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It's safe to say that every winter has some sort of negative impact on our skin. With the extreme drop in temperature and harsher weather in general, I find that my skin dries out and I need to moisturise religiously, and even this sometimes doesn't solve the problem. Along with dry skin I find that I also get chapped lips, which are just not pleasant at all. I have tried I don't know how many lip balms and never seem to find one that works effectively. The one I am currently using is Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula, Immediate Repair lip balm. I thought I would give this one a go as it states that it's an immediate repair lip balm, which is said to show visible signs of repairing both cracked lips and nostrils upon the first application.
==What is lip balm==
Lip balm was first introduced to the mass market in the 1880's by the creator of the Chapstick which I'm sure we've all heard of. The general purpose of a lip balm is to seal in moisture on your lips to prevent them from drying out when exposed to colder weather and windy conditions or indeed to relieve already dried out lips. You'll probably notice that when winter creeps in your lips are the first part of your body to show visible signs of dryness, and the reason for this is because the skin on your lips is a lot thinner than the skin on the rest of your body making them more vulnerable to the changing conditions and temperatures.
==Who are Neutrogena==
Neutrogena are an American beauty brand, part of the Johnson and Johnson group and they market their products widely across the globe, dealing in facial, skin and hair care products.
===What is the Norwegian Formula===
The Norwegian formula was discovered, believe it or not, by Norwegian fisherman, who found that even though they were fishing in the harshest of conditions, their hands remained soft and supple. This softness was attributed to the fish oils that the fisherman came into contact with on a daily basis, and it was this that presented Neutrogena with the idea of generating a synthetic version of the fish oil to be used as a key ingredient in their Norwegian Formula range. The Norwegian formula range has been manufactured to relieve the symptoms of dry skin, and even repair those areas that are most commonly affected such as your elbows knees and heels. Designed to sooth dry and chapped skin, this formula has also been used in a lip care range of which one of the products is the Immediate repair lip balm.
==About Neutrogena Immediate repair Lip Balm==
This particular lip balm is presented in a small round pot with a screw top lid, so you are required to apply this particular product with your finger which is common for many other lip care products. The one thing I dislike about any lip balm that requires finger application is that the pots tend to reduce more in the middle than the edges and if you try to scoop the balm away from the edges you end up with lip balm underneath your finger nails if you happen to have nails that are of any significant length, so this lip balm loses a point straight away because of the method of application. I much prefer to use a lip balm that can be applied like a lipstick, less mess and less hassle.
The one thing to note about this lip balm is how fragrant it is. This smells very sweet and is very pleasant. Of course there are other lip balms out there that present themselves in a fragrant form so the smell doesn't really set this apart from the rest of them. The product inside is white and for a moment I hope that my lips aren't going to end up white after application, but thankfully, the balm once rubbed on turns clear. The balm feels kind of like a soft wax and you don't really struggle to get enough on your finger...in fact...at times I find that I end up with too much that I have to scrape some of the balm back into the pot. The lip balm itself isn't greasy and the application is quite simple, just scoop the desired amount of balm on the pot and with your finger gently massage into your lips.
==Does it work?==
Once applied I think you do notice a difference straight away, although I would say that you have to apply this consistently over a few days to notice any real benefit. Before the application I was finding that the dryness on my lips was very uncomfortable an unpleasant, and once I had a coating of lip balm on they instantly felt smoother and easy to rub together. I basically just re-apply when necessary i.e. when it feels like the balm has worn off, so end up applying 4-5 times a day and after a couple of days the difference is significant, I no longer have dry skin on my lips and they are soft smooth and kissable once more. The other thing I should mention is that I have just recently had a cold as some of my other reviews may suggest and I did in fact use this balm on my nose, as the constant blowing and rubbing had made it very dry and sore. The Neutrogena balm provided immediate relief and I only had to apply it a couple of times before my nose was back to its normal self.
==Where to buy==
Both boot and superdrug stock Neutrogena products according to the Neutrogena website. No other stockists are listed so you might struggle to find a lip balm such as this in your local supermarket such as Asda or Tesco. To be honest this is not a recent purchase but rather one that I've had in my makeup bag for quite some time that I just happened across one fine day a couple of months ago so I'm not 100% sure what the current market price of this particular lip balm is, although I did find it available from an online retailer called pak's cosmetics www.pakcosmetics.com for 2.49
==Do I recommend==
After using this product consistently over the last couple of months I can say that I have found it very easy to use and apply (apart from the problem of getting the balm caught under my nails). The scent of the product makes it very pleasant to use and overall, the end result is after a couple of days my lips are once again as soft and smooth as they once were. You do need to apply this several times a day to achieve the desired effect but what lip balm do you not have to apply over and over again. Overall I guess a whole tub would last you around 4-5months which I think is pretty good considering the results you get and the price you pay so yes I definitely would recommend this lip balm to anyone who's looking for something that's going to be soothing and effectiv
I've recently been having real problems with my lips drying out and getting rather sore. I've tried various lip balms to keep them from doing this, but have found various issues with many of them.
So I was looking for something a bit different. I've recently bought my boyfriend a neutrogena handcream, as he is really suffering with dry cracked hands and when I saw this little box I thought I'd give it a go - working on a similar basis.
