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I am not a big fan of lip stick but I do get through a lot of lip balm as no matter what time of year it is, I tend to suffer with dry lips. We have a Designer Outlet near us which contains a Body Shop so while out recently, I popped in to see what they had on offer.
===Price & availability===
The balms retail for £2 - £4 for a small 10ml, they are available online or in store. I find that the Body Shop frequently have offers and promotions running which is when I try and pick things up, my local outlet shop always has 'by 3 things get 40% off' which means I can get some good bargains.
I like the size, its ideal for popping in my handbag of pocket whilst out and about and doesnt take up too much room. The design of the pot looks just like the body butters except the pot is clear so you can see exactly what colour the balm is.
There are several different flavours available; Lemon, Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Coconut, Passionberry, Shea, Pink Guava, Strawberry, Watermelon and Satsuma Shimmer. I have a few now but my favourite is the satsuma version due to its gorgeous smell, upon unscrewing the lid the wonderful aroma of juicy Satsuma's is evident, but not too strong that it is sickly or overpowering.
Once applied, the fragrance stays present for a good few hours and the lip balm sits on lips nicely meaning I don't have to re-apply too often which is great, especially considering I have a tendency to touch my lips quite a lot.
I can really tell the different when I apply this, my lips feels a lot smoother, softer and less chapped but what I like most about the Satsuma version is that it has a bit of shimmer to it.
Although I prefer stick balms, I do love these and they get 5 out 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading.
WHAT IS IT?
These are small pots of lip balm that are made by The Body Shop and you can buy them in their stores or online only. There are many different flavours but most of the lip butters act in the same way.
WHAT I THINK
I have used lip butters from The Body Shop for many years and I think I have tried all of the different ones for the last 10 years, they are something that I think helps to keep my lips in good condition so I do not use them as a treat and they are a full part of my beauty routine.
The lip butters are very thick and they are very much like the butter you eat, they are not waxy and have got a creamy texture that is pleasing to apply and feels very nice when it is on your lips. It is because the butter is thick and a little bit greasy that it is so moisturising to the lips and I use it all through the winter and it makes my lips stay soft and not be so badly affected by the cold winds and snow.
I use it in the summer also because I like that the butter is so moisturising and it is a pleasing product to use so I think it is not worth for me to change to another lip balm even though I have very many to choose from at home.
The flavour that is my favourite is mango but I like the one that is coconut also, they are both very pleasing tastes and I like the way they keep a smell while they are on my lips and that I can smell my own lip balm for quite a long time. They do not add gloss to my lips but make them feel a little bit slippery for a few minutes after I have applied it, I like that feeling but to me it always feels like it is glossy but when I look in the mirror there is no change to how my lips looked before I applied it.
Lip butters from The Body Shop all cost £4 for a pot that has got 10ml in it, a pot lasts for a very long time though so do not let the small size make you think it is not value because it is and it is one of the nicest lip balms to use so I think it is worth that small cost.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
After receiving a £3 voucher in Glamour magazine, I decided I'd treat myself to something from The Body Shop. I've used the lip butters in the past and really liked them, so considering one would only cost £1, I thought I would treat myself, particularly since my lips have really been suffering with the cold weather.
The body butters from The Body Shop are their best known product, and these are from the same range. The one that I chose was the Shea lip butter which comes in a small cream coloured pot with a screw lid. There isn't much information on the product on the packaging, just that this is a lip butter and a picture of what looks like a nut. There is also a peel off sticker on the bottom of the pot which gives me some more information. The label tells me what type of lip butter this is and that once opened it should be used within twelve months.
I chose this one as I do like nutty flavours. I wasn't sure I'd like the more fruit based flavours, and I didn't like the smell of the chocolate one. When you unscrew the lid of the pot, you are greeted by the sweet, slightly nutty scent of this butter. When you dip your finger in, the consistence is thinner than I thought it would be and it was very easy to apply. The butter melts slightly onto your finger, and then melts more when you apply it to your lips. It does stay out as well, as I had been concerned that because of the way it melted when I applied it that it might melt further and slide off my lips, but it doesn't. I'm not so keen on the taste of this though, which is probably a good thing as I am less inclined to lick it!
