Updated on May 22, 2021

Review: NCLA Sugar Sugar + Balm Babe (Cruelty-Free & Vegan)

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NCLA recently launched its new collection of 100% natural and vegan lip scrubs + vegan lip balms; NCLA Sugar Sugar and Balm Babe! This is exciting news since it was only just last year that NCLA launched its first line of color cosmetics, a collection of semi-matte vegan lipsticks!

I’m so happy to see a 100% vegan indie beauty brand like NCLA expanding its product line while keeping its commitment t being a cruelty-free and vegan brand.

Both NCLA Sugar Sugar + Balm Babe currently come in 8 natural flavors: Marshmallow, Almond Cookie, Horchata, Red Velvet, Watermelon, Pink Champagne, Lavender, and Matcha Tea.

They sent me their Sugar Sugar Lip Scrub in Matcha Tea and Lavender, as well as, their Balm Babe Lip Balm in Watermelon.

NCLA Sugar Sugar Review

NCLA Sugar Sugar – Vegan Lip Scrubs

An intense, 100% natural and vegan lip scrub that cleanses, gently exfoliates, hydrates, and brightens lips. Formulated with beet sugar, cocoa butter, and agave nectar, Sugar Sugar gently exfoliates while Vitamin C and E hydrates and brightens for the sweetest lips.


NCLA Sugar Sugar, Lavender ($16) – lavender-scented lip scrub with the soothing and calming effects of lavender.

The lavender scent is mild and definitely has a calming effect. This lip scrub is naturally colored with blueberry powder. The organic beet sugar does an excellent job of gently exfoliating my lips while Vitamin C and E help to keep my lips feeling hydrated.

Ingredients of Sugar Sugar, Lavender: Non-GMO Organic Beet Sugar, Organic Lavender Powder, Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup, Lavender Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Sorbic Acid (natural preservative), Blueberry Powder (natural color), Vitamin C Ester, and Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

NCLA Sugar Sugar, Matcha Tea ($16) – this lip scrub is formulated with organic Matcha green tea.

It doesn’t really have any smell to it. I found the Matcha lip scrub to be gentler than the Lavender lip scrub and nourished and hydrated my lips more, whereas the Lavender lip scrub exfoliated more. But overall, the Matcha Sugar Sugar still did the job of exfoliating my dry lips!

Ingredients of Sugar Sugar, Matcha Tea: Non-GMO Organic Beet Sugar, Organic Matcha Green Tea, Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Sorbic Acid (natural preservative), Vitamin C Ester, and Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

NCLA Balm Babe Review

NCLA Balm Babe – Vegan Lip Balm

An intense, 100% natural and vegan lip balm that intensely soothes and nourishes lips. Formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter, and coconut oil, Balm Babe leaves lips smooth and hydrated


NCLA Balm Babe, Watermelon ($16) – A refreshing watermelon-scented lip balm.

At first, I didn’t know how to feel about a jar lip balm but after a couple uses, I don’t mind it at all! It doesn’t leave my fingers feeling sticky or oily and I find that I have more control with the amount of product I apply on my lips.

I can’t get over how good this lip balm smells! It smells exactly like watermelon candy!!

I love how creamy and nourishing this lip balm is and especially how it doesn’t leave that waxy residue behind. It does have a glossy finish which I like.

Ingredients of NCLA Balm Babe: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Avocado Butter, Soy Wax, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Agave Nector, Organic Watermelon Extract, Maple Syrup, Liquid Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Vitamin C Ester, Sorbic Acid (natural preservative), Beet Juice (natural color), and Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Final Thoughts: NCLA Sugar Sugar + Balm Babe

Overall, I really did enjoy both of the vegan lip scrubs and lip balm from NCLA. As always, they nailed it with the pretty packaging and all of the jars and lids are good quality and sturdy.

The lip scrubs and lip balms are $16/each which is not drugstore prices but I think they’re reasonably priced considering how natural the ingredients are, with some organic ingredients included. The high-performance of these products are worth the value in my opinion.

I would definitely buy some of their other colorful flavors like Marshmallow and Red Velvet to try out!

In full disclosure, NCLA sent me their lip balm and lip scrubs to try. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are always 100% my own.

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