Monday, 14 August 2017

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick

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Texture: Smooth, slightly waxy but not in an unpleasant way.

Flavour: Chocolate!

Fragrance: Chocolate.

Finish: Softly shiny.

Lasting power: Three to four hours.

Colour: Clear.

Longevity: 36 months

Size: 4.2 grams

Price: No idea, it's not listed on The Body Shop website for some reason.

Availability: The Body Shop


Discontinued: In Australia, yes. It's still available in the US though.

Limited Edition: No.

Rating: 4.5

If you like this, try: Burt's Bees, Suraya Brazil.

Ingredients: hydrogenated coconut oil, beeswax, olive fruit oil, candelila wax, cocoa butter, flavour, sweet almond oil, tocopheryl acetate, propylene glycol, water, matricaria extract, ammonium glycyrrhizate, calendula officinalis extract, tocopherol.

Whilst living in Australia is awesome, the lip balms that aren't available here is not awesome. The Body Shop's Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick is one of the great products that we can no longer get here, I have no idea why. It's a cruel world.

If you live in the US you can still buy these balms and I suggest you do, especially if you love chocolate scented balms. It has a very light chocolate flavour and smells amazing.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Buddha Balm Burnt Sugar Fig

Texture: Smooth and creamy

Flavour: Burnt Sugar Fig

Fragrance:  Sweet sugar

Finish: Slightly glossy

Lasting power: Two to three hours

Colour: Clear

Size: 4.25 grams

Price: $2.50

Discontinued: Yes, Buddha Balm is no longer available, apparently the company has closed down.

Limited Edition: No

Rating: 5 stars.

If you like this, try: Crazy Rumors, Ladybug Jane.

Ingredients: soybean oil, coconut oil, shea butter, lanolin oil, carnauba wax, candelila wax, beeswax, ozokerite, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vitamin e, saccharin, flavour, CI 77947 (zinc oxide), Karma Creatives Proprietary Herbal Blend.

If I had to choose my top ten lip balms my Buddha Balm would be one of them. Unfortunately it's been discontinued and I'm down to my second last tube. Sad days.
Those of you who like super sweet lip balms will love Buddha Balm. They're still floating around the interwebs, so if you see them, grab a few whilst you can.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Clinique Superbalm

Texture: Smooth and creamy.

Flavour: None.

Fragrance: None.

Finish: Glossy.

Lasting power:  Around two hours.

Colour: Clear.

Size: 0.24 fl oz/7 ml.

Price: $24.00.

Availability: Clinique counters and online.


Discontinued: No.

Limited Edition: No.

Rating: 4

If you like this, try: Sukin Lip Treatment.

Ingredients: petrolatum, polybutene, polydecene, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, octyldodecanol, microcrystalline wax, tocopheryl acetate, polyclyceryl-2 triisostearate, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, cholesterol, barley extract, wheat germ extract, squalane, linoleic acid, retinyl palmitate, clary extract, soybean oil, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, birch extract, hexylene glycol, potassium sulfate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, red 7 lake, yellow 5 lake.

This is the lip balm that I shouldn't like but I do. I say I shouldn't like it because it's all the things I don't like. Not natural, fragrance free, flavour free and contains petrolatum. That's a recipe for exactly the type of balm I don't like, yet here we are and I'm about to tell you why I like my Superbalm. 

It's a brilliant, effective, hydrating balm that keeps my lips feeling soft and hydrated. The tube is small enough to easily fit into my pocket, the slanted tip makes application a breeze and the glossy finish means it looks like I'm wearing lip gloss.