If you are like me, you see the value- and sometimes necessity- of a second opinion. I'm not just talking about making a sizeable investment or having an invasive medical procedure. I seek out multiple appraisals for everything I buy, whether it's from a complete stranger in a dressing room or an anonymous reviewer on the web, since I innately suspect the fawning salesperson's motives and the review's hidden bias. Truth in Aging is one of those special places where honesty is the rule of law, so you don't need to seek out a second opinion elsewhere. But just in case you needed another reason to avoid BeFine's Lip Exfoliator after reading Marta's resolute rejection, I will relate my experience.

Ever since BeFine sent us a generous package of samples to try, I have been consistently using the Pore Refining Treatment Scrub and the Warming Clay Mask (reviews to come). Impressed with the brand's use of edible-sounding ingredients and recession-friendly price points, I figured the lip exfoliator would work its way into my weekly regime just as its sister products had. Yes, it would require adding an extra step in the upkeep of my generally low-maintenance lips, and yes, $19.99 seemed a rather high price to pay for something I could do with a mixture of sugar and water. But my hopes were high.

Those hopes plummeted the second I squirted some Lip Exfoliator on my finger. Out came a creamy emulsion without a single visible granule. How were my lips going to get smoothed and "resurfaced" without the faintest grainy texture from its sweet almond seed meal? It was then that I realized my missing granules had become lodged in the opening of the bottle, clogging up the works and impeding any more of the emulsion from escaping. I practically sprained my wrist squeezing the bottle so hard, even resorting to banging it on the edge of a table. BeFine wouldn't budge.

The next day, I gave it another go, just in case the exfoliator decided to be more cooperative once we got to know each other better. Lo and behold, the creamy solution came through this time, albeit sparingly. A bit put off by an odor reminiscent of Play-Doh, I applied the mixture over my top and bottom lips and was pleased to feel at least a little texture. I tried rubbing my lips back and forth to produce a sloughing action, but suddenly they became dry and uncomfortable. The cream had transformed into a cakey film encrusting my once well-moisturized lips.

BeFine isn't kidding when it instructs you to wash your lips after using this product. On my first try, I left the exfoliator on for a while, hoping to give its pineapple and rasberry fruit enzymes a chance to penetrate and remove dead skin cells. Big mistake. Without checking my face in the mirror, I greeted a friend at the door and was asked, "What's with the white mustache?" The exfoliator does not eventually dissolve or disappear, as I found out. Instead, it leaves a crusty border in its wake- perfect for when white lip liner is in vogue (aka never).

When my lips were properly rinsed, however, they appeared drier than ever. If I had begun this treatment while afflicted with actual flakes on my lips, BeFine's exfoliator surely would have made matters worse. The formula's safflower and sesame seed oil can't compete with its cakey components to provide sufficient conditioning. Combined with phenoxyethanol and methylisothiazolinone, the ingredients do far more harm than good. BeFine's Lip Exfoliator turned my normally contented smile into decidedly raw frown.


Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, TEA Lauryl Sulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carthamus Tinctirius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polyethylene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Anasas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide, Jojoba Ester, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit