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As much as I like to have a flavoured lip balm stashed in my handbag, I know that if I want proper protection for my lips in hot weather, as well as the coldest part of winter, I need to use something with a decent sun protection factor. A few sun-care brands now offer a lip product among their ranges but my product of choice is the Lip Care SPF20 from Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula range. The Norwegian Formula range is designed for protection against and relief of dry skin caused by extreme cold in winter. An advertising campaign was based on the idea that Norwegian fisherman would use these products to protect their hands and faces from the harsh wind and rain, and the low temperatures which can cause the skin to become dry and chapped, when out catching cod in the North Atlantic. I first bought this lip care product when travelling to the Julian Alps in Slovenia one February because I knew that it was going to be very cold; I hadn't forgotten my first skiing trip many years earlier when my lips were very sore from a combination of cold temperatures and blazing sun and I didn't want to suffer like that again. The Norwegian Formula range has been designed to minimise moisture loss and retain water under the skin and I suppose the lip salve must work to the same principle because it is described as 'moisture rich'. It comes in the form of a 4.8g stick which twists up like a conventional lipstick. A note on the packaging says it's for 'dry, chapped lips' which ignores the fact that you should use this before your lips get into that condition. A note on the Neutrogena website is more helpful 'Apply often for immediate relief and protection.' The salve has a mildly sweet fragrance, something like vanilla but there's only a hint. There's also a slight flavour of vanilla too. Application is easy and because it's a stick and not a pot you don't even need to take your gloves off when using this in low temperatures. It is non greasy but it leaves a coating on the lips that is not unpleasant. There's a marked difference in how my lips feel when I wear this in cold weather compared with those occasions when I dash outside without thinking. In Slovenia you need only go out for a short time on a winter's night without lip protection to come back in doors with dry lips. Do it more than once and more than likely those lips will be chapped. Although this product isn't medicated it treats chapped lips extraordinarily well and it works quickly but frequent re-application is the key. If my lips feel dry at bedtime, a liberal covering with this will ensure they feel soft and smooth the next morning. Although this is marketed as a product to be used in winter, with an SPF of 20 there's no reason it shouldn't be used to protect from summer sun too. In very hot weather and if likely to be in the sun for some time (for example when I'm out cycling for the day) I'll probably use a total sunscreen with a zinc base but for shorter periods in the sun I find Norwegian Formula perfectly adequate. It keeps my lips soft and smooth and prevents them from becoming dry. At £2.99 for 4.8g (Boots, 1st July 2013) this product is more expensive than a lot of lip balms; for example, the limited edition tin of Pink Champagne Vaseline works out at £17.50 for 100g, while Neutrogena Norwegian Formula costs somewhere in the region of £62 for the same weight. The method of application of Norwegian Formula does, however, enable more economic use and the multiple advantages of Norwegian Formula - protection, comfort and repair - are all in its favour. Norwegian Formula also has the advantage that when the weather is very warm, it keeps its firmness and doesn't become excessively greasy unlike some other stick lip balms; this also ensures that you don't use this any more quickly than you need to. Sometimes more is less. Ingredients: Ricinus Communis Oil, Paraffin, Cera Alba, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Cetyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Microcristallina, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Titanium Dioxide, Bisabolol, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Laurate, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Candelilla Cera, Sodium Sulfate, BHT, BHA, Citric Acid, Parfum
My ongoing obsession with upgrading the level of skin care I use had a real boost today. On a purely chance foray to the moneysavingexpert website, I read that Superdrug stores put a Blue Cross sale on after Christmas - reducing some items to as much as 10p. The website's forum listed some fantastic buys so, as I was going into town anyway, I thought I'd take a detour and have a look for myself in case anything was left. I wasn't holding out much hope as the sale had been on so long, but as it turns out I lucked out. Amongst my local store's offers were a number of products at 49p, including a lot of lip balms and treatments. In transitional weather periods between seasons I often suffer weaknesses with my nails and dry or chapped lips, and I hate the way they look. With the dry lips I can't stand the sight of a dry, flaky skin and this makes me hugely self conscious, whilst for some reason this winter I've developed one weak spot which continually decides to suddenly split painfully when I'm not entirely on top of my lip care. Previously I've been using Nivea's twist-stick lip balm, but recently have felt the urge to up my level of care a gear. However, some of the better products I've looked at, such as Palmers and more high-end high street products, seem to pricey... So when I saw this small selection of products for 49p the one I latched on to was Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula SPF 20 balm. Neutrogena products have never let me down before and whenever I've used their moisturising products I've been very happy with them indeed - so