For the last couple of years, my favourite lip balm has been Nivea Hydro Care. I’ve liked Nivea lipbalms for years, but had tended to stick to the more “standard” looking varieties until one day I couldn’t find my preferred variety in Boots, so I decided I’d give Hydro Care a go.
Nivea Hydro Care lip balm comes in a twist up tube like the various other Nivea lip balms. The stick of balm is white in colour. The blurb on the front of the pack states that it offers “long lasting intensive moisture” and contains “pure water and aloe vera”. It is also SPF 15, which is an added benefit.
Applying the lip balm is very easy - simply smooth the stick over your lips. I find that a single application is adequate, just once over each lip - I never feel the need to go over my lips more than once per application. The lip balm has one of those standard lip salve fragrances which I can’t name - it’s similar to any original fragrances lip balm/salve, and bears a resemblance to Nivea Soft moisturising cream.
I find that the Hydro Care lip balm has just the right consistency - it’s thick enough that I only need to smooth it over my lips once, but it’s not so thick that it feels too much. It’s not sticky or very greasy, and it absorbs into my lips reasonably quickly.
I use Hydro Care probably once in an average day to keep my lips soft, and it is very good for that. I don’t feel the need to reapply, as it stays on my lips for a while even if I’m chain drinking tea, and it has a long lasting moisturising effect.
Of course, there are times when my lips get a bit dry or chapped - usually in winter, but sometimes in hot weather or during bad bouts of hayfever. Then I tend to use lip balm a bit more than usual. If my lips are dry, the Hydro Care lip balm sorts them out within one or two applications. If they are properly chapped, it can take a bit longer for them to heal, but that can be hindered by me biting my lips.
Overall, this is one of the best lip balms I’ve ever used, and I fully intend to keep buying it.
£1.58 - Boots
I received this as a stocking present last Christmas, and it is honestly one of the best lip balms I have owned, I have previously owned Vaseline, and other lip balms which don't get me wrong are great but I find them so messy, you end up with excess on your finger, or during hot weather they melt! Also during the cold weather you don't want to remove your gloves to stick your finger into a sticky mess, you don't get that with the Nivea chap stick.
Personally I found it lasts for a long time, but obviously this will depend on how much you use it! I tend to leave my in my coat pocket this is just for easy access as I find I use it most during the colder weather when my lips are at their worst, with all the cold and windy weather.
This product is filled with moisture without the thick greasy layer that often occurs, although drinking is still a precarious action, you can end up washing it off with one or two mouthfuls of a drink.
It's easy to use and the lid comes off easily without the need for prying like you often find with a tin, the one thing I do worry about however are the fact that if the stick is raised to high it can break, this has happened to me on several occasions when I haven't been paying attention, or in a rush, but you can't have everything now!
The price is a little higher than I would like but I don't mind paying out for it as I find it lasts. Also buying from boots I can earn reward point too which isn't too be sniffed at as every little helps.
I am a self-confessed lip balm addict. I have a huge stash of lip balms and still continue to buy more, especially when I can find them on the cheap in discount stores. I first spotted Nivea Hydro Care in BodyCare. I am already a fan of Nivea's original Essential Care so decided to give the new Hydro Care a go. In Boots it costs £1.99, but mine was about £1.00 from Bodycare. It apparently differs from the Essential Care by containing more water so should be more hydrating. The website also states that Hydro Care contains aloe vera, whereas the Essential Care contains jojoba oil and shea butter.
The tube is a nice simple twisty design so it's easy to use. The lipbalm itself is white in colour but is completely clear once applied to the lips. It effortlessly glides over the lips feeling silky smooth. It feels a bit more 'slippery' than the Essential Care. The scent smells like vanilla and cream. It smells identical to the Essential Care. You can taste the vanilla too.
Once the lip balm is applied to my lips, my lips feel instantly relieved of any dryness. Athough fully moisturised, I need to reapply after a couple of hours. I find that this dries quicker than the Essential Care, probably due to it containing more water.