It doesn't feel greasy or heavy after application either, and I just feel as though my lips are protected and moisturised. I like the fact that I can feel this on my lips though, as it gives me the feeling of having my lips protected against the elements. I have noticed that after using this for a few days, my lips do feel much softer.
These lip butters don't contain an SPF though, which is worth keeping in mind for those days where the sun is shining in winter.
The ingredients are as follows:
Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer (Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer) (Skin-conditioning Agent), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Emulsifier/Emollient), Lanolin (Emollient), PEG-8 Beeswax (Emulsifier), Aroma (Flavour), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (Flavour), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77891 (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 15850 (Colour).
These cost £4 each and are available in the following flavours:
I would definitely recommend these lip butters, as they are ideal for the winter months, to both help guard your lips against the cold and also to keep lips soft and moisturised. I know that a lot of people prefer tubes of lipbalm, as the pots can be slightly messier, but this doesn't bother me. As you only need a tiny amount of this each time you apply it, so it should last a long time.
I think my friends have noticed I have a bit of love for The Body Shop's items just recently, so when my friend was picking my Christmas presents - she decided to go for a new body shop item to add to my collection. It wasn't something I'd thought of buying for myself considering I'd been very stuck to one lip balm for a while and was happy with that, but thought I'd give it a go anyway since it was there, and well it was chocolate so I couldn't not use it!
~*~ The Body Shop ~*~
The Body Shop is a cosmetic and body care store that has been around since 1976, and currently has over 2000 stores across over 60 countries - so you'll not be short of places to find one if you're on holiday! A company, that is cruelty free, natural and environmentally minded - you'll be hard to miss one on the high street, because even the smell of the place just from walking past it makes you want to go in. From body butters, to perfumes, cosmetics, they have some of the best hand cream I've ever used - and you can get yourself a mini make over in there for the price of an item of make-up, what more can you ask for!
~*~ Choco Lips ~*~
Chocomania is the variation of the lip butter I was given, the first tub I've ever used so I didn't really know what to expect with it. It comes in a 10ml tub, which as you can imagine is pretty small - it really isn't very big at all. I looked at it and wondered if I'd actually be able to effectively get anything out of the tub it's that small; I can get my finger in to get the butter out, but not like I would in a tin of Vaseline. So the tub design is a little bit flawed it would be better to have a wider thinner tin that this taller one, take note body shop!
When the lip balm is cold it's a nightmare to get out, especially if you've got cold fingers as well - it really does need to be warmer before you put it on. So you don't end up digging it out, just able to get it off the top and apply it to your lips. When it's warm enough to get out it is very much as you would expect it to be a nice buttery texture - very smooth when applied to your lips. Once applied to your lips it is absorbed really nicely, especially if you have really dry lips, which over the past week or so I have had - it has been really useful actually to make my lips feel much better.
I go through stages depending on what lip stick or lip gloss I've been wearing, depends how rough and sad feeling my lips are; however putting this on my lips has made them feel a lot smoother than they have done recently where I've neglected my usual lip balm. Although this lip balm is absorbed fairly quickly it still leaves a little bit of colour and shine to your lips, it's not lip gloss shiny but it's an enhancement to your lips that you get from some lip balms anyway. As the lip balm is somewhat of a chocolate colour in its little brown tub, if you apply enough that isn't absorbed straight away it will give you a bit of a nude colour to your lips - it isn't over the top colour, but just a nice enhancement of your natural colour, which looks quite nice I think; especially with a bit of a nude lip gloss to accentuate it.
After I've applied I tend to not need to reapply for a few hours, depending if I'm eating and drinking or just getting on with my job - chatting away. If I'm just sitting at home watching television it'll last longer than when I'm chatting away at work, with patients or when I'm out and about in the cold. The colder it is, the more often I'm applying because my lips react badly to being out in the cold and get really tight so it's almost half hourly application to stop the skin tightening up so much that it becomes uncomfortable.
