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Boots Essentials Lip Salve Original

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      08.11.2014 19:10
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      Good lip balm but not always well made

      I suffer with dry lips during the winter months, and I always like to have some sort of lip balm to hand. If I don’t have some in my bag when I feel my lips starting to feel dry I will pop into a shop to buy some, so this has meant over the years I have owned and tried seemingly dozens of them.

      This Boots lipsalve cost just £1 so it’s been a product I’ve bought on more than one occasion, having a Boots store opposite where I used to work. I have to say, however, after the last one I bought, I won’t be buying again unless desperate. That’s because the second one I’ve purchased became really soft and turned to almost mush over a period of time. This meant when trying to apply it would come away in little chunks and need to be smoothed out with a finger. It became pretty much unusable and I threw it away. That said, the one I’d bought previously was still in tact and in use, but it has still put me off re-purchasing.

      The design of the product is like a lipstick – a full-length cap and then a twist of the base to extend the balm out for use, turning opposite to retract. The lip balm itself is clear in colour, and applies easily to the lips. It has an obvious immediate tangible effect, and does feel like it’s protecting the lips. It doesn't feel greasy like some balms do.

      As I mentioned, I have bought a couple of these and the first was probably a couple of years ago and still has a centimetre or so left in it. Admittedly, I have several lip balms on the go at any one time, but they do last a long time and so in that sense, good value. But I have been put off and won't necessarily buy again unless really stuck.

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      02.07.2013 11:57
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      A great, cheap lipsalve that stops my lips cracking and drying out.

      INTRODUCTION

      Lip salve is an essential product for me as I've always had very dry lips that crack and bleed if I don't take care of them. I've tried pots of various lip salves and I really can't get on with them (plus I'm convinced they're unhygienic as germs can transfer from fingers to pot to lips). I've tried lots of lip balm sticks over the years and this Boots Original Lip Salve is one of my mainstays.


      PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

      Boots Original Lip Salve costs around £1 from Boots. Finding it is often a challenge as it's usually buried away at the bottom of a display and more often than not I have to ask an assistant to help me locate it.

      This product is simply packaged, the powder-blue plastic stick the size of a normal lipstick. The blue top comes off of a white base, the bottom of which twists to reveal the balm itself. The balm is in the form of a waxy lipstick-shaped cylinder, and is applied as normal lipstick. The packaging claims the product is dermatologically tested and that it protects and moisturises lips. What else do you want from a lipsalve?

      It only weighs around 5g and so it is easy to transport, plus it is allowed on flights within your liquids allowance bag (yes, it counts as a liquid!).


      USER EXPERIENCE

      The reason I really like this particular lipbalm is because it contains SPF15. I've suffered from sunburned lips in the past, so this extra protection is valuable to me, particularly in high summer (when we get it!) and in the depths of winter, when snowglare can often cause burn as well.

      I apply lip balm several times a day, and always keep a stick or two in my handbag for when I'm out and about, plus one by my bed to apply at night. As it has no taste or smell it doesn't distract me, and since it's transparent I don't need to be looking in a mirror to apply it.

      It's also been invaluable on long-haul flights as it's one of my essential weapons in avoiding various bits of me from drying out!


      CONCLUSIONS

      This is a cheap, effective lip salve that protects my lips from sunburn and stops them cracking and feeling yucky. A very good product!

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      30.06.2013 12:04
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      A value for money lipsalve that protects lips in the sun and keeps them moisturised

      I always suffer with cracked, dry lips throughout the year, and so I always make sure I have a lipbalm with me. I was looking for a lipsalve to use in the strong sunshine for my holidays abroad a long time ago now and I decided to try this one from Boots. I remember thinking it was reasonably priced at the time but I can't remember how much I paid for it, and it is currently priced at £1 from Boots, which I think is a very good price. Because it is a Boots own-brand product, it can of course only be purchased from Boots, but there are plenty of their shops around and it is also available on their website.

      This lipsalve has SPF 15, which is what drew me to it, because I wanted something that would specifically protect my lips from the sun. It claims to hydrate, protect and moisturise lips, and it has also been dermatologically tested.

      The product comes in a white tube with a blue lid, and the base of the tube is easily twisted, so that the lipsalve can be used, and then twisted back the other way so that the lipsalve is back in the tube. The product can therefore be quickly and easily applied, and the lid is fairly secure, which means that it doesn't come separated when carrying it around in my handbag or beach bag.