The lip balm comes in a screw top tub, its 15ml with a red lid and the tub is frosted. It looks a bit like a large barry m dazzle dust pot or small gel tub. It comes in a big box too and I bought it in boots, it cost me about £3.
The product itself is a creamy, not greasy substance, its a bit like a cross between vaseline and cream. I don;t think it has a hugely strong smell, I find it quite pleasant, the texture of the lip balm is fairly soft, you don't need to rub hard to get any on your finger, which I find you have to with some tub lip balms.
I have to put the product on just a couple of times a day and I find it leaves my lips feeling amazingly soft and not sore at all. The other good thing is, once its soaked in (for want of a better word!) I'm not left with sticky lips, so my boyfriend can't complain.
Overall, I have to say, neutrogena is really delivering for me at the moment, and I think this lip balm is going to become my beauty must have.
While shopping in Sainsburys with my mum I always manage to sneak a few things into the trolley without her seeing. It does get a little awkward at the till sometimes when I have to deny knowledge of how they got there but luckily I think she's come to expect it by now. On a recent shopping trip I realised I'd left my lip balm at home and so decided I better replace this, rather than suffer with chapped lips on the twenty minute journey home.
Sainsburys actually had quite a selection of lip balms, not quite enough to rival shops like Boots but it still wasn't bad. Now I love a bargain so I was carefully looking to see which ones were on offer when I came across the Neutrogena collection which was relatively small, but all products had a third off. There were three different lip balms available but I ended up selecting the Immediate Repair Lip Balm as I thought this might provide instant relief.
The lip balm comes in a small pot which was encased in a small cardboard box. The pot itself is made of frosted plastic with a white screw on lid. The pot is about 2 inches in diameter and about the same in height. The Neutrogena logo in blue and red is displayed on the front of the pot with the product name while the back of the pot shows tiny blue writing containing information such as the manufacturer's address and what the product claims to do.
When I got the product out of the store I was eager to open it and on doing so was quite shocked. I expected the plastic casing of the pot to be quite thick as you find with other lip balms, meaning you actually get relatively little product. However this plastic casing was so thin that the lip balm stretched almost the full 2cm diameter of the pot. You actually get 15ml of the product which is a lot more than the majority of lip balms I've had in the past.
The lip balm itself is a sort of creamy colour, like a very light wax almost. It doesn't look overly appealing and has a slightly perfumed smell to it but smells quite plain overall. To apply you simply need to rub your finger gently over the surface, luckily this is quite a soft lip balm which is much more like a cream that others I've had which means you don't need to apply much pressure at all. The lip balm feels really smooth and like a thick cream.
After I'd applied it I looked in the mirror and was glad to see you couldn't really tell I had any lip balm on at all, some lip balms often leave white bits on my lips so I was glad to see there wasn't any in sight. The lip balm took about fifteen minutes to soak in and prior to that my lips felt quite coated in cream, almost like I'd applied a hand cream of something to them. They also felt slightly sticky as well, a bit like you can get when you've got lip gloss on.
The most noticeable thing however was the taste; normally I expect lip balms to either have no taste, very little taste or a slightly synthetic taste. However the only way I can describe this is as having a slightly perfumed taste, if you've ever applied face cream or hand cream to your lips in the past then you'll know what I'm talking about. It was almost as if I'd got a tiny bit of perfume in my mouth and it wasn't a nice feeling at all really.
So what does this lip balm offer to do? Apparently it's made with a unique complex containing bees wax, zinc and pure Vitamin E. It also contains glycerine which prevents the drying of the product and rich emollients as well. It will instantly relieve and help repair dry and chapped lips from the very first use. Lastly the soothing moisturiser is fast absorbing and leaves lips smooth and soft meaning you're not left with sticky or wet lips at all.
So how would I score this product based on its claims?
"It will instantly relieve and help repair dry and chapped lips."
Well yes it did instantly relieve my chapped lips, taking away that stinging chapped feeling immediately. However when the lip balm wore off after about an hour the feeling returned so whether or not it's a quick fix repair I'm not sure. With repeated usage over a couple of days my lips did seem to fully recover.
"The soothing moisturiser is fast absorbing."
Well yes it was quite soothing on my lips from as soon as it was applied and it did soak into my lips after about fifteen minutes which is quite quick. I have used lip balms in the past that do absorb quicker than this so it's probably not the quickest one there is.
"Leaves lips smooth and soft."
Hmmm... yes it did leave my lips feeling quite smooth and soft but could I add the word sticky and perfumed in here? My main concern with this lip balm is the taste it gave in my mouth; I can deal with having sticky lips for a bit but tasting perfume for half an hour? It's not the best!
So would I recommend it? Well I paid just over £2 for my pot (remember it did have a third off) which was pretty good value for the 15ml you get. However I'm not sure if I'd buy it again, yes it does work but the fact it tastes quite perfumed isn't really what I want in a lip balm. If you can put up with the scented taste then it's quite a good buy, especially with the money off at the moment as it'll no doubt last a lot longer than other lip balms.
Thanks for reading.