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I have been reviewing these Vaseline tins lately as I have used them all in the past and have re purchased them a few times. I first noticed the new "flavours" of Vaseline tins in a little gift set tin that my mum bought me for Christmas one year. This particular tin I am reviewing is the brown tin and it is the cocoa butter variety. The tin is 20g in size and it is round in shape. It's a perfect size for just carrying around with you. This one has quite a sweet cocoa like scent to it. It's similar in appearance to "normal" Vaseline and it is to be applied to the lips with a clean finger. You can also apply it straight from the tin whilst your tin is still full.
I find this Vaseline easy to apply to the lips. It scoops up easily and you only need a small dab to cover all of your lips. If you apply too much it can feel a little greasy so just start off with a small amount and add more if needed. I find that this cocoa butter version absorbs well into the lips without feeling sticky or leaving an unwelcome layer of residue. The cocoa butter flavour tastes nice without being too sweet and I find the Vaseline to be soothing and moisturising. It's like a big drink for my dry chapped lips and the product lasts ages too so it's good value for money.
The only thing I dislike about this tin, or all of the tins to be precise, is the fact that you have to stick your finger into the tin to apply. This isn't very hygienic but I do like the size, shape and design of the tins themselves.
This cocoa butter variety is very nice and soothing. It soothes my dry lips in no time and they feel much better with a layer of this stuff on top of them. Plus I love the smell of it, it smells very yummy indeed!
Overall this handy little tin comes recommended by me!
I am very impressed with this product. I have been using Vaseline Original on my lips for much of my life but it used to only come in a jar. First Vaseline petroleum jelly was packaged in a glass jar and then a plastic one. Then the small tins were introduced a few years ago. The Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy is a much newer product than the original Vaseline. It must have been about two years ago that I first heard about this product and so purchased a tin to try it out. I wasn't at all disappointed.
I still use original Vaseline but I also use this one. Actually I have it on right now as I keep a tin by my laptop so that I can apply it occasionally.
I also take a tin of original and a tin of the Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy on holiday with me. I keep the original in my make-up bag as I don’t want any added flavours if I'm wearing lip gloss. But before retiring I love to apply this to my lips and let the moisturising properties of Vaseline and cocoa butter sooth them overnight.
I find this product is especially nice and soothing after a day in the sun when my lips feel dry and so in need of that little extra care.
I also love the smell and the taste of this treatment. It feels luxurious and the effect is long lasting.
The tin is light small and therefore handy to carry around in a pocket or handbag.
Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy is available from many outlets. Prices vary but I usually manage to find it for £1.00.
It is available in a small 20g tin.
Lloyds Pharmacy £1.32
Sainsbury’s £1.50 (was £2.00)
Just lately my lips have felt a little dry and uncomfortable. I don't know why and it isn't awful but I notice when I put my lipstick on sometimes that the lipstick doesn't go on so smoothly and sometimes you can also see bits on the lips under the lipstick that simply shouldn't be there.
I do exfoliate and the likes and exfoliating has helped with the issue but just to keep it at bay as much as I can I did decide to get a lip balm and so when I spotted this in my local Boots store I decided to buy it!
The balm/jelly whatever you want to call it comes in a round metal tin that is an orangy and white colour and on the front of it we are clearly told that it is 'Lip Therapy' Vaseline Petroleum Jelly 'Cocoa Butter and then other information listed on the tin includes the ingredients being given, the size is stated which is 20g (and I have never seen this available to purchase in any other size) and contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of the product) are stated. Its a nice looking tin this one however I do find the lid tricky to twist on and off, especially when I have been using the product!
The Lip Balm/Jelly:
When you open up the tin (eventually with a lot of faffing about!) you are greeted by a very generous amount of translucent off golden hard looking jelly. Its only when you have used it a few times that it looks more moist and is easier to use!
The scent of this is wonderful. Its really sweet and like chocolate in its fragrance and rather strong....as soon as I open the tin I feel hungry!
Applying this is simple. You only need a small amount and it does state on the tin that this can be used on the skin as well as lips.
It is greasy when applied so you do need to be very careful the amount you pop on to your lips. Its give s a nice sheen, smells nice and has a very slight sweet flavour to it, not like chocolate though sadly!
