I own quite a few different lip balms as I use them regularly so tend to leave one in my different bags so that I always have one to hand. I am not loyal to any brand and have probably tried most popular brands over the years, some giving better results than others. I bought this one from a craft fayre where they had a table for Lush toiletries and paid just £1.50 for it. It is only 6g in size so is small enough to pop into your bag or pocket without taking up any room. It has a clear tub so you can clearly see the balm inside and how much you have left and it has a black screw lid with a green label on the top.
The balm is white and smells very sweet and inviting. To use I will rub one of my fingers in the balm and then apply to my lips and I find that it glides on easily and quickly smooths onto my lips. It absorbs nicely whilst still leaving a sort of layer on the top which lasts for ages, however it isn’t sticky or slimy as some others I have used have been. I would say that I usually reapply lip balm every couple of hours and the results of using this will usually last until then especially if I haven’t eaten with it on.
I would say that my lips are not very dry which I think is probably due to me keep applying lip balm but they do feel soft and supple when I use this balm. The recommended retail price for this is £2.49 but you can pick it up much cheaper as I did and at £1.50 I think it is very good value. It smells nice, is easy to apply and it leaves my lips soft and smooth. It doesn't have a tint but it still gives my lips a slight glossy look which is another advantage.
I have been very pleased with this lip balm and love the way it softens and moisturises my lips. I will apply this regularly even if my lips aren't particularly dry as I think it prevents them from becoming dry so I will probably use if most days. I have been using this one now for several months and although I am also using others it really hasn't gone down much in the tub. I would recommend this lip balm and I would buy it again.
I purchased this lip balm a while ago now when it was for sale in Lush. It has now been discontinued. My balm came in a small 10g metal tin which had a red logo. It was different to the one above but it was still the same product.
The balm didn't have any cocoa butter in it so it wasn't as sticky as some of Lush's other lip balms. The smell of the balm was quite floral and delicate, sort of sweet but a delicate sweet if that makes sense. The colour of the balm was cream and it was suitable for all skin (well, lip) types as it was 100% natural.
I found the balm easy to apply. It went on my lips well and it didn't feel sticky or greasy. It left my lips looking quite matte, so it would be ideal for people who don't want to shine! Maybe the guys could use this too then. The balm was really creamy and moisturising. It soothed my dry and cracked lips and shielded them from the cold and wind. I was pleased with the balm. I needed one to protect me from the elements and this one did.
I paid just under £4 for the balm but since then Lush lip balms have increased in price. I remember the balm lasting me eight months so it did turn out to be good value for money.
You may still be able to buy this balm on a popular auction site.
No matter how well this product might or might not work its main prolem is its price compared with other options, as it is it does not justify the high price tag of £3.50 when you compare it with lip balms for half that price that do just as good a job.
This lush lip balm uses a combination of natural products like plant mallow and beeswax and it is designed to protect your lips against the cold and wind and leave them nice and soft. Ideal I guess for all those campaigners funded by the Lush owner who sat out on that cold runway last week and disruped all the flights at Stanstead.
The balm itself comes in a small pot with a screw lid and is an off white colour which shows that it is not a consistent synthetic product, the smell is rather hard to describe, in fact it smells of nothing in particular and is almost odourless, at a push I would say there is a slight floral trace to it.
It provides good coveridge and it certainly does an ok job however it is nothing special, it protecte my lips but then loads of other products do just as good a job, I guess the only real reason to buy this product is if you want the natural ingredients and are prepared to pay the extra to buy a Lush product otherwise it has nothing special to offer.
I am becoming a bit of a churner today. I wrote a review about our Christmas tree and then realised that it was an archive category and so not paying. I then decided it was time that I wrote my review about coping with my father's Alzheimer's disease hoping that my own situation might help others. After working on it for an hour or so I found it was posted in yet another archive category! Still that one needed writing so that's not so bad. Now I'll write in a paying category as that is what we're here for whether we like to admit it or not!
While we have been staying in Edinburgh I have been able to do something that I can't do in Llandudno and that is to visit a Lush store! In fact I've been in two of them since I have been here, although I only made a purchase in one, I went into the other just for a sniff!
So what did I buy? Well at Christmas there is a lot of unusual stuff in Lush, a lot of which has 'Christmassy' fragrances or contains glitter or other stuff which will get stuck round your bath! Now I'm a traditional Lush girl and I like the fragrances that you smell and immediately know that it's Lush, the Comforter Bubble Bar that I received for my birthday recently is a great example.
So with all that in mind I avoided the bubble bars and bath fizzes and went for the little tins by the counter. I chose The Lite Lip Balm and The Whoosh Temple Balm.
The Lite Lip Balm cost me £4.40 for 10g of the product in a sliver coloured tin, not in the glass tub as shown at the top of the review. They must have changed their packaging since this category was set up.
