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      20.08.2014 10:29
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      little green tin

      Ok, so its not pink like the Superdrug little pink tin but it is just as good as the pink version except this one is green and hence called the Superdrug little soothing green tin and its my constant companion in my handbag as its so good and so handy and really works well on my lips. 


      Inside the tin you will find a Lip Therapy Lip Balm which Superdrug say, "softens and soothes dry and cracked lips." It's basically a solid small tin of petroleum jelly. I love it when you get a new tin because the formula is perfect and smooth and I love getting my finger and being the first to use this balm. The substance is much like a wax substance although it is not as sticky as wax. As soon as you rub your finger across the mixture it comes away on your finger and you can then apply it to your lips. I find that you really only need a bit of the lip balm and it smoothes onto my lips really well. It does keep them nice and smooth and I like how it keeps them that way throughout the day. What I like about this lip balm is that its just very simple and plain but works well. There is also added aloe vera in the formula too which always works well on my skin and I'm glad of the inclusipn in this lip balm as I feel it adds that extra touch of softness that other lip balms don't have.


      The great thing about this lip balm is that it has an apple flavour to it. It smells really delicious and when you apply it to your lips its quite subtle and not overpowering and fruity like some apple flavours can be. 


      The tin measures about 5cm in diameter and 1.5cm deep. The tin has a circular lid that is sometimes hard to get on but good because it stays on and if the jelly does get hot and melts a little the nice thing is none escapes because the lid is on so tightly. The size makes it the perfect lip balm to put in a bag and I have a few of these dotted around in various bags when I need to reapply during the day. The tin is well made and I have never had a problem with the lid coming off and making a mess in my bag as its a nice tight fit.

      The balm gives my lips a bit of a shine but nothing too over the top which is nice. I like to use this balm right before I go to bed as well because it works perfectly over night and I always think my lips feel a bit dry at night without it. I can apply it and not worry that the balm will stain my pillowcase or anything like that because it is so plain.


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      23.01.2014 21:06
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      A tin that's well worth buying.

      The little green tin is an aloe vera lip balm by Superdrug. I first bought one of these tins years ago and have since bought more.

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      It's called the little green tin for a good reason. It's 20g and the balm comes in a small green tin that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and can easily be slipped into your pocket or handbag to take with you.

      The lid can be twisted or pulled off. As the tin isn't very deep I sometimes find it hard to get the lid off straight away. I have long nails and I think they tend to get in the way when I try and twist it off although they can help with pulling the lid off as I can get my nails under the ridge of the lid to pull it up.

      The tin I have says the little green tin on it in light green but it seems the design has changed a little as the writing appears bigger and white and with a star as the side.

      It's a good solid tin. It's been thrown in my bag and I can't really see any dents although the colour has scuffed off a little in places, especially around the bottom of the tin.

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      The balm is basically petroleum jelly with aloe vera in it. It's quite smooth and easy to apply as you simply put some on your finger and onto your lips. In cold weather it is slightly harder to apply though I've found as it seems much more solid. At room temperature it's fine. When it's slightly warm it tends to have a greasier feel and, although far from runny, doesn't seem as solid.

      I'm not sure what I'd say it smells of but it's not a horrible smell. I guess it's probably a mixture of the apple and aloe vera.

      It works really well and I do think the aloe vera helps too.

      I used to use this most morning on the way to college and it lasted me well. You don't need to use much and not only does it help for dry lips but cracked lips too. It helps to repair my lips and protects them from getting any worse. For a while I didn't have any moisturiser on me and my knuckles were really dry so I occasionally used to just put a little bit of this on and it helped them too. It certainly isn't better than using moisturiser but it was great to have this on me as I'm sure my skin would have cracked without it.

      This is also my go to product whenever I have a cold and am constantly blowing my nose rather than just using Vaseline. I find the aloe vera in it helps soothe the skin whereas Vaseline doesn't quite have that same effect.

      It does give your lips a bit of a gloss. Obviously if you use it on your nose others will probably be able to tell so it's best to use it at home when you're not going out.

      I'm useless when it comes to remembering or bothering to put lip balm on which is often why I used to end up using it on my way to college rather than before setting out. So there were probably times where, although this really helped, I should have re-applied it later on in the day or the next morning because my lips had been really bad, but I didn't. However, this certainly does last well.

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      You can buy these from Superdrug for 99p. The Superdrug website also currently says there is an offer of buy one get one half price. For 99p you really can't go wrong.

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      Overall I really like the little green tin. It works well and it's pretty cheap too.

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      23.04.2013 21:09
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      A lovely little tin!

      I wouldn't say I am the kind of person who is continuously puts Vaseline on their lips. I tend to just do it if I have sore lips or if I am going out for the night. However, having said that I always like to make sure I have a tin of lip balm with me in my bag at all times. I usually stick to 'plain' petroleum jelly, although I do sometimes like to try other flavours. One which I recently tried is this 'Little Green Tin' from Superdrug which is apple flavoured.

      The tin itself is green all over and very small and cute; great as it fits easily in your bag. To get to the lip balm you need to pull the lid off - sometimes I find that this can be quite hard to get off at times.

      The balm has a slight apple scent which is a nice and refreshing - a nice change from 'plain' lip balm. It's not overly strong and so it's definitely not too sweet or overpowering - it's just right. You only need a little bit; simply swipe a clean finger over the lip balm and apply to lips. I find that this balm instantly soothes my lips and the balm just melts into the lips. It's important not to put your used finger back in to the balm in the tin (to avoid bacteria coming into contact with the balm). I find a big difference in the condition of my lips after just one use of this lip balm - it really makes a big difference and makes my lips all moist. I find that I don't need to re-apply for a good couple of hours which is good.

      I only put a little bit on my lips as I find that if I put too much on, when it melts around my mouth ends up looking and feeling really greasy - I also find that I can get spots around my lips and chin if it smudges onto the skin around my lips.

      I also find that this lip balm is handy for other places too. For example in the winter I get sore, cracked hands and just a little on my knuckles does wonders. You don't just have to put this on when you have sore lips - it's also good for using as a nice gloss for when you go out.

      A tin of this costs just 99p which I think is excellent value for money as a tin does last a while (obviously it depends on how much you use it, but I find a tin like this can last me a good few months. There is also a Little Pink Tin which I also love.

      All in all, I would definitely recommend this Little Green Tin.

      Thanks for reading!
      April 2013
      Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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      12.02.2013 17:16
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      Worth buying unless you really want the apple flavouring to be strong

      While I like to use Vaseline's little round tins of petrolum jelly as a lip soothing balm, I have also noticed that they are not the cheapest product available. I have been known to refill the little tins with Vaseline from a larger tub! Several people have recommended the Superdrug own brand equivalent of the product, so when I saw they were on offer for 99p down from £1.39, I decided to give one a try. There are 4 or so to choose from, but as they were all the same price I decided to opt for the "Little Green Tin" which has the addition of aloe vera. I have found that other lip products containing that seem to work especially well on my lips.


      THE PRODUCT

      As you can tell from the product name, it comes in a small green tin. [20g] On the back of the tin comes the claims that the balm will moisturise, soothe and soften dry and cracked lips. It adds that the aloe vera will offer extra conditioning properties and that the product has a "great apple flavour". I hadn't noticed the last fact before purchase and I wasn't sure I would like the apple taste. This is because flavoured lip balms don't seem to last as long as plain ones for me, probably becuse I subconsciously lick my lips throughout the day. I have also tried some scented/favoured balms that taste really artificial and unpleasant. I do generally like apples though, so I was willing to give it a go.



      FIRST IMPRESSIONS

      I like the compact little size as it doesn't take up much room in my pocket or make up bag. I sometimes find the comparable tins from Vaseline hard to open, but for some reason I fnd the Superdrug ones much less fiddly. I think they have a more pronounced rim which gives you something to lever upwards. I think that the design is quite sweet. It isn't fancy but being bright green it is hard to miss in my bag.