Once on the lips they feel soothed and moisturised greatly and the initial sheen this gives the lips stays on as long as you let it. By this I mean depends whether you lick your lips or not! Even though the initial sheen is lost quite fast in my case some of it sinks in and continues to moisturise for a good few hours after I've applied it and this has kept my lip skin soft, supple and with no cracks or dead skin on them!
I only use this as a lip product and I for one am very pleased with it and think its great value for the £2.18 I paid for it as it lasts ages and ages!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
When I was younger starting from around 7 years old I suffered with extremely bad chapped lips. To the point where I was on specialist creams and medication from the doctors. Luckily that didn't last to long but it was so painful the memory has always stuck me. So I always look after my lips!
Vaseline - Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter:
'Vaseline Lip Therapy can be slipped into a pocket or bag. Functional and stylish, Vaseline Lip Therapy helps maintain the skin's natural moisture barrier to form a protective shield between your lips and the elements'
I have a shocking amount of lip balms, creams, butters etc this one is one of my top three as it has double uses. You can use this on your lips and skin. I do a lot of different sports and when I go boxing the gloves can make knuckles seem a bit rough. So rubbing some of this over them really helps.
My skin around my knuckles is soft and smooth, leaving me with no evidence that I box. (unless you count the bruises sometimes!) However the main reason I purchased this was for my lips, and I feel this one is perfect for the colder and windier months.
Smearing this over my lips I can feel instant relief from any drying or tightness of my lips. It sits on a little heavy which for me, is why I say it is suited for the colder times of year. My only negative I have to say about this product is the fact it doesn't have any UV filter or SPF.
When applying this to my lips they really do feel soft and nourished, as it is a jelly it sits well and has a great longevity as long as you don't keep licking your lips! This lip therapy version is the cocoa butter one. But don't expect it to taste that way, it smells lovely. Rich sweet hints of chocolate but certainly doesn't taste that way.
Not that this product is for eating anyway but it does go on your lips after all, so you can not help but try it really. It is a great product that gives relief straight away but if using this over a few days you can certainly feel better results. My lips look healthy and touchable soft which is always a good thing.
Do keep this in a cool place, when it gets to warm it goes rather gooey and then you end you putting it on your lips way to thick and feels to heavy. It is clear and doesn't stain your clothes in anyway if you accidentally get any on your clothes.
This product comes in a metal round tin; you apply with your finger. So make sure you have clean hands! For me this is not an item I would share, which I've seen people do, gross!
Price and Availability:
I purchased my latest one on offer from Bodycare for 79p which is excellent value for money. It is a product that really does work well and will last me a good couple of months. Normal price is around £1.99 for the 20g tin. If you are not a fan of the tin they have now also started doing this is stick form.
You can also get different flavours/fragrance from this range.
For me this is one of my must have products, a little goes along way and my lips feel amazing. Good that it also has a secondary use to smooth over skin. Even at normal price it is still excellent value for the results achieved and how long the product lasts.
Five out of five stars
Thank you for reading.
I wrote a review recently on another lip salve, and realised as I was writing that I hadn't actually reviewed my favourite one Vasline Lip Therapy with Cocoa Butter, which can be picked up for around the £2 mark in the likes of Boots and even in most of the supermarkets. I love the smell of cocoa butter, and I have tended to stick to vaseline in the past given that lip salves with fragrances can sometimes irritate me so I do have to be careful, but I have never had any problems with any of the vaseline products that I have used in the past.
Vaseline Lip Therapy tins all come in small circular tins that can easily be popped in a pocket or handbag. The colour on each tin tells you the type of vaseline, and in this case, the tin is half white, half brown, reflecting the cocoa butter element. This lip therapy is meant to help lips keep moisturised, stopping them from losing natural moisture and ensuring they get protected from the harsh elements, particularly in the winter. Cocoa butter is well known for its skin conditioning benefits.
When you first open this little tin, the sweet smell of the cocoa butter hits you and it smells lovely, and also tastes lovely. I put this on in the morning when I was putting the rest of my make up on and it lasts me most of the day, although I do tend to top up later in the day, but it isn't overly necessary. Most lip salves I have tried in the past have left my lips feeling moisturised initially but it soon fades away. No matter how cold the weather is, if I have applied this lip therapy to my lips before heading out in it, there has been no chapping of my lips. In fact even by the end of a day of harsh weather, my lips feel super soft.
