Anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis will be aware of the fact that I suffer from very dry lips and as such, I need to keep my poor old lips constantly moisturised with lip balms. I have used so many types over the years that I really do lose count.
One of the more basics (but really good) lip balms is the one that Tesco make – their original one. This one comes very securely wrapped in plastic and cardboard and costs one pound. The size is 4g (pretty standard) and it is housed in one of those little plastic containers that you have to twist to get the lip balm to come to the top.
I did not really expect this balms to have any taste or smell when I first came to use it but I was quite surprised to find that it actually had a very mice mild mint taste and smell to it. It goes on well and it is not at all greasy and it feels nice on my lips. I like it because not only does it protect my lips from the elements but it also has an amazing ability to help to heal up my lips if they are already dry and cracked.
My little girl also uses this and she takes one with her to school as she suffers from the same things as I do.
It might be only 4g but it really does last for ages and it is so convenient just to stick inside your bag when you go out to work.
=Tesco Lipbalm Original=
Over the cold period I was wondering round Tesco and I just could not concentrate on my shopping as I had forgot to put lip balm on, not from a vain point of view, but I hadn't long returned from Lapland, and with temperatures dropping to minus 35 the lips needed some extra care.
=Health and Beauty=
I just headed to the health and beauty aisle and just picked up a Tesco balm so I could pay then put some on my lips and restart the shopping.
This is a standard lip balm tube and it green in colour wrapped, and is 4grams. The balm comes attached to a card which has the ingredients, care information, Tesco details, but as I wanted a lip balm, I never looked at this information.
This will teach me to look first, as once I opened the balm it was a menthol and mint taste, menthol reminds me of Vic's and mint, I can eat mints but the smell, I just can't stand, it may sound silly but from when i was pregnant back in 2002, anything mint based just caused me to be sick, and the feeling has stuck.
I will have to say as I find the relief when I applied the relief and the softness to my lips was out of this world, I would have done cart-wheels at this point.
As you don't lick the balm off, the recommendations are to reapply every 6 hours.
=Gave it to my daughter=
I could not get over the mint, so I gave the lip balm to my daughter to keep in her school bag, and she loved it, she said it was really soft on her lips, it did not dry out, that one appliciation lasted her all school day, she would just top up to come home with.
I paid £1 for the lip balm, which was good value for money, it certainly lasted my daughter about 6 to 8 weeks and she was using it on a daily basis.
=Would I recommend=
I would recommend the lip balm as it is not Tesco's fault that I have a mint phobia, but it did the trick of relieving a pair of dry lips, and kept my daughters moisturised well.
I paid one pound for the product in a Tesco shop for a 4.5 gram "dose".
It comes with a simple green rapper round the tube which is understated but quite sufficient as green or blue are both two of my favourite colours.
It has a very minty eucalyptus type taste which is to be expected as the main ingredient is menthol although there must be some other mints going on in there to give it such a minty and eucalyptus taste. Sadly though we cannot know as the only stated ingredient is menthol and there is no ingredients list on the product itself, there may have been on the box it came in but I threw that out as soon as I needed to use the product. For me it is a really nice taste and you sort of want to actually eat it rather than using it in the way its intended, as it's a product which is mean for contact with the mouth I doubt any ingredient is toxic and that any ingredient is toxic through skin absorption as that would kind of put people of the product!
Typically with Lip Balms I find myself having to apply every 4 hours or so to prevent chapped lips in times of extreme highs or lows of temperature however this lipbalm despite its small price only required application every 6 or so hours which meant 2 to 3 applications a day instead of 3 to 4 this one less application on average per day meant the product further managed to save me money beyond its initial lower outlay on cost as it needs to be replaced less frequently than similar 4.5 gram products. It had no negative effects on my lips nor did its grease cause any cold sores or similar problems around the rest of my mouth.
Value for money:
Yes it has a lovely smell and taste and it last fairly long especially for such a cheap product finally one of the few disadvantages about it was the temptation to actually eat the product rather than use as intended due to its ester rich, minty aroma.