      When I first opened the tin, I was surprised that the balm didn't really smell of apple. I know the packaging only promised it will taste of that, but it does have a general fruity aroma. I would have thought if they added scent, it would make sense to make it more "appley". It does smell pleasant though and not too sweet and sickly. I actually only noticed it when I deliberately sniffed the tin - so it isn't very strong.


      PUCKER UP

      The balm is mainly made of "petrolatum" so it is essentially the same as Vaseline when I compare the ingredients. It looks like any other petrolum jelly like product but it seems a bit more firm in texture to me. This makes it slightly less messy to apply in my opinion, because it is less easy to transfer more than you need on your fingers. It can still leave you fingertips with a bit of any oily feel and so I am careful to wipe them with tissue after applying it. I think lipstick like balms have the advantage there but this Superdrug tin isnt any worse than other ones you apply with your fingers.

      It feels relatively heavy on the lips so I have to careful not to use too much. Having said that, it does smooth on easily and it feels instantly soothing if your lips are dry. It sits on the surface which helps it look like a nice clear lip gloss when used on it's own. I like the fact it offers a subtle sheen to the lips but doesn't make them look greasy. I sometimes apply this over lipstick too, and it works fine and doesn't dilute the lip colour.

      I can taste the apple flavour on my lips but it is very subtle. For me this is a good thing as I would probably lick my lips too often if the taste was too obvious. If you really wanted a strong and long asting apple taste you would be disappointed though. For me the flavour lasts for less time than the balm does. I have to re-apply it every couple of hours or after eating or drinking. This is actually the case with most soothing balms for me, and considering the low price, I don't mind using it several times a day.


      WOULD I RECOMMEND THE LITTLE GREEN TIN?

      My lips always feel better after using this.The packaging says it will soothe the lips rather than prevent them drying out in the first place but I think it does both. I use it before I go outside to work and I think it makes a barier to prevent moisture loss. They certainly feel better if I use it to prevent problems and not just treat them. I wouldn't say it instantly makes dried lips soft and supple again with just one use, but if re-applied frequently, it does after a day or so. I like the fact it doesn't make my lips feel too sticky, and it is nice enough to use as a lip gloss even if my lips are otherwise fine. I wouldn't say the addition of aloe vera makes this more misturising than other similar products for me, so I may try a different variety next time I buy a Superdrug Little Tin. I noticed that some come with an SPF factor which will be useful in the summer for me. I wouldn't buy this for the apple flavour but if that doesn't matter too much to you I would definitely recommend it. I think any downside such as frequent application are the same for other products made from the same ingredients and are not down to the fact the this is an own brand version.

      Available at Superdrug only, naturally enough. BUAV approved - not tested on animals.

      [This review is also on Ciao under the same user name.x

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      10.02.2013 23:15
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      Okay, but not as good as vaseline

      I have to be very careful when it comes to lip balms as those with a lot of strong perfumes or fragrances do not agree with my lips and would end up irritating the skin around them. I therefore tend to always stick to vaseline products for my lips. Recently my little vaseline tin had finished, and I happened to be in Superdrug and having read positive reviews about their little tins of lip therapy which are the equivalent of vaseline at a cheaper price, I thought it was worth trying. There were several of these little tins to choose from, including a pink one and this green one with aloe vera, retailing at a very reasonable 99p!

      This little green tin is easy to see on the shelf, given that it is green in colour, and it is a great size, fitting into a coat pocket or a pocket in a handbag, or even just in a make up bag. I liked the fact that there was aloe vera in this product, which is meant to have soothing and conditioning qualities. There is also an apple flavour to this lip therapy which slightly put me off when I was thinking about buying it, given I have to be careful, but I thought I would give it a go.

      When you open this little green tin, it looks exactly like vaseline, and in fact, when you look at the ingredients making up this lip salve, it is primarily petroleum jelly. I wouldn't say that I notice a strong apple flavour when I apply this lip salve. Yes, there is a hint of something probably more melon like than apple if I'm honest, but it is pleasant none the less. I certainly wouldn't recommend buying it simply for the scent.