For the price that you pay for this product in comparison to many of the more expensive brands out there, I think it is a great lip product. It really does protect my lips in harsh winter weather, and even more so than the other vaseline lip therapy tins I have used. This is by far the best for my lips and I love that I don't have to keep reapplying it through the day to keep them protected. A layer of this in the morning, goes a long way! A great product and one that I find hard to beat!
I actually bought this little tin of 'Lip Therapy' on a complete whim one day when buying my lunch for work. I happened to see a selection of them sat by the self-service tills and popped one through the scanner just before I paid (bravo Boots on your clever merchandising). I was actually quite excited to try it, as I haven't had one of these since I was a young teen. The metal tin is just how I remember; a good size to get plenty of value for money, but small enough to fit in your bag (or blazer pocket like I did in school!) with a lid that fits securely, but is very easy to remove. I have not seen or used the Cocoa Butter version of these tins before, I always had the blue, green or pink (but to be honest I think that was all that was available back then - it was just as they were coming into 'fashion'...it seemed every girl at school had one if not two in her pocket, with a big dent in the middle where she'd obsessively scooped it out! Cocoa butter is an emollient and therefor made me confident that my lips would be lovely and soft after using. It is very soothing and moisturising, so this is what drew me to the product. I can suffer from fairly dry lips, so I am constantly applying a balm of some kind. Now, I have always found with Vaseline Lip Therapy that it is more of a barrier than an actual deep moisturiser, so I have previously been careful to not solely rely on the little tins. However, the cocoa butter version definitely does give me more of a soft feeling than other Lip Therapy's I have tried (though the Aloe is pretty darn good) and the slight scent is also beautiful. It is very easy to use; pull off the lid, swirl a clean finger around the jelly, and apply to the lips. Done.
Ok, so I have clearly made my point that I like this product, but how did I come to this conclusion?
Test 1: In a cold, dry office with electric heater for 1.5 hours after buying the product...
I was sat in an office at work doing some paperwork when I became very aware that the heater next to me was drying my skin, particularly my lips. I decided to put my new little Vaseline tin to the test, and applied a protective layer on my lips. To be honest, I kind of didn't expect much to happen. I figured the barrier would last a little while, and provide some relief, but not really solve my problem of being robbed of my lips hydration! I was actually quite wrong - the jelly felt lovely on my lips, not at all gunky how I had remembered it. It sat lightly and I felt I not only had a protective barrier against the drying effects of the heater, but also was being soothed and somewhat softened. In the 1.5 hours I was sat there, I applied the jelly twice more (though to be honest once more would have sufficed) and on leaving the office my lips did not feel tight or sore, but quite soft and hydrated.
Test 2: Walking home on a cold, blustery day in out lovely winter...
So up to the trip home I am about to describe, I had only really used the jelly indoors to counter the effects of heating. I had a stick balm which I relied on for walking out and about to create a barrier and moisturise my lips in the cold, harsh, winter winds. When setting off to walk home from work I was looking for my usual balm in my bag and saw this sat in the bottom. I decided to 'go crazy' and break my stick routine to test this little baby! I did think I would maybe end up with sore lips, or have to apply my stick half way home, but figured I should test it out anyway. Again, I was wrong. I wore a layer of this Lip Therapy home, and I was very pleased with the results. I could lightly feel the jelly barrier on my lips, and although by the time I had gotten home (a 20 minute walk) some had absorbed and it was not as thick as I had first applied, I still had a good deal of protection. My lips had not dried at all from the winds, and I had nice soft lips to smile with!
So all in all I am very happy with this Lip Therapy from Vaseline. I have accepted the fact that a few of my hard earned pennies will end up in the hand of the Vaseline giants, and I am quite happy at this prospect. The product has surpassed what I expected, and made me fall in love with the product all over again (just like the 14 year old teenager who used to carry them in every jacket, blazer, bag she owned).
I highly recommend you try this, as at £1.99 for a 20g tin it definitely does not break the bank (it will last forever!) I cannot think of any reason to deduct any stars, and so this gets 5 from me :)
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The product is made by Vaseline who is a well-known brand of skincare products. Most of you will have heard of their products and a lot of you will be familiar with Vaseline which contains Petroleum Jelly. Vaseline helps to give your lips the moisturisation they need and to help them looking healthy and feel good. As well as doing this the product also helps to maintain the skins natural moisture barrier to form a protective shield between your lips and the elements. I am reviewing the Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy which I recently purchased due to suffering from dry, sore lips. The cold weather and the wind has caused my lips to become a little sore and during the night I find that my lips can become dry and sometimes split which causes them to bleed sometimes. I normally apply a good lip balm before going to bed, how-ever I didn't have it with me whilst at my boyfriends so I popped to my local boots store to purchase something else I could use instead. I used to use the original Vaseline Lip Therapy tin; how-ever I thought I would go for something different and instead try the Cocoa Butter one instead. This tin contains a hint of Cocoa Butter which is well known for its skin conditioning benefits. If you chose the stick version this also contains Shea Butter.