      The lipsalve is 'original' and so has no smell, flavour or taste, which is fine by me. I have used this on my lips on a number of holidays, and also when the sun has decided to appear at times when I'm at home! I have always found that my lips have not been affected by the sun when I have used this lipsalve, and they feel moisturised. I find that the product lasts well on my lips; I tend to drink plenty when sunbathing in the hot sunshine abroad and find that some of the lipsalve comes off when drinking, but some of the product still remains after a few drinks, and so I find I don't need to constantly reapply it, which is a plus. I would say that the lipsalve is a very similar size to most other lipbalms, and so it lasts for a long time.

      Overall, I would certainly recommend this lipsalve for protection for your lips from the sun. It is reasonably priced and does what it claims to do.

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        21.02.2013 15:13
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        A useful lipsalve from Boots.

        For a long time I have been struggling to find just the right lip salve or balm. I tried Morrisons' own brand and found that the texture of the stick was too sticky if you see what I mean and it dragged the surface of my lips whilst applying it. Next I tried an own brand by a good quality supermarket here in Spain. This chain of supermarkets is called Mercadona and I can thoroughly recommend them if you are on holiday in Spain. Their lip salve came in a little cute tin like the Vaseline lip salves and although it was easy to apply and had a lovely scent I found that I was hesitant to use it when I knew that my hands were not clean. I also needed a product that contained sun protection as I am outside a great deal and tend to forget to protect my lips. So as you can see I was struggling and at the start of Winter my lips were getting really sore and then kept nibbling them because they were sore, I even resorted to Sudocrem which with it's white colour made me look quite odd!
        Then help came along in the shape of Boots Essential Lip slave Original SPF 15. I actually bought this in the Boots in Luton Airpot departure lounge on my way back to Spain and I have found it to be very effective and also good value.

        No more nibbling!

        The packaging is very simple consisting of a pale blue plastic lipstick container which pulls off to reveal the salve housed in a white cylinder. When I bought the stick it had a transparent tamper proof seal between the body of the salve and the top which was easy to break which I did immediately to try it! To access the salve simple twist the base of the white cylinder clockwise and the salve will slide up to enable you to use it on your poor little kisser. The Boots logo appears on the blue housing along with the word "essentials lipsalve original SPF 15. Protects and nourishes the lips, dermatologically tested." There are no instructions for use but I think we might manage without them in this case!. The list of ingredients also appears in teeny, tiny letters but I can see that it does contain some goodies like apricot kernel oil, soy bean oil, aloe vera leaf extract and chamomile flower extract. Also strangely enough it is made in Thailand.

        Smoothie!

        The salve is white with a waxy sheen and slides up easily with a quick twist of the base. It has a very faint scent, a little bit fruity but I think this would be suitable for all without offending any one's nose buds. The slightly rounded end of the salve slides gently over your lips and if they are sore , like mine were, it instantly makes them feel better. It does leave your lips feeling a little bit sticky but only the tiniest bit. It only leaves a little sheen on your lips which slowly fades away. The blue housing clicks back into place firmly and the salve has not come apart even after some serious searching for things in my handbag. During the first few days I used it maybe four or five times a day until my lips recovered and now I will use it just before going out in the morning and again in the afternoon before walking the dog. It is small enough, 6.50cms, to slip into my pocket and generally lives in my handbag.


        My Opinion.

        It does a good job, it slides on easily and has no taste at all which suits me. If it had a lovely flavour I would be licking it off all the time! The SPF factor could be a little stronger but overall with six weeks of continual use I am really pleased with it and I will continue to use it maybe looking for a stronger SPF for the Summer (remember the summer?) . I have hardly made any impression on the amount of stick left so at 1.00pound which is the price I paid for it, it appears to be very good value.

        5 stars from me, a good basic product which is just what I wanted.

        Thanks for reading my review which may also appear on Ciao under splishsplash.

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          19.02.2013 08:17
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          Good for the price

          I have lots of lip products lying about and really shouldn't be buying any more, but a few months ago I stupidly went out for the day without my lip balm. Not wanting to end up with dry, chapped lips, I popped into Boots and bought the cheapest lip balm I could find - which was the Boots Essentials Lipsalve for the bargain price of £1.01 (though why they couldn't just charge £1 beats me!).