I was already sold at the bargain price! But with SPF 20 too? For someone who spends time outside very often, an allotment gardener and outdoor sports fan? Perfect! So I actually picked up two, and left very happy with my purchases before I'd even tried them. THE PRODUCT I've tried to do what I usually do and offer the Boots retail price for this product but I can not find it on their site, or that of SUperdrug. Neutrogena do still list it but with little information, so I'm concerned that this item has either been discontinued or is subject to a change or packaging alteration, which would explain the massive discounts; some independent stockists and eBay sellers list this regularly at £3.99, so this is very much one of the most expensive high street lip balms by easily known brands. The product comes in a stick with a twist tube of 12m / 4.8g; I bought this in a small, white, branded cardboard box but have seen it advertised in plastic packaging on my research jaunt. As with most Neutrogena products, the packaging is white and simple, with the basic information and a few language translation versions. Whilst out shopping the same day my lips started to feel a little dry so, eager to try my new buys, I unpackaged one tube and tried it. Instantly I was impressed; the stick doesn't feel as petroleum-based as my previous Nivea version and I appreciated the change in texture; it is firm so one stroke over the lips provides a nice light coverage. However, when held on the lips for a second or third stroke the body temperature softens the product and you get a really good coverage. In terms of short-term effect, this instantly made my lips feel soothed and covered with a good protective product. I don't mind feeling that I do have a covering of product as I think this has the effect of a subtle gloss, but with the added health benefits whereas I find gloss drying. I noticed ten minutes later that this product has started to soak in very well; I was concerned that this meant it wouldn't be long-lasting, but I soon realised that this was a great effect as my lips were left feeling really soft and smooth and moisturised, but unlikely to leave a residue on a glass if I were out for dinner or similar. I was so impressed that on the way back to the car I stopped back at Superdrug's store and purchased their remaining two packets so that I would have a lasting supply. With SPF, great product performance, a reliable brand name and convenient packaging for someone who takes their make up with them when commuting or outdoors, I couldn't resist. OVERALL Whilst I didn't expect to find this to be as cheap as Nivea when at full RRP, the widely advertised £3.99 is steep for a lip treatment by any standards. I can't comment on longevity at this point but I think that it would last as well as any when used lightly, but if you're a dedicated lip balm addict and want to really improve the skin condition of the area and apply regularly, then the effect of the body temperature softening the texture of the stick may hasten this slightly. As with all products it comes down to how much you want to use it. At this stage I certainly do not feel worried that it will not deliver good value (how can I at such prices as I paid) as for me, if a lip balm provided this level of effect I would use it more than normal regardless to maintain the effect in the long term, and to utilise the SPF protection. However, I would say that if this is still in production and does indeed retail at nearly £4, it is well worth looking out for it in discount stores or online, as for all it is a superb product there are others that have SPF and others that perform well, which ultimately you could combine, and that is a big price to pay. That said, thus far I wouldn't rule out indulging myself if the longevity of the product lives up to what I hope it will. All in all, delighted with the performance.
Apart from having a shiny fruity lip balm with me all the time, I usually have a "heavy duty" one in stock for winter, when my lips need more protection. I usually try different ones each winter, and this year is a year of Neutrogena Lip Care SPF 20. Packaging: This lip balm comes in a small cardboard box with all necessary information on it - from name, logo, content and ingredients to SPF factor and size. Inside there is a lip balm in a stick (4.8g), in white usual plastic lipstick case, again containing all the info you may need. I do like reading from the packaging when I have nothing to do, and this lip balm gives opportunity to do so (and have all information handy if needed) without carrying the box or keeping the leaflet. The cap doesn't come off when I keep the lip balm loose in my handbag which is a big plus and it didn't get broken nor damaged in any other way since November, so I consider it quite durable. Content: Remove the cap and you'll see white stick in form of lipstick, which has a weird, but not very strong "hospital" smell. It's very overwhelming nor unpleasant, but not very nice. The lip balm is not very soft and not melting in your pocket leaving thick, liquid residue, but it's still easy to apply. It's colourless after application, although if you put on a thick layer on cracked lips, it may be a bit white-ish. The lip balm is a product of France and the basic ingerdients are paraffin and ricine oil. Results & overall opinion: As it's not very pleasant to use on a daily basis, I only use this Neutrogena lip balm when I feel my lips are getting too dry or cracked, or when it's too sunny and freezing (to get some use of SPF 20). It these cases it really does give the extra protection I'm after, which is the most important things. In any other cases, I prefer lip balm that smells nicer and gives a bit of shine rather than white residue. It retails at £3.05 at Boots, and lasts whole winter (at least for my occasional use) - not bad but I will probably try another one next winter.