The product comes in a small round tin which is a light brown and white colour. The tin is small enough to fit into a pocket or bag so is great to have on you at all times. On the lid of the tine it states what the product is. On the bottom of the tin you can find a list of ingredients that are used in the product and you can also see that this is a Unilever brand.
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I purchased a tin of this from my local Boost store which cost me £1.99. This is for a tin of the product which contains 20g. I think this is a very reasonable price for this product. As well as Vaseline Original and Cocoa Butter they also now do other products in the Lip Therapy range which also come in small tins. You can also buy all of the Vaseline Lip Therapy products in a stick format as well, which contains slightly different ingredients.
Lip Therapy Original (Blue & White tin)
Lip Therapy Rosy (Pink tin)
Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera (Green tin)
Lip Therapy Pink Bubbly (Black and Pink tin) - Limited Edition
Using the Product
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You can apply the product liberally as often as required. I find Vaseline quite greasy so I only tend to use this product in the evening. I always apply the product before going to bed to ensure my lips stay moisturised all night, which helps them to stop drying out causing my lips to sometimes crack and split during the night. The lid to the tin is easy to open to reveal the tin pot full of the product. The Vaseline is the same colour as the original Vaseline which is actually clear; allow looks a slight pale yellow colour in the tin due to the amount that's in there. The product smells delicious and as soon as you take the lid off you can smell the delicious scent of the cocoa butter. As previously states I always apply the product before going to bed. I ensure my hands are clean and I use one finger to rub this gently over the top of the Vaseline in the tin. If this has been in a pocket the product can become rather soft. I then apply the product to my lips, ensuring I give them a good coating, but I ensure I don't apply too much of the product. The product us very easy to apply and does leave your fingertip a little greasy, how-ever I just rinse my hand and this washes off easily. As soon as I have applied the product my lips feel relieved and soothed. I could clearly see where I applied the product as this did look slightly greasy. I could smell the product as it was on my lips and this made me want to lick my lips which I did a few times, how-ever the product doesn't taste of anything. I went to bed and awoke the following morning to see the results. The product kept my lips feeling moisturised all night which meant that my lips didn't become dry or cracked. They also appeared to feel much softer and less sore and dry than they had done before applying the product.
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I love the scent of the product and I think it does a great job of soothing sore, chapped lips. I do find the product rather greasy which is why I only apply it during the night and I use a lip balm stick during the day as I also find the stick more convenient for on the go as I don't have to use my fingertip to apply the product. I think the added ingredient of Cocoa Butter does helps to make my lips softer and smoother than it does with using the original lip therapy. In terms of value I think this is very reasonable as I find that the tin lasts me a good amount of time before it needs replacing. If you use the product more than once a day then you will find that you may need to purchase the product more often. The thing I like about this product is that a little goes a long way and I think the smell of the cocoa butter in this product is lovely. I would recommend this product to others as it works well and helps to soothe lips.
(review may also appear on ciao)
When I was a kid, I used to have a little plastic pot of vaseline in my pocket to take to school, because even then I had dry, chapped lips. When Vaseline brought out the original Lip Therapy, I was so pleased because those plastic pots were kinda bulky. But then they brought out the Lip Therapy with Cocoa Butter, so I decided to try it.
As you may have seen from my other reviews, I love lipbalm. But the cocoa butter Lip Therapy is my go-to when my lips are really dry and chapped- usually in the winter, especially during the snow. This product is perfect when only a heavy duty moisturiser will do for my lips, and I prefer the cocoa butter because it has a bit of a taste to it, and a lovely smell, which I think smells a little like white chocolate, but my boyfriend insists smells like coconut. Maybe it's a little of both.