Although this lip balm is hydrating and does it's job, I think that it is too similar to Nivea Essential Care. I feel that it's a marketing ploy- they're pretty much the same product under a different name. I would recommend this to others looking for a hydrating lip balm, as all Nivea's lip balms are good, but probably would not repurchase myself.
==Prepared for Winter===
Like many people I suffer a lot with dry cracked lips in winter, and even occasionally in hot summers [when did we last have one of those?] In winter the cold temperatures, coupled with the drying effects of central heating, mean that I need to take more care of them than usual. Like a lot of people, I suspect, I have various products on the go at any one time; I even use an ordinary pot of Vaseline occasionally. I picked up this Nivea product in my local Sainsbury store, probably about the end of November 2012. I don't recall exactly what I paid then; I saw it recently priced at £1.32 in there. I thought I'd try it as I quite liked one of the other Nivea products but found it a bit lightweight for really cold weather; this one looked rather more suitable for wintry conditions.
===Packaging and Appearance===
Like all of this Nivea range, the hydro balm comes with packed in a plastic bubble with a cardboard backing attached. I'm afraid mine has long been discarded. The lip balm itself weighs 4.8g and has a light blue outer casing or shell with the logo 'Nivea' prominent in a darker blue. The other lettering on this outer case is in white and is therefore not terribly easy to read against the light blue, but then I don't think many of us read these details too often. I can make out a website - www.nivea.com - and the name Beiersdorf, so I take it that the Nivea brand is owned by this company. The inner tube is pure white. The balm itself is a pale, light cream in colour.
===Application and Performance===
To use the lip balm I remove the outer case and twist the inner tube up from the base. I find no noticeable aroma or taste. Personally I don't mind this, particularly the lack of a discernible smell. Tastes I can take or leave, too, as I find some of them way too artificial and almost sickly. It's the moisturising and healing properties I generally want for a standard lip balm. So how does this one deliver?
I find this glides on easily, coats my lips well and is not at all sticky. Very few lip products have any lasting power on me. Lipsticks, for instance, seem almost a waste of time. I don't know whether I subconsciously lick them off - I'm not aware that I do - but this seems to last longer on me than most, which is a good thing as far as I am concerned! Timing it walking round the town in a bitterly cold wind today I'd estimate that it lasted about 2 hours before I needed to reapply it. I find that quite acceptable in those conditions. I also think I could use this under coloured lip glosses when I need a more dressed up look, due to its smoothness and lack of stickiness.
===A Bit of Research===
Because I no longer have the backing card, and there is no information on the outer casing, for ingredients I had to go to the Nivea website given above. No surprise that I was bewildered by a range of incomprehensible names. I say bewildered because, among those I could pick out, were substance like alcohol, which I thought was drying. There was ricinus communis, also known as the castor oil plant, which as a gardener I know of as a poisonous plant - rather disconcerting! Further research revealed that an oil derived from this is quite commonly used in lipsticks and so on, and I'm sure they wouldn't be allowed to use it if it wasn't safe, but I must admit for a moment it had me going. Other names, such as various plant oils and butters, glycerine and aqua, were more expected. Interestingly parfum came right at the end of the ingredient list, which explains the absence of any significant smell.
Nivea claim that this product is 'quickly absorbed thanks to its light formula' and that it 'leaves a sensationally soft feeling on your lips.' [Nivea website] I cannot disagree with this, although I think 'sensational' is a bit strong. It certainly doesn't leave your lips feeling sticky or wet, which is not a feeling I particularly like. I do notice that my lips feel in much better condition when I use it, even when I'm at the point where I know I should reapply it. My lips have not suffered significantly so far this winter. So for me it does everything I ask it to, and I can find no fault with it. I use it most days and it will last me a long time yet, so I feel it was good value for money. I'm sure there are other lip balms out there that perform as well or better, but for me this is a must have in winter at least, so I'm giving it a 5 star rating.