The biggest plus to this lip balm is the taste, admittedly you aren't meant to eat it - but if you happen to lick your lips for some reason - you do get a nice chocolate taste to your lips. Considering how fast it gets absorbed into your lips there does seem to be a long lasting taste of chocolate there, which I can't say is a bad thing in the slightest. Makes me more likely to buy this chocolate one again! Since I was given this chocolate lip butter I've bought a further two lip butters in Mango and Pink Grapefruit - they both are just as good on my lips and really do last well, the taste it leaves behind is just as good and just as addictive. They are a great set of lip balms in my collection I'm very happy my friend started me off on these!
From one tub I've not used a massive amount since how frequently I've applied it - so I'm very happy with the value for money and I think I can get a good month or two out of one tub so it's a bargain really!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
The Body Shop does this for £4 a tub, which considering how long it lasts is a bargain really!
I am going to review the passion fruit lip butter from The Body Shop range. I'd love to try some of the other fruity flavours.
I bought my passion fruit lip butter from The Body Shop a while back. I already had the brazil nut lip butter, which I'd paid £4 for, but the passion fruit lip butter was on offer when I bought it so it was just £2! At that price I couldn't resist!
It comes in a mega cute little purple plastic pot, like a very miniature version of the body butter pots. The cuteness was what drew me to this product initially.
Upon unscrewing the lip, the passion fruit scent is quite strong. I really like it. The lip butter is a lilac colour - lighter than the purple pot that it comes in.
~ Use ~
To apply the lip butter you simply swirl your finger around the 'butter' and then apply to your lips. It is very moisturising and it is great for when you have chapped or cracked lips - it stops them from irritating you.
Although the lip butter is lilac it does not colour your lips, it simply puts a protective layer of balm over them and makes them feel soft and moisturised. It also has a kind of tacky feel to it and you can constantly feel it on your lips, which is not something that I look for in a lip balm, but I have found this with many lip balms that I have used.
The product is only available from The Body Shop, thebodyshop.co.uk (where it is currently not in stock) or your local Body Shop representative (if you have one). It's usual retail price is £4.
You can get other flavours in the range including coconut, sweet lemon, mango, pink grapefruit, brazil nut and chocomania!
Overall I think this is pretty average as a lip balm. Although it smells delightful and makes my lips feel soft and moisturised, which is a big relief when they are chapped or sore, it also makes my lips feel tacky and you can constantly feel it on your lips.
I would consider buying it again - more likely a flavour I haven't tried yet, but my decision is swayed by the delicious scents and cute little pots rather than the product itself.
As a lip balm, I'd recommend Nivea's range over this one as they do the same job without making your lips feel so tacky.
I have a few of these Body Shop lip butter pots in the Sweet Lemon, Pink Grapefruit and Shea Butter varieties. They come in round 10 ml pots with screw tops. They are all different colours with pictures on the top clearly showing which "flavour" they are and basically look like mini versions of the body butters. The packaging is cute and appealing in my opinion.
I generally prefer lip balms in sticks (Burt Bees style) or squeezy tubes (Carmex style) because pots can leave your fingers greasy and cause you to get lip balm under your nails, and sometimes pots just end up looking a little grubby, so the pot format was a slight minus for me however they are easy to open and it is easy to get the product out with your finger.
The scents are lovely and they do smell true to the ingredients, not sugary and artificial like some other lipbalms. I am currently using the Sweet Lemon and it smells like authentic lemon, as it contains real lemon seed oil. This natural aspect and the nice, rich smell is one of the biggest plus points for me. However, occasionally I have put a bit too much on and then you can almost taste it in the back of your throat, which I don't really like!
The texture is thick and, as the name suggests, quite buttery. It is more creamy than waxy, but it is more solid than the body butters. You just need to take a little bit and rub it into your lips. It feels intensely moisturising and does take a while to sink in. I usually use it at home around the house, normally at bed time, because it takes time to sink in and is not as quick and easy on the go as other products like the Burt's Bees sticks. It also makes me want to wash or wipe my finger after using it. When I have used it I do feel it has improved the condition of my lips, making them feel smoother and more moist. These lip butters helped a lot when I had badly chapped lips during the winter.
They cost £4 for 10 ml, which I think is fairly good value especially as Body Shop often has offers on so I normally don't end up paying full price there. The pots last me a long time, but I like to use a few different lip balms and mix it up so I can't say how long it would last if you used only this every day.
