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I received this as a gift for Christmas after my mam had heard raving reviews about it. I don't usually use lip balms but since receiving this I now don't leave the house without it. It is easy to use and apply, it lasts much longer than other lip balms I've used in the past, and it thoroughly moisturises your lips, leaving them feeling healthy, soft and smooth. It has the most wonderful smell of chocolate which I wasn't expecting, so that was a welcome surprise. It also doesn't leave a nasty waxy after taste which I've experienced with other lip balm products. It's great value if you can track down a Body Shop discount - they often have special promotions on. At £4, it may be a bit expensive compared to others available, but it is well worth the investment - it softens and moisturises, it is long lasting, and smells great.
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The product I am reviewing is a lip care stick from The Body Shop. Due to the cold weather my lips have been feeling a little sore and I wanted something that was going to soothe them and stop them from feeling sore and dry. I sometimes use Vaseline but I only really like using this overnight so I wanted something suitable for the day that was quick and easy to apply. This particular lip balm contains real cocoa butter which leaves lips feeling moisturised and soft. The lip balm has a butter-like texture so is easy to apply and feels nice whilst on your lips. The lip stick comes in a beige colours tube which has a dark brown label on stating what the product is. You can peel this label back to reveal a list of the ingredients in a number of different languages. The brown label covers the lid slightly so you can tell if the item has been opened or not. The lid to the lip balm is clear and comes off easily to reveal the stick. I took the lid off the stick and smelt the product. The lip balm smelt extremely sweet and had the gorgeous scent of cocoa butter. My previous lip balm to this was the Palmers cocoa butter lip balm and this smells slightly stronger than that. The colour of the lip balm is a very light white colour, almost clear like. The thing I prefer about stick lip balms is that they are much easier to apply when out and about and I think they are more hygienic than putting your fingertips into a lip balm pot and then applying it to your lips.
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I purchased this from The Body Shop for £4.00 which I thought was reasonable. You can purchase this either online or from one of their high-street stores.
Using the Product
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I twisted the bottom of the stick to push the lip balm up. The lip balm was very easy to apply and glided onto my lisp easily. The lip balm felt extremely soft and smooth as I applied it and it didn't feel greasy. The lip balm didn't taste of anything, not even a sweet taste. It left my lips looking moisturised with a slightly glossy look to them. My lips instantly felt soothed after applying the product. After just the first application my lips felt smoother and softer and were less sore then they had been before. I normally apply this product in the mornings before leaving the house, which is when I go out in the cold. I then apply this during the day if I need to do and then before bed to let the lip balm really work over-night. Since using the lip balm by lips are no longer sore, dry or chapped. Once the lip balm has been applied you can smell the light scent of the cocoa butter which is very pleasant. As the lip balm is a stick formula it's great for popping into a pocket and take with you where-ever you go. Compared to my previous lip balm which was the Palmers one I think they are both as good as each other, this one possibly a little better due to the strong smell of the cocoa butter in the product. When the lip balm is in my bag or pocket the lid stays on securely and I've had no problems with the lid coming off.
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This lip balm is a good as I expected it to be and helps to leep my lips feeling soft and moisturised throughout the day, espicially when the weather is the cold. I love the scent of cocoa butter anyway so I was bound to be a fan of the scent of the lip balm. I like that when you apply the product you get a light scent of the product left on your lips which you can occasionally smell once the product has been applied. The stick is convenient and really easy to use which makes it perfect for on the go. In terms of value I think it's very reasonable, but I wouldn't pay anymore than £4.00 for a lip care stick. Overall this is a brilliant product and I can't think of any bad points or disadvantages to the product. I would highly recommend this product to others, espicially as I noticed results after the first application.
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I'm a bit of a lip balm obsessive and have a habit of regulary picking up new ones to try as I love trying out new types/different scents etc. I bought this 'cocoa butter' lip balm from The Body Shop around two months ago when there was a half price sale on - I actually bought a couple as at £2 instead of the reccommended retail price of £4 they were a total bargain! The usual price isn't too bad either in my opinion - £4 isn't extortionate for such a good quality lip balm, but it's certianly not cheap. I would reccommend keeping your eye out if you like the sound of this as The Body Shop often have offers on.