For 7 yrs I suffered with severe eczema. I was given EVERYTHING and I bought every kind of cream/balm and product available to try and help get through each day. When I say I have tried everything, I mean it! Lip balms with colour and flavour are good for some people but when your skin is SUPER SUPER SENSITIVE, finding a great lip balm that doesn't irritate you to high heaven is one of thee hardest jobs! But this one is the best one I've ever found and I have been using for 10 yrs. It softens your skin, does not irritate, is flavourless and moisturising just to the right amount. I will go to every effort to find this. It's not worth using any other in my opinion. Yeah sure, you pay a bit more but in my opinion it is the best one on the market. If you're a fellow eczema sufferer, try it out, you will not be sorry.
For some reason, I just can't seem to buy just one lip balm and stick to it, I either lose them, have them scattered around various places or just simply get bored of them... no matter how good they are it seems. So I bought this one as another one of my new ones as it promised to be super moisturising and really, thats all you could want from a lip balm. I personally thought that it had a bit of an odd smell, not the usual kind of smell that you would expect from a lip balm, being neither fruity, flowery or medicinal like most other lip balms are. To be honest, this did put me off a little before I even put it on my lips. When I did apply it, it seemed to be nice and moisturising which was great but had a bit of an odd taste to it which I really wasn't expecting. All in all, I would recommend this product, as long as you can get hold of it for a decent price.
God alone knows how many lip balm reviews I've written by now, but as with many girls they are a bit of an impulse purchase and I tend to end up with at least one in every bag. Because of that, I rarely stick with one long enough to finish it up before it gets lost. But would you believe it there's only a nubbin left of my Neutrogena balm so I guess that must mean it's something special. Right? Um, well actually, not so much... See here's the thing. This is a great everyday balm, but it's really boring. Call me a big kid but I'm all about yummy flavours, fun packaging, something that I will be happy to use rather than acknowledge the fact that my lips are a bit sore and have to turn to. Not only is the tube particularly dull, so is the flavour, more on that later. But in order to write a fair review I will hold my hands up and admit that lip balm is not intended to be a novelty item, and while I can have all the fun I want with my root beer float-flavoured balm, or the yellow tube with a Spongebob face on it, it has a job to do. And this actually does a decent enough job. Firstly, I love that it has SPF20. If any of you have had sunburned lips before, as I'm particularly prone to, you will know how painful and quite frankly gross-looking they are. Nobody wants a flaky trout pout on their holiday pics thankyouverymuch! If I'm going to carry around a balm all day, I may as well be protecting my lips from the sun at the same time. This "Norwegian Formula" claims to lock in moisture and guard against chapping. This is a reasonable statement, because when used regularly it works like a charm. I tend to apply this every night along with my moisturiser and my lips stay soft and supple so that I don't necessarily feel the need to apply during the day. Its formula is waxy and smooth rather than greasy so feels comfortable. However, if my lips ARE cracked and sore, this balm will do nothing. I originally bought it because my lips were desperately sore and really bothering me when I was out without any lip balm on me. I had to reapply constantly to make my lips feel any kind of soothing, which was probably all psychological, and had no relief to note until I bought a pot of Blistex. I said I would come back to the flavour. It doesn't really have one as such, at least not one you can name, but the waxiness does rub off if you are drinking from a bottle, for instance, and tastes pretty weird when you come to drink again. Priced at around £2 from most chemists or supermarkets (I bought mine at Waitrose), this has lasted me about six months for pretty much everyday use, and I'd say I have around three weeks left despite it looking so sorry-looking. If you can remember to use it daily BEFORE your lips get sore, then it works really well, but look for a drying ingredient such as menthol or camphor (those which cause that tingle) if you need repair work. Will I repurchase? Depends. I have so many balms kicking around that in the interests of saving money I will most likely try to use some up first. However, if my lips become sore this winter during my outdoor job, I will definitely repair and use this again.
I love this product it certainly does meet expectations. Here is some useful product info:- Neutrogena 6 hour protection balm Claims to moisturise and protect lips for 6 hours 15ml Made in France I use this quite regularly and have noticed that my lips don't dry out as much as they did when the heating is on in the office. I have also noticed that they appear a little deeper in colour making them look a lot healthier. The balm has a minty taste to it which isn't too over powering and the appearance on lips is a clear gloss to start then you can't really tell you are wearing it. When it is first applied it gives your lips a slight tingling sensation and feels a little tacky at first but it soon dries to a smooth finish and I like to think this is how you know it's going to offer some protection. The product certainly does last as long as it claims as you can still feel it after drinking and eating and makes you lips feel silky smooth and they don't get that sticky feeling an hour after you have applied it. I use it even when I don't have chapped lips as it makes them feel lovely. I would recommend it to anyone who suffers from dry chapped lips or even if you just want to improve the condition of your lips. Also it is relatively cheap for what you get from it and it lasts a fair while too! I have edited this review as I think I may have reviewed the wrong product (sorry everyone!!!) The lip balm that I think is so good is the 6 hour protection balm by neutrogena which is very good as explained above.