For Christmas I asked for some new moisturisers, lip balms etc as a lot of mine I had had for quite some time, I felt it was time to renew some of them. One item which I received in my stocking was The Body Shop Pink grapefruit Lip Butter, I have tried a few of the Body Shop products but never this one, I have also been impressed with what I have brought from them so I was hoping that I wasn't going to be disappointed with this.
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter comes in a small round plastic pink coloured pot. The lid has a large round label which takes up most of it, the label is taken up mostly with a large picture of a pink grapefruit cut in half fitting in perfectly with the theme of the lip butter. In the very centre of the label is The Body Shop logo in white with the words Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter written around the outside, again in white. The white lettering on the label is easy to read against the predominantly pink coloured background, but it does not stand out too much and draw your attention away from the picture of the grapefruit. On the base of the lip butter pot is another small white peel able label, this has 2 layers to it, once you finally manage to peel the layers apart (this took me a while as it is a bit fiddly) on the first layer you will find the ingredients listed in very small black writing, although it is still clear enough to read. On the second layer there is information about the product including how The Body Shop supports the community using Shea Butter from Ghana and Beeswax from Zambia, the label also states that they are against animal testing, all of this information is repeated in a second language underneath. The lid is slightly wider than the base of the pot and simply screws on and off, the pot is only about an inch at the most across and probably about the same in height making it an ideal size to keep in your bag.
The Lip Butter
When you remove the lid of the pot it reveals the pink coloured lip butter inside, the first thing I noticed about the lip butter was the smell, it really did smell of fresh pink grapefruit and this fragrance was quite strong as soon as you removed the lip, it smells good enough to eat. You have to apply the lip butter with your finger so I ran my finger lightly across the top of it ready to apply, I did noticed that the lip butter felt quite greasy on my finger so I was hoping that it wasn't going to feel too greasy once applied to my lips. I smeared the lip butter across my lips and despite the strong pink colour of the lip butter in the pot it was actually totally clear once applied there was no hint of colour at all. Once applied I was pleased to discover that it did not feel greasy at all, obviously as with most lip balms/ butters I could tell that I had something on but in a nice way, my lips which were a little dry at the time felt moisturised. With some lip butter/balm I have used in the past they feel lovely whilst they are on but quickly wear off, however with The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter it seemed to actually soak into my lips keeping them feeling moisturised rather than just wearing off and disappearing.
When I was wearing the lip butter I did notice that there was a very slight taste of pink grapefruit, however this was not unpleasant, I hate lip balms that leave a false chemical taste in your mouth, with this one I just had a faint hint of pink grapefruit taste, but this did wear off very quickly and was not unpleasant.
As I have said I received my pot of The Body Shop Pink grapefruit Lip Butter as part of a present however I have since been on The Body Shop website and found that the 10ml pot (which is the one I received) is sold for £4.00, whilst this does sound a little expensive for a small pot of lip butter compared to some cheaper versions you can buy, personally I felt this was a fair price for it, the product is of a very high quality containing Shea Butter which really moisturises your lips, you also only need a very small amount at a time making it very long lasting. I certainly would be happy to pay £4.00 for this product myself in the future and do not really think that it is over priced at all.
Personally I really like The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter, it was the perfect product to replace some of my older lip balms which I have had for years. I love the way the lip butter soaks into my lips moisturising them and keeping them feeling smooth and soft rather than just wearing off and disappearing like some cheaper ones I have tried. This lip butter has a lovely fragrance to it which is extremely fresh, there is a slight taste of pink grapefruit when you apply the lip butter but this is not strong and not a false flavour, the slight taste you experience is actually quite a fresh fruity taste and very quickly fades. An added bonus for me is that The Body Shop are against animal testing so none of the ingredients within this product have been tried on animals first, had this have been the case I would not have used it, and my parents wouldn't have even brought it for me. Personally I do not feel that this product is over priced at all, you only need a small amount of the lip butter at a time to give a good covering over your lips meaning that it is going to be long lasting. If I had to state any disadvantages I would say that having long nails could be problem with this, the pot is quite small and long nails could mean that some of the product ends up down your nail rather than on your finger ready to apply to your lips. Also if you apply too much of this lip butter it does turn your lips white which isn't very attractive, however this goes to prove how you do not need much of the product at all.
