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I confess to being addicted to lip balms, I have loads of them and they all come in different shapes and sizes, some are tubes, some are pots, some are slimy, some are gloopy, some you don't even know you are wearing and some you wonder why you bought them, the answer usually being - on a whim.
I have become a fan of the Anatomical range, so much so, my last few reviews have been about their products. I came across the brand through a subscription to a Beauty Box and it is one of the brands I haven't been disappointed by. Their witty product names and descriptions have me chuckling away to myself and have on few occasions managed to bring about a smile to one or two of my friends (again see previous reviews). Anatomicals claim that "Whatever you look like, whatever shape you are in they only want you for your body" and they promise leave it looking and smelling good. Quite a good slogan to see whenever you come across any Anatomical products in a store.
Snog me senseless, quite juvenile sounding I know, is a lip balm. Not just any lip balm, it is a minty tingling lip balm which arrives in a blue box, quite a vivid Royal blue colour with the brand name appearing in yellow and the name of the product boldly written so there is no mistaking what you have actually purchased. On the bottom of the box, is quite a funny catchy jingle which goes "Kiss me, honey, honey, (minty, minty) kiss me. Thrill me, honey, honey (minty, minty) thrill me. Don't care even if I blow my top but honey, honey (minty, minty) don't stop. How many times do we have to say it (in brackets)? This lip balm isn't honey flavoured, it's minty, to give your lips a fresh blast of softness. Got that honey (minty)?" and yes, you do find yourself singing it. Once the box is opened, inside is a minty green coloured 15ml tube and again 'snog me senseless' is quite clearly written on the tube along with the following "minty tingling lip balm exchange more than just germs and bacteria when you kiss someone with this super soothing lip balm. 'Exchange partners?' Alas not, but exchange a seriously minty tingle that is as refreshing as 'lets not sleep together on a first date'. So in a round-about way you get some idea as to what it is you are actually getting. Yes a minty lip balm but one that is a little bit more fun.
The tube itself which features a screw on and off top and as soon as the top is removed, the applicator which applies the balm is a see through plastic applicator and for anyone who used tubed lid balm or gloss, will know that the end of the applicator is wedged slightly with a hole in the middle to allow an easier way of applying the balm to your lips. If you are unsure as to what I mean think of the Nivea lip balm that comes in a tube, similar to this one and that is what I mean. As you squeeze this tube slightly, be careful not to squeeze too hard or you will end up covered in minty good, you get a refreshing minty smelling balm, the balm itself is almost clear in colour, I say almost because there is a very slight hint of colour, not quite green but not quite anything else.
As soon as you apply this balm to your lips, there is an instant tingling affect, the mint ingredient which causes a cooling effect when on the skin is very clearly present and it is quite a nice feeling that only last for a few seconds and then you are left with a zingy, most definitely there minty aroma, nice shiny lips that feel soft and smooth. When it comes to the ingredients there are three main ones to contend with. Starting with beeswax which appears in almost every lip balm I use from Lush products to high street brands and it is used because it gives those balms a nice texture which when put onto your lips helps to create a protective barrier helping to lock in moisture to keep your lips soft and smooth but also to protect them from the weather which, whether hot or cold, can dry out your lips and leave them chapped. There is also added vitamin E within this lip balm and again like the beeswax it helps to protect the skin particularly from UV rays because your lips don't contain the protective pigment known as melanin like other parts of the body, something I learnt from the lovely people at Lush when looking for a lip balm during the summer and they told me to always try and look for something that states it has Vitamin E in it. Added to that it also helps to moisturise your skin. Finally the minty smell, some people have referred to it as being 'fake', I am not a lover of minty products per Se, but I do like this balm, it isn't quite the toothpaste smell that you get, this is more mintier but fresher, almost like I've been down the allotment and pulled my own mint.
I really like this lip balm, yes it is witty and amusing and appeals to my sense of humour, but it also does add a tingle to your lips, which is quite nice, the minty smell isn't over-powering nor does it make you smell of Colgate all day long. It does have a scent that lingers and there is a glossing added to your lips. It does leave your lips feeling soft and smooth and you don't have to re-apply constantly because I find that after every application, I don't need to re-apply for a good few hours.
You can buy Anatomicals products from places like Amazon, John Lewis and more recently I have seen them on the shelves of some big supermarkets such as Morrisons and Sainsbury's and this product will cost in the region of £2-4 depending on where you can get it from.