Product Type: Boots Lip Care
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Light weight and moisturising lip balm
Boots Essentials Lip Salve Original
Member Name: claire405
Boots Essentials Lip Salve Original
Advantages: Light-weight and inoffensive. Solid stick that doesn't get too mushy.
Disadvantages: Full price is a little pricey for an "own brand".
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.
Summary: Cheap and cheerful.
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