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The Body Shop MTV Tantalising Lip Butter

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Brand: The Body Shop / Butter / Type: Lip Butter / Subcategory: Tan / What it does: Tans, Enricheses

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      05.02.2012 23:10
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      A nice smelling, awful performing product... 1 star for the strawberry smell and charity donation..

      Unfortunately as some of my previous reviews have indicated, I'm a little bit of a sucker at falling for the rave recommendations of various bloggers, magazines, youtubers, etc...... This was definitely one of the products that I purchased blind based on some amazing reviews I heard!

      I purchased this around a year ago for £5 from The Body Shop online and really liked how nearly 80% of the price goes towards the 'Staying Alive Foundation which educates people about HIV/AIDS. It's quite rare that such a big percentage from a very popular product goes towards a charity and I was all for that. The product is also made in the UK which was another plus. I did a search and although it seems like this isn't sold anymore, there are some very recent (i.e. October-December 2011) reviews/posts about this which makes me think that it wasn't discontinued a long time ago and may still come back.

      ~~Ingredients~~
      Aleurltes fordi oil copolymer, cera alba, kanolin, PEG-8 beeswax, aroma, hydrogenated castor oil, silica, tocopheryl, acetate, carthamus tinctorius oil, ammonium glycyrrhizate, hylocereus undatus fruit extract, tocopherol, linalool, limonene, CI 77891.

      ~~Packaging~~
      The packaging is pretty attractive and very promising. It comes in a small tub with a creamy white lid and red body. The sticker at the top of the lid says 'YES YES YES! OUI OUI OUI!' and describes the product as being a 'tantalising lip butter'. There is 10ml/0.29OZ and also the associated logos such as The Body Shop logo and the MTV logo. It's about 4cm in diameter for the lid (the base is a little smaller) and about 2.5cm tall.

      ~~My Thoughts~~
      My first impressions were pretty good - the tub is really cute and perfect for any handbag which I loved. It also has attractive packaging which was another plus. Once I twisted the lid open and took a sniff, I fell in love with the creamy strawberry smell. It smells fresh and not too synthetic. You can even smell the product on your lips for a while after applying. It just smells delicious and was one of the big positives that I heard in reviews.

      The lip butter is, like the name suggests, quite thick and creamy white in colour. It's very smooth to put on and feels ok on the lips. Now that's probably where the positives end.........

      I would NOT use this for chapped lips... at all... the lip butter looks WHITE on your lips and even though my lips are a nice red colour, they just block out that rosiness. The lip butter settles into the cracks and dry skin on your lips to really highlight the things you least want to highlight!! This is so much so that before applying, my lips looked perfectly presentable, but after applying it makes my lips look really chapped and disgusting!! I can even say that after I apply this it makes me think, "What?! Were my lips even chapped there before?!"

      The lip butter didn't do anything more than what my faithful Vaseline couldn't do better. As a moisturising product, it's just OK and a bit bog standard.

      ~~Overall~~
      I am pretty disappointed with the product. The strawberry smell is definite the biggest selling point I can think of. I would NOT wear this outside the house and...judging by the amount still left in this tiny pot... I didn't use it that much in 2011. Since it goes on white, I can imagine it would look even more unflattering for certain skin shades since the white will highlight the lips more and draw more attention to them. I would definitely, definitely not recommend this product for people who suffer from chapped lips and are looking for a good quality lip balm/butter to remedy that!

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        28.04.2011 17:06
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        Good value for money for such a top notch and long-lasting product.

        I don't generally wear makeup on a day to day basis, so do tend to miss out on the moisturising properties of lipsticks. Just recently I noticed my lips getting very dry, cracked and sore, so on a trip to town decided to treat myself to a lip butter from The Body Shop. I am a total fan of most Body Shop products, and tend to feel that, despite their slightly higher price tag than many other brands, they are usually worth spending a little extra on as the products themselves are such good quality, and tend to definitely fall into the "a little goes a long way" category.


        I had already decided before entering the shop to try a butter rather than a balm, partly because I felt it would be more intensively moisturising on my very poor condition lips, but also because I sometimes find balms a little bit sticky and unpleasant on the lips, particularly in warmer weather such as that we have been having lately! The main difference between a balm and a butter for the lips is their base; butters tend to be based with shea butter, which I like generally as a moisturiser as I tend to have dry skin, and shea butter is fantastic for people with dry skin or on areas which tend to be dry such as feet, elbows, knees and of course, lips! The base of this Body Shop lip butter is fairly traded shea butter and beeswax, with added fragrance oils and stabilisers, although it does contain lanolin so wouldn't be suitable for anyone with a lanolin allergy.


        This particular lip butter has been made in conjunction with MTV to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, and to raise money for the Staying Alive Foundation, but in total honesty I was not really aware of this when I initially purchased the product; I tend to be more of a Kerrang than MTV fan, and only noticed after I had purchased it the Staying Alive and MTV logos on the packaging! The packaging itself is a sturdy little tub which feels as though it could stand up to the rigours of life in the bottom of most handbags, and is easy to open and close. It is £1 more expensive to purchase than "regular" varieties of Body Shop lip butters, at £5 for a 10ml tub, but at least there is the consolation that whilst you are treating yourself, you are helping others too!