      This is a perfect time of year to really get testing this product, given how cold it had been a few weeks ago. When I put the lip salve on, my lips did feel moisturised and protected however, the feeling didn't last, and I actually felt my lips quite dry after using this when it had settled down. To have that moisturised feeling again, I needed to reapply regularly, which I don't have to do as much with my vaseline cocoa butter lip salve.

      All in all, I was disappointed with this product. Initially you do feel as if it does look after your lips, but in fact, I found that it dried out my lips as well. The apple fragrance didn't irritate which was a positive benefit of this product, but I just didn't think the moisturising protection of this product really lasts. With my vaseline cocoa butter I could apply it in the morning, and maybe later in the day, and my lips did not feel chapped at all, even in the cooler weather, and I think spending the few pennies extra is worth it!

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      28.06.2012 21:14
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      super little lip moisturiser from superdrug

      The little green tin is a lip balm quite similar to the vaseline tins but is from the Superdrug brand.

      As I have mentioned before I always have this constant feeling that my lips are dry so lick them incessantly which of course makes them worse! As a result I am an obsessed hoarder of lip moisturisers and lip glosses that I keep laying around in my numerous bags/in my car/in my bedroom/in the bathroom etc for all occasions. At the moment this little green tin lives in my work bag!

      It is highly cheap and cheerful costing only 99p for a 20g tin. It is essentially petroleum jelly with a hint of aloe vera, so in my eyes just the same as the vaseline version only marginally cheaper! It is an opaque jelly with a slightly yellow/green tinge to it. In regards to application I simply use my index and glide it across the tin so my finger is moist and apply it to my lips in horizontal brushes. Honestly, not much is needed at all for good coverage and leaves my lips soft and moisturised! hoorah!

      In comparison, this does last longer on my lips than regular vaseline does! (meaning i'm not applying it anywhere near as often as I do when using regular vaseline tins) It is a simple moisturiser so doesn't give my lips any colour or gloss but often thats the least of my worries! The aloe vera is an added bonus as it smells nice and has a lovely soothing effect on my lips.

      My only gripe with this product is it's like a bank safe - almost impossible to break in to! It's so annoying! Once I'm inside I'm often reluctant to want to put the lid back on in case it takes me 10 mins to open it again! You proper have to twist and turn the lid and dig your nails under to open it. I have had more than 1 tin and experienced difficulties with all so I know it was not a one off.

      In any case, I would still recommend this handy little tin as it does the job and is only 99p!

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        28.11.2011 18:22
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        I will continue to buy this and I like the little tin

        I shop in Superdrug every now and again, mainly as there is a branch almost next door to where I work and it is just too tempting - I just can't walk past, I have to have a look inside a couple of times a week, just to have a nose about. It was from Superdrug that I bought my Little Green Tin (yes, that's its name). It is a small metallic 20g tin of (basically) petroleum jelly. It is actually meant to be apple flavoured but I am struggling with this a little bit. To say the flavour / smell of apples is subtle is a massive understatement - I really do find it hard to detect any fruity smell at all with this product.

        The primary ingredient in the Little Green Tin is petroleum jelly and I use it as a barrier / shield to protect my lips against harsh winds and cold weather, primarily during the winter months. My lips are prone to dryness and cracking and I find this works reasonably well at protecting them from the elements.

        I would not say this product works well at actually moisturising my lips at all once they are parched. It will not hydrate them but what it is good at is preventing them from getting any worse. I usually use a lip moisturiser underneath and then apply the Little Green Tin on top, just to act as a sealant.

        The product sits on top of my lips and gives them a nice sheen and to be honest, isn't a lot different from good old Vaseline. I suppose I use this just because it looks a bit nicer remving it from my handbag during the day and applying it to my lips than it would if I was applying a jar of Vaseline!

