Product Type: Nivea Lip Care
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Nivea Pure & Natural Lip Balm
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Nivea Pure & Natural Lip Balm
Advantages: Cheap, smells nice.
Disadvantages: Not long lasting enough
My lip balm of choice is the Body Shop Hemp lip protector, so when mine ran down to a stub a few days ago, I was in desperate need of a replacement. In this harsh weather, my poor lips take a beating and always feel dry and tight. However, the BS lip balms aren't the cheapest at £4 each and I wondered if I would get just as much benefit trying another brand. During my regular grocery trip to Asda, I managed to find this Nivea balm for a mere £1.50, which seemed most reasonable in comparison to BS.
I like my lip balms to be as natural as possible. I don't like the idea of putting chemicals on my lips, especially as there is a high possibility of the balm being swallowed at some point. The Nivea Pure and Natural range boasts 100% organic ingredients and uses lovely stuff like jojoba and shea butter to moisturise instead of nasty petroleum based ingredients. The balm also contains milk and honey extracts.
The balm is in stick form and the stick itself is a yellow colour, although the colour does not transfer to the lips. The balm feels very creamy when you put it on, much creamier than my BS balm, which was more greasy than creamy. There was a definite scent of honey to the balm, although I could not taste anything when I licked my lips. The balm left a nice gloss to the lips and felt instantly hydrating and moisturising.
My slight problem with the balm was that it did not seem to last long on the lips. My previous balm would go quite a few hours without needing reapplication, whereas this one wore off very quickly and needed topping up constantly. Once the balm had worn off my lips, my lips soon felt dry and tight again, so it seemed to offer no lasting benefit to the lip area. I find I have to top up the balm every hour or so, which means that it is wearing down very quickly indeed.
Because of this I question whether this balm is better value than my £4 BS one because it needs applying more often and will wear out a lot quicker. I did manage to get quite a few months use out of my prevous balm. Also, my usual balm does soften the lips and even after it has rubbed off, the lips stay soft. They don't with the Nivea one.
The good points about the balm are the price, the nice scent and the fact it does not contain artifical nasties. Unfortunately, it just does not measure up to its predecessor and once this tube wears out, it will be back to Body Shop for me. In short; nice for cosmetic use, but for severe lip dryness, this just isn't up to the job.
Summary: Wish it lasted longer.
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