Thank you for reading my review, which may appear on other sites.
©Verbena February 2013
I have a major issue with dry cracked lips, especially in winter. As I generally cant be bothered with using many products , this gets really severe occasionally and my lips start peeling off and sometimes even bleeding.
My saviour: Nivea lip balms
I have always been a fan of Nivea, probably because it has been around forever and most products have a nice characteristic mild 'Nivea' fragrance and I am yet to be disappointed by any of their products.
I love lip balms. In fact I prefer to use lip balms than lipstick. I have tried a few and Nivea hydrocare is the one I am currently carrying around.
You can get this in many supermarkets or drugstores for somewhere between £1-£2. It comes on in a plastic covering with a cardboard backing. The details of the product can be found on the cardboard. There is a long list of ingredients, and the manufacturer claims that it is enriched with water and aloe vera.
It comes in a lipstick-sort of tube with a nice light blue cover which you can take off revealing the white holder underneath. The balm is pushed out of the holder by twisting the base and retracts by twisting in the opposite direction.
The balm is white coloured, with a nice mild smell that reminds of Nivea everytime. The stick of balm is quite firm, it hasn't snapped off in the middle like some others that I have owned. It is quite simple to apply by rolling over your lips.
Why this one really appeals to me is because it is really light and non-greasy, it doesn't give you the feeling of syrup stuck on your lips like many others do. It is very effective, I have found that my lips are in much better condition since I have started using this; but it does tend to disappear after a while and I generally keep applying it every two hours when my lips are in particularly bad condition. Even so it leaves your lips feeling quite smooth and soft.
I only use it regularly when my lips go particularly dry, so one tube lasts me a long time- up to a few months.
If you have problems with really dry and cracked lips i would definitely advise you to try this one.
Nivea Hydro Care lipbalm comes in a light blue package with a white inner. The product itself is white and mildly fragranced. I bought this product in a supermarket after Christmas as part of a gift set- as it was after Christmas the set had been reduced so I paid £2.49 for the set, which I felt good value as the lipbalm alone sells at about £1.99.
I have been using this lipbalm whenever my lips have felt dry since I bought it, and I have noticed that my lips do feel softer after use, and although the weather has been quite windy recently I have felt the need to apply this lipbalm fewer times a day the longer I use it (windy weather dries my lips out).
Although this product retails at a slightly more expensive price than the lipbalms I tend to buy, I do think that it is worth the money at £1.99 as I have found that it works really well. It applies smoothly and is not gritty, unlike a lot of stick-style lipbalms. I have also found that it doesn't melt easily- I keep my lipbalm in a jeans pocket usually and a lot of them melt easily resulting in a greasy mess. Not Nivea Hydro Care though. This product was in my pocket throughout work yesterday and it kept its shape all throughout that time, and was still applying smoothly at the end of my shift.
All in all, I think this product is an excellent buy for anyone who gets dry, sore lips.
I love winter, it's the time of year when my lips get so dry and cracked it just doesn't look pleasant and it sure as anything doesn't feel it either. So I always have a lip balm on me somewhere, for the past few months I've just been carrying around a tin of Vaseline, but the tin got a bit battered so decided to look around for something new, so had a look while I was doing my shopping because my lips were so dry they were just absorbing everything I put on them - so I spotted this and put it in my basket.
~*~ Nivea ~*~
A company established in 1882, that provides the world with skin care from shaving foam all the way through to hand cream. They produce some of the most popular anti-aging products and are a brand that is recognised all around the world - you can't fail to notice the blue background and the white writing to know the brand. They have in recent years added self-tanning moisturisers to their collection of skin care, and added to the market of those available - a modern and kind brand of skin care that most people have come in contact with at some point.