        It contains Aloe Vera (but this is way down on the list of ingredients - last, I think) and I buy the one with SPF 15 which costs about 20p more than the one you can buy without an SPF. The choice is yours.

        It lasts a long time and you only need to apply a small amount in order to create a good barrier against the harsh winter winds. I use it just about every day, especially whilst I am waiting at freezing cold bus stops in force 9 gales.

        Do I recommend it? Yes I do actually. As I say, it's a bit classier than pulling a jar of Vaseline out of your bag. It works well and acts as a good barrier / lip gloss but I am probably a bit disappointed in the lack of smell / aroma.

        Review also posted on Ciao as dawnieG

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          01.10.2011 19:16
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          Can't fault this product - 5/5

          My collection of lip balms and glosses is ridiculously massive and about 50% of it is made up of tins of vaseline. With vaseline you can't really go wrong, it moisturizes and protects your lips and also gives them a nice subtle shine. I got this particular tin of vaseline from Superdrug. It is there own brand of vaseline and they have a variety of different types to choose from. I own all of the other coloured tins (pink and blue) so picked this up a few weeks ago. It is available in store in all Superdrug stores and it can also be purchased via the Superdrug website. This vaseline is a total bargain at 99p and it is 20p or so cheaper than the other vaseline in the same range. The packaging is quite minimal but at the same time really cute. It comes in a little circular pocket sized tin which is made of a lightweight metal. It is a lovely shade of green with silver writing on the lid. The writing reads 'the little green tin' and has the well known Superdrug star logo on the left hand corner. It also has Aloe Vera written in smaller writing, letting the customer know that this particular product contains aloe vera, which provides extra conditioning which I think is pretty good for the price of the product. I wouldn't go as far as saying that the packaging is unisex but it's definetly not over the top girly.

          The tin contains a generous 20 grams of product. The tin is small enough to fit into my pocket or bag without any issues, it's very compact and isn't bulky or awkward to carry about. The packaging overall is good - it's convinient to take out and about for whenever my lips feel dry and it's cute, but the only downside to the tin is that the lid is quite hard to prise off and I often resort to using my nails to pull it open. The vaseline looks the same as any other vaseline and the texture is also similar - it's white in colour with a soft, waxy texture. I was half expecting it to be green, but it isn't! It has a nice sweet scent which according to the product description on the Superdrug website is apple, but it smells more like aloe vera in my opinion. Applying the vaseline is easy and I just rub my finger over it until I have a decent amount on my finger and then run my finger along my bottom lip, leaving a thin layer of the vaseline, and smack my lips together. It absorbs quickly, providing moisture and hydration for my lips. The vaseline isn't sticky or greasy if you apply a small amount. It doesn't taste sweet and just has that sort of subtle waxy taste to it. This product does a great of keeping my lips feeling hydrated and looking healthy, the smell is a nice feature to the product as most vaseline isn't scented, and I also like the packaging. This is a bargain at 99p and a 20g tin lasts for around the 3 week mark with daily use so I really can not fault this product.

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          14.06.2011 15:39
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          A decent barrier balm, but does nothing to hydrate parched lips

          Superdrug little green tin

          I haven't been able to afford my favourite treatment lip balms for a while now and have been on the lookout for the cheapest possible that gives a good result. My favourite so far was a £1.49 boots own brand balm which I will still buy when I'm able. However after seeing a few reviews for the Superdrug little green/pink/blue tin I thought I'd give it a try.

          The little tins contain 20gs and come with or without a factor 15 spf, without they cost 99p and with they are £1.39 each - online the price is given as £1.25 was £1.39, as I didn't buy this version I don't know if the saving would have shown up at the till, if you are buying at a store and it shows the higher price, I would ask about the new lower price. I have to admit that part of what attracted me to this product was the pretty metallic coloured tins. The ones in my local Superdrug mostly have a little star on them and are all metallic, there were some mixed in that looked like the product picture here. I'm not sure whether my shop has older stock or if the picture is a bit out of date.

