“ Brand: Marks & Spencers / Butter / Type: Lip Butter / What it does: Enricheses „
I have extremely dry lips and am always on the lookout for any product to help with this. When I was in Marks and Spencer's a while ago I picked up their mandarin lip butter. I chose it for several reasons - firstly, their body butters are very good so I was hoping their lip butters would be the same. I also believe body butters to be the richest, most moisturising things I can get my hands on so I was hoping that the lip butter would be the same.
On opening the lid there isn't really much of a scent, if I really put the tub up to my nose and try to smell it there is, just about, the smell of mandarins but this wouldn't really be obvious if you'd rather not make yourself look like an idiot by sniffing the tub as hard as you can!
Being a butter this really is very firm and I don't think it would be possible to push your finger into it no matter how hard you tried to. However running your finger over the top removes enough to smear a little over your lips. I have found that as it's so solid it can sometimes be hard to remove some, especially if it's a cold day anyway. If this happens I simply leave it somewhere warm such as over a radiator for just a few seconds to allow it to melt a little bit.
I then run my finger over the top of the butter twice. I have never needed to do it more then this as I find it transfers very easily from the tub to my finger. After I have a decent sized amount on my finger I rub this over one lip and repeat the process for the other lip. After it's applied I find that my lips look almost as if I have put on gloss. This can sometimes be a bit too glossy for me if I have applied too much but this is easily solved by rubbing my lips together.
Despite the lack of scent the butter tastes delicious. It tastes of very ripe, sweet mandarins making it very hard for me to resist the urge to just lick it all off!
Immediately after application my lips feel very soft, smooth and moisturised but I was disappointed by how long this lasted, or rather didn't last. If my lips were in an okay condition to start with then only one application a day was enough to keep them moisturised. However I chose this because I had hoped, being a butter, it would combat the problem of dry lips. The reality however, found me needing to reapply almost every hour in order to try and keep my lips moisturised. Whilst my lips were dry, they weren't so dry that I felt I should have needed to apply that often.
The shelf life is 24 months and even reapplying a lot I can see it lasting that long since you only use a tiny bit each time. The lip butter is BUAV approved and as far as I can see is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
I'm going to give it only three out of five stars. It does keep lips moisturised, taste delicious and last forever as you use so little each time. However it doesn't really work to combat dry lips unless you're willing to reapply a lot.
This is available from Marks and Spencer, mine cost me £2 for a 10g pot. Which is a very good price for the length of time it lasts. I can't find this particular flavour for sale on the website any more but it may be available still in stores. The website does however sell a pack of three (cherry, coconut and raspberry) for £5.
I hate having dry lips so regularly use something to keep them moist, and have always been quite happy with vaseline, as it works well and is sold at a superb price. My Mum bought this for me as part of set of items she had put together herself one Christmas so obviously I wanted to use it up and not waste it.
The lip butter comes in a 'short' but wide clear plastic tub with a screw top and a sticky label on the top with details and the pictures of the fruit it is designed to be 'flavoured' or scented like.
The lid screws on and off evenly and is secure, I have carried it in my hand bag a few times and have managed not to get it over the contents.
The smell is sweet and citrusy but not too over the top like some orange/ satsuma/ mandarin scented things can be.
I find the lip butter itself quite thick and waxy, so you need to give it a good poke to squash it down to apply it.
After time my butter has seperated into two colours, a darker beige on the bottom and a much lighter one on the top, as if whatever ingredient makes the colour is quite heavy and has seperated out.
The lip butter does a good job and makes my lips feel naturally soft after using it. However there are a couple of downsides.
The lip butter really doesnt feel nice on my lips. The taste/texture of it really sticks in the back of my throat and makes me feel uncomfortable whilst using it and after using it. It is for this reason alone that I would not use it again. I really like vaseline, and so for me to change over to this brand of lip repair aid it would have to be above and beyond, and sadly in my opinion this is not.
A few months ago I tried one of the Marks and Spencer's Passion Fruit Lip Butters and I was so impressed that I decided to try another one.
This time I chose the Mandarin one - the other 'flavour' was Shea Butter but somehow I just don't fancy that, I don't know why.
The cost has remained steady at £2 for a pot containing 15ml of lip butter which, when compared to the Body Shop Lip Butter at £4.85 for only 10ml, is a good price. I am so glad that I read the reviews on Dooyoo or I may never have even known that Marks and Spencer's made lip butter.
The lip butter comes in a clear plastic pot with a screw top, which screws on nice and tight so it won't come open in your handbag. It's about 4cm in diameter and about 1.5cm deep and of course, being plastic, it can be recycled when the contents are finished.
The top of the pot has a picture of mandarin oranges on it with the words 'mandarin added for moisturising softening benefits for beautiful lips'. It sounds as though this one's going to be good too!
I hate my lips feeling dry so I use lip butter or lip salve all the while as I rarely wear lipstick and living by the sea there's always a sea breeze. I use quite a few different lip savers and lip balms and I am always open to suggestions about more good ones to try.
The product itself is an off white fairly solid cream. To use the lip butter all you have to do is to wipe your finger over the surface of the lip butter and then apply it to your lips. According to the information on the base of the pot it is supposed to keep your lips conditioned and moisturised and this is exactly what it did for me.
The consistency of the product is perfect for me and my lips felt soft and moisturised as soon as I had applied it. The lip butter does not feel too greasy and just helps to make my lips feel comfortable again instead of feeling dry and irritating the hell out of me.
The mandarin flavour and fragrance are both light but pleasant so the lip butter is lovely to use.