I would definitely recommend The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter it really does work and is just as good as the other Body Shop products I have tried, it is just like a mini Body Butter but for your lips. This product comes in different flavours which I would like to try in the future however I do really like the Pink Grapefruit as it is a very fresh flavour, this is definitely one to try especially if you suffer with sore chapped lips this will really sooth them.
The Body Shop Coconut Lip Butter, 10ml (0.29oz 8.5g) £4 at thebodyshop.co.uk I love the smell of coconut but I don't like the smell of this, it's a fake sort of smell to me, It does feel like butter on your lips but its not a nice texture its greasy (I would prefer carmex).
It comes in a lovely little brown pot with a coconut sticker picture on the lid which is easy to screw on and off.
After a few uses I noticed clear lumps in mine its as though it is not blended correctly or something, ( I wonder if I just bought a dodgy pot) the butter itself is white but I can see clear lumps in it,
For £4 I am quite disappointed with mine!
There is one thing that I can see good in the lip butter and that is if you normally wear a nude lipstick but your lips are dry, you could use this instead of the nude lipstick until your lips regain their normal condition you could even use your lip liner first!
It feels frustrating on my lips (just want to wipe it off) I don't like the fake taste all in all not a huge fan!!
I regularly buy the body butters from Body Shop and thought I would give this a try. It is basically the same but for your lips, providing moisture and lovely scents. My favourite is the almond, but there are loads to choose from. I am planning on buying the coconut next as I love the body butter in this variety.
The 10ml pot lasts ages, and I have still got a lot left in mine despite using it almost every day for about three months. You only need a little bit to smooth on your lips, and it feels like it it giving them care and protection. It makes your lips feel soft and smooth, and this feeling also lasts quite a long time after applying I have found personally.
I also believe these are great presents and ideal for stocking fillers, as they are really compact and cute. The packaging is colourful, and they also fit in your handbag well and are easy to use. You just unscrew the tub and apply using your fingers. You can also get almost every bit out of the tub so good value for money I believe. I also think these are suitable for any age group as there is a variety to suit everyone.
I have a thing about lip balms, I tend to start them and never finish them. Jars of Vaseline, Lush Balms and Nivea sticks line my bedroom drawers. It is good to mix and match though, as I think lips become desensitized to a product after a while. The Body Shop Lip Butters come in a range of smells, from Mango through to Coconut. Coconut is one of my all time favourite smells so that was the one I plumped for.
Pricing themselves a pound or so above the Lush price, five pounds will buy you a 10gramme pot of butter. When they say butter, obviously it is not butter as we know it, but more like a smeary liquid. I would say it sits somewhere inbetween a butter and a balm.
It lacked the greasy allure of Vaseline that I had come to love, I was surprised to find this one more foamy in texture. The smell was lovely of course, a rich and exuberant coconut aroma that conjures up images of palm trees and walks along the beach in tropical heat. The smell subsides within a few minutes after it has touched the lips which is a shame though.
In terms of moisture, not a bad lip protector for an hour or so and then the effects start to wear off. I would have liked the butter to have lasted longer than this, so more applications were necessary throughout the day. It did not deliver the same level of moisture that Vaseline or even a Lipsalve offered, but the initial smell was much more enticing. I think this is more of a fashion savvy lip product rather than one for practical use. I would still explore the others in the range, but I don't think this would be so good for chapped winter lips.
This isn't the first time I have recounted my problems with dry, cracked lips on dooyoo. Unfortunately, winter is rolling around and with it, the cold air that dries out my lips. This leaves me looking very attractive, as you can imagine - bits of my lips flake off, they bleed, lipstick gathers in the cracks. A very kissable look, I'm sure. In that past, I've actually taken to biting the dry skin off to expose the soft, fresh flesh underneath before applying lipstick or gloss. You don't need to tell me how disgusting that is. I know.
