I didn't actually plan on buying this lip balm at all, especially since I have quite a few already! It was a freebie with another Nivea product so I can't tell you how much I paid. A quick search gives £3-4 as the selling price right now.
The innovative formula of NIVEA SOS Lip Relief, with menthol and caring Panthenol, relieves dry and cracked lips, leaving them soft and healthy looking.
HOW IT WORKS
-Instantly relieves very dry and cracked lips
-Smooths lips with a protection barrier enriched with Panthenol
-Provides a cooling effect
-Not suitable for children under 3 years of age
Cera Microcristallina, Octyldodecanol, C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Paraffinum Liquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Panthenol, Aqua, Polyglyceryl-3
Diisostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Menthol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, C20-40 Alkyl Stearate, Cera Alba, Magnesium Sulfate, Magnesium Stearate, BHT, Limonene, Eugenol, Parfum.
I really like the easy-to-carry packing - perfect to throw into a makeup bag or handbag and really easy to use. The applicator is a sloped opening with a hole from which you squeeze out the product. The cool green colours are also very nice on the eyes and make the packaging even more attractive. The smell is actually very similar to talcum powder/baby powder, which is probably not to everyone's taste. The HUGE list of ingredients also scared me, particularly because it's very easy to ingest this into your system when eating. The lip balm is a creamy consistency and comes out white - it actually reminds me of a lipgloss since it looks pretty shiny on the lips. Because of the white colour, after applying your lips do look pale but I really don't mind this since it doesn't look too bad on my lips although it does sit unusually heavily on them. I've found that this product does moisturise, but it's average compared to my other lip balms.
I felt no cooling effect and there was no "instant relief" to my lips...the only thing immediately noticed is the white sheen that can probably look very unnatural and even scary on some people! I can also see some people disliking the fragrance, which was very unnecessary since it is a strong smell that just wafts up your nose. It's not a product I would have purchased anyway, but had I done so, I probably would have been quite annoyed at having been fooled by the "SOS" branding! I prefer more natural lip balms and definitely wouldn't be purchasing since there wasn't anything outstanding about it!
The lip balm comes in a 10ml squeezable small white tube with a light blue screw on lid. The tube has the dark blue oval Nivia trade mark above the product name written in red. The lid screws on tight enough to stay on when in your pocket but loose enough to be able to be removed with gloves on. The tube is very easy to squeeze and if not careful you may end up with half the tube on your lips.
The lip balm is a smooth white cream that spreads very easily over the lips. the cream absorbs quite quickly but leaves the surface of the lips smooth and feeling like they are sealed from the harsh weather. The cream has a faint chemical smell when first applied but this lasts for only a few seconds. The lip balm does not have a taste.
Does it work
I have been using this for a week now and it has been great. My lips are no longer red and cracking they are now smooth and soft. The balm seems to last around 3 hours if I do not eat or drink during which time my lips feel like they have a silky coating This is definitely one of those products that does what it says on the tin. At around £3. 20 it is expensive for a lip balm but it does provide fast results, therefor I would not recommend using this as an everyday lip balm but for anyone whose lips are in need of a little tlc this will deliver instant relief so I think it is worth the expense.
I discovered this about three months ago when I was suffering from a cold and had really painful and chapped lips that were giving me hell. I suffer from dry lips anyway so generally have a wide range of lip balms, but none of these were helping with my lips. So one lunchtime I decided I'd had enough and marched my way to Boots to find a new lip balm. They had a massive selection and I had no idea which one to choose, so many of them say that they moisturise that you don't know which one to go for! Nivea SOS caught my eye because it looked like a cream and I felt like my lips needed to be really moist, rather than have a stick lip balm which dries and disappears in 30 seconds. When I read the description it described exactly what my lips were like - sore, dry and cracked and at £3.20 I thought that I should try it. Nivea are a reputable brand with plenty of skin products and they seem to specialise in moisturising so they seemed like a good brand to go with.
This lipbalm comes in a small (10ml) light aqua colour tube, and has 'SOS Lip Balm' written on it in red writing - well this was definitely a lip emergency! The lip balm itself is a white cream which hasn't really got a strong or overwhelming smell. Of course, I put some on immediately and it is really thick on your lips, creating a thick coating which your lips can then absorb. It is quite noticeable at first because it's so thick, so it's best to rub it in a bit if you're going to be out in public!
This instantly made my lips feel more moisturised and less dry so that instant relief from the soreness and dryness is there, however I was still unsure about whether it would help with the cracked and chapped parts of my lips as often lip balms don't seem to do much for this. I kept applying this regularly, making sure that I had some on before I went outside in the cold because it would act as a protective layer and stop me from licking my lips as they already felt moist! I was pleasantly surprised when my lips started to repair and I noticed that they were less cracked and sore and within a week or so of regular use, my lips were almost back to normal!
I've continued to use this ever since because it leaves my lips really moisturised for a long time, I can still feel it on my lips two hours after applying it, and it helps prevent my lips from becoming cracked and chapped again. Everyone wants soft lips, it's horrible when they're so red and cracked that other people can see that you're suffering with them, and this really does what it says on the tube. My first tube is just starting to run out now, so has lasted me about 3.5 months, which I think is quite good considering it's such a miracle worker!
