“ Brand: Burt's Bees / Balm / Type: Lip Balm / What it does: regenerates, „
Having used the Burt's Bees replenishing pomegranate lip balm, I treated myself to a selection pack of other Burt's Bees products. This included the lifeguard's choice lip balm. I didn't use it for a while, but stumbled across it when hunting for lip balm the other week.
Unfortunately it seems like I'm allergic to something in this balm though! After applying, my lips continued feeling dry, and reapplying didn't help. I forgot about it for a little while but by the end of the day my lips began getting sore. The next day, they were feeling as if they had been badly burnt! After researching it online, I discovered that quite a few people had a reaction to the Burt's Bees range, especially the Lifeguard's Choice lip balm. I had to resort to quitting lip balms for a week or so while they healed, as anything I applied irritated my lips.
Apart from this reaction, it seems like it would be a good lip balm. It gives you a nice minty tingly feeling on application, isn't too thick or greasy, and has staying power like the rest of the range. Do be careful when applying it though and if your lips feel very dry afterwards, be aware that it may be a reaction, and don't just slap on more balm as you may end up making things worse! I have no problems with the rest of the range though so don't let my bad experience put you off, as this product seems to be well recommended by the majority
I never tend to stick to just one lip balm, I always have loads on the go at once, and have been mainly using Vaseline Lip Therapy and Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm recently. Unfortunately though, the cold weather seemed to bring me out in a serious case of dry lips - they looked horrendous, all flaky and disgusting, and unfortunately nothing seemed to sort them out.
I remembered getting this lip balm in a Burt's Bees kit ages ago, so hunted it out. It's called Lifeguards choice and is said to be suitable for use in sun or snow and is supposedly weatherproof.
It comes in a rather unremarkable looking tube, simply a twist up lip balm with a yellow sticker and red cap. Actually come to think of it, it's fitting that it is called Lifeguard's choice as it comes in the Baywatch colours - I wonder if that was on purpose!
On twisting the stick up, the actual lip balm itself is simply plain white and has a fairly strong minty scent, so I wasn't surprised to learn it contains peppermint oil.
On applying this, it goes on quite smoothly, but is quite thick. Also you get a really rather addictive tingly feeling when you put this on - probably again due to the peppermint it contains. It doesn't feel greasy or slippery on the lips - in fact, apart from the tingliness, you can't really tell that you're wearing it. It doesn't really have a taste, which is good as you don't lick it off in the way you can with some of the flavoured ones.
I found that this cured my dry lips really quickly - with just one application they were feeling better, and within a couple of applications, the horrible flakiness had gone completely which I was impressed with. It also leaves them feeling really moisturised, and having applied this on a regular basis - two to three times daily - over the period of about two weeks, they haven't dried out again at all.
I think the main downside to this is the colour it turns your lips. It makes them look sort of white - or pale pink at least - which looks a little scary at times. I have a couple of times looked in the mirror and thought I looked a little bit like a stripper with these weird pale lips!
This lip balm can be purchased from www.naturallyfabulous.com for just £2.79.
Overall, I found this to be really good. It really sorted out my dry lips and I love the tingly feeling you get when you're wearing it. The only downside is that it can make your lips look a little pale and scary -sort of as if you're dead! - but I will still continue to use it.