I don't use this product on a day to day basis, mainly because it does not contain sunscreen and I learnt the hard way- by accidentally baking my lips after using vaseline then sunbathing. That was painful. However, when your lips need an intense moisture hit, I believe that Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy is perfect, and I would recommend it to anyone who has severely dry lips. It can also be used on very dry patches of skin on the face, although I personally don't like using it that way because I feel that it is too heavy and greasy for that use.
Firstly, I'm not quite sure why the image is that of a foreign Disney film, but let's ignore that for now...
As a Vaseline addict, I can't be without a little tin of Aloe for my lips. Whilst that's still my first choice, I also use Rosy and mostly recently Cocoa for something a little different. The latter is one I've not used so much as it's quite scented and I don't find it as moisturising, but I would still recommend giving it a try at the right price.
Vaseline is a hugely popular brand that was initially born back in 1859. Their product range continues to expand and diversify, but their Petroleum Jelly is a trademark product. So much so in fact that the first man to reach the North Pole took some of the stuff with him as it doesn't freeze (bear in mind though that in warmer temperatures it definitely does melt!). Their handy tins can be found in many stores, pharmacies and supermarkets, so they're easy to get hold of even though the prices to vary a fair bit.
The tins of petroleum jelly are very neat and pocket/purse-friendly, and are instantly recognisable as being Vaseline with the brand name across the centre. They're also coloured depending on the variety, hence the cocoa butter version is brown and white (aloe is green and white, rosy is pink and white etc). This particular one is set apart from the rest because it contains cocoa butter extracts that contain Vitamin E and antioxidants, which are perfect for keeping lips moisturised, protected from the weather and healthy.
The first thing I noticed when I opened this up was that it still looks fairly beige/yellow, perhaps just slightly darker than Original, and the scent is instantly noticeable. It's very much cocoa butter to me like you'd expect from a body moisturiser, rather than some kind of Cadbury chocolate scent which some people may expect when they think 'cocoa'. I like the smell but for lips it is quite scented. When applying, I didn't think this was as easy to glide across my lips as the Aloe variety, but the jelly is also very hard and compact when first used. They often take a while to get softer, and it also depends on the temperature. None the less, once on my lips, the cocoa butter makes them feel instantly relieved. However, I wouldn't say that this gives me the same amount of moisturisation as Aloe does, it doesn't feel as silky smooth either. I apply Vaseline to my lips rediculously often, probably so that it's actually drying out my lips somehow (I'm sure I read this somewhere), but I still notice that Cocoa Butter doesn't last as long for me between applications.
Whilst it's quite novel and I do like the smell, it is a little sickly with a slight taste on your lips that doesn't make it as useful in every situation unlike the Original / Aloe versions. For instance, you may not want to be smothering your lips in this before eating. You could still see this as being multi-purpose, for instance, if you noticed dry skin when out and about, so it's not just for lips. I actually find it quite smooth on my skin, and I guess it does feel a little more special to use than the other less 'novel' varieties. It's also a tad more expensive than the others, increasing its novel appeal.
Overall, this isn't my first choice amongst the Vaseline jelly tins for use on my lips. It just doesn't have the same moisturising qualities as Aloe and the scent/taste can be a little offputting if needing to use a lot/quite often. None the less, it's interesting and a bit different, feels a little more special to use, and the scent overall of cocoa butter is rather tempting!
This sells for £1.99 in Boots but prices can vary quite a bit - I think I picked mine up in Savers for £1.29 a few months ago but I've since seen it for £1 (worth giving Poundland a try!).
I've tried multiple Vaseline lip products and have never been impressed - until I found this lovely luscious little pot. I'm a massive fan of cocoa butter (using Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion religously) as it has worked wonders on my face, so I was keen to see the effects of this Vaseline on my lips.
The aroma of cocoa is strong, but not overpowering. However, as it is applied to the lips, you can smell the product for hours after wearing it. This can be nice but can also a little annoying for those who would rather be able to smell their surroundings/perfume/dinner!
The Vaseline itself is a translucent, virtually solid jelly which melts slightly on touch and becomes transparent on the lips. The packaging is a half white and half brown circular tin, with a pop-off lid. I initially struggled with getting the lid off (even though there is a slight ridge on the lid to help with this), and even accidently dug my finger into the jelly in the process - but once you get the hang of it it is easily done. This is a very compact, cute looking product which is perfect for the pocket or popping in your bag.
DOES IT WORK?