Needless to say, I'm always on the lookout for something to soften them up. I've used scrubs. I've used chapstick. I've used balms. I've used vasoline. Some of them do nothing at all. Some of them offer temporary release. Immediately after using them, my lips will be reasonably soft and smooth for an hour or two, but the cracks are back in no time.
So when I saw someone on the internet selling a tub of this stuff for a quid, I jumped on it. Even if it didn't work, I was fascinated by lip BUTTER. I've always loved body butters, so a lip butter seemed perfect.
I have the shea one, but it comes in several other flavours - wild cherry, sweet lemon, mango, pink grapefruit, coconut. There's also the MTV one with a flavour 'inspired by dragonfruit'. Proceeds of that one go towards AIDS and HIV awareness.
The lip butter comes in a 10ml pot. The pot itself is pretty basic - for the most part, it's plain and the colour matches the flavour, if that makes sense. The shea one is a yellowy-beige, the lemon is yellow, the wild cherry is red. On the top of the pot is a picture of the fruit (or, well, nut - insert the appropriate word here) that it's based on. So on the top of mine, there's a picture of seeds from the shea tree. I actually had no idea where shea butter came from until I started writing this review and needed to figure out exactly what that picture on the top was, so I suppose this product is educational too! I'm sure most of you know what lemons and cherries look like, though.
There's not a huge amount of information on the put - the name of the product, the amount and the Body Shop logo. That's pretty much it. The bottom of the pot tells me that the product will last 12 months once opened. The Body Shop website tells me that the shea butter one contains beeswax and vitamin E. Update: After writing this review, I noticed that I was supposed to peel back the label on the bottom to find more information! There's the trademark info, a note about The Body Shop being against animal testing and the ingredients list. I was going to list the ingredients here as the information may be useful to people considering buying this product, but unfortunately the text is too small for me to read properly!
The product itself is the colour of the tub and I haven't noticed any particular smell or taste with mine (come on, you've all licked your lips to taste your lip balm at least once!) but I know that the Body Shop's fruity products do tend to smell quite strongly, so maybe the fruity lip butters will have more of a scent. The texture is fabulous. It really does feel like butter! I'm not sure if there's a specific way to apply it, but I just dip my finger in and slather the product onto my lips. It goes on really smoothy and my lips feel softer immediately and although it's buttery, it doesn't feel greasy on my lips. It's almost as though I can feel my lips absorbing the product. I wouldn't suggest applying this when you're out and about because you can see it on your lips immediately after application (although maybe that's just because I slather so much on!). It does sink in after a while, though.
I can feel the lovely, melty, smooth effect of the product immediately, and that feeling lasts for quite a while. My lips don't dry out again with a few minutes of applying it. Best of all, even after that immediate butteriness has gone away, my lips still don't feel chapped and cracked! This isn't one of those products that only offers a temporary solution. I've used other lip products several times a day and found that my lips will STILL feel cracked and dry a few hours after using it. The lip butter has totally eradicated the chappedness. My lips are no longer flaking. A couple of days ago, I misplaced my lip butter. It was a traumatic experience. Today, I found it. Even going a couple of days without using it, my lips were still smooth and soft. No more flakiness!
Now, even when my lips feel dry (and they are still sometimes dry, but I think this is normal, because I literally mean dry as in not-wet. I'm not sure my lips are supposed to be wet all the time), they're not cracked. They're not flaky. They're not chapped. My lipstick goes on smoothly these days, even if it's been hours or days since I last used my lip butter. It doesn't get caught in the cracks anymore.
Obviously, it was a great bargain for me since it only cost a quid, but when it runs out, I'll be buying one at full price - £4 (the MTV one is a fiver). This may seem a bit steep for what is essentially a lip balm, but it's worth it for me if it means I can wear all the lipsticks I've spent money on!
Lip balm is a daily essential for me, and I always have several on the go, one for handbag, one for home, and one for work. My lips are constantly suffering from dryness and can get chapped and sore when the weather is too cold or too hot - I can't win! This Lip Butter can be bought from The Body Shop high street stores, or online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk for the price of £4.00.
