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WHAT IS IT?
Merry Cranberry is a lip balm that was made by The Body Shop for one Christmas. It is a lip balm that comes in a tin and the tin is decorated to look like Christmas.
The fragrance and taste of this lip balm is of cranberries and I think it is quite an ugly smell like the smell of the real fruit. It does not stay on my lips for very long and I am happy about that because I do not like it very much.
WHAT I THINK
I used this lip balm for a few weeks because it was a gift and I like to try things out before I discard them if it is something that has been bought for me.
The lip balm is like wax and pulls on my skin when I apply it, because of it being in a tin you have to use your finger to put it on and I don't think that is very good for hygiene. I had to stop using it after a few weeks because the lid got stuck on and I could not ever remove it again so the whole lot of lip balm was wasted.
I thought this was ok lip balm but it did not do very much for my lips except for to keep them soft. It has got a little bit of a greasy feeling and I do not think that is very pleasing, I would not mind it being greasy if it did more but it feels like a very basic lip balm to me.
Merry Cranberry is available only at Christmas and costs £4 but I would not buy it.
2 Dooyoo Hearts.
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Lip Balm
I was given quite a few skin care and smelly stuff from the body shop as Christmas presents. I was pleased to find that among them was this Cranberry Joy lip balm, I love lip balms and I really own far too many, but this was one I had yet to try and was quite excited about.
The lip balm when applied to my lips feels really nice, and I have noticed that my lips have been in much better condition since using this. All this bad weather has been wrecking havoc on my lips and they have been quite chapped and sore of late. I have been using this lip balm when I have been out for a walk in the cold and miserable weather with my dog. It has acted as a great protection barrier that has not only been keeping my lips soft and moisturised but protecting them from the cold and harsh weather. I have also been using this overnight, applying quite a thick coating before going to bed and I find that I am waking up with really nice smooth lips. Before I started using this I had suffered from a cold, as well as the weather my lips were not in the best condition, now they look and feel so much better.
The only problem with this lip balm is that the colour which is a very light baby pink actually transfers to your lips, instead of being translucent. Sometimes I find that when I apply this it really drains my lips of colour making me look a bit ill. So be warned, don't apply this too thickly or you will look like you have used one of the coloured chap sticks and are ready to go skiing or snowboarding. I hope that if The Body Shop releases this again next year they might make it a bit darker and more of a red tone than a pinky tone.
If I didn't already know that this was meant to be a cranberry lip balm I would never have guessed it. The colour of the balm as well as the pleasant sweet berry smell doesn't really scream cranberry. However, this really does have a pleasant smell it is sweet and light without being too much, if I had to describe this I might say it was more of a strawberry balm. Although it doesn't deliver something that I would recognise as cranberry this has a really nice fragrance and taste to it.
This is packaged really nicely in a sturdy metal tin, which is very handy to just throw into your pocket or bag. These were initially being sold for £4 each, however, I believe that they are now available for £3 in the January sales for as long as stocks last. As far as I am aware these cranberry joy lip balms are a seasonal item so won't be around much longer before they are gone until much later this year. For your money you get 15 ml of the lip balm which will last you quite a while, I've been using mine since I received it and I have barely made a dent in it.
This gets a four out of five stars from me, it a nice smelling, nice feeling lip balm that has been good to my lips. I would recommend trying this to anyone, however, definitely bear in mind not to apply this too thickly unless you like the pale pink lip look. Overall, I have been very happy with this, when I do apply it I find that it stays put on my lips for quite a while after application. It does take a while to sink in but it also makes for a great barrier against the horrible cold weather.
I brought the Merry Cranberry Lip Balm from The Body Shop over christmas 2009.
The lip balm comes in a handy, pocket sized 15ml tin. The tin is rounded and decorated in different shades of red. It looks quite festive, but not over the top so it can be used throughout the year without raising any eyebrows. The tin is attractive and quite neutral (not too young but not old fashioned) so is suitable for all ages. The lid is easy to remove and put back on.
When you remove the lid you are hit with the smell of sweet Cranberries. In my opinion The Body Shop have captured the smell of cranberries perfectly and I think I would have guessed which flavour it was without knowing. I love sweet smelling, fruity lip balms so this is perfect for me.
The lip balm is a deep red colour, with tiny gold shimmers - it certainly looks festive.
