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After a few subscriptions to various beauty boxes, it’s easy to find yourself picking whatever lip balm is on offer because you can’t find something you want more. We can all use a lip balm sooner or later, can’t we? That was probably what was going through my mind when I opted for a tub of ‘Balm Balm’ in one of my Youbeautydiscovery boxes. I thought I was buying a lip balm but as I discovered - and as the box hinted - I got ‘so much more’. The Balm Balm ‘rose geranium lip balm (and more)’ is exactly what it says - a lip balm and more.
This week I’ve been in the US for work and I had popped my Balm Balm in my handbag thinking that two long haul flights and a load of air conditioning was going to play havoc with my lips. By the time I got home I was addicted to this lovely little product.
It comes in a small screw-top tub containing just 7 ml of this magical product. Much to my amazement, I’ve since discovered that it costs just 3.50 per tub so I’ll definitely want to buy more when mine is finished.
The first thing that struck me was the amazing scent of this balm. It’s called ‘rose geranium’ and I initially assumed it was rose AND geranium but then realised it’s just the one plant - a ‘rose geranium’.It smells beautiful - a juicy, fruity, flowery fresh scent that lifts the spirits and won’t taste horrible on your lips. The balm is made from 100% natural and 100% organic ingredients including shea butter, sunflower, beeswax, jojoba, calendula and rose geranium essential oil.
The obvious thing to do with it is to smear it on your lips. But it would be a shame to stop there when there’s so much more to do with it. I’ve been rubbing it on my wrists as a light, fresh perfume, using it as hand cream and even rubbing it on my elbows (which now feel really soft) and on the hard skin on my feet. I didn’t try it on my face yet, but only because I had more appropriate products to hand in my bag but I wouldn’t feel nervous to put this on other skin.
Balm Balm is a small family-owned British firm run by Glenda Taylor and her family. Glenda is a trained aromatherapist and she founded the company in 2005. I’ve signed up for their newsletter because I love the balm so much that I want to know more.
This is a review of Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm which was one of the items I received in my December beauty advent calendar. I was really pleased when I opened the door to this particular item as it was a full sized rather than sample pot and it seems I never have enough lip balms, today being an example when I found myself out and about with dry lips. This weather plays havoc with them and I hate having dry lips.
Until now I had never heard of the balm balm brand but the packaging looked nice and all the items in the advent were premium so I felt assured that the quality would be good.
The pot comes in a small cardboard box and inside is white plastic with a screw top lid. It is 7ml in size but will easily fit in your pocket.
The balm is nice to use. You just rub a little on your finger and then transfer to lips. It isn't at all greasy and sinks in well, leaving your lips feeling nice and moisturised. It doesn't stop there though, because you can use the balm on face, hands and feet, in fact anywhere that feels a little dry.
This product is very reasonably priced, you pay £3.50 for a pot at Feel Unique.
I like this lip balm but am also happy with the eco points it scores too. Inside the lid of the box it tells you the product is certified carbon neutral and it also has an organic stamp from the soil association as all the ingredients are approved from them. The packaging is recyclable and card is sourced from sustainable forests. If only all companies were this thoughtful in developing their products!
The rose geranium title would put me off buying this lip balm but actually, I love it! This is why I like the beauty box and advent calendar concept because it makes you try things you would not normally choose. There is no flavour I can taste to this lipgloss and the fragrance is subtle. I like the multi purpose balm as it is handy to have on you when out of the house and in this weather there are lots of uses for it beyond a lip balm.
I was given this as a birthday present and would not normally have bought it myself to use as it is quite expensive for a tiny pot. I have seen this in Boots for £3.00 which I think is expensive and bearing in mind Vaseline is a cheaper alternative and works in the same way I didn't think it was necessary to buy an expensive alternative. However, as I got given this I thought I would use it.
This product comes is a small pot which is packaged in a small box and is 100% organic. When you first open the pot you are greeted by the fragrance which I find to be a bit strong. The contents appears quite dry and to get some out you have to rub it with your finger and then apply onto your lips. One difference you'll notice after application is that it is not as greasy as Vaseline and you don't feel it sitting on your lips. I find the fragrance a bit strong but its a minor thing I put up with as it does soothe cracked lips. I have noticed that this does not last long after application and I find myself having to re-apply quite frequently.
The pot also says that there are lots of uses for this but I am struggling to find any thing else to use it for other than my lips. I have applied this the side of my nose when I had a cold and admittedly it does help with the dry skin and soothe the redness. I would have preferred if this was fragrance free as then I wouldn't have to smell it so often! I have used this on the dry skin on my hands but it is not something which spreads easily over large surfaces so I find I am only rubbing it onto the dry skin patches rather than rubbing it all over my hands.
I have had this now for four months and I still only use it on my lips so it feels like it will last forever! It is a cute thing to have on my dressing table but I won't be rushing out to replace it with another when it runs out.
We are lucky in my home town that we have a little shop that sells all sorts of "trendy" things such as the Burt's Bees range of products. So I was intrigued when last year I saw this gorgeous pink box of Balm Balm Geranium Rose Lip Balm.