          I went for the Little Green Tin with Aloe Vera without spf. The main constituent of this tin is petroleum jelly (Vaseline), there are other moisturising ingredients in this option however they are quite far down on the ingredient list, (I've included the short ingredient list further down). From this list I can see that Aloe is the last ingredient, therefore the smallest constituent ingredient of the product, which is a shame as Aloe is renowned for its healing moisturising qualitites

          The claim on the tin reads "Moisturises, softens and soothes dry and cracked lips. With Aloe Vera for extra conditioning, and a great apple flavour".

          What I found on opening the tin looks identical to Vaseline, which I don't mind as it's about the same price perhaps a little cheaper than Vaseline's own lip tin. There is a very subtle taste and scent it's a bit indistinct fairly pleasant, but I don't really recognise it as apple. While Vaseline was fine as a barrier treatment for my lips when younger, I feel I need something that actually adds moisture to my lips these days rather than just keeping in what is there already. When I started using it I was hopeful that the additional ingredients would achieve this.

          I can't help being a bit disappointed with this product, after reading all the great reviews I was fairly confident that it would do the trick, but for me it doesn't. The addition of sunflower oil, and small amounts of Aloe Vera doesn't improve the way the balm works on my lips, it doesn't penetrate the skin barrier to add moisture at all, which to be honest I wouldn't expect from an oil such as sunflower or vaseline, but I had hoped the aloe would have been more moisturising. However as it's the smallest ingredient perhaps there simply isn't enough to make a difference. It may be my imagination but the extra ingredients seem to actively reduce the effectiveness of the petroleum jelly base on my lips. The barrier coating doesn't last particularly long and I need to re-apply it frequently to maintain a comfortable feeling.

          For me plain Vaseline is more effective than this product. I may have a mild intolerance for one of the ingredients, who knows... I am full of allergies so I wouldn't rule this out as the reason that this product doesn't work well for me, especially as it has so many other positive reviews. At 99p - £1.39ish its worth giving it a try, I won't buy it again, but don't feel as if I've wasted my money as I will use it up, but I will need to supplement it with something like Blistex once or twice a day too.

          Ingredients

          Petrolatum, isopropyl, palminate, aroma, benzyl alcohol, helianthus annuus seed oil (sunflower seed oil as it's more commonly known) limonene, aloe ferox leaf extract

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            05.06.2011 23:38
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            Great handbag essential.

            I like to carry around lip balm with me at all times, and the most recent one is the Superdrug Little Green Tin. Usually I always carry Vaseline around with me, but recently I have been noticing that the price of Vaseline just seems to be rocketing up, therefore I thought this could be an alternative cheaper 'Vaseline'. To my knowledge there was a little blue tin, as well as a pink one also. But this one stood out to me far more for various reasons.

            Firstly, the packaging of this is very cute. It is much more different to other lip balms and is very bright and colourful, which also makes it useful when you are rummaging through your bag to try and find it, as it stands out quite well. It opens up easily unlike other lip balms in tins as I can never get them open, and I had no problems in getting into this.

            One of the first things you notice when you open this up is the smell of it. The flavour of 'The Little Green Tin' is apple, and to be perfectly clear I would not normally have picked apple as one of my favourite scents of lip balm, but something about this little beauty has an incredible scent. It is really apple like and quite sweet, however it is not too overpowering. Due to this, it also means that it tastes fantastic on your lips and is a delight to wear.

            When applying it, you just rub your finger into the tin to get some product before applying directly to the lips. It is very smooth and comes on to your finger very quickly and you don't have to spend ages trying to get the product on to your finger. When applying to the lips it glides over smoothly and leaves your lips looking and feeling fabulous. Due to it being so moisturising and smooth, it means it works slightly as a kind of lip gloss, as it is quite noticeable on your lips, however this just helps to give a nice little shine to them.

            In addition to this, it contains aloe vera which helps with the moisturising element, and this means that it works absolute wonders for dry and chapped lips. You do not even have to reapply it that often, but I would recommend carrying it around in your bag at all times, because it can save my lips when they are having a sore day.