I have a really bad habit which I have had since being a child and that is picking my lips, I have no idea why I do this but I suppose it may be a nervous thing like biting nails. The problem with this is that my lips get sore and look awful, so I am desperately trying to stop my habit. One thing that I find that helps is if I keep my lips moisturised by using a lip balm or cream so the other day I decided I was going to purchase a few to make sure I always have one at hand to try and kick my nasty habit. On a trip to Tesco I noticed that they had there own brand original lipbalm sticks in packs of two for just £1.00 which I thought was a good bargain and worth a try.
The lipbalms are in a stick form with each containing 4.5g. The packaging comprises of a small white plastic tube which has a pull of lid and a twistable base. When you remove the lid you simply twist the bottom of the tube anti-clockwise to push the stick of lipbalm upwards to allow you to apply it to your lips, you then simply twist clockwise to wind it back in and place the lid back on to prevent it from drying out. The lid does remain securely in place so allows you to keep the tube in a bag or pocket without any leaking or problems.
The lipbalm itself is white in colour and slightly transparent, it is quite solid but glides easily onto your lips leaving a light coating. The balm does not really have a taste or smell and is very plain which does not bother me as I find with some of the sweet smelling lip balms it can make you feel quite hungry. It states on the tube that the lipbalm moisturises and helps to protect against the wind, sun and cold. It contains a SPF of 15 and has a 3 star UVA rating to protect your lips from the suns damaging rays.
I have only been using this lipbalm for a few days and have noticed a dramatic difference in my lips, they feel soft and smooth. The lipbalm does not feel to greasy and does stay put for quite sometime meaning that I am not having to constantly reapply it all the time. Even if I have a drink or something to eat I can still feel that the lipbalm has not been removed completely. It also makes an excellent base to apply lip gloss on top of as it gives a nice smooth base for it to glide onto.
Overall this is a bargain everyday lipbalm which I will certainly purchase again.
While doing a bit of grocery shopping over the weekend I spotted this lip balm down the beauty/hair care/cosmetics isle of my local tesco and despite bein a bit hesistant on how good it would actually be due to the bargainous price of £1, I decided to give it a go because I can't resist a good bargain! I can't have enough lip balms at this time of year either, the wind has horrible effects on my lips. For my one pound I got a pack of 2 lip balms, which compared to the prices of most other lip balms available is a total bargain. I think these lip balms can be bought individually for around 75p.
Each lip balm weighs 4.5 grams so contains a very generous amount of product considering how cheap it is. The packaging is extremely bland, the colour scheme is white and blue and to be honest it reminds me a bit of a glue stick. It is definetly a unisex lipbalm due to the basic packaging. The lip balm is in a plastic casing and at the bottom is a little swivel thingy which brings the lip balm further out of the casing once the lid is off.
The lip balm itself is white in colour and looks very basic. It doesn't smell of anything and it is tasteless apart from a slight waxy undertone. The texture is pretty hard but the warmth from my lips warms it up in no time so it spreads onto my lips evenly and smoothly without any issue. You don't need to use your fingers to apply it due to the packaging and I apply it like I would a lipstick - totally mess free and ideal for taking out with me for whenever my lips feel dry.
This lip balm definetly feels quite greasy and sticky, it doesn't absorb very well either however it does hydrate my lips and make them feel better, it soothes my lips too and makes cracked/dry lips less prominant. I found that it made me feel at ease once i'd put this onto my dry lips as I knew that they wouldn't crack if I put a bit of this on them. It gives no tint of colour or glossy finish to my lips at all, which I don't mind as it's a lip balm and not a gloss. The lip balm also contains SP15 which protects your lips from the sun, wind and cold.
You can tell that this is quite a cheap lipbalm as it is so basic and it has a cheap sort of feel to it, but it does the job of protecting my lips and keeping them feeling hydrated and looking healthy. This is ideal to use as a lipstick base and coat to keep lips moist throughout the winter and I will be using this regulary to help keep my lips healthy and hydrated. It is a total bargain too - reccomended!!
Anyone who knows me knows that I get dry lips, dry lips from heat in the summer and dry lips from the cold in the winter. What to do? Use lip balm after lip balm? Personally I find that the mainstream lypsyl stuff is rubbish, it just turns to mush, so last time I was in Tesco I had a look, there were several options most of which were expensive, I thought I would give the tesco stuff a try.