There is a warning on the pot advising the user not to get the lip butter in their eyes and, if they do, to wash it out with warm water immediately. I know I mentioned this before but I am still having difficulty imagining a situation where I would be trying to apply lip butter to my lips and missing so badly that it went into my eye! Maybe it is a warning for people who apply lip butter in the car whilst the driver is going along a particularly bumpy road!
The other warning is a more reasonable one and this is to keep this product away from children in case they mistake it for something edible since it is sweetly fragranced and flavoured.
To conclude I would have to say that this is another brilliant lip butter from Marks and Spencer's, especially at the price paid. In fact having looked at their range of bath and toiletry products I think I might try one or two more.
I really love Marks and Spencer's cosmetics, especially their bath goodies. This is my latest try from their range, Mandarin lip butter. The 'lip butter' comes in a generous size tub for a lipbalm, however there is no weight or quantity on the packaging which is a little odd. One pot costs around £2, for the money you get a good quailty lip balm, enough to last a good few months, probably more. The life on the label is 12 months. The ingredients include Mandarin Orange Oil, which the label claims is added for it's moisturising and softening, purifying and balancing qualities. The balm itself is easy to apply, melts nicely when you rub your finger into it. The product is not to greasy, but enough so to make is feel like it's instantly softening your lips. It doesn't smell particularly of oranges, it's quite a sweet smell, and it doesn't taste of anything. In the pot its a light orange colour but is clear on the lips. I don't think it's as good as vaseline for really sore lips and it's a little more expensive, but it does make your lips softer, so good if you want something a little lighter and less greasy than vaseline just for everyday use.
If you've read a few of my previous and quite recent reviews then you're bound to have come across one on a lip balm. I don't have an addiction as such, I just can't seem to not buy one whenever I see one I like the look of! The worst thing is when I change handbags and then go out of the house having forgotten to put a lip balm in my new handbag. Rather than wait to get home and suffer with chapped lips I'll nearly always buy yet another replacement.
My latest acquisition in the lip balm world comes from Marks and Spencers. I'm sure everybody reading this will have heard of the brand M & S, most famous for their clothing and food lines. They've been offering beauty products for quite some time now although this particular lip balm has only been available over the past year or so. I've noticed it a couple of times on my visits during the year and finally decided it was time to give it a go and buy it!
The Mandarin Lip Butter comes in a clear plastic pot which is about 1 inch deep and about 2 inches in diameter. It has a clear plastic lid which you need to screw on or off depending on whether or not you want to open or close it. The lid has a white sticker on it which shows a few mandarins as well as the brand and product name in a pale orange colour. In addition it also has about ten other words which advertise the butter as moisturising and softening.
The lip balm itself is a pale orange colour, like the colour of peach toilet roll to be more precise! It's quite an appealing colour and there is a lovely, sweet orange aroma that comes from the lip butter. I personally expected this to just have an orange aroma but there is the definite hint of mandarin in the scent itself. It's not very overpowering and you do have to put your nose quite close to smell it. It's solid in texture meaning it won't move around at all.
To apply the lip balm you need to rub your finger very gently over the surface of it; when I tested it in the shop I found that I needed to apply very little pressure - if you do you'll find that you make an indentation on the surface. However since getting this home and leaving it in my cold car overnight I've found that sometimes you will need to use some pressure! Then you simply need to rub your finger over your lips before rubbing them together.
The overall feel of the lip balm going on was quite a sweet and a little sticky sensation. After rubbing my lips together they felt like they were coated in a rather sweet substance that didn't soak in immediately. Looking in the mirror it wasn't obvious that I had any lip balm on apart from a slight glossy shine to my lips. After about ten minutes I could still taste the product on my lips, although it wasn't an unpleasant taste it was a little sweet.
After about fifteen minutes the lip balm seemed to have soaked in leaving no residue on my lips whatsoever. I could no longer taste the mandarin scent and my lips felt quite smooth and soft. If my lips get very dry they often start to sting a little and when I applied this lip balm I think the mandarin scent may have irritated them slightly rather than soothing them straight away. I found I had to reapply this about every two hours to keep my lips soft.
So what did I think of...
The packaging? It was really effective and simple, the lip butter was easy to store in any bag and it was easy to open the lid. Despite the small price tag the packaging looked quite classy.
The lip balm? It looked and smelled very appealing. It did soften my lips although I did have to apply it quite frequently and it wasn't as good as others at relieving chapped and painful lips.
The price? At just £2 you can't really argue with this as most lip balms in Boots will set you back a similar, if not higher, amount. I do think it was worth this £2 price tag as well for 15ml.
As it's a lip butter I was expecting the product to be slightly more intensive and slightly thicker too. I'm basing this presumption on the fact that when you compare a body butter to a body lotion it's often more intensive and richer too. However there wasn't really anything to differentiate this lip butter from a lip balm; yes it was in a pot oppose to a stick which I suppose could account for the different name tag but apart from that there's nothing special about it.
As for whether or not I'd buy it again well I'm not too sure. I did really like it and couldn't find many faults with it but I personally think there are better lip balms out there that give you more for your money. If you're looking for a product to just add a bit of moisture to your lips then this would be a good buy, however if you're looking for something that will repair and soothe chapped lips this probably won't do the job quite as well as some other lip products will.
It's an ideal stocking filler and is available in several other flavours including lemon and shea nut. They also did a small set containing three lip butters for around the £5 or £6 mark which is quite good value and again would be ideal for Christmas if you still need to buy a few presents!
Thanks for reading!