wait a minute, I know this smell from somewhere! Took me half an hour before I had my eureka moment: it smells like Yakult (for those of you who don’t know what Yakult is, it’s a Japanese pro-biotic drink. Think about it as drinking yogurt with a much thinner texture). It’s sweet and lemony. I find the smell pleasant, though it fades fast and I don’t think many would be bothered in any case.

The texture of the lip treatment is very emollient. It glides on easily, and doesn’t feel overly slippery or look too shiny. It feels great on, and it does last a few hours. It leaves my lips soft and supple, but since I don’t “need” a lip balm I can’t really tell whether the moisturization actually lasts beyond the time the balm is on!

The Rose Tinted one is a very sheer pink in color. On my pigmented lips it really only makes a smidgen of difference, though when I am just running errands and can’t be bothered to pull out a lipstick/gloss I want to wear, it’ll do. Here is the swatch:

One thing I have to warn you about is the fact that they melt in hot weather. I took the Rose Tinted one back to Taipei, and a bit of the tip broke off. I thought it’s because I had kept it in my bag, but now back in Belgium it’s still melting in my house. Just so you know though, it’s been 30 degrees C/90 degrees F here, which is not at all common. For a product that is made with beeswax and oil, I consider it normal. I’m saying this just so that you know you might want to pay some attention when it gets too warm!

The Lip Treatments have an SPF15, which I appreciate. It is a chemical sunscreen, as you can see in the active ingredients here:

Other ingredients include (taken from the Fresh website):
BEESWAX (CERA ALBA), RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL DECYL ESTERS, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, LIMONENE, CITRAL, SUCROSE TETRASTEARATE TRIACETATE, BENZYL BENZOATE, LINALOOL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BHT, RETINYL PALMITATE, ASCORBYL TETRAISOPALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRANT) SEED OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, GERANIOL, CITRONELLOL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE

I am really pleased with the fact that this is not overly-glorified Vaseline that has been spiced up a little!

Bottom line: I wouldn’t be the one who can judge if it does wonders, but if you’re looking for a pleasant lip balm to carry in your bag (NOT in hot weather though), consider Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I am a big fan of the ingredient list, and the other tinted lip balms look more pigmented than Rose if that’s what you’re looking for!

Have you tried Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment? What’s your go-to lip balm? Do you prefer a heavily tinted lip balm or just a sheer lipstick?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    Hehe, i was just gonna say watch out for the melting! I’ve had some start to melt, but fortunately I’ve remembered in time, I think! I love these, and I want to get Sugar Passion!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Haha too late! Are those full-size though? Becca (find her comment) said the full-size ones don’t melt on her and she also lives in Cali.

      • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

        I know in Chicago (where I normally am lol) it gets wayyy hotter than the part of California I’m in right now. Maybe humidity makes a difference? I have had full size ones start to melt but either I’ve caught them in time or they just sort of reform themselves? Or like the others say, maybe it isn’t the same? I haven’t even used my mini ones and I previously had a mini rose one that has just been sitting around! This sounds like a science experiment someone needs to do lol.

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    I’ve never tried this before, sounds really great though. And must remember to pick up that Nuxe lipbalm ;-) !

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      YES you must try that! I just REPURCHASED this baby. That’s how much I love it!

  • http://barelyorganizedchaos.wordpress.com Jen

    Yay! I got this for my birthday too, back in February. I really like it, but I won’t be buying the full size (it’s $22.50 USD or something, crazy!). I took it with me when I went to NYC in February, and when I left it in my pocket and pulled it out to use later, the tip broke off (I’m assuming from my body heat :P)

    I actually prefer the Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms. They’re not as thick feeling, and they’re way, way cheaper.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I’d purchase this (if I had access to the brand) during a friends & family sale or so on. True it’s pretty pricey, but it is so pleasant to use! I’ve tried some Burt’s Bees ones, but they slide off me SO fast I have to CONSTANTLY reapply!

      • http://barelyorganizedchaos.wordpress.com Jen

        Hmm, yeah my friend had a similar complaint about the Burt’s Bees. I don’t notice it, so it’s Burt’s Bees for me!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Love these–I have the original, Sugar Honey (my fave), Sugar Rose, and Sugar Coral. The bigger ones are much better and don’t break off in the heat–though they do get really soft. I got this little Fresh duo back in April for my birthday, The weather was nice and cool then and my tip of mine broke off as well–they’re just really thin and break easily. So don’t worry–the regular sized ones don’t do that, and I’ve carried mine in my makeup back on hot summer days and left it in the car before

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks for letting us know, Becca! I’d totally trust you because I know it gets WARM where you live too!

  • http://mybeautyhoard.blogspot.com/ mjacqueline

    I alternate between my cheapie Vaseline which I use for night and Chanel Hydramax which I use to prep my lips before I put on lipstick. I do love their lip scrub, they are so delicious smelling and such a joy to use.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Ahh I am interested in exploring more about the brand too!

  • http://www.sprinklesonacupcake.com petra

    Melting is not good, better keep them for the winter?
    But they’re cute, need … sephora … now!!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Apparently the full-size ones don’t melt as easily, but you’re right about the minis being cute! I don’t even think Fresh is available in Sephora in France. This brand just has to expand ASAP!

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com Dovey

    Hi Sunny, I can’t wait to get these! Everyone seems to love them; although it is useful to know not to carry them around in the heat :) Thanks for the notice on the chemical sunscreen too; sometimes they don’t agree with me, so I’ll have to see how these work!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Dovey, apparently the full-size ones don’t melt as easily just so you know!

  • http://www.beauty-reflecttions.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    These are really great and recently my daughter has fallen in love with them too. I bought her the plum one-it’s so pretty for fall!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Ahh the plum one does look great for fall!

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    Well.. Yakult smells pretty nice! Off topic here: i didn’t know it was Japanese!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Haha yeah Yakult comes from Japan. I got a lot of it as a kid ;)

  • http://twitter.com/ChloeAsh Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    I’ve read so much about these! But if it melts, then it means it’ll be bad for me. On a hot day, it gets up to about 38 degrees!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Apparently the full-size ones don’t melt, and these do because they’re much thinner if that makes sense!

  • http://gravatar.com/conjuredrye NH

    I got this same little package recently from Sephora as well since my birthday was this month. Absolutely love them. My lips were actually kinda dry and flakey when I tried them on. After they wore off, my lips felt so much better. :D

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I’m so happy they’re working for you!

  • http://nailsbyaklutz.blogspot.com Arielle

    Yay sephora bday gifts, Unfortunately i gave mine away to a friend, the scent, which didn’t really bug my nose gave me killer headaches so watch out. I did like the way they felt on and the slightly tint was nice on someone with very pale lips like me.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Ahhh headaches? I’ve been using these for almost 4 months now and I don’t have a problem with that! I hope you’ll find something that is nicely tinted and doesn’t give you headaches!