The lip balm is suprisingly hard but soon softens up when your finger touches it. I rub my finger over the balm a couple of times and that's usually enough to cover my lips. It's a case of a little goes a long way and even though I have used the lip balm regularly for the past three months there is still around half a tin left (maybe more?).
The colour softens up when it's not in the tin. It turns a more transparent colour when it's on your lips but with a subtle pink tint and very slight golden shimmer. Merry Cranberry Lip Balm makes your lips look glossy, moist and juicy. However, like all lip balms it doesn't last very long and needs reapplying every so often.
In my opinion the lip balm is suitable for casual, everyday use but also for occassions. It's an all rounder.
Merry Cranberry Lip Balm contains community trade organic beeswax and is not tested on animals (and that's why we love The Body Shop!). It contains cranberry seed oil which moisturises the lips and Vitamin E which restores and protects delicate lips, which is very handy over the winter season when your lips are at their most vunerable. My lips have always been in tip top condition whilst using this product.
The only real downside to this product is that it's only available at The Body Shop around christmas time, which means you'll have to search around online for it or keep your fingers crossed for next christmas...
Merry Cranberry Lip Balm is available for around £5.00 per 15ml tin, which may seem a little steep but does only come around once a year, smells good, looks good and has good ethical values.
I recommend this sweet smelling, festive treat to all.
I seem to be shopping a lot in the Bodyshop lately so when I saw they had just put out all their Christmas inspired products I felt I had to try at least one to try and get me in the Christmas spirit so I picked up one for myself and one for my mom as a little stocking filler. I am a massive fan of the other lip balms from this shop anyway so I had very high hopes for this little pot.
At this time of year my lips tend to get really dried out because of the freezing cold weather and wind so I buy a lot of lip balms in winter because prevention has got to be better than cure right? Well that's how I justify spending extortionate amounts of money anyway lol.
The packaging of this balm is really pretty and classy and has a very Christmassy feel to it being deep red in colour. The tub itself is made of metal and is decorated with really nice patterns and the Bodyshop logo in the middle. The top can be a little difficult to get off once it gets greasy but is simple as anything to put back on.
Inside the tub the lip balm is a very attractive red colour and was a bit harder than I expected, not surprising really considering one of the main ingredients is beeswax. Don't worry though the hardness of the balm does not make application any harder. You don't need to get a lot onto your lips to feel like you have full coverage and I think it adds a nice pink/red tint to your lips which looks great as well. It feels moisturising but not greasy like a lot of lip balms do and lasts with me about an hour which is pretty good. Even though my kips feel soft for well over that amount of time.
The smell of this stuff is gorgeous! A lovely rich warming fragrance of well .... cranberries lol but it also has other fruity notes and I think a few little spicy smells added in for the extra Christmas feel.
I wish they sold this all year because now I'm going to have to try and make this one last a whole 12 months! This is a great, if slightly expensive stocking filler for any woman in your life this Christmas well as long as they like cranberries they will absolutely love this.
Another smash hit product from The Bodyshop, one I will definitely be buying again next time it hits the shelves.
I think a little tub of this costs around £5 so it is pretty expensive but it does last a long time and the effects are fantastic so well worth that little bit extra.
Recommended From Me.
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Only fifteen days to go until Christmas and I don't know about you but I am tired of hearing about it already ! The preparation seems never ending , the larger presents don't seem to present too much of a problem but searching for the little stocking fillers can be a real bind. I have hunted around the £1 shops and the discount stores trying to get the very best value for money.
Although this cannot be considered a bargain buy The Body Shop have brought out this special edition Christmas lip balm and I feel that it makes a decent little stocking filler, the lip balm is aptly called `Merry Cranberry lip balm`.
My niece just loves all those little odds and sods that she would otherwise probably go without because she considers them a luxury and she looks upon them as a welcome Christmas treat.
The Body Shop have put the Cranberry lip balm into a festive deep cranberry coloured tin, the small circular tin looks appealing and it is just the right size to stick inside of a small handbag.
Inside of the tin there is a good thick layer of deep Cranberry coloured lip balm, as you lift the lid of the small tin you can instantly smell those cranberries.
The Body Shop cranberry lip balm looks rich and oily and when you dip your fingertip into the tin the balm feels quite sticky.
Though the lip balm smells very fruity the taste is far more subtle, it has a soft light fruity taste when you first apply it but that taste soon fades away. The rich balm feels good on your lips and it moisturises the skin really well.
