Product Type: Cowshed Lip Care
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Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm
Member Name: malihat
Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm
Date: 10/03/12, updated on 04/03/13 (120 review reads)
Advantages: Does hydrate lips for one week.
Disadvantages: Smells and tastes unpleasant, becomes very runny after a week.
I love getting things for free (who doesn't?) so I'm always on the lookout for free samples and such. I received this lip balm free a few months ago as a result of signing up to a website. I can't remember what the website was, but I'm glad I didn't pay for this product as I didn't really like it. The lip balm arrived quite quickly and sounded nice so I was really excited about trying it out.
Description from www.cowshedonline.com
Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm soothes the lips leaving them soft and supple with essential oils of linden blossom, rose geranium and ylang ylang. Linden blossom protects and soothes, rose geranium calms whilst ylang ylang moisturises.
No Parabens * No Petrochemicals * No Sulphates * No Artificial Colours * Suitable for Vegetarians.
The packaging is quite attractive in my opinion, and while I don't like this lip balm, I do think it looks quite nice on my dressing table. The lip balm comes in a white tube with a black screw on lid. The writing on the tube is all in black and there is a floral design on the end of the tube. The lid doesn't come off on its own so you could carry the lip balm around in your bag if you wanted.
The Lip Balm
To use you just squeeze the tube gently to dispense a small amount. The lip balm is a clear gel and reminds me a bit of petroleum jelly. It does look a little glossy when applied. What really put me off thought was the scent. It has a very strong artificial floral rose-like scent (from the rose geranium essential oil I'm assuming). I love roses and the scent of roses but this lip balm just smells artificial and strange. Once you apply it to your lips you can also taste it and it tastes like it smells, if that makes sense. Both the smell and the taste are quite strong, and I was quite put off by this and decided to use this only at night so that I would not be able to taste or smell it once I fell asleep. It did work well at first and my lips would feel soft and moisturised in the morning. However, after a week of use, the consistency of the lip balm changed and became very thin, and it would just run down my lips when applied. It felt like I was applying oil to my lips but I did try to make it work by applying a very small amount. However, this was a very unpleasant experience as it was difficult to control the amount that was dispensed as it had become so runny so I have stopped using it now. This was the first time something like this had happened with a lip balm so I was quite surprised. I got this free, but I would have been quite annoyed if I bought something and it became unusable a week later, especially when it doesn't state anywhere on the tube or the website that you need to use it up in a week.
Price and Availability
I received a 5 ml sample version of this, however, the full size 12 ml version can be bought (although I don't recommend you do this) at Boots for £8 or from www.cowshedonline.com for a more reasonable £5.
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this lip balm. The strong scent and taste were unpleasant, and even though it moisturised my lips well, I would never pay £5 for a lip balm that I could only use for a week as I would never be able to finish it off in that time. I barely used up any of the 5 ml version so there's no way I could use up much of the full sized version in a week. I'd much rather spend money on something that would actually last. That said, it is possible that I just got one from a bad batch, but I still think there are better lip balms out there that cost less too.
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Summary: Don't waste your hard-earned money on this product!