~*~ Hydro Lipbalm ~*~
When I first bought this lipbalm I had a cold and nothing was making my lips stay moisturised for more than a minute, and they were getting really tight and uncomfortable - so I knew the Vaseline wasn't working, so figured getting something that's meant to hydrate would probably help at least a little. So I picked this up thinking, I'm not fussed about any colour on my lips, because I'd be wearing it at work anyway - and I was just so annoyed by this point I wanted anything to make my lips feel better! At first when I practically ripped the cardboard and plastic packaging off the balm, without really paying much attention to it, I just wanted to get the balm and try and soothe my poor lips. It comes in a pull off lid, and twist bottom to get the balm pointing out of the opening. Which makes this lip balm very simple, and the fact that it's not very big means you can pop it in your hand bag or in your pocket to quickly whip out when you need it. Which was ideal for me, as it was in and out of my tunic pocket at work as my lips were absorbing it as fast as I was applying it for a short time.
It didn't take a long before I felt like my lips were looking more normal, and the lipbalm really did feel like it was working - as I could apply it and the tightness would disappear and I would generally feel far more comfortable with my face, as before I started using it I was very aware that my lips were red and angry looking, with this balm on I felt like they calmed down quite a bit actually. That has continued since I got rid of the nasty cold a few weeks ago, anytime I feel like my lips are getting a little bit dry I grab this out of my bag and apply it - I've not had any repeated episodes of really dry and chapped lips since, especially with the awful weather we've been having. Admittedly before I go out in the cold I do put a nice thick layer of the stuff on, which does help the wind not catch my lips. The other bonus is that although the balm has no colour to it, the more I put on the pinker my lips look, which I quite like purely because come the winter my lips tend to get quite pale, and it's nice to have something to make them stand out.
A warning though don't leave it in your pocket... It will get really soft, it's nice but you'll end up with loads on without meaning it!
Personally I've found this lipbalm to be really moisturising and hydrating, in both the times where I've had really dry lips, and in the situation where I wanted to prevent it happening. I can't say I have any complaints at all about it, apart from when you expose it to heat it will get a bit soft - but that's the same with any lipbalm of this kind. It's really kind on your skin and lips will make your lips look and feel happier, with a tiny bit of shine but still enough that I can get away with it at work. An ideal piece of kit for your handbag especially this time of year and even more so if you work somewhere air-conditioned. Keeping the idea that Nivea products are high quality in the forefront!
I've had mine a good 8 weeks now, and I'm only just beginning to thing about buying a new one - so has lasted really well for me!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I got mine from asda for £2, it can also be bought in Boots for £1.99 (and points) and £1.49 in superdrug at the moment. Also look out for it online, if you don't mind paying for delivery charges!
This is a review of Nivea's Hydro Care lip balm. I bought this product in a Christmas cracker set which had all small or travel sized Nivea products within. I actually bought it after Christmas for £2.49 (it seemed like a bargain) and I knew there was a competition inside that I wanted to enter!
What's it like?
This is a really neutral clear product so would suit men or women. Cited as Hydro Care, the aqua in this provides great moisturising qualities. You just twist the tube to get to the product and a tube will last months. I just keep mine in a coat pocket and wear it when I wear that coat!
Reminds me of...
This is a bit similar to Lypsyl original I think, although it's not as 'cakey' and goes on smoothly and you can't feel the product on your lips, they just feel a bit greasy in a nice way.
The Hydro care comes in a blue tube with little pictures of bubbles on it to represent the aqua part of it. It has a white base that forms part of the twist up tube.
Price and size
The Hydro Care balm retails at £1.99 but as I mentioned above, mine came in a Christmas cracker set so the unit price would be different. Each tube contains 4.8g of product which is the same size as usual lip salves I think.
This is one of the better lip salves I've used. It really intensely moisturises and lasts on the lips for around an hour. It has no flavour or colour and its main property is making lips nice and smooth which is great in dry and cold weather. I think it is worth the price tag.