            It is only available in Superdrug stores or online on their website, and it retails for 99p which is absolutely fantastic for how high quality the product is. I love wearing this, the smell is great, as is the taste, and it keeps my lips moisturised and smooth for hours at a time. I would even go as far as to say that I prefer this to Vaseline, and in future I will be sure to repurchase this a number of times because it is just that great. A perfect handbag essential which definitely deserves a five star rating. Thank you for reading.

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            29.05.2011 17:41

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            Absolute must-have!

            This little tin is a beauty staple for me - I work in a warehouse and the air conditions in those places dry my lips up dead quickly! My lips get chapped, and if I go without lip balms they split easily, this little tin clears up those problems incredibly quickly and it's such a nice, handy size to carry around. I keep this in my pocket at work and apply throughout the day - and even using it as often as I do, the product lasts ages.
            It's basically a cheaper alternative to Vaseline lip pots, but equally, if not more, effective and for under £1 it's brilliant. I can't say I've really noticed the apple scent on the balm, however it doesn't take anything away from this product in my opinion.
            You can also get the Superdrug tins in blue (plain) and pink (SPF) but I find the aloe vera tin is the best at clearing up chapped lips - I couldn't go without it!

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            08.12.2010 17:36
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            Not my favourite lip balm, that's for sure, but a cheap standby.

            I am currently feeling rather ill and, sitting here in my sick bed, was wondering what I could review next. Then I realised that I hadn't yet reviewed one of the products which has helped me feel more comfortable over the past few days, as yuckiness presented itself in yet another way - horrible chapped lips. Here it is, my saviour, Superdrug's Little Green Tin.

            As I'm sure many of you will be aware, especially after seeing the picture, this is essentially not a great deal more than "just a tin of Vaseline". On the whole I'm not too keen on using Vaseline on my lips - I find it greasy and annoying - however when I am ill and have serious chapping going on, I need something that is going to moisturise for a while, rather than sinking in easily (which I would normally prefer). I dug out this little tin, which I had received last year as a stocking filler, and I must say I have noticed a big difference already in the comfort and moisture of my lips.

            Superdrug have a range of these "lip therapy" tins which, let's face it, are lovingly ripped off from the Vaseline versions. I tried about three of the Vaseline versions before giving them up as a bad job, hating the texture, yet this, despite being based on petroleum, is somehow far less greasy. It could be the weather, however even when kept in my pocket or in a warm room it remains much harder which means a thin layer can be applied, rather than sticky globs Vaseline-style.

            The green version which I am reviewing contains aloe vera, which of course has soothing properties when applied to the skin, and that can only be a plus on painful lips. I have tried a couple of other aloe-infused balms (yes, including Vaseline's version) and found them to taste and smell rather strange. Sadly this is no exception. I appreciate that some natural ingredients can have a strong odour or taste that is difficult to mask, yet studying the small print of this tin, I noticed that Superdrug are trying to say it tastes like apple. Not only that but they go as far as to say it has a "great apple flavour". Well, I don't see that at ALL. I know the tin is green but...no. While it is sweeter and odder-tasting/scented than other aloe balms, it is in no way, shape or form apple!

            Moisture-wise, this balm is pretty decent. Like I said, I normally would not opt for something containing petroleum as the main ingredient unless I needed desperate help (I prefer subtly moisturising products eg Nivea), but my lips do feel noticeably softer. The balm does not sink in easily at all, and does feel greasy, although as I said not as bad as similar products. If I was carrying out a normal day rather than sitting in bed sick, I would no doubt get aggravated with the texture as I talked, ate and drank. No doubt why this product hasn't seen a great deal of use from me to date.

            I do like that you can use the balm all over the body. I have been dabbing some onto my nose, which has become a little chapped due to it running, and that also feels a bit better.

            A 20g tin will last a very long time and at £1.27 is definitely a bargain, although I can really only recommend this for someone who, like me, is ill and suffering chapped lips as a result, or already opts to use Vaseline. For those who dislike greasy or heavy balms, this is a definite no-go.