Intrigued I wondered over to have a look at the product. I was pleased that it was natural and organic. I was especially pleased to see it had received the Beauty Without Cruelty appraisal from BUAV. I know that these things appear to be all the rage for people however yes, I confess - I do fall for these things as I try to be a considerate shopper when purchasing beauty products. And the pink box helped!
The price did make me consider it as for a lip balm it appeared a bit steep - £2.95. However looking at the sample they had I reconciled myself with the fact that it would last a while.
I have a huge collection of lip balms etc as my lips gets very dry in summer and winter and then I run the risk of killer cold sores. I have tried many different types and found a large proportion of them to be just useless and not worth it. The Balm Balm one however does not fall into that category!
Firstly, besides the lovely pink box, there is the smell when you open the little tub. It smells heavenly - a really strong rose scent that doesn't overpower you though despite its strength. It is lovely. You can tell immediately that they have used good quality ingredients for this product. this may be off-putting for some however the smell doesn't linger so it isn't overpowering in that sense.
The texture is a little like petroleum jelly but not as gloopy. It glides very smoothly onto the lips and gives them a lovely sheen. It is more like a clear gel and really dopes moisturise your lips instead of just sitting on top and just protecting them.
It lasts for a long while - I put it on when I am in a meeting and I don't have to top it up until a break maybe two hours later. For those who don't wear lip protection this might not seem like long but believe it is a very reasonable amount of time.
There is no colour to the cream; it comes out clear from the pot.
The little pot is handy to put into the handbag although not so convenient to place into a pocket on trousers due to its shape. But you can buy the Burt's Bees for that!
Overall, this is a great product. The packaging, smell and the quality of the balm is delightful and worth the extra money.
I have had my pot for 8 months now and am only just getting to the bottom now - far more economical than all those other ones I have purchased over the years.
The price can be a bit off-putting but bear in mind this does last. I have seen them reduced in price now and also Boots often does their famous offers so you can collect a few then.
You can purchase this from speciality shops such as my favourite little boutique places however I have now seen it is in Boots and Waitrose.
They have expanded their range to include face balms and foot creams.
I keep this in my handbag and have also used it as a nail and cuticle cream when my hands get dry in the winter or air-conditioning - worked very well!
I love this - a great product and because it does smell so rosy - one for the girls!
This lip balm is one of the most delicious I've ever had - and it works!
First things first - the packaging is generally what first attracts you to a new product and this stuff has very cute packaging. It comes in a pale pink cardboard box with very simple writing on. The effect is very girly without being pretty - just nice and simple like the balm itself. Inside the cute little box is a cute little tub in white plastic with pale pink writing telling you that it is lip balm, multi purpose balm and it's 100% organic. It certainly works well on dry skin but I have mainly kept it for use on dry lips because it works extremely well for that!
With the awful weather we've been treated to recently my lips have been suffering - I only need to leave the house for five minutes and they're in a terrible state so I was pleased when I discovered this. For dry, peeing lips it moisturises beautifully. It leaves my lips feeling very soft and smooth - no peeling at all.
The rose geranium flavour is very flowery (predictable I know). I really like this but it is strong and may be quite overpowering if you're not so much of a fan.
The ingredients are all natural and organic - shea butter, sunflower oil, beeswax, calendula oil, jojoba oil and rose geranium oil. The result is something that is soft and gentle on your lips and has a very natural taste and feel. It just feels like it's doing heaps of good work!
My only complaint would be one little flaw in the otherwise excellent packaging. The tub is perfect handbag size (possibly small enough to get lost too easily if I'm being really picky) and very sturdy - would withstand a lot of bashing about in that handbag without denting or coming open. But the one thing that really irritates me is that when the lid is screwed on it leaves a small gap between pot and lid. This results in a lot of fluff gathering around the top of the pot and in the lid. Most of this fluff does not make its way as far as the balm itself but it is still quite unpleasant when you go to stick your finger in. I don't think my handbag contains an unusually large quantity of fluff but all of it seems to gather aroung the top of this lip balm!
So aside from the fluff gathering this balm is really lovely stuff. Good packaging (in most respects), good taste, good moisturising and all natural ingredients.
This stuff is expensive - £3 in Boots for a very small pot but for something that works so well I don't think this is too bad. Worth treating yourself :)
When it comes to slapping stuff on my lips I'm right funny about grease and moisture sitting on my lips. It's the same when it comes to wearing lipsticks and lip-glosses I'm just not keen on the sensation at all however I of course wear them as I said I'm just not keen on it lol.
However in this cold, windy, winter weather my lips feel rather dry at times and little bits of dry skin are hanging about on my lips which I can't help but rip off and I end up tearing the skin making my lips really sore.
So when I saw this in my local Lloyds chemist (usual price £2.99) I bought it cos it was on special offer at 50p cos at the time I was out in said cold and lips were feeling a tad sore so I decided at the price of 50p it had to be worth trying out!