The packaging is bog standard tesco stuff, blue round the outside with a bit of white, I prefer the lid on these products to the Nivea ones where the whole things slides off, though these ones are easier to lose. The taste is not really present and this makes a change as I usually find that they are quite strong and quite nasty.
With my lips getting bad as much as they do I do tend to keep one in my pocket, at least at times when I know they are sore, another problem I tend to get with the brand name ones is that they melt, whether this is a compromise for a softer lip balm that costs more or a slightly harder one that is cheaper I don't know but for my purposes this is brilliant as the Tesco one seems much more resistant to melting.
Of course ultimately what does it matter if I prefer the lid or the fact that it doesn't melt in my pocket if it doesn't work, I am glad to say however that despite the price of around 75p this works a treat. You don't need to apply loads, I find one whip round on the lips is plenty and being a bloke I am quite happy that it doesn't leave me with a glossy finish that sticks out a mile, as although I don't have anything against guys using makeup etc it is not something I am into myself (I just use the lip balm which is very manly and sensible). If you apply to much though I have been told that it is very easy to tell that you have the stuff on but once you know how much you need your ok.
The longevity of the product is probably not as good as some of the brand name ones and I can get through one of these very quickly in the middle of cold, windy UK winter but for the price difference and my personal tastes this is still the better option.
Overall it is a good, cheap, lip balm that does the job.
Once again the curse of being stuck with a bloke full time has struck - my beloved Mr Scuba decided that after spending a week in the welsh mountains his lips were sufffering so he needed a lip balm and instead of buying his own he 'borrowed' mine, leaving me without one as this years lovely snow hit. Given I work in a shop I considered buying my usual Chapstick from work but decided that £1.75 was a ridiculous amount to pay, so I wandered down to the local Tesco Extra to seek a cheaper alternative.
The choice was made for me as a double pack of Tesco Original Lipbalm was costing a mere 90p.
After using it for a few days on my daily 4 mile round walk to and from work what do I make of it?
Well for a plain lipbalm it has a lovely soft scent of vanilla. The product is slightly chunkier to hold than a tube of chapstick but this does make it much easier to handle when wearing gloves, occasionally I found my chapsticks could be rather too fiddly.
On the lips however it where I find my feelings about this product rather mixed, while my usual chapstick feels quite heavy but does seem to soak in to my lips this feels rather light and greasy and doesn't feel as though it sinks in too quicker, instead it seems to protect my lips more by sitting on the skin than any real moisturising process. I find myself reapplying regularly after taking a sip of a drink which given I do like to have a cup of tea on the go pretty much all the time at work can be annoying. But my lips are not feeling any the worse for this lack of sinking in, so overall although I'm not too keen on the sensation I am generally quite happy that the lipbalm meets the expectation of keeping my lips from cracking.
If you're a regular reader of my reviews, you'll know that I own a few too many lip balms and didn't really need another one in my collection. Most of these lip balms live in various bags and coat pockets or in various places around my room but on a trip to town this week, I realised all too late that neither the jacket nor the bag I'd hastily grabbed on the way out contained a lip balm. As my lips had been very dry for the previous few days, I silently cursed my lack of organisation, especially as the weather was wet and windy.
Popping into the small Tesco in the city centre, I saw this lip balm while I was looking for a particular shampoo. Being only a small shop, there wasn't a lot of choice and this was the only option available but to be honest, I probably would have picked it up anyway as it was cheap - only 70p. As I only wanted it as something to slick on while I was out and about without my usual lip balm, I wasn't looking to spend much and this price was perfect.
As it was much cheaper than my usual choices of lip balm, I wasn't sure whether it would be all that good. Once I'd opened the packaging and examined the tube, it reminded me of a Nivea lip balm that I used to have as it was white and fairly thick. The fact that it's quite thick makes it feel moisturising, which was excellent considering that my lips have recently developed some dry, flaky patches again and even my preferred lip balms have been struggling to help with this so I felt that something a bit thicker in consistency might actually do the trick. Sure enough, a couple of applications later the dry patches felt soft enough to rub off with a flannel so top marks there as it's actually helped more than my more expensive lip balms in that respect.