On initial application of the jelly my lips looked glistening and felt nourished. However, I did feel that it was only moisturising the very upper layers of my lips and not nourishing deep into my lips. After a couple of hours I needed to re-apply. Though I don't find this particularly irritating, I do wish it would last a little longer.
After a day or two of continual re-application (when I felt my lips needed it) my lips felt and looked a more moisturised.
Alongside moisturising lips, Vaseline can also be used for softening cuticles and skin around the nails. I also found it was useful for making eyelashes appear healthier and is known to moisturise the lashes if you leave it on over night. The jelly is also great for controlling unruly eyebrows with a quick slick, and is perfect for creating glistening eye lids without the use of eyeshadows.
This sweet-smelling pocket size vaseline is a must for any woman's handbag. Like the other pots of petroleum jelly, this is the same with a different smell; cocoa butter. This cocoa butter smell is sweet but also smells natural. It smells of coconuts, and it wouldn't be completely off topic to imagine you were somewhere really exotic while wearing this lip balm/petroleum jelly, like in a rain forest! To mix with the cocoa butter smell, the pot is color coded brown so you don't get confused with the types of petroleum jelly; nifty! It is easy to apply as you just dip your finger in the pot, then transfer to your lips. The petroleum jelly feels incredibly soft and smooth on the lips, as well as looks very shiny and makes your lips look nice and plump, and well nourished. This product is suitable anywhere on the body, and would most likely be fine for the most sensitive of skin. Another plus is, it isn't too sticky! So there is no need to wash your hands after having used it. And priced at 99p, who cannot afford one?! This is definately a must have, due to it's sweet, exotic smell and soft, supple feel on the skin.
Have tried all the others and previously thought that the original was the best. Having tried the cocoa butter now, this one is by far my favourite.
Another version from Vasleline?
As with all the others in this range it is a handy little sized tin to pop into your handbag or even your pocket. I bought this one for going abroad as it had cocoa butter ingredient. It is so much creamier than the rest and pleasant on the lips (tasting) compared to the original. I didn't find it melted as much as the others which was good although naturally it does soften in the heat so I just kept it in the fridge.
My little boy had a little bit of sunburn and I tried rubbing a small amount onto it and it really helped, keeping it moist and soothed.
At around £1 a tin, it is a real bargain especially as it lasts for ages anyway.
Now even my 7 year old son has one and it is a routine job for him to apply every night at bedtime - he loves it.
These little pots of vaseline are handy for keeping in your bag or your pocket. This is one of the new flavours cocoa butter and I was excited to try it when it came on the market. Vaseline has been around for years and is a well known household brand. I have tried all the other Vaseline flavours and now I have a full set!
==Price and availability==
This tin costs £1.99 and it can be bought from shops such as Boots and Superdrug.
The little metal tin is filled with 20g of vaseline. The tin is brown so it looks very different to the other vaseline tins around. The little metal tin has a pull of lid that fits securely. This Vaseline is smooth, thick and smells absolutely fantastic. It is a lovely coco smell that makes me want to lick it from my lips. The Vaseline is quite thick but when it is warm it melts and becomes quite runny.
I get sore chapped lips from the air conditioning at work in summer and in winter the central heating gives me dry lips! I can not win, I always use some form of balm on my lips and this is one of my favourites. It feels really soothing and coats the lips giving it a nice shine. The vaseline moisturises my lips and keeps them hydrated. It has all the benefits of regular Vaseline but with this delicious smell added. I find it a little more hydrating than regular Vaseline too. When I wear the Vaseline it lasts quite a while on my lips. It gives the lips a wet look but it is not in your face like lip gloss. This is perfect for around the office. It helps with the appearance of the lips as it makes them look healthier.
The only downside to the tin is that it is not as hygienic as a chap stick as with a chap stick you do not need to use any fingers. I also prefer a chap stick design as you do not need to take your gloves off to use the product. I find it a pain in the winter when I am outside in the cold and I have to take my gloves off to use the Vaseline. Once the Vaseline is on though it feels really good and the sore feeling disappears. If I use the product on a night before bed, usually the next morning I wake up and my lips feel superb. A good 8 hours of having my lips moisturised does wonders and I get my pout back! Rather than flaky, red lips.
