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A friend bought me a tube of this because she thought the packaging was very fun and funky - and right she was. All Anatomicals products have great, catchy names and very pretty packaging. It all comes in brightly coloured pots and tubes, which appeals to me.
The price of this is about £3 per tube, so slightly more than your average chapstick, but you are paying extra for the cute names and packaging.
When i first opened this up I thought the 15ml tube was great for keeping in my handbag. The screw top appears snug and tight fitting to avoid leakage problems.
I opened mine up rather agressively, desperate to try it out and after ripping off the silver foil protector managed to squeeze the tube too much and got a bit too much of the goo out! So I had to quickly smother my lips with it before it fell down my front. So be gentle with the tube!
My first impression was - ooh this smells nice and is spreading on well. Then after a moment, I thought - hmm, this is a bit greasy. And it is. Possibly it's the waxy effect or the coconut oil that causes this, but I rather feel like I have put olive oil round my mouth.
It doesn't taste of anything, so there is no overpowering sensations (other than the oiliness in my opinion).
But does it do the job? Yes, it makes your lips feel smooth and a bit softer when you're wearing it - but anything glides over oil right?
All the packaging - including the tube itself - is recyclable. And it claims to have a 2 year shelf life - although I doubt any lip balm has ever lasted that long!
There is no mention on the tube or box as to whether this is animal testing friendly or not. But I did a bit of research, and they do not test on animals! I just wish they'd say that on the box.
It got to the point where my boyfriend said "blimey, your lips are a state!", which is a first - I'm normally nagging him to use some lip balm ("ew, men don't wear lipstick" is the response I get *rolls eyes*).
We were at the airport, and I picked this up because it was all that was there - my lips desperately needed some TLC - and wow, I was so lucky!!!
This is the most comfortable lip balm I have ever used, makes my lips feel very soft, and immediately soothed the sore cracked lips I had (caused by snow and wind and cold - I hate winter lips). It's very glossy also, which for me is a big plus as I don't have to apply a gloss on top of my lip balm to feel well turned out.
I've now been using this for over a week and I am really happy with the effects - the cracks are all gone, and my fella can bear to kiss me again, which is more than I can say about his lips.....
What the website says...
"After certain highly visible celebrities (naming no names) not everyone now wants their lips inflated like a hot air balloon. but everyone wants their lips to be smooth, moisturised and kissable. which is why you'll be mad for 'stop cracking up' our new balm. with a host of ingredients including beeswax, olive oil and zingiber to keep dryness and soreness at bay, it will soon be any excuse to pucker up. Pity poor babies when politicians get hold of a tube. and just imagine the fashion shows? why darling, they'll be more kissing than bitching."
What the package says...
"Chapped, sore, blistering lips driving you to insanity? Then apply this therapy in a tube (yes, on a couch if you like). Its ingredients will ensure you have the lips so smooth, moisturised and kissable, you will want to plant a gigantic smacker on everyone and anyone. Run toothless octogenarian grandparent, go on run!"
"Suffering from the wind (not to mention the cold and sun)? Then squeeze a small amount of this soothing balm onto your finger and apply to your lips to ensure they're not as dry as your local AA meeting"
What I say...
One of the downsides of living in England are seeing the daily effects that the ever-changing weather can have on your skin. Giving how delicate the skin is on your lips, this tends to be one of the areas that takes the brunt of the damage!
Before using this product my lips were dry and had recently started its 'seasonal peeling' phase, which as I'm sure most of you ladies are aware, can be very painful....
My lip balm was delivered this morning and I could barely contain my excitement as I opened my new lovely little collection of Anatomicals goodies (As an Anatomicals virgin I recently discovered these on asos and considering the amazing price I couldn't resist them!)
The colourful, quirky and fun packaging is filled with catchy and fashionable slogans that are very eye-catching.