I will definitely be buying this again, in fact I'm off for some more of the cracker sets whilst they are still on sale. The lip salve is my favourite product in the set I think and probably the one that will last the longest too!!
I can't recommend this product highly enough. Whilst I will still use my Vaseline, this is easier to apply and clean (you don't get it on your fingers as you apply it like a lipstick) and has no taste so is good to go any time. Just make sure your fella doesn't see it or he might well nab it!
I received a great Nivea gift set for Christmas which I was over the moon with as I do love the Nivea brand and it contained many items including body wash, cream for hands and body and lip balm. I love getting goodie bags full of beauty items especially when I haven't tried the products before. This gift set came with 2 lip balms one being the Nivea pearl and shine and the hydro care. I was more attracted to the pearl and shine if I'm honest but just because I loved the pinkie girlie packaging and the fact that it had shimmer added to it.
The balm comes in a white compartment which is covered in a light blue lid which looks frosted which also looks bullet shaped. It displays the Nivea name and advises that this is the hydro care variety. Packaging is nice considering it is colourful yet sheer it looks a bit nicer than some other brands which can be vibrant.
The balm promises to add intensive moisture to the lips and stop them from drying out. The product is enriched with aloe Vera which helps promote the lips natural moisture to create a light smooth feeling to the lips. The formula is easily absorbed and non-greasy and dermatologically approved.
The consistency of the hydro range is a little bit lighter than the pearl shine as if it is more water based. The balm is white in colour and can be applied straight to the lip as if it was a lipstick. One coat on the top and bottom lip is enough and you can feel immediately that the lip is smoothed and moisturised. This one is colourless although it does make the lips shiny. Product is light enough to be used on an everyday basis and it does exactly what it says.
I can't say anything bad about the Nivea lip care range; they soften, intensely moisturise, improve condition and repair lips. This product is essential for around £2.00
I'm one of those girls that always carries around a lip balm, and who can't live without her Vaseline addiction. When I fancy a change, I opt for a 'regular' lip balm, one that nourishes a little more but that's still easy enough to use inconspicuously and that fits in my pocket. I tried Nivea Hydro care a while ago and think it's 'ok' for me, but I know my boyfriend is actually quite a fan, so it depends on the level of hydration you need.
Nivea is a longstanding, popular brand that I trust for their beauty products, having developed over the years to produce a huge range of things to keep you looking and feeling healthy and naturally beautiful. Probably more well known for their skin care, Nivea also produces lip balms, one of them being 'Hydro Care'.
Hydro Care is a tube lip balm, with a long lid that pulls off to reveal the lip balm, which comes up by twisting the white coloured bottom tube. This has quite a nice design for a tube style lip balm, with a light blue 'lid' that has a white swirly design on it. It's a standard size tube balm, small enough to pop in your bag or pocket without a problem. It looks understated but neutral, enough so that my boyfriend has one. Hey, everyone wants kissably soft lips, right?
This is described as being a balm that 'quickly absorbs and leaves a sensationally soft feeling on your lips... providing an intensive and long lasting moisturisation'.
How does it do this? It mixes a formula of water and aloe vera, the latter being a key ingredient for moisurisation. When I use Vaseline I actually opt for the green Aloe tin, which is another reason I was tempted towards Nivea Hydro. It's designed to moisturise and leave lips soft without being greasy as it absorbs quickly.
The lip balm itself is white, as are most tube-style balms, and it smooths over lips with a smooth glide. It doesn't feel heavy or greasy on, which will probably better use those who have tried Vaseline only to find it too 'wet' / greasy. It's quite dry but it does go over lips softly without dragging too much. You can't really tell that it's on except for a light glimmer of moisturisation, and neither does it really have any sort of scent or taste to put you off.
