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Like most I do find that natural based products to work best particularly where skin care involved and as a result I do tend to seek those out where possible. If that sounds familiar then Lanolips is the brand to look out for for your lip care needs as all their products are cruelty free and laden with natural ingredients. Win, win. As I stated Lanolips Lemonaid is a game changer as far as I'm concerned as not only does it contain over 70% of Lanolips exclusive Ultra Pure Medical Grade Lanolin. For any curious minds Lanolin is a byproduct that is found in wool (more often than not sheep. As Lanolin's (when found within nature) only role is to protect wool and the skin against the harsh conditions of the environment and as it can retain more than 200% of it's weight in moisture it does make sense that it is used within the beauty industry. However unlike the Lanolips 101 Balm, Lemonaid contains which gives the balm a fresh lemon zing scent but is also present as citric acid when found within organic lemon oil acts as a natural exfoliator to buff dry and damaged lips into tip top kissable shape. As a result some have reported a slight tingling sensation when applied which is normal but not something I experienced. The main reason why I enjoy Lemonaid more than the 101 balm is that the texture is much lighter - it glides on the lips much easier and provides a quick but effective dose of hydration and leaves behind a light glossy finish. Lemonaid is almost clear (it has a slight yellow tinge) so it does layer well over any shade of lipstick etc. As the texture is lighter I find it goes to work quicker, absorbs more efficiently and is also much more comfortable to wear which is due to the lanolin being whipped this time around to provide a creamier balm.
You may not have heard of the Lanolips brand, I will admit that I hadn't either until I was lucky enough to win a tube and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. A lip balm, yes, but I wasn't expecting quite such a luxury and quality item to land on my doormat and so was pleasantly surprised! Lanolips is actually an Australian brand which may have been why it had not come to my attention before. Despite my ignorance of the company, I had come across lanolin before and so was aware that it is an excellent moisturiser which is found naturally on sheep's wool. Indeed, this product is not only animal cruelty free, but contains over 70% ultra medical grade lanolin and over 97% naturally-derived ingredients.
The tube itself is small (12.5g), but attractive and states that the item is Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid with Organic Lemon Oil and that it is made with Ultra Pure Grade lanolin. The tube is clear and so you can see the thick, slightly shimmery cream coloured balm inside. The writing and tube lid are an attractive metallic gold colour and so is the amusing logo of a rather glamorous looking sheep.
Having unscrewed the lid, I squeezed the tube to dispense some of the product onto my fingertip and was surprised at how thick the balm is. This helps to only dispense a smidge of the product ready for you to apply to your lips (you don't need much). When applying you get a delicious lemony waft of fragrance, which explains the name of the product and makes the product even more appealing. Citric acid helps to exfoliate so it's rather apt that this has been included to rid your lips of dry skin, which no one wants.
Applying the balm to your lips is easy and the lip aid glides on smoothly. It is ever so slightly gritty to help exfoliate, but to be honest this is barely noticeable. When the balm is on you can notice a nice, subtle shine to them and it makes your lips so soft, smooth and moisturised that you can tell it really does work. The balm has fairly good staying power, although it is not used in the same way as lipstick so don't expect it to stay on all day without you having to reapply it.
I really liked this Lanolips Lemon aid balm and will be purchasing a replacement when my tube has run out. My lips look and feel so much better after use and I like that fact that the balm is not tinted, although Lanolips do also do tinted balms if you prefer a bit of colour and these also have SPF protection. It is quite pricey at £9.18 for 12.5g from Boots, but worth it for truly kissable lips!
Ingredients: Lanolin, PrunusAmygdalusDulcis (Almond) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), ButyrospermumParkii (Shea) Butter, Aroma (Flavour), Tocopherol (Vit E), Citrus MedicaLimonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Mica, CI 77891, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, HexylCinnamaldehyde, 2-(4-tert-Butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde (Lilial), d-Limonene, Linalool.
I noticed this product on a recent trip to Boots after hearing beauty blogger fleurdeforce mention it a few times. I suffer with very dry lips all year round and as a result have tried several lip balms, butters and the like in an attempt to add moisture to my lips and prevent them becoming flaky! Initially I was reluctant to purchase this product as it retails at approx £9.00! After suffering with a particularly irritating bout of dry cracked lips, I decided to just pay out the money and hope for the best!