The tin is about an inch and a half in diameter and about half an inch deep. The lid screws off, but it is a bit fiddly to do! The label on the lid is bright red and just has the words 'FRESH HOMEMADE COSMETICS LITE LIP LIP BALM' written on it in white.
If you get a magnifying glass (if your eyesight is as bad as mine) and read the ingredients list on the back you will find that the ingredients contain Shea butter, beeswax, apricot kernel oil, corn oil, olive oil and rose absolute amongst others.
The assistant in Lush explained that, since it was based on oils rather than water, it was good to use in very cold weather. Water would tend to freeze on your lips whereas the oil won't and I guess they get some freezing weather up here in Edinburgh during the winter! We've had some whilst we've been here!
Whilst in the shop I tried the tester and thought it seemed nice and not too tasty. I say that because I do tend to keep licking my lips if the lip balm tastes too nice! LOL!
As I said earlier I do find the lid a bit difficult to remove but I'm sure I'll get the knack! The fragrance is not strong but there is a delicate smell of rose wafting from the tin. The lip balm itself is a solid block and is a lot stiffer than any other lip balm I've used. It is quite difficult to put on but I am sure that will mean that it will last a good while! Having said all that it feels good on my lips and certainly gives me the protection from the weather that I need, as I do suffer badly from dry and chapped lips if I don't use a good lip balm.
In conclusion I shall enjoy using this balm but would probably not buy it again (even if I did live near a branch of Lush!) as I find the Nivea tube lip balms to be better for me.
The Lite lip balm doesn't have cocoa butter in it so I was interested to see how well this would work on my lips.
It is a lot less sticky than Lip Service and it does absorb well, however I find that I need so much of this too make my lips feel soft the pot goes down rather rapidly.
It has a very subtle smell of roses - great if you like flowers, I don't!
I really didn't like this one, I ended up using so much of it to make my lips feel smooth that they turned out really sticky and gloopy!
I also really do not like the smell, even though it is subtle I find it yucky.
I like to be able to lick the lip balm off my lips and taste sweet things not flowers!
I much prefer Honey Trap and Whip Stick as they are really sweet and much nicer smelling! Or as it is coming up to Christmas try Egg Snog it is a bit unusual but the smell grows on you and trust me it smells sweet rather than eggy.
I personally find this lip balm a bit useless, steer clear!
A couple of months ago I decided I needed a new lip balm so I headed to Lush, one of my favourite shops due to their ethical aims, products containing natural ingredients, reasonable prices and above all the effective, delicious smelling products. I have previously tried Lush's Lip Service but wanted to try a different lip balm. The choice of lip balms today is usually rather bewildering but the only other lip balm that Lush sells is Lite, so my decision was made for me; I decided to purchase it and see how it compared to Lip Service.
*WHAT IS IT?*
Lite is a lip balm which uses plant mallow, shea butter and beeswax to soften the lips, soothe areas of dryness and offer some protection against the elements. The rest of the ingredients are also natural; it contains no synthetic chemicals. It is supposed to be for people who are allergic to cocoa butter which is the main ingredient in Lip Service or for people who just prefer a lighter feel to their lip balm. I tried Lip Service last year and found it to be very moisturising but a bit greasy if I was over-generous in my application.
Lite comes in a small pot with a screw top lid which has the use by date on it. This is a fairly important feature of the lip balm, as it is made of natural ingredients they will eventually go off so this isn't something you would buy in advance and leave in your cupboard. However the longevity of the lip balm is quite durable, mine expired almost six moths after the date of purchase. Lush like to keep their containers plain and simple because they aim to keep packaging to a minimum in order to minimise waste which pollutes our environment, while the pot isn't particularly impressive it serves its purpose well. The one disadvantage to having a pot of lip balm is that obviously you have to apply it with your finger; in this respect a stick of lip balm is more practical and less messy.
*APPEARANCE AND SMELL*
The lip balm is white with a slightly mottled appearance. This is rather hard to describe but if you've seen a synthetically produced lip balm then you'll know they have a very smooth appearance, one colour throughout with no imperfections. Lite has a more blotchy appearance which is simply an indication that it contains natural ingredients; there are no nasty chemicals in there to smooth its appearance. I find it quite reassuring to know that something which I am putting so close to my mouth doesn't contain anything synthetic. The smell of the lip balm is quite subtle, which in my opinion that having something really strong and over-powering, and also rather vague. I'd have difficulty identifying a particular ingredient from the smell but it is a pleasant slightly floral scent. Roses are listed on the ingredients so I presume this must be the smell but it isn't immediately obvious from the initial sniff exactly what is stimulating your senses. If you don't like the smell of roses then I wouldn't let this particular aspect put you off because it is certainly not a strong smell, in fact it is only slightly floral.