I can tell I've got this on, at least after its initial application. My lips do feel a touch more hydrated, and smoother too. However, I wouldn't necessarily say this feeling lasts that long. It does well to soften lips if they feel tight, dry or chapped, but it really depends, I think, on how often you use lip balm. Because I'm used to using a lot, and using Vaseline, I'm used to a lot of hydration and quite a greasy / wet formula, so this seems quite dry for me. However, it does still help to repair damage and get lips in to a good condition. For my boyfriend, who just wants a bit of lip care and isn't fussed about having any colour or shine (thankfully) this is just right for him.
Would I recommend? Yes, in the sense that it helps keep lips smooth and hydrated, but I would argue that it depends on what you're looking for. It's not greasy, has no unpleasant taste/fragrance, looks good and is very quick and easy to apply. However, I don't use this as regularly as Vaseline as I'm often looking for more hydration and cover for my lips, hence, for me personally, it's 4 stars.
This can actually bought in Poundland for the bargain price of, you guessed it, £1. Other retailers tend to sell it for closer to the £2 mark (I think Boots sell it for £2.05), but at £1 it's a good buy.
I am a big fan of the brand Nivea and have many products including face creams and cleansers so I thought I would be a fan of this lip balm also but I have to say I was a little disappointed. For the upkeep of lips this balm is fine but for intense moisture quickly for very dry or chapped lips I had to seek treatment elsewhere as Nivea just didn't perform the way I hoped it would.
This lip balm comes in a simple tube, just pop of the lid, screw up the stick and spread across your lips like a lip stick, I much prefer these to tins of lip balms which can get a little messy. It feels nice on the lips and has a nice, light, fresh smell. There is no over powering fragrance or colour added.
The packaging is what drew me to this lip balm in the first place, it was a light, fresh blue and white colour much like its other products. The handy little tube I would be able to use at any time made me want to purchase it
The nivea lip care is not any more expensive than other brands available but I do believe its over priced considering it doesn't work well, i'd much rather spend the same money on something that cures dry, chapped lips in a short period of time
For a while now I've been using a Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm after finding it kicking around in the kitchen drawer. I bought it ages ago and have no idea how much I paid for it but after looking online they seem to sell for around £1.99. Usually I buy 99p Chapsticks so this must have been on offer for me to even consider trying it I think.
The lip balm comes in a lipstick kind of tube with a light blue lid designed I suspect to make us think of water. It comes on a piece of card that tells us it has pure water and aloe vera in it, UV protection and that it locks in moisture. It says on the back it helps provide intensive and long lasting moisturisation, is quickly absorbed thanks to its light formula and non-greasy for smooth and soft lips. It is also skin compatibility and dermatologically approved. All sounds good so far for parched lips!
I started using mine about a month ago and have to say it doesn't look like I've been using it that long but I do only use it after a bath and before I go to sleep at night. The actual balm twists up and is white with no taste. I suffer from very dry lips and they often get sore and chapped which is why I always have a plentiful supply of lip balms to choose from. The idea of this one containing aloe vera appealed to me alot because it's very good for skin and also is said to help whatever ingredients it's mixed with absorb into the skin so in this instance I was thinking about the water getting into my skin.
The balm feels softer than other lip balms and literally melts onto the skin when applied. This doesn't seem to make the product run out faster however and a little goes a long way. Once on it's about as good as other lip balms at staying put and if you were to drink or lick your lips it's gone just as fast. It does however feel very moisturising which I suspect is down to the fact it melts easier than some other brands. As I apply it mostly before bed it stays put for a while longer and if I can't sleep I can feel it on my lips for a couple of hours. As for how well it moisturises lips I'd have to say probably slightly better than other brands, it does feel like it helps add moisture rather than just adding a layer of vaseline type substance on top of the lips. I haven't had such bad dry lips since I've been using it and would happily buy it again.
Overall it does seem to do what it claims and of course the UV protection is a bonus. I'd pay £1.99 for another of these as it's not really expensive and it does help moisturise my dry lips. I've also used it at the corner of my eyes when I get watery eyes for reasons known only to my eyes and it helps prevent the skin getting sore from that too. It's one I'd definitely recommend.