The lanolips range comes from Australia, where creator Kristen Carriol grew up on a sheep farm! Lanolin is natural substance which is obtained from sheeps wool when cut, which turns out to be a great moisturiser! The lanolips line is completely natural and nourishes the lips to give back the moisture that many of us lack as a result of weather, make up use and just plain bad luck!
Initially the idea of using something from sheeps wool felt a bit weird, but the lanolin used in this lip ointment is ultra pure medical grade, meaning is has been through a refining and cleaning process which removes impurities, scent and colour. In fact it is considered so pure and natural that it can even be used on babies and is hypoallergenic.
So, how moisturising is this wonder product? Very! I have been really impressed with this product, it stays on my lips for about an hour, leaving a glossy finish and seems to be continually moisturising them in this time! My lips feel soothed and nourished when I use this product consistently. The lemonaid version which I am reviewing also has a gorgeous lemony scent to it which is not too overpowering but adds a little something extra.
Although expensive I would definitely recommend trying this if you suffer from dry lips. There is 12.5g of product in the tube and I have found mine has lasted me a month already and still has a lot left as you only need a small amount, the product thins out once the heat of your body warms it so you need less them you would think! Five stars for me!
I own numerous lip balms and many lip glosses, but I have found very few products that do both jobs and do them well - I usually find that a good lip balm doesn't quite give me the lasting shiny finish of a lip gloss. With this in mind, I set out to find a lip gloss that would also protect and condition my lips, and stumbled across the Lanolips shelf in Boots.
I'd never heard of this brand at the time, so I had a read of the information that was displayed alongside the products. Finding out that the brand manufactures animal-cruelty-free and vegetarian-friendly products, using natural ingredients, I was intrigued to discover whether its lip products would live up to the standards of their less ethical and more synthetic rivals. I settled upon Lemonaid as I could see that it had a bit of sparkle to it but was not coloured, which would be perfect for me as I tend to apply a lip stain in the morning and then add lip balm or gloss over the top.
Described as 'an ultra rich and creamy whipped lanolin lip treatment with organic lemon oil to naturally exfoliate, leaving lips fresh, soft and moist' on the Lanolips website, this product claims to offer 'a natural high gloss, hydrating lip ointment with a hint of shimmer for a healthy sheen'. It contains over 70% lanolin (a natural substance derived from sheep's wool during shearing, and 'nature's wonder moisturiser' according to the brand), as well as citric acid to exfoliate your lips.
So does it live up to its claims? Well, I'd say yes. This is a long-lasting cross between a lip gloss and a lip balm that not only protects and smoothes lips but also leaves a shiny finish that can rival that of the typical lip gloss. There are two things that I particularly like about this product: the inclusion of citric acid / lemon oil and the texture. Firstly, the use of lemon oil in the ingredient list gives this balm an incredibly fresh, natural lemony taste and scent, which you really notice on application. Unlike the vast majority of lip products I've tested, it doesn't taste at all synthetic, and instead leaves a zesty, citrusy tang on your lips. The citric acid also manages to exfoliate the skin on your lips very effectively without the need for any scrubbing - a lifesaver for those like me who suffer from chapped, dry lips in the winter. The texture of LemonAid is very different to any other lip balm or gloss I've tried before; although it comes in a tube, it is certainly not a liquid, and has more of a pasty texture which can go quite hard in cold conditions. It makes me think of a harder Vaseline texture, mixed with some natural beeswax or something similar. You simply squeeze a small amount of product out of the tube (the texture really helps with this as it ensures that you don't use too much) and rub it into your lips, whereby it suddenly becomes meltingly soft.
With an RRP of £9.18 (for a 12.5g tube), there are certainly cheaper lip products on the market. However, the melting texture of this balm means that you only need a tiny amount at a time, and each application sits on the lips for a good few hours before needing a top-up. The initially hard texture of the product prevents wastage, and my tube will definitely last me a lot longer than traditional lip glosses which often ooze out of their packaging (causing you to use more than is necessary) and need topping up frequently. Added to the fact that this lip gloss really helps to soften, nourish and protect your lips, I'd say that it actually offers very good value for money.
Overall, therefore, I'd strongly recommend this product. I've been so impressed with mine that I'm desperate to try other products from the range (Lanolips manufacture a number of coloured lip glosses which again include high concentrations of lanolin), but I use so little of LemonAid at a time that I can't see mine being used up anytime soon!