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            24.10.2010 23:54
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            The little green tin is something that I just randomly picked up in Superdrug when I was paying for something more expensive, I spotted this placed strategically at the till and impulsively bought it as it looked really good value and quite useful!

            As the name suggests, it is packaged in a 'little green tin,' which is pretty much the same as the Vaseline tin apart from that it is Superdrug's own brand. It is very durable as I have had it for around a year now and it has been in the bottom of many bags and mainly kept its same shape although some of the green paint has chipped off it! The only problem which I have encountered with the packaging is that sometimes the tin gets a bit stuck and it is hard to open it, but this doesn't happen too often and it can always be opened in the end.

            In effect it is basically the exact same as Vaseline: Aloe Vera, but with slightly different branding and packaging, it certainly works just as well as far as I can see. The green lipbalm works wonders for my chapped lips, regular applications of a few times a day have really improved the dryness, it's a really easy thing to have in my bag and just pull out at random moments! It doesn't have any colour when on your lips, so you could wear a colour over it, and it has no smell. At only 99p it seems like such good value since it lasts for ages, the Vaseline version is a few pounds more expensive and I don't really see the point when this version lasts so long and does the job fine! I'd totally recommend this.

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            09.08.2010 19:34
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            It's good, it works and it's cheap

            Superdrug - The Little Green Tin Aloe Vera

            THE PRODUCTS:
            It's a small, pocket size tin, 20g.
            It doesn't look especially amazing, but I wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen with it.
            It's an alternative to Vaseline Lip Therapy, it does the same thing

            PRODUCT PERFORMANCE:
            I don't like to use lip balm I a tub, because I don't like having that residue on my fingers. However, it's cheap, and I desperately needed some lip balm, so I bought it. Anyway, it's a colourless lip balm, so it's good if you don't want to use colour, if you want to have bare, but luscious lips!

            I bought this from Superdrug for about £1.27 (I think)

            I don't like this consistency as much as Vaseline, because it's a bit thicker and more gel like.
            However, it works just as well.
            Application is easy though - It's not messy, it doesn't run, and it doesn't stain if it gets on fabric as well.

            The scent is subtle, and I couldn't really complain.

            Did it have lasting effects?
            It leaves your skin feeling soft for quite a few hours, so you may only have to reapply once in the day.

            Also, because it is oil based, it creates a seal on your skin, so your lips will be protected in the cold weather.
            This product can also be used on dry skin on other parts of your body, as long as you apply only a small amount.


            PROS:
            Price (it's cheaper than Vaseline), subtle scent, small tin than can be carried around easily

            CONS:
            I don't like finger application, but there are no cons

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              you may hate this and stick to normal vaseline!

              I picked this aloe vera tin cause it was green and I thought if it was going to any different to normal vaseline or will it be different? So it was worth a try!
              The good thing about this tin is that it is only 95p - but I wondered if it was spending my last pound on the tin?
              So after I bought it I gave it a go, and actually you don't need to apply much to those chapped lips of yours, but then the aloe vera has a funny smell to it, and looked at the bottom of the tin and it said 'apple flavor' which was nice as it is good to had a bit to scent to products like these cause you'll end up using them more often, more often than normal vaseline. Not forgetting that this aloe Vera is perfect handbag/make-up bag size! Perfect!

              Apparently the product says that it will help dry and chapped lips, but after I applied it at times, my lips went dry after a short time which was annoying cause that means more applying and my lips still felt dry. However this product is not that brilliant if you want to remove your make-up (that's if you get a bit of mascara at the end of your nose or something like that!)

              I would buy this product again, as vaseline products are estentials to my make-up bag and as like other vaseline a huge must buy! But if you're happier to stick to normal vaseline by all means do!

              ingredients : petrolatum, palimitate, aroma, seed oil, limomene, aloe ferox, leaf extract, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl, leaf extract

              the product is also 12m (20 grams)

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