This Lip Butter is available in a range of different 'flavours' and you can choose from Coconut, Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Shea Butter, Sweet Lemon, or Wild Cherry. My other half has the Mango one, and I have the Shea Butter version. I must say I prefer the Shea Butter one by far as the scent of the Mango one is very sickly and off-putting. From here on I will be reviewing the Shea Butter Lip Butter.
The Body Shop say: "Shea Lip Butter. With added Community Trade beeswax from Zambia and the antioxidant vitamin E to care for and pamper lips.
Shea butter - Moisturises and helps soften the lips. Provides a rural community of women with regular work and income.
Organic Beeswax - Moisturises and helps condition the lips. Acts as a barrier that helps to seal in moisture. Helps to keep product texture consistent, when used over time. Helps protect and preserve the forest as well as providing necessary income for the beekeepers, an
Vitamin E - Is an antioxidant that helps to soften, condition and protect the lips."
The lip butter comes in a plastic tub with a screw top lid. It is a large 10ml size, but I find it very difficult to get my finger into the tub and apply the lip butter as my long nails are quite restrictive. I usually end up scraping some out onto the tip of my nail, which isn't ideal and I do normally prefer to use a simple twist up tube.
The balm itself has a pure white colour, and has a lovely strong smell of shea butter. The scent is gorgeous, it has a soft and sweet fragrance that reminds me of coconuts and holidays. It has a stronger smell which is quite prominent in the tube but fades from the lips after a short while.
The butter is soft and a little oily, but this helps in that it spreads easily onto the lips without having to rub very hard at all, just a gentle sweep provides good coverage which is helpful when dealing with already damaged skin. I find that it does not really penetrate and soak into the skin, but sits on the surface and coats my lips instead. This doesn't feel sticky, and it gives a lovely soft moist feeling which is quite comfortable.
My lips instantly feel the benefit when I apply this, my skin is softer and actually feels protected thanks to the butter staying put on my lips. I apply first thing in the morning, but it does tend to wear off through the day from drinking and eating etc, so I make sure I have lip balm with me to top it up as and when I need when I'm out and about.
My lips feel a lot smoother softer after using this lip butter, and it does feel more rich than some of my usual lip balms thanks to its highly moisturising ingredients. This lip butter is particularly effective when applied before bed as I then wake up without dry flaky skin and my lips stay in good condition when I use it frequently.
I'm glad my other half introduced me to this range of Lip Butters as I think it has proved to be particularly effective in caring for my dry skin. However, I do find the fussy pot a bit annoying as it gets a little messy when I'm applying it. Also because it does not have an added SPF I will only be using this through the colder winter months where I do not need that sort of protection on my lips.
I don't think this will be replacing my favourite Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lip Balm as that is more convenient and contains SPF, but this Shea Lip Butter is an excellent product and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.
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I love Body Shop. But I love their body butters, so when I found out they did lip butters too, I had to go and investigate.
Basically, the lip butter moisturises and softens your lips, and also smells nice. It comes in a variety of flavours (I picked Wild Cherry as I already have the body scrub and body butter in this range and they smell to-die for! You could nearly eat them!) There was a variety of testers so it was easy to pick a smell you like and take it away.
The only thing I found annoying is that they are quite expensive (£5) a time, but they are quite big pots (10ml) and only a little bit is needed each time, so this should last me well into the summer and possibly the autumn.
All the butters are sealed with plastic wrap to ensure they haven't been tampered with (although it's not the best thing for the environment)
When I put it on, it was quite thick but reacted well to body heat, melting enough to get a decent amount on your finger. The only complaint I'd have is that it is a little sticky, but have a tissue or a small brush at the ready. However, once it is on, it lasts quite well and the fragrance lasts well too. If you lick your lips a lot, this is perfect as it stick your lips and leaves them slightly wet-feeling (can't think of a better way to describe it) but it does protect your lips from wind and harsh weather (and probably not drinking enough in the summer)
I can't rate this much more highly, as I feel it is good, if a little expensive, so best for a treat.
The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter - 10ml pot for £5
I really like The Body Shop and especially the fact that they do not test on animals and also the fact that they use natural ingredients.