Bright pink small square, cardboard box that opens at the top (or bottom). All the writing on it is in black and white and on the top of the box I'm told It's Balm Balm, Rose Geranium Lip Balm (and more). On the front of the box I'm told again it's Balm Balm 100% Organic & 100% natural, Lip Balm, Face Balm, Hand Balm, Foot Balm. On another side of the box I'm told 'Rose Geranium Balm Balm is a wonderfully emollient, natural, organic balm suitable for all skin types' and the recycle symbol is displayed and on the opposite side of the box I am told the ingredients are approved by the Soil Association and that the packaging is sourced from sustainable rainforest's, on the bottom of the box ingredients are listed and there is a barcode on there and on the back of the box I'm told directions fore use, how to store the product and finally contact details or Balm Balm Ltd are given. All of the above details are also given in French too. Nice enough informative little box and quite girly due to the colour of the box of course!
The pot is white plastic, round and has a twist on/off cap at the top of it and on that in pink writing I'm simply told again what it is and who it is by and that it's a multi purpose Balm and website details are given for Balm Balm. Very simple pot indeed but good quality none the less.
Well as it says on the packaging this is a multi purpose balm. It's a thick whitish cream which is almost transparent and soon as it hits the skin it goes into a greasy looking film. It absorbs in well in the main but even after really rubbing it in it can still be quite visible but even then it isn't sticky or heavy or anything and does eventually vanish within the skin.
Smell wise it smells like Turkish delight... without the chocolate. It's strong and it is distinctive rose and it has a sort of talc smell to it and this smell stays fragrant where you apply it for hours.
If your going to use this as a lip balm beware. It taste as it smells. Like you've licked a fresh rose I imagine lol A little is all that is needed and I mean a really small amount does it! It glides on, softens and smooths, instantly hydrates and if you can bear the taste (which I can) it is brilliant! Not just in the short term giving instant relief but I have noticed after a couple of uses of this that my dry skin has completely gone! You can of course use this before lipstick or after and it can be used in any way you want it to be as it really isn't all that greasy but you can feel it slightly.
Other uses for this of course is as instant hydration anywhere on the body you desire. Although a very small pot, a little of this goes a long way indeed as really it is a pot of light grease! Great on dry cracked heels, I like it under my eyes after applying my night-time moisturiser on saggy skin which feels a little bit dehydrated and a dot on the back of my dry hands when I've been out all day shopping and skin feels dry works wonders.
Any way you want to use it is fine. It's not irritating and kind to the skin completely. I wouldn't use it as a hand moisturiser as it is quite greasy and the same applies as a face moisturiser and I'd advise this to be used really where you need it only, so dry skin gets blasted immediately!
Do I like It?
It took me some getting used to, to be completely honest. I'm wary of greasy products in general and don't want to congest any of my skin up and this really doesn't do that! The best use for this though is on dry lips and it's a nice, cute enough pot to put in your handbag and it's simple and fuss free to apply it anywhere and if you apply it on the body it washes off simply if you want to remove it for any reason. I haven't found it transfers anywhere it shouldn't but you do need to keep the amount you use of this down to the bare minimum! It's great!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
This might sound like a trifling issue to some of you, but having lips that peel constantly is a big problem for me at the moment. My usual remedy is a handy pocket sized tin of Vaseline petroleum jelly (with Aloe Vera) but I've been looking around for something different to try recently as all the Vaseline seems to do is make my lips greasy for a while. Once it's worn off I'm back to sore dry lips again. So about a month ago I was queuing up in Boots to pay for my lunch when I spotted a row of pretty pink boxes stacked up by the magazines. They turned out to be Balm Balm's Rose Geranium lip balm. Not having heard of Balm Balm before, I was curious and decided to try it even though the price, at £2.99, was a bit steep for such a small pot.
~ The Product ~
The Rose Geranium lip balm is described as being a natural, organic balm suitable for all skin types and apparently is richly infused with rose geranium essential oil for its myriad skin care uses. The pretty pink packaging which first caught my eye goes on to say that among the ingredients are: shea butter, sunflower oil and jojoba oil. Well I can't ask for more than that! I must confess that on opening the lid, there is no particular scent, other than a slight smell of the plastic container which was a slight disapointment because I'd also seen the fragrance free variety on display in Boots at the same time. I had been expecting a slight smell of rose geranium but can't say that I've ever noticed it.
~ The Packaging ~
Open the dinky little box and you'll find the balm (or is that balm balm?) comes in a little circular white container which is 7 ml. The only writing is on the screw top lid which has the words Balm Balm displayed prominently in the middle, and tells you that it's 100% organic and multi purpose, together with the company's web address.
You can purchase this, and other Balm Balm products directly from their website which is: http://www.balmbalm.com/products.htm.
As well as Boots stores you can probably find them at other stores, however I haven't looked..
~ Overall ~
Having been using it several times a day for nearly a month now, I can say that I am pleased I bought it. This is the only the first Balm Balm product I've bought and at £2.99 it is expensive compared to other lip balms on the market, especially considering it is such a small sized pot .
Having said that, it seems to work because it lasts longer than Vaseline or other lip balms I've tried, so despite the virtually non-existent smell of Rose Geranium, I would buy this again and indeed would be happy to look at other products in their range too.