          A few varieties were available, but I chose the Original lipsalve in the blue packaging because it had an SPF of 15, and at the time I bought it we were in the middle of summer. The packaging states that the product is dermatologically tested, and that it protects and moisturises lips.

          The salve comes in a twist-up tube with a white base and blue lid. I thought the packaging looked a bit fragile but though the white base has cracked at one part, the whole thing hasn't come apart even though it has been jolted around in my bag. The salve itself is white and plain-looking; it doesn't smell or taste of anything in particular either.

          The salve applies to the lips easily, though it is a little thicker than I would have liked. It keeps my lips reasonably soft and I don't have to apply it too often. It isn't as moisturising as I would like but it does a good job for the price.

          This isn't the most exciting lip balm I have ever used, or the most effective. However, the price makes it worth a purchase, particularly during the summer when it's important to protect the thin skin of your lips from the sun.

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          31.01.2013 22:31
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          Cheap and cheerful.

          I don't know about everyone else, but I find the recent cold spells we've been having to be really drying on my lips leaving them sore and cracked and I'm constantly reaching for the lip balm. I'm also a bit of scatter-brain and end up losing things like lip balms, so every time I find myself out without them, I just go into the nearest shop and buy whatever is cheap. This is how I came across Boots Essential Lip Salve and how I now have quite a large collection of various brands scattered throughout my house (as well as in my car, handbag, coat pockets and in my drawer at work).

          I used to swear by Nivea's Repair and Protect, which seems to have been replaced with Sooth and Protect. Don't why this is, but it's not the same. I have also tried several other varieties from Nivea's range, but have started to go off them. I don't know if I'm imaging it, but they have started to feel a bit too heavy and they cake my lips and make them look greasy. Because they are very soft, the tend to break easily and I end up throwing them away before they are used up. Boots Essentials Lip Salve is not like this. It goes on thinly and stick is very solid, so it doesn't break. However, it does tend to rub off a little quickly meaning you do have to reapply it frequently. As far as I'm concerned, I'd prefer have a light covering that you can't really feel and have to keep reapplying, to having that caked-on greasy feeling. Despite the light barely-there feeling, it does give that instant soothing feeling and keeps my lips moisturised. I also find the Vaseline lip balms to leave a horrible greasy look.

          The packaging is simple and functional and pretty standard for lip balm. It is a lipstick style lip balm, which I prefer to the little tins that you have to stick your finger in, it just seems more hygienic. The cap is about 3/4 the length of the tube, which I'm less likely to drop and lose than the small ones. You rotate the bottom and the lip balm pops out. You can roll the whole stick out and back in very easily so you know exactly how much is left and lip balm doesn't scrape off down the side of the tube when you twist it back in the way it does with other brands.

          This lip balm has a very neutral and inoffensive smell and taste, which adds to the effect of barely noticing it's there. I always go for the original unscented, unflavoured varieties of this kind of thing, as I find artificial flavours and smells a bit over-powering sometimes. This lip balm fits the bill just right.

          This lip balm is SPF 15. I don't use lip balm much in the summer, and if I was worried about sun damage, I'd probably want something higher than SPF 15. I suppose it's a nice to know it's there.

          Price is currently £1 or 2 for £1.50. It's definitely a bargain at 2 for £1.50, but £1 is a little steep for a shop's own brand product.

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          15.08.2012 14:09
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          OK as a simple product

          I like having a large collection of lip salves and lip balms at the ready, as I hate having dried, cracked lips (who doesn't?). I was just looking for something plain and simple that I could use on an every day basis when I came across this Boots Essentials Lip Salve during a shopping trip at Boots. It looked like a simple product that could really help to moisturise my lips for quite a low price.

          This is not what I would call expensive, but it is not what I would call mega cheap for an 'essential' product either. At £1.01, it is slightly more expensive than I would expect from a product from a brand such as Boots Essentials (I would have thought they would have dropped the penny to make the cost just £1), but it is not too bad for a lip salve and it is relatively cheap. However, there are many brands that can sell you good lip balms and lip salves for less money, for example Chap Sticks. There will always be more expensive lip salves out there, but I did expect this to be a little bit cheaper considering it is from a shop's own brand.

          The packaging is slightly chunkier than your typical tube of lip balm, for example a Chap Stick. It has a long blue cap that is easy to pull off, revealing the lip salve tube that can be twisted up and down. It is very light weight and made of plastic (though this does make this feel a little bit cheap, but what did I expect), so it can be easily carried around with you in a pocket, though, as I mentioned before, it is slightly larger than other lip salves out there. The whole design is rather simple, which is good, as that is how the product is intended to be.