Some of the ingredients they use are purchased from very poor countries. This is good for the people who live there as they get a fair price for the ingredients they produce and it also ensures they work in workplaces that are clean and safe and they are treated fairly. Basically Fairtrade - all sounds good to me. I don't want cheap products from people who are being exploited as I am sure you don't either!
Mango Lip Butter comes in a little 10ml pot. It can be purchased from the Body Shop stores or online at thebodyshop.co.uk. When you buy the Lip Butter the packaging is sealed and hence you are the first user. Often Body Shop products are not sealed - one of the things I really like about the Lip Butter is that it has a tamper evident seal.
The pot is plastic (can be recycled) and is decorated with mangos on the front and The Body Shop Logo. This tells you exactly what is in the pot - Mango Lip Butter.
On opening the pot the Lip Butter smells wonderful, very fresh and fruity and really smells quite orangy with a hint of Mango. The Lip Butter is very thick - on first application it is evident that you do not need to use very much of this product. The effects are instant - very soft moisturised lips, and a very nice subtle sheen on my lips from the Lip Butter. The Lip Butter contains no colour so can be used in conjunction with your usual lip products. A little goes a very long way and the first application lasts nearly a whole morning - I am very impressed.
I have found this product really effective if you have sore chapped lips. When it was really cold and icy over Christmas my lips were really sore. I applied this Lip Butter as thickly as I could to my lips before I went to bed. It really works wonders and relieves that horrible feeling of peeling, cracked and very dry lips.
The product tastes really nice too and it really is a pleasure using it.
The Lip Butter has lots of fantastic and very natural ingredients.
Shea butter from Ghana and Community Trade beeswax from Zambia to keep lips lush.
Mango seed butter - Moisturises the lips.
Shea butter - Moisturises and helps soften the lips. Provides a rural community of women with regular work and income.
Organic Beeswax - Moisturises and helps to condition the lips. Acts as a barrier that helps to seal in moisture. Helps to keep product texture consistent, when used over time. Helps protect and preserve the forest as well as providing necessary income for the beekeepers.
Shea butter from Ghana, is one of nature's great moisturizers. Ghanaian women have used it for centuries to protect their skin from the dry Saharan winds. So who better to buy ours from than the Tungteiya Shea Butter Association, Northern Ghana. An association of around 400 women from 10 villages, we ensure a fair price for their product. Since trading with The Body Shop the women have been able to dramatically change their lives with water pipes and wells saving hours of water collecting, better housing, medical care, food, and self esteem. Importantly, they are also able to give their children, particularly their daughters, the chance to go to school.
Beeswax from the remote tropical forests of North West Zambia, where the extra income helps more than 3,000 beekeepers preserve their traditional way of life.
Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer (Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer) (Skin-conditioning Agent), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Emulsifier/Emollient), Lanolin (Emollient), Mangifera indica (Mango Seed Oil) (Emollient), PEG-8 Beeswax (Emulsifier), Aroma (Flavour), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (Flavour), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77891 (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 15850 (Colour).
Not only is this a fantastic Lip Butter that really works, it's production helps so many people from around the world.
All in all a bargain at £5 per pot. Well done Body Shop!
I have to admit that i bought this in the Shea lip butter fragrance because it was meant to be for my husband and it looked less girly than the others in the range - but i shamelessly kept it for myself.
This smells amazing! It has a really creamy, nutty aroma (think watered down coconut/hazelnut) and is really thick and glossy. It smooths over your lips amazingly (you dont have to delve your finger right into the tub to get enough to moisturise your lips) and it works a treat on dry, cracked and flaking lips.
Ive even gone as far to use it to moisturise a dry cracked nose when ive had a cold (a la vaseline) and it works on that too!
Apparently its the shea butter that works well at spftening the lips, but it also contains beeswax (from Zambia!) which moisturises and acts as a barrier. It also contains Vitamin E to help to nourish the skin.
I picked this up in a tiny branch of Body shop - so im expecting you could get it at most of them - and it cost £5, which does seem quite pricey compared to your average lipsalve but the smell of this alone is worth it and it lasts for ages! To the point where i now want it to run out so i can justify trying the other fragrances!
Available in a range of flavours including grapefruit and almond /