Neutrogena Lip Balm SPF 20..... I have always suffered with dry lips and I have tried most lip balms that are on the market but still yet to find one that I am 100% happy with. This Neutrogena lip balm is not one I have seen on sale in Boots before but when I picked this up for £2.50 pence it was the last one on the shelf which made me believe it must be popular. It's 4.8 grams in weight and the size of the balm is pretty standard. The cost however was a little more than I thought the product would have been but I thought if it worked then it would be worth it. The lip balm stick itself is used just like a lipstick and pops up when you twist the bottom of the tube. The colour of the balm is a creamy off white colour that glistens and appears to be quite greasy. As soon as you take the lid off the stick you can smell the wonderful aroma that this balm has. It smells to me like a vanilla chocolate type smell but someone else may beg to differ. The fact that the lip balm is SPF 20 is not really a factor that interests me I have been using it in the winter so I shouldn't think many UV rays are affecting my lips but I may be wrong. On using the lip balm I can tell that that my lips are instantly relieved if they are red and sore because any greasy substance will usually relieve them. The smell was even more noticeable when the balm was applied to me lips and I must say that the smell is one I like very much. The taste of the balm of my lips is one that tastes similar to the smell so this for me is rather enjoyable as well. Unfortunately that is really as far as it goes, it smells nice, it tastes nice and is an instant reliever. However for the help of dry lips this balm really makes no difference. Once I apply the lip balm it is absorbed by my lips so quickly I am usually applying another layer within a few minutes. This I thought was because my lips needed the moisture but I have since thought that this is more to do with the fact that the balm doesn't have any staying power. It does relive my lips if they are sore but it makes no impression on the appearance or feel of my lips. When trying to find a good lip balm I will try and get one that improves the lips and gets rid of the dryness rather than just keeping it at bay, such as this one does. Overall I feel that this lip balm is not for me. I think for the price I paid I should have got a balm that worked for the long term rather than the short term. It does smell nice but I just wished it worked as well as it smelt because I may have used it again. I won't however be buying this again and would say that a 2 star rating is generous for this product. I won't recommend it for use with sore lips but I guess it may suit someone who already has lips that are in good condition and is just in need of a quick fix of moisture. I hope this has been of some help/interest to you. Thank you for taking the time to read.
Aah Winter. A time of sniffles, snuffles. It's cold, windy and generally miserable. Whilst it may be a grim time for me, makers of nostrums and remedies are no doubt rubbing their hands together in glee. Even lip balm makers will be doing well, as a combination of colds and flu, and wind and chill conspire to dry and crack my lips. I don't use lip balm on a daily basis, only when my lips have turned a bit scaly, cracked and uncomfortable. This has happened, due in no small measure to the factors listed above. I therefore popped to Boots to find a suitable healing lip balm. Well, stone me, there are a lot of them. Sadly, they're all sealed in boxes, so you can't try before you buy. I therefore bought Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Lipcare. This stuff comes in a little box, inside of which is a stick (as opposed to a pot or a tube). Both the tube and the box helpfully tell me that it's SPF 20 (thus protecting your lips from sun damage), and that it will provide 'immediate and lasting relief for dry, chapped lips'. Well, I thought, that's what I need. I paid around £2.50 (far more expensive than a similarly sized stick of chap stick). I left Boots, opened the box, and followed the directions to 'apply often for immediate relief and protection,' after checking the side of the box and discovering that the stick does indeed have ingredients - quite a lot of them, actually. I won't detail those here, suffice to say it has them. Because I tend to ignore lip balms except when my lips are cracked and damaged, I prefer a medicated lip salve - the sort that stings slightly on contact. This isn't that type, sadly. It does soothe and soften, but I can't say it provides immediate or especially long lasting relief for painfully chapped lips. It would be more than adequate for mildly chapped lips, or as a preventative. It is moist (as it tells me it's 'moisture rich' - don't you love marketing speak). It doesn't taste of much - it's not a flavoured or scented lip balm. It's not unpleasant, though. It's a rather neutral flavour (and indeed colour - a kind of light beige). I can imagine someone who spends a good deal of time outdoors working or skiing using Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Lipcare. However, it is quite pricy, I think, for a stick lip balm, SPF 20 or no. You can get preventative lip sticks for considerably cheaper (for example, you can get Chapstick with sunscreen for around £1.20), and no less effective in keeping your lips soft and protected for all that. As a curative, I'm disappointed. It doesn't heal (or even seem to heal) cracked lips. It just provides a coating over the top. For me, next time, I will stick with Blistek or even Vaseline when my lips are painful, cracked and frankly vile.
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