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I seem to have a few different lip balms scattered in various places, either in the bottom of my bag or in my make up box at home.
One of the ones I'm using at the minute is a Badger lip balm.
Badger are a family run company from New Hampshire, USA founded in 1995. Badger products don't contain chemicals, synthetics, parabens, genetically modified organisms and are made with organic oils, waxes, herbal extracts and pure essential oils. They are also not tested on animals.
The lip balm I am currently using is the Vanilla Madagascar one, it comes in a tube the same size as most stick lip balm. It has a brown label on it telling you that it is a Vanilla Madagascar Badger Lip Balm. It has a creamy yellow coloured lid which is sealed as part of the label. The first time you use the lip balm you have to twist the lid to break the seal on it.
To use the balm you have to twist the bottom which pushes up the stick of balm. The lip balm is a yellow colour and is similar in consistency to petroleum jelly.
When I use the lip balm you can smell the vanilla in it, I think it's quite a natural scent as sometimes cosmetics with food or fruit scents in them can be quite artificial. To me it doesn't really taste of anything, this is surprising as one of the ingredients listed is Vanilla so I thought it might have the flavour as well.
After putting some onto my lips it makes them feel soft and moisturised, they also have a slight sheen to them but nothing particularly noticeable. I reapply this routinely throughout the day so I'm not really sure how long it keeps my lips moisturised for but I have noticed that when I wake up in the mornings my lips do feel dry so I would say only for a couple of hours or so.
I've been using this one for a couple of months now and have used about half of it. With one I've used previously I have noticed that as you get nearer the end it gets more difficult to twist back down and at one point it the balm did just break off. I did wonder if that's because there's no artificial preservatives in it.
I paid about £5 for this lip balm in a set of four, I think individually they cost about £2, and I think that you can get better ones for the same or less money.