- Able to buy on their website, some US stores and Amazon US
- Great option for those who don’t want to swallow capsules or wear patches
- OK ingredients list
- Good shipping
- One of the most expensive options at $65 for just 12 outings
- Not many reviews
- Some key Asian Flush ingredients missing
- Not focused on Asian Flush (same ingredients as the company’s Hangover Prevention drink)
- No refunds
With Asian Flush Syndrome impacting millions of people around the world, it’s not surprising that more and more products are popping up. We wanted to check out the “Lighten Up” Asian Flush prevention drink created by Bibi Beverages. With so few Lighten Up Drink reviews available, it’s hard for the customer to really know whether they should buy it or not.
So does it really work?
Somewhat! Unfortunately, Lighten Up is exactly the same as the company’s “Hangover Prevention” drink. While these ingredients could work wonderful for hangovers, they don’t have a focus on Asian Flush.
What is Lighten Up?
Lighten Up is a 2oz (59ml) drink that you consume 30-60 minutes before drinking alcohol and customers might need to repeat as necessary throughout the night. The ingredients are supposed to minimize, or even prevent, Asian Flush symptoms from alcohol.
The obvious benefit is that you don’t need to wear a sticky patch on your body like Glowless Patches. Plus, a drink would help those who can’t swallow tablets like Essential AD2. So right off the bat, the method is great. But what really counts are the ingredients. So how do they compare?
Lighten Up Ingredients
The ingredients of one Lighten Up drink include:
Dihydromyricetin (DHM), Milk Thistle, Acetyl L Carnitine, N Acetyl Cystein (NAC), Vitamin B6 and B12, Magnesium, Calcium, Purified Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Potassium Sorbate, (preservative), Monkfruit Extract.
Recognize any of these ingredients? We do!
B Vitamins, NAC and even Milk Thistle are fairly common in other Asian Flush Products. Lighten Up has the additional difficulty in that their product needs to taste good. Maybe even just “OK” in order for people to be able to consume it. There’s where the additional ingredients come from – making the product taste drinkable.
Surprisingly, they’re missing out on a lot of key Asian Flush prevention ingredients, like Quercetin, L-Theanine, Thiamine and even Vitamin C.
Bibi Beverages also sell two other drinks: one for before bed to lesson a hangover the following day (called Nightcap) and one for the day after drinking if you have a bad hangover (called Morning After).
However, the ingredients for their “Nightcap” drink are:
DHM, Milk Thistle, Acetyl L Carnitine, N Acetyl Cystein, Vitamin B6 and B12, Magnesium, Calcium, Purified Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Potassium Sorbate, (preservative), Monkfruit Extract.
That’s right – the ingredients of their Asian Flush drink and their Hangover drink are both the exact same. This isn’t totally bad since the ingredients are decent, but they’re definitely not the most effective choices for Asian Flush. Maybe for hangovers, but that’s a different story.
Want more information about drinking and Asian Glow? Check out our article: Can people with Asian Glow get drunk and wasted?
How did Lighten Up work for us?
After following the instructions, we found that Lighten Up helped with some Asian Flush symptoms, but not all of them (and not frequently). Sometimes it seems our symptoms were less and then we’d use Lighten Up again and the symptoms would be more noticeable.
Our biggest focus for Asian Flush relief is that most (if not all) symptoms are minimized and the product works consistently. We didn’t find this with Lighten Up.
Our hangover symptoms the following day were greatly reduced, however. We can assume this is why these ingredients are used in Bibi Beverages’ hangover product “Nightcap.” If you’re interested in minimizing hangover symptoms – great! This product was really helpful. If you’re looking for Asian Flush relief, there are better products on the market. It’s a bit disappointing that they simply changed the name and label but used the same ingredients for two different products.
Where can I buy Lighten Up?
Currently, Lighten Up is sold on their website, on Amazon US and in a handful of stores in the US. Most of the stores are in Texas, with a few scattered between Tennessee and South Carolina.
However, their Amazon listing only has 11 reviews – so either it’s a new posting, or not very popular. The Amazon page does lists as “NEW ITEM” in their title, but it’s unclear how new, or if that’s accurate.
Their website also only has 6 reviews for this product as well.
Currently, you can buy a one-off purchase which is $65 USD per case (that includes 12 bottles). If you drink one bottle per outing, you’ll have enough for about 12 outings (assuming you don’t need to drink another bottle to top-up later in the night.) If your symptoms are more severe, you may need to have more bottles per drinking session. At the very max, one case is good for 12 sessions (but likely less than that).
If you sign up for their “Subscribe” option, you can get a case for $45 USD with a recurring monthly order of at least one case. At least they give you some options! However, $65 for 12 bottles is very expensive – the most expensive Asian Flush option we’ve reviewed so far.
Bibi Beverages also seems to have fast shipping to the US and orders are supposed to leave the following business day. This is great compared to smaller companies that only send out orders after they reach a certain amount (like Glowless Patches we reviewed).
Lighten Up Refunds? NO.
Bibi Beverages does not accept refunds, so be aware. The websites states: “For safety reasons we do not accept returns.” This is interesting, considering almost all other Asian Flush supplements and products offer refunds, even if the products cannot be reused (ex. capsules, tablets, etc).
Bibi Beverages does have a “free” sample program so you can trial the product before committing to buying a larger case. However, you do have to pay for shipping and handling, so the free trial isn’t exactly free.
Lighten Up Drink Reviews
As mentioned above, Lighten Up drink reviews are hard to come by. With only 17 reviews in total available, it’s hard to say what customers really think.
Some Lighten Up reviews (and criticism) include:
“Did not work and it tastes horrible”
“Maybe it work for others, but not for me.”
“Reduces flush tremendously, no heart palpitations, and no warm feelings. The only thing I would say is the flavor isn’t the greatest, but it’s an effective product.”
It’s really helpful if Lighten Up could receive more unbiased reviews so customers can make an informed choice before choosing to buy – especially if there are no refunds available.
Who is Bibi Beverages?
Bibi Beverages was created by Jen Du from Austin, Texas (hence all the stores that sell her products are mainly in Texas).
As an Asian-American, she was tired of avoiding alcohol or experiencing painful symptoms when she drank. We know there’s tons of people who feel the same way, too. So she set out to create a solution.
Remember Before Elixir? That red bottle from a few years ago for Asian Flush? That was also created by Jen Du, too. After launching Before Elixir on Indiegogo, Jen changed up her game plan and created Bibi Beverages instead. It looks like all Before Elixir websites and links now point to her new endeavour.
Our final thoughts on Lighten Up
There’s a lot of hangover-prevention-drinks on the market, and it’s only getting more popular. Bibi Beverages has definitely tried to get in on the action while also launching Lighten Up to tap into the Asian Glow market.
However, we can see that both the Hangover prevention and the Asian Glow drinks are exactly the same – just different bottles. While the ingredients are decent, especially for hangovers, there’s a lot of room for improvement for the Asian Glow product.
Currently, there’s not a whole lot of information about the Lighten Up brand, or Bibi Beverages. Only time will tell if these products will take off, or be taken off the shelves.