          I like the texture of this lip salve, it is quite smooth and creamy which feels a little bit greasy but not too much. It is a white stick of lip salve which is easy and nice to apply. The taste is quite neutral, which is fine for me, not too unpleasant and perfect when I want something simple and flavourless, but sometimes I like something a little bit fruity and flavoured on my lips. It feels nice and smooth on my lips, but can feel a little bit dry after a short while- that is when I reapply.

          It does moisturise my lips quite well but not too well as I need another application to make my lips feel sufficiently moisturised quite often, which means that my lip salve is being used up pretty quickly in relation to other lip salves. It also helps dry and chapped lips, though not as much as other lip products I have tried in the past, but it is fairly adequate. I do think that this product could have been better for the price paid. However, it does do its job, just not as well as other lip salves do. It would have been better if they had made it actually stay on my lips for longer, though.

          It is SPF 15; though I am not too concerned about my lips being sun burnt, it is a comfort to know that they are getting some protection. Better safe than sorry!

          Overall, I find this a pretty average lip salve, and it is quite nicely priced, however, there are lip balms and salves which could do a better job at the same or even lower a price. It is a handy thing to have in your bag, but so are other lip products, some of which cost less and are more effective. I would give this product 3 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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          11.04.2012 14:05
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          Limited hydration, no staying power

          I get sore and dry lips, especially during the winter months, as does my husband who picked up this lipsalve for himself a while ago and somehow it has landed in my handbag.

          The product packaging is very simple, it consists of a blue pull off lid, which then reveals a clear lipsalve, which is secured to a white base that can be turned to allow the lipsalve to be used, so far after a few months of using I have not broken the stick and the whole thing is holding up pretty well. It cost 99p from Boots before christma, for a 5g tube. The tube of the lipsalve states that it is SPF 15 and that is aims to hydrate and protect your lips from the sun.

          The product also somes in strawberry, pink tinted and spearmint.

          The lipsalve is nothing special, it glides onto your lips well enough, has no real scent to speak of and does a fair job of hydrating my lips. However, the lipsalve has no staying power, I find that it leaves a bit of a greasy layer on my lips that comes off as soon as I eat or drink and will last all of about 10 minutes otherwise.
          Overall I would not recommend this product to others, its cheap, and I suppose if you do not mind applying it every 10 minutes it might suit you as it does hydrate your lips a bit, but there are much better products out there in my opinion.

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          26.12.2010 22:21
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          average

          I find it extemely unpleasant when my lips get dry and rough so I try to keep them moisturised. Throughout the day, I use a lip gloss or a lip stick that I re-apply regularly; before I go to bed, I always apply a lip balm. I have a lot of lip products therefore one day the lack of a lip balm took me completely by surprise. I quickly run to the nearest Boots and spent good quarter of an hour trying to find something decent for a reasonable price. In the end, I chose Boots Essentials Lip Salve Original.

          It comes in a plain, plastic container with a white bottom bit and blue lid. I must admit that the design isn't particularly fancy or sophisticated; but for me the most important thing is that it is fairly thick (I am quite clumsy and I tend to drop things which break) and stable. On the blue lid, we can see the logo of Boots and the name written in white letters.

          The lip balm itself has a white colour. I picked the original version as I wanted an alternative from flavoured cosmetics that I usually use but I am not entirely sure whether it was a good idea. Its scent is fairly plain (though it doesn't remind me of anything) and not particularly exciting; calling it unpleasant would be probably going too far but it is not my favourite.

          The lip balm isn't very soft which I like as it means it stays in one piece. It is easy to apply - you just 'swipe' it on your lips. The thing I really do not like about it is its taste - it is just awful. I know that one may probably argue that you shouldn't eat your lip balm, but even in the morning (after I used it the evening before) I can taste it when I lick my lips and I really don't like it. It leaves this weird, slightly bitter-sour aftertaste that I don't understand.

          In terms of the effects, it is not amazing. My lips are fairly soft and moisturised, though it doesn't make an amazing difference to them. Importantly, added SPF 15 protects the sensitive skin of your lips from the sun. It is also quite cheap - only £0.99 for 5 g.

          Overall, it is an average product and I will be certainly looking for something better.

          Thank you for reading my review.

          It may be also posted elsewhere.

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