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The Body Shop Candied Ginger Lip Balm was a limited edition product for Christmas 2011, and I bought it along with the Spiced Vanilla and Merry Cranberry balms. It was originally priced at £4 but I managed to get it cheaper on one of the store's frequent special offers.
The balm comes in a tin and you get quite a lot for your money. The design is an orangey-brown background with a paler brown pattern of gingerbread men and what looks like wheat. Based on my experience with previous tins, I didn't put it in my bag in case the lid came off - I kept it at work and used it there.
Inside, the balm is a pale brown colour and has a pleasant fresh ginger scent. It certainly smells of ginger - I love it but I know some people hate ginger so if you do then this balm is not for you! The balm should be applied with the fingers and it is quite thick. The balm is clear and goes on easily.
The Body Shop state that the balm contains no parabens, is non-sticky and offers instant hydration. The balm is certainly non-sticky, which is a definite plus. However I'm not sure that it completely hydrates lips. It doesn't dry them out, and it certainly offers some protection. However, I find that the balm tends to sit on top of the lips, giving them a not-so-pleasant coated feeling. It doesn't really penetrate the lips to moisturise deep down. I don't like using lipstick or gloss over this balm as it doesn't sit very well on top.
Overall, this is a good value lip balm with a pleasant scent, but it isn't moisturising enough for me - I'm not so keen on balms that just sit on the lips. It is no longer available from the Body Shop except during sales, when what I imagine is the last remnants of stock is shown on the website - so keep an eye out if you fancy trying it.
I bought this from The Body Shop website during one of their sales.
The lip balm was originally £4. There is 10ml of balm in the pot.
The lip balm has a strong ginger scent that comes across as a little sickly. It may be a little too sickly for some. Also, it comes in a pot so you have to dip your finger into the pot to apply the balm. This isn't as hygienic as the lip balm sticks. The lip balm is easy to apply though. Simply scoop up a small amount with your fingertip and apply it to the lips. The balm is a little sticky and waxy so you don't need a lot of it. If you use too much it will make your lips stick together!
The balm soothes and moisturises the lips. It doesn't taste very nice if you accidently swallow some of it so be careful not to let it leak into your mouth. The balm needs to be re applied after eating and/ or drinking and it needs to be topped up every hour or so. This is one of those lips balms that seems to disappear into thin air!
The lip balm will last you as you only need a small amount each time. It sits in the cracks of your lips which helps to moisturise them but sometimes it can just be TOO moisturising. It's a greasy lip balm but I have had greasier ones!
I guess it was worth a try for £2.
I bought a Lip Butter from the Body Shop before Christmas time. I was passing the shop and couldn't resist a little look in. I had decided that when I was out I should be picking up a Lip Balm as my Lips were pretty dry and when I saw the Lip Butter range then I thought that would be perfect to try and treat pretty dry lips. I'm sure that any Balm would be good to deal with dryness but I guess the Butter part got me thinking that it would be nice and moisturising (and perhaps a bit greasy too).
This comes in a little plastic tub which is pretty sturdy. It makes a change from slicking this on from a tube and I like the idea of dabbing this on with your finger, but I guess it is overall easier just slicking this on. I don't mind though. Just unscrew the lid from this and you will see the quite thick Balm in the tub. When you press your finger into the Balm then it does melt slightly and it is easy to apply. This does feel Greasy when this is applied so just a little touch of this and then rub your lips together and a light covering of this is just fine.
This seems to soak into your Lips quickly and after a short while you can't really feel this anymore. You can tell that there is a Balm on your lips but it isn't slimy or that.
Although I still have a fair amount of the Mango one left I ended up buying this one as it was noted to be a limited edition and I had a sniff of this one and liked the smell. This smells slightly spicy in a warm Ginger scent and I can't say that this smells sweet in a candy kind of way, but it does have a slight sweetness to it. This makes me think of Chocolate Gingers in a way but not as sweet. The Ginger smells the same though.
This little tub cost me £4 and I know it will do many applications. So perhaps £4 is expensive for a Balm but it is from a well known brand and to me it is value for money.
A really nice scented Balm which makes my Lips nice and soft.
I get really dry chapped lips especially when it is cold and windy so I am a little bit obsessed by lip balms and have literally hundreds lying around as I go through them so quickly and am always buying new ones to try them out.
I bought the Body Shops candied ginger one as it was one that I had never seen before and after trying it out in the shop I quite liked it.
The balm comes in a little tub and has is a lovely looking colour which immediately made me think it would be spicy smelling. Unfortunately it wasn't very spicy at all and in fact the smell of ginger in it was negligible and instead it has more of a sweet vanilla smell which I did like but I would have enjoyed it to be more spicy as the majority of lip balms are sweet smelling and it would have been nice to have something a bit different.
The balm itself is really thick and to begin with I made the mistake of putting too much on my finger as I am used to having to put quite a lot of balm on to be able to moisturise my lips properly. With this balm I found that a little really did go a long way and one little slick was all that was needed to completely moisturise my lips and leave them immediately comfortable and relieved from dryness no matter how chapped they were.
I found the longevity of this balm to be excellent and it seemed to stick to my lips for hours without rubbing off. With some balms I am constantly having to reapply every half hour but this one lasted on my lips for a good couple of hours before I felt the need to add some more.
It isn't tinted but it did give my lips a lovely sheen when it was on which reminded me of when I have put Vaseline on them but unlike the Vaseline which rubs off almost straight away I could put this on and the sheen would still be there for hours. Even when I felt that I could probably reapply because my lips were feeling dry they at least still looked lovely and glossy.
I bought this in December and unfortunately the candied ginger lip balm was only a limited edition and doesn't seem to be available any longer which is a real shame. Had I known at the time it was only going to be available for a short period I would have definitely made sure to have bought another one at the time.