The lip balm acts like a tinted lip gloss and when you have applied a layer your lips look glossy, healthy and pink, the effect isn't long lasting though, if you want to keep that glossy look in place then you will need to reapply it throughout the day.
The cold weather is a devil for drying out the skin on our lips and it is better to use lip balm on a regular basis and try to prevent that dryness rather than just wait for it to arrive and then struggle with sore chapped lips.
The Body Shop Cranberry lip balm is on the expensive side, the tiny tin costs just under £5. If you weigh up the pros and cons then you may well be tempted to pop into Superdrug and pick up their `Little Green tin` of lip balm for under £1.
I am an avid Body Shop store fan, I admire their philosophy and the way in which they trade. If you buy their products then at least you can be sure that no animal has suffered so that you can benefit and the company buy their supplies from ethical sources.
The chemists and supermarkets are well stocked up with lip balms in all shapes and sizes but the Body Shop Cranberry lip balm is special, after all we only have Christmas once a year.
The Body shop do offer a cheaper version of the Cranberry lip balm, the pot is slightly smaller and just under £3 cheaper but the Festive version contains natural beeswax.
If you are looking to buy any Body Shop products then make sure that you buy them this weekend - Thursday 10th - Sunday 13 December, the Body Shop is offering a massive 25% off of all purchases bought within those few days. ( Online or Instore ).
When I was ordering some Christmas presents from the Body Shop I noticed that, if I spent £25 I would get a free pot of body butter, and since I was almost there I chose a tin of Merry Cranberry Lip Balm at a cost of £4.85 for a tin containing 15ml of the lip balm.
As most of you will know I am a great fan of lip balms of all sorts. We live on the Great Orme in Llandudno so we have a sea breeze - sometimes a sea gale - most of the time. Add that to the fact that I spend a lot of time outside chopping wood for our log burner and you will see why I need to use lip balm all the time. I can't stand my lips feeling dry - it really irritates me.
The lip balm that I chose on this occasion was the Merry Cranberry Lip Balm which is part of a range of Cranberry products in store (and on line) ready for the Christmas market.
This Lip Balm comes in a pretty metal tin with a pull off top and it looks really smart and classy. The tin is a deep red in colour with patterns around the edge and the Body Shop logo in the centre of the lid. The wording around the central logo gives the full name of the lip balm together with the words 'fruity cranberry flavour'.
The main ingredients of Cranberry Lip Balm are cranberry seed oil to help condition the lips, lanolin which is one of nature's richest moisturisers and beeswax which not only moisturises and conditions the lips but also helps to act as a barrier to seal in the moisture.
The Body Shop operates a Community Trade policy which basically means 'A fair price for a fantastic ingredient or product, from a disadvantaged or small scale supplier'.
For example the beeswax used in the Lip Balm comes from Zambia where it is farmed using traditional methods which help to protect the rainforest and the way of life of the beekeeper.
When I bought the Lip Balm it had a plastic seal around it to prevent it being tampered with or tried by all and sundry and this obviously needed to be removed before use.
The lid is really easy to get off - I say this because I have used lip balms in tins where the lids are really difficult to remove. The Lip Balm is deep red in colour and has the lovely rich fragrance of cranberries. To use the Lip Balm you just get a small amount on the end of your finger and rub it onto your lips. It is easily absorbed and isn't too greasy and it makes my lips feel really moisturised and soft.
I found that the Lip Balm is quite firm and you don't have to use much of it to get the desired results. My lips feel really comfortable when I use this balm and although it tastes pleasant the taste isn't strong enough to make me keep licking my lips as I have done with other lip balms that I have tried meaning that I am reapplying all the while!
There is also a slight shimmer with this lip balm which looks attractive so that's an added bonus.
I use this product at home for the simple reason that it is easier to carry the lipstick type ones in my bag during the day and they are less messy to use - I don't have to wipe my fingers as I do with the Body Shop Lip Balm.
The final thing to mention is the fact that, since this Lip Balm comes in a tin, the container can be recycled in the normal way when it is empty which is always a good thing as far as I am concerned.
In conclusion I am very impressed with the Merry Cranberry Lip Balm although, at £4.85, I probably wouldn't bother stocking up on the product before they disappear from the shops after Christmas. Mind you if there are any in the January sales that will be a different matter!