Inside is a very generously sized tube (double the size you would normally recieve in your high-street lip balms) and only a tiny amount was needed. The lip balm itself is like a clear gel, however when I put it on it's texture isn't sticky as you would expect from a gel. It was very soft, soothing and easily absorbed into my skin. But it didn't 'disappear' as some thinner lip balms would do, it even survived past breakfast and a cuppa!! Which I must say is absolutely unheard of with the countless, expensive high-street brands that I have tried in the past.
This is undoubtedly the best lip balm that I have tried and with ingredients such as beeswax, sweet almond oil, coconut oil and vitiman E it isn't hard to see why it has such desirable effects.
Now it is only my dog who is 'suffering from the wind'... and in a very different way.
As some of you may know I recently discovered a funky little brand called Anatomicals who I can't stop raving about. Their quirky packaging and tongue in cheek sense of humour hooked me right in and due to the insanely low prices of these products (which you would think would be much more expensive if you didn't know better) I treated myself to a whole bundle of them. I've had nothing but positive experiences.
One of the things I purchased was a lip balm. This was for a few reasons; I was buying loads of Anatomicals stuff anyway, I needed a lip balm after the awful experience that was Blistex Intensive Moisturiser AND I couldn't be bothered going to the Trafford Centre to get myself a Burt's Bees one (apparently brilliant!).
The lipbalm comes in quite a large squeezy tube, bigger than say your average lip gloss tube. The tube is bright red with the product name "Stop cracking up" printed boldly on the front, with some accompanying funny text, finished off with Anatomical's signature quote "we only want you for your body". It fit's in well with the rest of the Anatomical's brand, and the whole thing is really just quite fun.
The lip balm itself is to "ensure [your lips are] not as dry as your local AA meeting"
The product itself looks like a clear gloss but perhaps a little more runny. You do have to be careful not to squeeze too much out, I'm still learning now, a little goes a long way with this product. I most often find myself having to find something to wipe the excess off my finger with. The lipbalm also actually looks quite like a gloss when on the lips, so although the tube is fairly unisex, this isn't really one for you guys (unless gloss is your thing of course!).
The balm isn't advertised as being any particular flavour but I definitely get a strawberry scent from mine, although it doesn't really taste of anything so you won't be tempted to go licking it all off your lips.
I'm yet to find the perfect lip balm, or maybe there's only so soft lips can go and I'm just wanting the impossible, but what I will say is this has performed better than others I have used so far. My lips were left smooth, with no rough or chapped bits. Also, one night, god I dunno what I was doing in my sleep but I woke up with a mouthful of ulcers (which I'm still sporting *ouch*) and a huge cut on my lip. I must have been trying to eat my own mouth! Well anyway...the cut on my lip really was big and very red and noticeable. I applied this lip balm throughout the day and by the following day it was healed.
The lipbalm contains beeswax which helps to seal and protect the skin by creating a protective barrier. It also contains olive oil which is excellent at penetrating and soothes, heals and lubricates the skin. As well as this the other frequently mentioned ingredient is zingiber which I can't find any information of how this is beneficial to the lips, it's a mystery!
Okay so the list of ingredients there isn't as impressive as say a Lush or Burt's Bees products, and I'm not going to claim it will do as good, but it does have your basic moisturising ingredients in there and I really do think it penetrates the lips well because this had a great affect on my lips.
Are my lips as soft as what I one day wish them to be? No. They are however smooth, chap free and healthy looking. So for this is the best lip balm I've found, although I'm sure there are still better out there somewhere and my next purchase will definitely be a Burt's Bees one.
At a mere £2 this lip balm is a great product and one that I am more than happy with. It's available either directly from the website or apparently in House of Fraiser and Superdrug. I bought mine from asos.com.
Definitely worth a try, and it gives your lips a lovely glossy look too.
Ingredients beeswax, olive oil and zingiber help keep lips moisturised and smooth / Ingredients beeswax, olive oil and zingiber help keep lips moisturised and smooth /