Review: Cujo’s Rabies in a Bottle – Scinic | Help My Lip

~Smooth Bubble Peeling~ 💁‍♀️

As a true horror fan, I have watched most classic horror films. The ones from the 70s and 80s are my favourites! CGI horror really does not do it for me. Give me practical effects and a bit of trashiness any time.

Imagine my delight, then, when I found this lip product that made me feel as though I had caught rabies like the St Bernard dog in Cujo, a 1983 old school horror movie based on a novel of the same name by my favourite author, Stephen King. Is that a weird thing to delight in? Just me? Yeah, I thought so too. Anyways.

Actually, skincare that bubbles has been a major trend in Korea for quite some time now.

A few years ago, Asian beauty blogs were awash with Elizavecca’s Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, which I never got to try but by which I was intrigued nonetheless and I did actually review two gimmicky carbonated clay masks once upon a time – one by Neogen, one by Cell Fusion C. At the time of purchase, I had not as yet reviewed a bubbling lip peeling, so I was intrigued.

Once I tested this lip peeling, I loved the smell of it and took it home. Let’s get into the ins and outs of this bad boy!

・What it is: ・

This is a lip treatment that you apply to flaky lips, massage a bit and then, rinse off.


Gimmicky but oh so fun!

・Price & Availability: ・

I got this on sale at Lalavla Korea. At the time, it was on sale and I think I paid around ₩6,000, give or take.

・Size/Quantity: ・

Chucked the container after use and forgot to check. I’m guessing around 10ml or so, which lasted me one full winter season with biweekly application.


Just looking at the ingredients list, this looks suspiciously similar to your regular cellulose based peeling gels, only with a few extracts thrown in for good measure.

Plus, you get some foaming agents to create that foamy frothy goodness and a sweetener in the shape of sorbitol which I’m assuming was put in there to make it taste nice – you’re bound to get at least some in your moth at one time or another.

Nothing to see here folks, moving on! You can see my previous review of one of the most popular peeling gels over here – Dr G’s Mild Peeling Gel.


The product came in an airless dispenser which does a reasonable albeit imperfect job of keeping the product inside away from oxygen. 90% of the product was dispensed effectively, while the remaining 10% took a while to reach the nozzle, where they unceremoniously dried up and stayed caked on. Every time I used this, I had to scrape off some product from the previous application. Not a major biggie in my books, just something that deserves mentioning in passing.

・What the company says:・ 

Finally my Korean is good enough to translate ad copy! Yay!

Lip cleansing + dead skin care + lip mask 3 in 1 care


a transformative 3 step bubble lip peeling system for smooth lips

lip cleansing for lip colours that cannot be removed | caring for dead skin on your lips through soft bubbles | moist bubble lip mask for dry lips

By the by. Korean being an entirely different language and culture and all, what sounds nice in English would sound awkward in Korean and vice versa. For consistency’s sake, I have translated the ad copy literally. If I were to promote this product in the West, I’d completely rewrite the message as it sounds super clunky when translated word for word.


When dispensed, this looks like a transparent baby blue gel. It goes on almost white and then begins to bubble up quite a bit. The bubbling action then starts to go down a tad, at which point you can massage the bubbles into your lips. The gel feels soft and smooth under your fingertips.



Curiously, this brought back memories of dentist visits back when I was a kid in the early 2000s in terms of smell and taste. It is lightly fruit flavoured, yet I felt a slightly numbing sensation whenever I got this in my mouth.


So what you do is, you wash your face, then apply it. You wait and then massage it in, and once you feel it’s done its job, you wash it off. The below photo was taken following a quick massage.

Yay for getting foam cleanser stuck in my nostrils!!


Honestly, I cannot say I was wowed. I don’t wear longwearing lipsticks or tints, so I cannot tell you how this fared in terms of lip colour removal. I did use it with the aim of getting rid of dead skin and hydrating my chapped, crusty winter lips.

In my opinion, it did neither. Skin flakies were still there and it was not a mask in any sense of the word. It did however soften my lips just a touch so they were smoother by the time I went to apply an overnight lip balm.

Disclaimer: Korean winters are very harsh (-15 °C), plus the dry heating and the floor heating truly are a triple whammy. If you throw in naturally dehydrated lips/dehydrated skin into the mix, you have yourself a recipe for wrecked lips for at least 3 months per year and it takes a lot of effort to keep the dreaded lipliner look (red and irritated on the outside, chapped lips overall) and cracked, bleeding lips at bay. If your lips are not as bad as mine, you may find this sufficiently hydrating.

・Final Thoughts:・  

I quite enjoyed using this as it reminded me of Cujo, the movie as well as the book, and I used it all up. I would consider repurchasing for the rabies factor alone. That being said, as a lip scrub or a mask, this was honestly quite rubbish for my super dry lips and I cannot recommend it on its merits alone.

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