Product Type: The Body Shop Lip Care
Newest Review: ... but very pleasant and fruity smelling. It tastes nice too and you can still smell it on your lips after you've applied the balm and ... more
This balm and I were both Born Lippy!
The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm
Member Name: isobelj
The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm
Advantages: A gorgeous smell and fairly sourced ingredients
Disadvantages: Doesn't help dry lips
I've been getting this lip balm in the passionberry flavour in my Christmas stocking every year for the last three or four years, and was really happy to see it there again this year. For some reason it never occurs to me to buy any for myself, but I just love unwrapping it and now the smell even reminds me of Christmas and of my husband, who always gets it for me!
It's just a little pot of lip balm, in a deep purple colour and in a scent known as 'passionberry'. It's quite a soft, thin formula, and it's very shiny in the plastic pot. The screw top is really easy to get on and off, and as long as you're careful the pot won't get sticky or messy at all.
The balm is designed to leave a glossy finish on your lips, which it does really well. Although it has a very strong colour in the pot, I would have to layer it extremely thickly in order to get a purple colour to my lips, and in any case that shade would be way too strong for my pale complexion! Unlike most balms, this is designed to take quite a long time to soak in, and it usually sits on my lips for a good hour or so, giving them a nice sheen which I like.
Obviously the main point of balm is to soften and soothe dry, cracked lips, and unfortunately this is where the product lets me down. The product is just too soft to make any difference, and it lacks the strength that Carmex and Vaseline have. Even the first time I ever used it (many moons ago!) I could feel that it wasn't oily or waxy enough to nourish my lips.
However, the real reason I love this stuff is the smell! It's a really deep, rich fruity smell. I don't know what passion berries smell like, but this is a very purple smell! Does that make sense? It reminds me of blackberry jam and red berry crumbles - I could easily eat it by the tub! (Although, don't do that.)
I do like to support the Body Shop where I can because they are founding members of the Ethical Trade Initiative and they are responsible when it comes to the people they employ and the ingredients they use. I know that they're not perfect, but they're a great deal better than other companies out there, and I believe in trying to spend my money with companies who I trust to behave responsibly. This particular product uses Community Fairtrade Beeswax as its base, which is good to know. The wax is sourced from an initiative in Cameroon, which uses locally sourced materials, promotes the health of the bees and deters logging in the area (I'm not sure how, but it's true!).
At £2 a tub, this isn't going to break the bank, and it's perfectly competitive with similar products. Of course, it depends what you're looking for as to whether you think it represents value for money. If you want something heavy duty to protect sensitive lips, this isn't it, but if you want a nice smelling gloss that will soften healthy lips slightly, that this will fit the bill.
If it was just up to the smell I would give this five stars in a second, but I can't ignore the fact that it isn't that good at being a balm! I'll give it three stars for being lovely but ineffective.
Summary: Style over substance
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