I have used Vaseline Lip Therapy for as long as it has been around and I really swear by it. I have recommended it to so many of my friends. Vaseline, as a product, always reminds me of when I was really young; it was something my mum would slap on my knee whenever I had fallen over outside and hurt myself, then, as I grew into my teens, I used to smear it religiously on and around my eyelashes every night, in the vain hope that they would 'grow thicker and longer' by the following morning when I woke up for school! - They never did!
I have probably used the whole range of Vaseline Lip Therapy 'flavours' but perhaps my favourite is their Cocoa Butter variety. I do love beauty products which contain cocoa butter as I find it intensely moisturising, not to mention the gorgeous smell it has. This tiny 20g sized little tin is so handy to keep inside my bag and to just apply to my lips throughout the day. I buy the tins from my local supermarket and the individual tins cost in the region of £1.99, though sometimes they may be on special offer.
When new, I find the little lids a bit stiff and fiddly to remove the first few times until eventually they do loosen up. The cream is fairly firm and smells divine. I gently dip my ring finger into the salve, taking care not to dig too deeply. It is actually quite easy to get too much onto your finger if you are not careful. With this salve, it is definitely a case of less is more. If you apply too much you will just look like you have eaten a greasy chop and forgotten to wipe your mouth.
Apply a small amount and press your lips gently but firmly together. The result is luscious, soft looking lips. I use this salve both on top of or instead of lipstick. I actually use it in place of a lip gloss. I find that some lip glosses are just too 'gloopy and can make your lips look overdone as well as being quite drying. With Vaseline Lip Therapy you get the best of both worlds. It not only moisturises and protects your lips, it also adds a really sexy sheen to you lips at the same time.
If there is one negative about this, I would have to say that I never use up the entire tin before I go out to buy a new one. The reason for this is due to the fact that I actually don't like to keep sticking my finger inside the tin - I find it a little bit unhygienic. Although I take care to make sure my fingers are clean before application, I cannot help but think that it's a little bit 'icky' and I must be leaving some germs behind me every time I use it. This puts me off slightly and actually makes me unable to finish the entire contents of a tin.
Overall though, I do really rate these little Lip Therapies very highly. As I say, I have tried just about every single one of them now and I love them all. They moisturise, they heal, they protect and they add a dash of sexy glamour - what more could you ask for?
Despite seeing it everywhere, and knowing that so many people swear by it, I've never used Vaseline Lip Therapy products until recently. I always found the idea a bit odd - Vaseline to me is what my dad used to use to grease the towbar of the car and caravan (he probably uses something more sophisticated now but that's what it was back in the day). However, when recently dithering in front of the lip care section of Boots, and wanting a change from my usual Boots Essentials lip salve, I ended up with a tin of Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy. I think it was the cocoa butter part which lured me in - I'm a sucker for anything cocoa butter.
The first thing for me to get used to was having a tin of lip balm again - it's been a good few years since I used anything other than sticks. In a practical sense I found the tin inconvenient at first - you apply the product with your finger, so instead of never getting any lip salve slime near my fingers, I was finding messy fingerprints on my phone after not having wiped my hand thoroughly enough after applying the Vaseline Lip Therapy.
On a similar note, I didn't realise just how little of this product you need to apply. The first time I used it I dug a fingertip in, only to find I had far too much of the rather slimy and greasy product. I've now figured out that I only need to run my finger over the surface of the stuff to get enough - and if it turns out I need more, running my finger over it again will do the trick.
So, the product itself. Vaseline Lip Therapy is, ultimately, Vaseline. It's opaque, greasy stuff, not creamy like many other lip balms or salves. I find it is a strange sensation once applied, like I have a thin film of it over my lips instead of the usual thicker feeling I am used to from using lip salves. This feeling passes very quickly however, and I soon feel that my lips are nicely moisturised. As a lip balm it really is very impressive. I bought it when I was suffering from rather dry lips, but after using it maybe 2-3 times a day for only a few days, I found I wasn't needing it so often. The Vaseline Lip Therapy does seem to have a long-lasting effect, and my lips are now in good condition - I haven't applied any for a few days.
As for the cocoa butter side of things, it has a pleasant scent which is recognisable as cocoa butter, but I find it somehow doesn't quite go with the greasy look and feel of the balm - I associate that scent with much creamier products.. That said, I like the scent and will buy this particular variety of Vaseline Lip Therapy again.
I am really pleased with my purchase of Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy, and given that I've barely dented the surface of it in the two months I've been using it, I'm confident that the little tin will last for ages. But when it does run out, I'll definitely buy more.