Nivea SOS Lip balm. This is a sore dry chapped lip cure. Bought it last year in the winter and although it is quite expensive it is worth it. It costs about £3.20 from Boots, but it lasts ages. If you shop about or wait until they are on special offer you will get it cheaper. It doesnt really smell of anything, it is white and comes out in a cream sort of substance but it goes clear on your lips. It is really small so its handy for your bag or even pocket. It really does work trust me. The lip balm has also been dermatologically proven, and instant relief for sore lips. You dont need to apply much for it too work, so it lasts ages. If you suffer from sore lips alot i really do recommend you get this .. you wont be dissapointed .. i wasnt!!
One of my favourites is Nivea SOS Lip Balm currently priced £3.19 at Boots. Mind you as usual I wait until the lip balms are on special offer, which they often are, and buy three for the price of two. You might know Id have a bargain there somewhere!
The lip balm comes fixed to a piece of cardboard by means of clear plastic so all the packaging is recycleable then, so thats a good start as far as I am concerned. The tube itself also ends up in the recycling bag when it is empty too!
The writing on the cardboard promises first aid for lips and instant relief for sore, dry lips. The cream lives up to both of these promises as I will tell you later.
The tube itself is about three inches long (or eight centimetres if you are a youngster!). It is white with a pale turquoise screw cap and contains 10ml of cream. The only marking on the tube is the words Nivea Lip Care SOS Lip Balm on the front and the address of the manufacturers in Germany on the back together with the web site address of www.nivea.com
When the cap is removed the top of the tube is angled similar to a new lipstick in shape, with a hole through which the cream will be squeezed.
There are now two choices for the method of application and I use either depending on how I feel at the time. The main thing in both cases is to squeeze the tube gently you dont need much to cover your lips.
Sometimes I squeeze the cream onto the angled head of the tube and use that to apply the cream directly to my lips and then spread it using either the top of the tube or my finger and other times I squeeze some cream onto my finger and then rub it onto my lips. Either way works just as well. The only problem with using the head of the tube to apply the balm is that I sometimes end up getting the inside of the screw cap a bit messy and have to clean it out.
The consistency of the cream itself is quite thick, but it is easy to spread over the lips. It isnt sticky as such but it does leave a light film coating on your lips after use, which the information on the web site assures me is a protective barrier. The cream has a fairly light fragrance which is best described as flowery and again having looked at the web site I find that it contains Calendula Oil so that figures.
Sadly I find the taste of the cream quite pleasant. I say sadly because I do tend to lick my lips when I am using the cream which means that I have to apply it more frequently. Silly me!
When I use this product I find that my lips feel instantly hydrated, smooth and comfortable. My lips also have a light sheen to them when I use this product. A bit more information form the web site the active ingredient is Panthenol, which I have to admit I have never heard of before!
The cream has been dermatologically approved and is preservative free so I assume that it would still be ideal if your lips were chapped or sore following a cold. I am pleased to say that since moving to Llandudno 5 years ago I have not had a cold so I cant comment on the effectiveness of SOS Lip Balm under these conditions!
All in all I find this cream really effective. It smells nice, it tastes good, it protects, soothes and hydrates my lips and a 10ml tube lasts a long time as it doesnt take much to coat my lips.
The little tube is small enough to fit in the smallest of handbags so I can take it anywhere with me for instant relief.
During my recent attack of flu, I found myself using kitchen roll to blow my nose which had some unfortunate side-effects - firstly, my wife went mad when I used the entire roll and secondly, it made my top lip and nasal area extremely sore.
In fact, the skin directly below my nose was an angry red colour and had more chaps than Bonanza (a 1970s cowboy series for you yougsters out there).
As my runny nose refused to stop streaming fluid I had to keep blowing it and with each tissue used my top lip became worse.
As I am sure Bill Clinton would agree, I needed instant relief.
As I scoured the medicine cabinet a small tube dropped onto the kitchen work surface and at first I mistook it for one of the wife's lip gloss tubes but on closer inspection I noticed that it said "SOS Lip Balm" - just what I needed !
The tube itself is white and around 3 inches in length and has a screw-cap which, when removed, reveals an angled tip similar to a highlighter pen through which the contents can be squeezed.
The wording on the tube reveals that SOS Lip Balm is part of Nivea's lip care range and promises "Instant relief for sore lips".
I squeezed the tube and a small amount of the cream oozed out - it was quite thick and had a pleasant, clean aroma which made me think of flowers and soap (or soapy flowers) for some reason.
I gently rubbed the cream onto my sore lip and nose and was surprised to discover that it was rather viscose and clung to the area it had been applied to making it difficult to spread around. However, I learnt that by applying smaller amounts I didn't need as much cream and avoided rubbing my already sore skin more than was necessary as it simply soaked into the skin beneath.
Another surprise was that this cream really did give instant relief - the rawness on my skin began to fade within about 20 seconds of applying it.
That's right - 20 seconds, not minutes.
I applied the cream every couple of hours and after 1 day, my skin was almost back to normal save for a tiny amount of redness.
Having done a small amount of research I discovered that SOS Lip Balm contains Calendula Oil and Panthenol to protect and repair the skin.
It is also free of any kind of preservatives so as not to irritate chapped skin.
The tube which I had was a 10ml size which sounds small but as you only need a tiny amount it lasts a very long time.
My wife paid £2.89 for it from a local chemist.
So if you are unfortunate to suffer from dry, chapped skin then give this a go as it really does give instant relief.
Provides first aid for sore, dry and cracked lips /