The lip balm comes in a little cylinder lip balm tube which holds a generous 4.2 grams of product. The tube is pretty average looking with the label wrapped around it being a rich chocolatey shade of brown and the tube itself is light brown. The lid, which comes off just by pulling it is also brown. The label has all of the branding on it including The Body Shop's logo, the product name and the claim that the lip balm softens and moisturises. The tube is nice and basic and it's really versatile too due to how lightweight and compact it is; it can fit in the glove compartment, my bag, my purse, my pocket etc without taking up a lot of room which I find incredibly handy for when I'm out and about and need to re-apply it - I suffer with quite dry and chapped lips but this makes an instant difference and protects my lips from the wind and cold.
The lip balm is really easy to use as it has the usual little turny thing on the bottom of it which pushes the lip balm out of the tube when it is turned. The lip balm itself is off-white in colour and it has a smooth, flat nib. The texture is very waxy, but it melts onto the lips when I've rubbed it over them a few times to warm it up. It glides over my lips, leaving them feeling instantly moisturised and soft. The lip balm does leave quite a thin layer of the product on my lips which absorbs into the skin within a couple of minutes. It does not leave any sticky or greasy residue at all, nor does it provide any colour or gloss to my lips - it simply hydrates them and leaves them feeling soft, smoothe and nourished.
The ingredients includes beeswax, cocoa butter, olive oil and coconut oil and The Body Shop do not support animal testing. The smell of the lip balm is amazing - it smells like high quality cocoa butter with a slight coconutty hint, which I love. The smell is sweet but subtle and this will appeal to men as well as women. The scent is not at all artificial and it smells good enough to eat! Taste wise, this tastes pretty sweet and waxy, which is pleasant. The lip balm keeps my lips feeling moisturised for a good while after application and I usually re-apply it every few hours. This gets rid of any dryness completely and I can not really fault it. Overall, I highly reccommend this lip balm; it does everything that The Body Shop claim and it smells gorgeous too - 5/5!
I don't normally use lip balms from the bodyshop as they are a bit pricey compared to my usual chapstick at £4.00 for a 4.2g tube, I bought the one I am currently using only because I needed to make the value of my order up to obtain a free gift that was on promotion.
I have to say that I have not been disapointed with the lip balm, it is a very effective product, much more so than my usual brand and considering that a little tube goes a very long way £4.00 really is not a lot of money and I would buy it again.
The lip balm applies very smoothly and you only need one swipe over the top and bottom lip for complete coverage.
The balm has a slight sheen when applied and your lips feel completely soft and smooth straight away, the light scent of cocoa is subtle you are not going to be walking about smelling like a chocolate bar or anything.
The taste is ever so slightly chocolaty but not so much so that you end up licking it all off and having to keep putting on more.
I generally use this in the morning and evening and this has been plenty to keep my lips soft and smooth.
Another plus point is that I have not had any lumps of balm come off on my lips as with some of the cheaper brands the product seems harder and can be a little lumpy when putting it on, this is so soft and smooth that you don't have that problem with it.
Overall I am converted to using this lip balm over my usual brands
I am obsessed with lipbalms, and this is one of my favourites - and possibly the best one I have ever tried too!
~Packaging and Appearance~
The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick comes in a brown tube with a clear lid (the balm itself weighs (4.2g). On the front of the tube is the title of the product and a short description, and underneath the label is an ingredients list.
The balm itself is cream in colour, and has a subtle chocolate smell which I am addicted to - I have to restrain myself from eating it! The balm is very thick and smooth, and I only needed a little bit to moisturise my lips, so the stick itself lasts a reasonable time. The balm also lasted for hours on my lips, even when I ate and drank, so I didn't have to keep re-applying. When they're cracked, this works a treat too - they're as good as new within a day of applying to chapped lips.
One stick of lipbalm is £4, which is a little more than what you could pay for a lipbalm from Boots or Superdrug, but it's well worth it as this truly is a wonder product!
I get dry, chapped lips in the winter and can put up with it for so long, up until they are really sore and visablly cracking. I looked in the mirror and thought, enough is enough!
I went into The Body Shop and asked the lady behind the counter for some advice. She was very helpful and knew exactly where I was coming from. She recommended this lip balm to me and I have never looked back!
It smooths on well, smells like its good enough to eat (although that would not be recommended) and has fixed my lips like a dream!
The smell is a deep chocolaty smell, with a sweet aroma. It is not greasy in the slightest and glides on easily.