*EASE OF USE*
Well it definitely doesn't require any expertise! As I've said before I do find stick lip balms to be more practical because it avoids getting greasy fingers and is more economical in that you don't lose half of it on your finger, however there are some advantages to having a pot rather than a stick. I found before when I had a stick lip balm from Natural Collection that as it got older and had taken a bit of a beating in my bag the clippy bit at the bottom that held the lid on became ineffective and the lid would loosen and slip off fairly easily in my bag. There are no such problems with Lite, the pot is made of sturdy plastic and a screw top lid prevents it from falling off. Applying the lip balm is easy simply rub your finger on the lip balm and then over your lips! This is a simply process unless you have long nails. Pots of lip balm are simply not designed to people with long nails; I found that the longer my nails were, the greater the tendency for the lip balm to squidge up under my nail was, you then have to remove this trapped lip balm with another nail and dispose of it on a tissue. This is far from ideal when you're in a hurry! Another problem I found was that when replacing the lid sometimes the thread of the screw top lid didn't screw on smoothly but got stuck. However this may simply be due to my cack-handedness rather than a design fault with the pot, so I'm sure not all people would experience this problem.
I have to say that I found the results distinctly average. I was not as impressed with this as I was with Lip Service and despite the fact that this is supposedly a substitute with a similar formula I actually found it to be very different. I found that in the pot the lip balm had a very solid consistency and when I put some on my finger it felt rather waxy, this is unsurprising considering one of the main ingredients is beeswax but it wasn't a particular nice texture like the smoothness of something like Vaseline, it was more tacky. When I applied it to my lips it also felt a little bit grainy something which I didn't experience with Lip Service. I do not thing this has such superior moisturising properties as Lip Service which made my lips soft, smooth and instantly sorted out dry bits. For these reasons I prefer Lip Service to Lite; however in defence of Lite I was impressed with the appearance when I wore it, my lips were not glossy or sticky in any way and it looked natural. It also wasn't greasy at all even when I put quite a lot on I did not experience any greasiness as I had done with Lip Service. The smell wears off after several minutes or at least you become accustomed to it, if you should accidently lick your lips while wearing it then rest assured it actually tastes quite nice too!
*VALUE FOR MONEY*
A 12g pot of Lite will set you back £3.45 which compared to something like Vaseline (99p for a little tin) or Carmex (£2.49 for a little tin) is actually quite expensive for a lip balm. Considering the fact that this lip balm didn't have very good moisturising qualities I don't think it is very good value for money. Of course the price can be justified by the fact that all the products are natural and therefore I would expect to pay a bit more for it, however Lip Service I'd say is worth the money because it really moisturises well and keeps lips soft but Lite doesn't fully achieve this. For that reason I do not think it is very good value for money. Something like Blistex costs about £2.79 in Boots and provides all the moisturisation I need so if I get really dry lips I'll stick to that.
*WHERE TO BUY*
The ONLY place to purchase Lush products is from Lush shops which are nationwide; the number of shops seems to be growing rapidly so there is likely to be one within travelling distance of you. If not you can purchase the products directly from the Lush website, I have used this service and found it very efficient but bear in mind that you will have to pay delivery charges.
In conclusion I would not recommend this lip balm because it is not very effective at moisturising lips and I do not like its texture. If you are not allergic to cocoa butter then I would recommend you stick to Lip Service instead. If you have long nails or do not like pot lip balms then steer clear of this one. The only people I would recommend this to are those who don't need a very moisturising lip balm, so perhaps it is most suitable for summer when lips aren't so frequently exposed to the cold and wind, because it does look good on. I would also like to mention that it seems to be more effective when you wear it overnight, perhaps this is because it spends a long time on your lips without the risk of being licked off, so there is a greater chance to moisturise! Also the grainy texture is less likely to irritate you at night. As a rather average product at a higher than average price I will not be purchasing Lite again I would recommend Lip Service though.
Thanks for reading!
The choice of lip balms is pretty bewildering these days, but personally I don't like the more gunky, oil-based products, so I was tempted by the description of Lush's Lite lip balm. It uses plant mallows to provide softness and protection. The balm is a rather unusual texture, feeling slightly tacky on the fingertips. But this aspect seems to disappear when the product is actually applied to the lips, and it feels fine. Your lips do feel nicely moisturised, and slightly plumper. The balm has a pleasant but neutral taste and scent, and would be fine to wear over or under lipstick. Perhaps because of its formulation, I also find it lasts longer than e.g. the lipstick type balms. It is also pretty weather resistant, coping with heat better than some products, and if it gets very cold, you only need to warm it on your fingers for a second to make application easier. Lush's aren't the cheapest products around, but this pot would last you a long time, and there is the reassurance that it consists of natural ingredients and that no animals have suffered for its development.
Apply duirng the day for a shimmery shiny effect /