As Autumn arrives and we see the end of the summer its time to stock up on products that have almost run out but that I will definitely need to see me through to the end of the year. Starting with a new lip scrub. I usually opt for a lip scrub from Lush but as I haven't had the time to go to my nearest one I decided to look a little closer to home and there was a particular product in Boots which caught my attention.
I often find the skin on my lips can become quite dry and the last thind I need is to have bit of skin hanging off my lips when I am meeting and greeting people, whether they are clients, colleagues or members of the public. What's more, if my lips are dry and become chapped and cracked they end up sore and that means they will take longer to return back to their normal soft, smooth selves. So in order to combat such issues I have always got about three lip balms in my handbag, one in my desk drawer and afew around the house, but every so often you need a little bit more to add that extra protection and TLC.
So whilst in Boots buying him indoors some hair gel I came across Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid, a complete tongue twister of a title, but eye catching all the same and it claims to be "an ultra rich and creamy whipped lanolin lip treatment with organic lemon oil to naturally exfoliate, leaving lips fresh, soft and moist" which sounds absolutely perfect and hopefully it will be a good alternative to my usual Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub which I absolutely adore. Lanolips is sold in a squeezy plastic tube which is see through and you can see the product inside the tube which can best be described as the colour of lemon juice. On the tube is the the Lanolips logo, a sheep, and then gold lettering which details the name of the product and what it is to match the gold screw on and off lid.
Lanolips is actually a company which was thought up in Australia by creator Kirsten Carriol. The name was born from the main ingredient within most of the products from the range - Lanolin. Lanolin is a natural substance taken from freshly shorn sheep's wool and Kirsten who believes it is the perfect moisturiser is said to have spent over five years perfecting a natural, Ultra-Pure Medical Grade Lanolin which is the base of all her products. The product range is not only aimed at the lips, there are also products for the hands and nails.
Anyway this product was purchased for £9.18, which is a little more expensive than the Bubblegum Lip Scrub I would usually buy, but I decided it was worthy of trying because I was in need of something to help rid my lips of dried skin. To use this product you simply unscrew the cap and slightly squeeze the product onto your hand and then using your index finger gently massage it onto both the upper and lower lip, though there is no need to remove any excess cream from your lips, you simply allow it to sink into the skin. As you apply the product to your lips there are a few things to note, one being the really lovely citrus aroma which remains really strong as you apply it to your lips and the second thing to note is the lovely shimmer that is left on your lips once you have massaged the product across them. For me it gives a better shimmery look than most of the lip glosses I have used.
So what are the ingredients? Other than the Ultra Pure Medical Grade Lanolin this product has for me five other main ingredients. Starting with Beeswax which is something you will find in most products of this kind because it seals in hydrations which keeps your lips soft, smooth and moisturised. Almond Oil follows next and it is known for its abilities to soften and soothe skin but it is also a great lubricator. Lemon Oil comes next and this is one of the ingredients which contributes to the Citrus aroma I previously mentioned, in this product Lemon Oil has antibacterial properties which is especially useful in a product of this kind where lips might be sore and chapped, but it also acts as a natural exfoliator on dry, dead skin. Finally we have Shea Butter, an ingredient most people will have heard of and its properties are similar to Cocoa Butter in that it hydrates the skin to leave it feeling soft, smooth and incredibly moisturised. Add all of those ingredients together along with one or two more which can be found on the back of the products tube and you would be surprised to find that this product didn't do what it promised.
The very first time I used this product I was impressed with the results. Because there is no harsh crushed walnut shells or sugar within this product I wasn't actually expecting it to remove any dead skin cells but I was wrong because the lemon oil worked perfectly in removing the dead skin cells from my bottom lip where it was concentrated and without any extra effort on my part. I am more used to using a much harsher lip scrub to achieve what I got with this but having to put in a lot more effort with regards to massaging it onto my lips, massaging it on the dry skin and then remove the excess scrub along with the dead skin cells which congregate on your lips, with this it is as though the dead skin simply evaporates.
As a replacement product for my beloved Bubblegum Lip Scrub I was really impressed, it isnt as harsh on your lips which can be a downside if you need something a little tougher to remove those dead skin cells. I do love the citrus smell and I love the shimmer it leaves behind on my lips, I don't need to use any extra lip gloss or lip balm when I am using this product whereas with the Lush Bubblegum version I do. Having said that overall I am more than happy to continue using it, the results after using it the first time were brilliant and even now as I am half way through the tube, the results are just as good, but I now don't need to use it as often as I did, I suspect the tube will last a few more months before needing to be replaced.