I would recommend this lip balm to people even if they do not have chapped lips purely for its moisturising properties. It may seem more expensive than other lip balms- but totally worth it.
My lips get quite dry, both in summer and winter. To be honest I'm quite lazy when it comes to looking after my lips and when a friend held a body shop party I thought it was time to do something about it. I use cocoa butter on my body so was immediately drawn to this lip balm. At £4 I knew I could get something cheaper from Boots or Superdrug but when I thought about how long it would last I decided to go for it.
The packaging is ever so slightly different than the picture shown above, the cap is now clear and the sticky label is a slightly lighter brown. To open the lip balm is easy, you just twist the cap which breaks the seal, you then twist up the lip balm using the wheel at the bottom and apply.
The lip balm smells of cocoa butter but it is not particularly strong and is certainly not overbearing! It is a cream in colour but when applied it just gives a slight glisten to your lips. It gives quite a natural look so if you are after a more made up look I would suggest applying a lip gloss on the top.
The lip balm feels really nice on your lips. It is not at all sticky which is great news for me because my hair is constantly get stuck in my lip gloss!
The lip gloss lasts a good few hours on my lips and I only need to re-apply a couple of times a day if I want coverage throughout the day.
When I apply the lip balm I immediately notice how soft and smooth my lips get. It really helps to fix the dry skin on my lips and I noticed a difference after applying the balm just once.
As I said before I'm really lazy when it comes to looking after my lips so now if I start to notice they are getting a bit sore I apply this (usually just once) and within a couple of hours my lips are all better, it really is quite magical.
I would recommend this to anyone (male or female), it has a unisex scent and is not too glossy meaning both sexes could use it. Its moisturising values make it great for those who suffer from dry or cracked lips as it really is a quick remedy.
==Body Shop Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick==
The Body Shop have been around for a good number of years selling products that are made from natural ingredients and sourced and made fairly. They have a whole host of products that are award winning and I find myself popping in there from time to time to pick up a few items that I class as essential and this lip care stick is one of them.
At £4 for a 4.2 gram stick of what is basically a lip balm, the price is about right if not slightly more than I would usually pay for something like this. However it is of a very good quality and I feel paying this price still makes it good value for money.
The Lip Care Stick that I have is slightly different to the one pictured above so I think this must be a very new change as it was only a month or so ago that I purchased this one and instead of having a brown lid, the lid I have is a clear one. The packaging is okay and pretty much what I would expect from a product like this, nothing overly special. The lid pulls off easily and there is a screw part at the bottom of the stick which allows more of the product to be pushed up.
The product itself is actually very good and works wonders at making my lips feel smooth and soft. I suppose because it is made with cocoa butter which is known for its strong moisturising properties along with beeswax and sweet almond oil which too are excellent at moisturising it is great at the job it does.
It has a really nice sweet aroma to it but this is not in the least bit over powering and once applied onto the lips does not get stronger or make me feel sick such as some other sweet lip balms do. The lip balm is not overly thick but not too thin and I would say has the best thickness for my lips that I have come across in a lip balm. I hate the ones that are so thick I end up with gunk strewn lips within a few minutes or the ones that are so thin I don't feel as though I have even used a lip balm. But this one for me has a great smell and a great consistency.
The overall use of the balm is quick and easy and works just like a lip stick with a couple of sweeps of the product across the lips. A little of the balm goes a long way and really only one sweep across the top lip and one sweep across the bottom lip is needed for good coverage and a good result. The balm is not overly glossy but does give a nice shimmer to the lips once it has been applied.
The results on my lips have got to be one of the best. I suffer greatly with dry cracked lips through out the year and in all types of weather and this Lip Care Stick is really the only balm that I have found to give consistently good results. As soon as the balm has been applied to my lips they feel refreshed and revitalised and fully hydrated. As the balm begins to soak into my lips slowly they feel soothed inside and out. I will often work the balm into the lips by rubbing them both together, and not only does this work the product in but also seems to work well at getting rid of some of the extra dry skin on the top layer of lip.
On the whole I really must say that this product is a must have for people who want soft and kissable lips. Mine really are in the best condition when I use this product and I will continue to use it until I find something better (but that may be hard). It is certainly good value for money taking into account how well it works on my lips and the product quality. For me it has got to be one of those desert island must haves and for that reason I will be awarding this Body Shop Coca Lip Care Stick a great 5 out of 5 stars and giving it an exceptionally high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.