“ Brand: Tesco / Balm / Type: Lip Balm / What it does: regenerates, „
As I suffer from terribly chapped, cracked and sore lips in the colder winter months, a good quality lip balm is essential for me. I've tried lots of different types but perhaps the cheapest one I use from Tesco is one of the best I've used too. This little plainly packaged lip balm is Tesco's own brand lip balm and it is medicated.
It comes packaged in a plastic twist up dispenser and when new this is also stuck on the front of a piece of cardboard with plastic covering and can be a a little problematic to remove unless you have a very sharp pointed pair of scissors to hand.
The lip balm works much like any other lip balm I've ever used. It's virtually colourless, it's in a stick format that you have to twist and the balm slowly winds its way up. I apply this both underneath lipstick and on its own and it is designed to protect my poor lips from the cold and wind and to help heal already chapped and cracked lips by adding moisture and hydrating. It works fairly well, though this balm isn't as good as some of the other ones I use. I call this my 'last resort' lip balm - if I have no other to hand then I'll use this but it's certainly not at the top of my list as it simply takes longer to work than the others do.
As it's medicated it does smell a little clinical but I really don't mind this. I also find that this lip balm requires more frequent application than some of the other balms I have used. Normally, I'd expect to have to reapply most balms about every hour or so. This one needs reapplying approximately every half hour as it either slides off my lips or just evaporates away. If I am eating or drinking it definitely needs frequent reapplication. It is also quite a sticky and gloopy balm and doesn't penetrate the cracked dry lips so much as Vaseline or Burt's Bees balm.
It does however, contain an SPF of 15 and whilst it doesn't do the best job in the world and protecting and soothing my lips, it is better than using nothing at all. The tube costs 88p for 4.5g and even though it needs to be reapplied quite often, it nevertheless still lasts a long time.
For a cheaper end of the market lip balm this is just 'okay' and I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
Also posted on Ciao! as basketofbuttons.
I've used lipbalm for as long as I can remember, especially in the winter, when a lot of people are prone to dry or chapped lips. Tesco medicated lipbalm is one of the best I've found. It's easy to use, fits in your pocket, bag or purse without taking up much space, and it really works.
It has a minty flavour and is cool and a little tingly when applied to the lips. It makes my lips feel really smooth after a few days of application, and only a little is needed at a time.
At the moment, a pack of two of these lipbalms are available on the Tesco website for £1, which is a fantastic price, as I have paid this amount of more for lipbalms and chapsticks of the same size, and there was only one in those packs.
I've found that although this lipbalm is excellent for the lips, if kept in a pocket close to the body, for example in a jeans pocket, it does have a tendency to go soft and/or melt. When this happens it can be quite messy for application, as it goes everywhere and you use a lot more than you need. This is the only bad thing about this lipbalm though, and they quickly solidify again when put in a cooler place like a bag or a jacket pocket.
Tesco Medicated Lipbalm
My little one suffers a lot of dry and sore lips which doesn't help with the fact she has a habit of licking her lips! We decided to purchase a lipbalm in the hope that it would help her lips get more moisture in them and help with the soreness. Having looked at a few in the Tesco range, we decided to purchase this medicated lipbalm from Tesco's own brand which we bought for 98p.
The medicated lipbalm comes in a small 4.5g container which you can easily fit in your pocket. To apply the lipbalm simply pull of the lid and use the swivel bottom to bring it up and then apply to the lips. My little one often applies it a little too liberally and ends up getting it around her lips as well as on her lips, though we have found that the sores around the lips have also cleared up!
This medicated lipbalm is not recommended for children under the age of six, though my little one is nearly four and we found it absolutely fine for her. I believe it might be to do with the fact that very young children may want to eat it, though having checked online and with other parents, we decided to let her use it.
The lipblam also protects against sun, wind and cold.
The spell reminds me slightly of Vicks lotion and is quite strong. I have tried it on my lips and, although it has a strong scent, it does not feel strong on the lips.
So does it work?
Shortly after using this lipblam, my little ones sore lips as well as her sore bits surrounding her lips cleared up. I was quite surprised that the following day, her lips were near to perfect without so much as a sore spot.
I also felt when using it myself that my lips seemed much smoother once I had used it for a couple of days which I liked!
Lip balm is one of those products that I keep in my pocket at all times. I guess it is most useful in the winter months when the cold wind is blowing, but hang on, that sounds a bit like our current summer so maybe this is the right time to bring it up.
Like all lip balms' of this type the Tesco Lipbalm medicated 4.5g tube is the familiar size and shape with a little removable cap. I prefer the medicated one to the original for three reasons; firstly there is a SPF 15 sun protection rating, secondly the flavour is a very pleasant mint and thirdly you get all this for 67 pence. That's 2 pence cheaper than Tesco original. Why? I have no idea.
The other thing I find with Tesco lip balms' is that you can use the product all the way to the end without loosing the stick. Confused? Well let me explain; being a bloke I keep the lip balm in my pocket. This means it is somewhat warm. Now some lip balms' will soften when warmed and so when you screw the little knurled wheel at the bottom in and out, the product can detach from the screw. You then have to push it back with your finger, and it all gets messy and unnecessary. The Tesco one doesn't do this thankfully so I am all the more happy for this.
I do not know if the medicated properties of this product work in any way, as we currently have a search warrant out for the sun. But I do find that Tesco medicated lipbalm soothes chapped lips and is pleasant to use. It functions without letting me down, and that's all I can ask from it.
During my succession of colds over the Winter period (sorry this is the fifth or sixth review in which i've mentioned that... talk about being an attention seeker!), as well as getting a red nose from an over reliance of Tesco Value Tissues, I also got very sore lips.
After searching the house for ANY sort of lipbalm, and not finding any (God knows what happened to the 'Vasaline Lip-therapy' or 'Tesco Original Lipbalm' which I previously reviewed) I was forced to go and purchase some more from the supermarket. The product I bought was Tesco 'Medicated Lipbalm' which cost 67p for the 4.5g swivel-base container.
The lipbalm is very small and fits easily 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'. In the case of the one that I purchased, 'January 2011' is the all important figure.
Tesco Medicated Lipbalm', like the 'Original' version, is designed to help moisturise the lips, and also protect against the drying effects of sun, wind and cold. What the product doesn't mention however, is how it is 'medicated'. Does it have antiseptic in it?... a local anaesthetic perhaps...? - it doesn't explain.
The lipbalm applies easily and feels suitably greasy on the mouth. The smell is rather clinical, and when you put it on, it makes your lips feel cold and tingly - a bit like the menthol sensation you get with a product like 'Tiger Balm'.
When I looked at the stats for this particular item on mysupermarket.co.uk, I noticed that they claimed it had (like the 'Original' version) a Factor 15 sun block - but it doesn't mention this on the packaging - so i'm not sure if it's true or not.
Tesco Medicated Lipbalm eased the soreness I was experiencing, and as such, I can't fault the effectiveness of the product. Seeing as it does what it is intended to do, and is cheap to buy at under a pound, I highly recommended this lipbalm - 4/5.
Medical Wanings: Not suitable for children under six years of age.
Right, hopefully that's the last girlie write-up I will do for a while ;) - i'll probably be reviewing a Lush product next...