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I bought this lip balm on a whim really last year I had been given some birthday money by my father to treat myself to something and I thought this along side another Origins product fitted the bill. That coupled with an offer at Boots for extra points swayed me into buying the balm.
This is a lip balm from The Dr Andrew Weil range in Origins. For those that haven't heard of Origins before they are an international company that specialises in producing Skin care make up and body products from natural and organic materials. All Origins products contain no parabens, petroleum based products paraffin or animal ingredients bar cruelty free honey and beeswax. They also don't test their products or ingredients on animals.
The lip balm comes in a cardboard packet that when you open it up reveals a white and dark green tube. Unlike a lot of lip balms this one is flattish oval in shape. It comes with a white lid and a twisting wheel at the bottom to lower and raise the lip balm for you to put it on. The weight of the balm on the one I purchased is 4 grams.
As Origins products don't contain any petroleum based products this lip balm is different to the majority on the market as there is no Vaseline or petroleum base. The base of the lip balm is various other oils including Cocoa Butter, Jojoba, Sunflower and Sesame Seed Oils. It also contains Muru Muru ,Turmeric and Candillila. All of this Origins claims "seriously helps heal dryness and relieve roughness. Rapidly restores softness and smoothness to overly parched lips"
The balm itself is a light yellow colour not dissimilar to the colour of butter. I think the colour is probably attributable to the Turmeric really. The smell is lightly spicy and you can definitely smell the turmeric in the balm though it is not overpowering.
The texture of the balm is lovely and smooth and there is no gritty sensation to this at all. The oils in the balm seem to make it very smooth solid oil for the balm. It is not sticky like most lip balms that leave a thick film over you lips but it seems to leave a small coating of the oils. It is a lighter coating than say lipstick or lip gloss. The only way I can describe it really is it is a bit like having smooth skin after putting body butter over it. The balm does give a faint shine but not as powerful shine or gloss as a lip gloss. The balm just glides on to the lips without any dragging. It also doesn't leave a nasty residue like some lip balms I have tried. In fact I would go as far to say as this product is absorbed by the lips to sooth them. The first few times I applied this because it did just leave such a small amount on my lips I wondered had I actually put enough on and ran the balm several times over my lips but I have to say that didn't produce any better results than just one coat so I quickly reverted to just putting on one coat
Now part of the reason I had chosen this was due to having very dry lips in winter that often get a bit chapped and flaky. I had hoped that the moisturising and healing benefits of this balm would cure me of these problems and then provide an ongoing moisturizer for my lips. Well I have to say this product wowed me on this front. I put some on the day I bought it as I had some flakiness to my lips and the effect of soothing my lips was immediate. They seemed to go from feeling stingy and hot to calm and less itchy straight away and they felt soothed. This also meant that I was the less likely to try to peel the flakes off my lips too. I applied this 2 or 3 times that day and by the next morning they were visibly better by 3 days later they had completely healed and felt back to the way they do in the summer months when they are not exposed to drying central heating and bitterly cold winds. I then for the rest of the winter and spring would apply this once a day and found this to be enough to make sure my lips didn't become dry flaky and sore. As the warmer days came back this fell to the bottom of my handbag only to be retrieved a couple of weeks ago when my lips started to feel tight and a dry again. I found the benefits worked just as quick this time and my lips are healed and moisturized again.
Overall and recommendation
I would definitely recommend this lip balm to people who suffer from flaky dry lips as this product doesn't just sooth the lips but heals them too. It isn't a cheap buy at about £13 for the balm from Boots. But the one tube I bought last year is still going strong after daily use last winter and spring so I do think this product lasts well. When I put it back into action this autumn it is still working as well as it did one the first day I bought it so even though it is made from natural products there doesn't appear to be any change in its efficacy after a year in use.