        One of my favourite activities in the Body Shop is to "play toys" with all the samples etc., so I did try each of the different lip butters out before settling for this one. The consistency of all of them seemed pretty much identical, very stiff, requiring a reasonable amount of pressure to get some butter out with your finger, then retaining your fingerprint in it afterward! I was quite impressed by this as other brands of butters I have tried in the past have either been a little runny to start with, or have succumbed to heat to become a bit slimy and messy, or even split, but this butter has retained its solidity even on hot days in the bottom of my handbag!


        What made this one stand out for me was the lovely fragrance; it has a very tropical and summery feel, smelling predominantly of passion fruit mixed with something like mango or papaya. It also didn't smell at all waxy, despite containing beeswax, unlike some of the other butters in the range.


        When applied to the lips the butter sinks in easily and smooths almost instantly. I noticed a big improvement in the condition of my lips from the very first use. I was also pleased with the staying power of the butter; a thin layer seems to sit on top of the lips after most of it has disappeared into them, leaving a lovely fragrance and the feeling that your lips are being protected, but it is very light and doesn't feel at all greasy or sticky. The only minor fault I can find with it is that the taste, whilst pleasant, does hang around on your lips for a good hour or so, and the taste doesn't really go with all things (especially lager...lol!)


        The "a little bit goes a long way" statement has held true to this Body Shop product too, so I feel it would last a good long time, at least a month with use of several times a day, although mine is fairly new so I have barely made a dent in its contents so far!


        I would definitely recommend this lip balm to anyone concerned with the condition of their lips, it is a great quality product and I believe worth every penny!

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          13.03.2010 12:02
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          buy before it's too late!

          I am a fan of the Body Shop and their lip butters but was particularly drawn to this product as proceeds go to help fight aids. Body shop release a limited edition lip butter each year, usually proceeds go to the same charity. 2009 saw the release of the Tantalising Lip Butter. Here is my review ....

          What do the proceeds go to?

          Proceeds will be used to support the 2009 campaign raising awareness on HIV and Aids, in partnership with MTV, raising funds for the Staying Alive Foundation.

          What is it?

          A lip butter is a very moisturising lip care product, which is applied to the lips by your finger or brush and it helps to moisturise them and rid them of dry skin whilst smelling and tasting great (if you accidentally lick it off) !

          What does it cost?

          Each 10ml pot costs £5. I was told £4.50 of each sale goes direct to the charity. As this is a charity product you cannot get any love your body discount.

          How does it work?

          It is full of natural ingredients which help put moisture into your lips. Dragon fruit extract contains natural anti-oxidant properties, to help restore moisture and protect the delicate skin on the lips. Community Trade shea butter is one of mother natures best moisturisers. Community Trade organic beeswax helps to condition the skin.

          My opinion

          This product is fab! It smells so fruity, a combination of ripe berried in my opinion! The shea butter made it feel like silk when I applied it and it really helped to soften my lips compared ot your average lip balms which are a lot more greasy. I loved how to proceeds go to a good cause and would chose this product as my first choice. i can't wait for the 2010 lip butter but would suggest you buy this to help a good cause and also give your lips a treat! It smells soooo good and all my friends comment on it, and now they buy it too! One pot will last you ages and is a handy size to keep in your bag!

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          24.07.2009 18:47
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          Great lip balm, great cause.

          I follow a lot of beauty vloggers on Youtube. I always like to look at several reviews of a new beauty product before I commit to buying (something that dooyoo now helps me with too!)

          Recently I've watched a few Youtube reviews on The Body Shops Tantalising Lip Butter, which is a product I have seen before as in my local Body Shop there is a red and green display stand of them at the cash registers, but I never took much notice or thought about purchasing one.

          The vloggers were raving about the scent, and that the majority of the purchase price goes to a HIV/AIDS charity in Africa. All the reviews were very positive, so the next time I went shopping I opened the tester pot to investigate the product, and the scent was absolutely delicious. It also seemed to be a different consistency to all the lip balms I already owned, so I did buy one.

          The first thing everyone comments on is the scent. It's a very fruity and exotic smell, and it even tastes yummy when you lick your lips, though it can't be a good idea to eat lip balm! The scent is dragonfruit apparently, which I've never eaten so I wouldn't know, but if it smells this nice I must try some.

          It doesn't have the usual waxy lip balm texture. It looks and feels more like a mini white body butter. It's very soft and easy to apply and leaves your lips glossy if you apply a little amount, or gives a creamy nude look if you apply a layer. I heard that if you apply it over bright lipstick colours it tones the brightness down.

          There is a generous amount of product in the tub. It's not filled to the brim but it should last at least a month, and the pot has a screw-top lid to keep it safe in your bag and airtight.

          I haven't bought a Body Shop Lip Butter before but they do have a permanent range, and from looking at the web page the other balms seem to have the same look to them; http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/_en/_gb/search/search.aspx?Search=lip butter&orderdesc=true

          One reviewer said she found Yes Yes Yes quite drying which I don't agree with. I think it's a great lip softener. The main ingredients are Community Trade shea butter and Community Trade organic beeswax which are very moisturising, it's the petroleum based lip balms which tend to be the drying ones.

          Yes Yes Yes costs £5, and nearly £4 of that (the net cost) goes to the Staying Alive foundation which raises awareness of HIV and AIDS worldwide in partnership with MTV, and promotes safe sex among teenagers. Here is the link - http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/bodyshop/beauty/mtv-lip-butter

          Yes Yes Yes is a special edition lip balm and supports a good cause, and it won't be around forever, so if you are interested track it down soon, and if you like it stock up while you can!

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          With a fruity fragrance of dragon fruit extract /