Product Type: Vaseline Lip Care
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Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy
Member Name: cazkins
Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy
Advantages: Yummy cocoa scent, handy tin, easy to apply, feels soft & nourishing on lips
Disadvantages: Not as moisturising as Aloe Vaseline for me, scent/taste at times can be a little offputting on lips
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!).
Summary: A little indulgence for lips, but not a regular one for me
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