The dry, flaky patches might be gone but the regular poking and probing I'd already done to my lips meant that they still looked and felt red and sore in places. Fortunately, the thickness of this lip balm has helped to make them feel more comfortable, perhaps because it's thick enough to create a barrier between my lips and the outside world.
Although it's white, it only gives a subtle sheen to the lips (unless you pile a massive load on but that's not necessary given the thickness). If you put too much on, the subtle sheen quickly becomes greasy-looking so less is definitely more here. It quickly sinks in to the lips but doesn't last all that long and I've found that my lips start to feel dry within an hour and a repeat application is then needed.
I don't usually discuss packaging but I will here as it seems relevant with there being no product image to refer to. The tube itself is mostly white but with a dark blue label on the side that says 'Tesco Lipbalm Original'. It's definitely not the most sophisticated packaging you'll ever see and if I'm being blunt, it looks a bit cheap so that's one thing to bear in mind if you're planning to use it in public.
All in all, I've been pretty impressed, especially for the 70p price tag. My lips feel more moisturised but the need for regular applications means that it probably won't last as long as you'd imagine. Still, spending 70p on a new tube wouldn't exactly break the bank! Because my lips are veering towards very dry and I need a thicker application, this isn't a lip balm that I'd really want to wear in public because of the greasy appearance it can give if you need to use more than a bit. It does remind me a lot of my old Nivea lip balm but it's much more affordable!
I first purchased this lip balm in the midst of January, when the usual frost and bitter wind was replaced by blizzards and snowdrifts and brought the country to a standstill. Usually when the chill sets in, chapped lips become the bane of women's lives (and men's, although they usually won't admit to it in public) and , although the snow made such ailments seem trivial, they were still an irritation. I usually have several tubes of lip balm on the go at any given time (one in each bag!) so thought I would give this slightly cheaper alternative a go.
I purchased the Original variety as I sometimes find perfumed or flavoured balms a little bit sickly (I know that makes it sound as though I eat them, which I can assure you I don't). The packaging is fairly similar to the Nivea Original lip balm, a royal blue plastic tube lid with a white section at the end. The lid pulls off to reveal a white tube. Turning the end of the tube extends or retracts the stick of balm inside. The balm itself is also white and very slightly opalescent, more so than the Nivea balm. There is no noticeable scent whatsoever, which is good for me.
On application the balm feels quite thin, almost greasy but not quite to the point of unpleasantness. It feels very hydrating and you can definitely tell that you are wearing it. This might not be to everyone's taste but for me personally, if I have dry lips I like to feel the product I have applied as it psychologically seems to relieve them, if that makes sense! Once applied, the product lasts a fair while, although obviously less so if you're eating or drinking. I would say that even twenty minutes after application I can still feel that I am wearing this balm.
And finally, the big question, does it work? In my opinion, yes. I work outside for part of the time and, by using this frequently have not had any trouble with my lips this year despite the cold. It is not as thick as other balms I have tried and as such, may not suit everyone but, for the money saved, I would say that it does just a good a job as its competitors.
It's that time of year again, when the icy conditions play havoc with the bits and pieces of the body that can get a bit sore in the cold. Luckily, there are products on the market which help us navigate our way through the chapping winds of the festive season, and Tesco Lipbalm is one of them.
I've already written one too many girlie style reviews - but when I found one of these in my pocket, I thought why not.
Tesco's Original Lipbalm costs only 63p for the 4.5g swivel-base container. It is very small and is easily fits into a pocket. Even though you don't technically eat it, the product does have a sell by date which is printed on the base of the 'dispenser'. Having bought the one I own around four years ago, it says "use by May 2008" on it - which suggests that a) it lasts a long time, and / or, b) being a bloke, I don't use it very often. In reality, it's a combination of both.
Tesco Original Lipbalm is designed to helps moisturise lips, and also
protect against the drying effects of sun, wind and cold. As such, it has factor 15 sun protection built-in.
The product applies easily and feels suitably greasy on the mouth. The smell is of something I can't really describe, but it has a slightly sweet aroma - it doesn't taste of anything though.
All in all, this product does what it is intended to do, and is cheap to buy at well under a pound - 4/5.