“ Brand: Vaseline / Type: Lip Repair / Subcategory: Lip Cream / What it does: Repairs, „
Lip balm is a daily essential for me, and I always have several on the go, one for handbag, one for home, and one for work. My lips are constantly suffering from dryness and can get chapped and sore when the weather is too cold or too hot - I can't win! The standard Vaseline Lip Therapy petroleum jelly has been updated with a limited edition "flavours" and I bought this Crème Brulee variety last year for £3.49 from Superdrug. The standard Lip Therapy treatments are available at a slightly cheaper price, and from browsing the shops recently it looks like this run of Crème Brulee Lip Therapy has been replaced with a new limited edition Pink Champagne variety which is also retailing for £3.49.
Vaseline is a well-known household name and I expect most women will have a tin or two of their Lip Therapy products lying around somewhere. I have used Vaseline products before and was tempted to go back to them simply because the Crème Brulee flavour appealed to my sweet tooth and love of foodie beauty products. The lip treatment comes in the classic round metal tin and I must say I wish that Vaseline would update their packaging - the tins are fiddly to get open and I always have to wiggle the lid around for a while before it will lift off properly. The product must be rubbed onto your fingertip and then transferred to the lips by rubbing it directly over the skin. I dislike this method of application as it's both messy and annoying. I have long fingernails and find it difficult to correctly position my fingertips onto the petroleum jelly without also scooping some up underneath my nails which is quite a disgusting feeling and means that the excess product gets wasted. I'm also left with residue on my fingers which then must be wiped away to avoid coating anything else I might touch with a smear of grease. For these reasons I find that it is not practical to carry the tin around with me in my handbag for use on the go, and prefer to keep this on my desk at work for use during the day, where I can take my time to sit and mess around with opening the tin and there's a supply of tissues available to wipe my hands clean with after application.
The lip treatment itself has a very pale golden colour to it, although this becomes clear and colourless when applied. It has a thick oily texture to it which quickly warms against the skin and makes it easy to rub gently over the lips. It spreads easily without causing aggravation to any dry or damaged areas and seems to provide moisture instantly. On a few recent occasions where I have had cracked and split lips from being outside in the cold windy weather, it has been a relief to apply this Vaseline Lip Therapy over the skin as it is soothing and gentle. Due to the nature of the petroleum jelly base, I find that this lip treatment will sit on the surface of my skin and coats my lips with a protective layer, as well as providing moisture that keeps my lips feeling soft. This doesn't feel sticky at all, although it can seem to wear away quite quickly during the day and doesn't have the best staying power. To keep my lips feeling cared for I will need to reapply and keep a constant supply of this treatment covering my lips. When wearing this I am left with a light glossy finish which looks nice with my simple everyday make-up, and I often apply this over the top of my lipstick as otherwise my lips can get dry if I am only using a lip colour without any moisturising treatment. This version of the Lip Therapy contains no SPF so I have been using it only through the winter months where this added sun protection is not quite so vital.
Even though this is a food themed item, the product does not have any flavour to it and I would not advise licking it off your lips! The Crème Brulee scent is sugary sweet with a slight powdery edge, but I'm not really convinced that it lives up to the smell of a freshly cooked Crème Brulee pudding. In fact if it's a rich sweet fragrance that you're after then the Cocoa Butter version has a more prominent scent, but I do like the subtle tones of this and can catch little hints of the scent wafting up to me as I'm wearing it. After a while (or if you practically stick your nose in the tin) you can detect the plain underlying smell of the petroleum jelly itself, but this isn't too strong and I like that the fragrance is quite gentle as a whole otherwise it might be a bit overpowering seeing as it's applied just underneath your nose! The tin has had a bit of a makeover to fit with the Crème Brulee theme and features a creamy golden colour scheme which makes it really stand out against other varieties in the range.
This Crème Brulee Vaseline Lip Therapy gives a fun twist to a staple beauty product, and I'm glad I had a chance to sample this limited edition item. This is a reliable moisturising lip treatment and the unusual scent makes it a nice choice for dessert fans. As usual the tin is a pain and you will need to keep topping up to get the full benefit of using it, but all in all this is a good product that I can recommend.
This is a review of a limited edition lip gloss that I picked up a few months ago from Sainsburys as it was on their reduced shelf. The Vaseline Lip Therapy in Creme Brulee flavour is a little bit unusual but one that I just had to try. I have still seen it in the shops so I don't know when it will be discontinued but it is also widely available online at the moment. I am sorry, this is yet another lip balm review from me. I seem to have hundreds of the things lying around my house but I love them!
What is it?
Like the other little tins of Vaseline Lip Therapy, this is a lip balm based on petroleum jelly so it is very greasy to use and does treat dry lips well.
I have had no problems so far in opening the crème brulee tin and in the past I have struggled with the general design but this one seems to have the right balance between staying shut when not in use and opening when I want to get in to it! The tins are well made and sturdy and will outlast the majority of the long life of the product inside before showing wear and tear. If you carry them around in jeans or tight pockets, the pattern will wear off a bit in the end though. If you are looking for this in the shops, look out for the light brown packaging on the tin as it stands out quite well on the shelf next to the other Vaseline lip products.
I found upon first using this that it was quite strong smelling, I usually use the green aloe vera lip therapy tin. It smells really sweet but has no actual taste to it. But whilst it does smell a bit like caramel to me, I'm not sure it actually smells like crème brulee! Upon application, the effects of moisturised lips last for around an hour before wearing off unless you are eating or drinking and then it wears off a lot quicker. I find it exactly the same formula and consistency as the original and aloe vera versions.
My pot is 20g and these limited edition ones do tend to retail for a higher price than the normal range. I paid just £1.49 for my tin as it was reduced at Sainsbury's but I think you can pay around £3 normally for them. The tin lasts months, even years so it is well worth that price.
I really like this crème brulee and have enjoyed having a new flavour to try. Well, I say flavour but it doesn't taste of anything, it smells divine though! I have a massive collection of lip balms but my daughter is always keen to have a go when she sees me using one and there have been no complaints about this one. I find it really helps, especially during the winter months to stop me biting the skin on my lips, and if your nose is sore from a cold you can use this to help protect your skin too.
I think this will still be available to buy for a few months yet but I still have the majority of my tin left so it's unlikely I will get around to buying more of this lovely lip balm. I have seen a new line from Vaseline in 'Pink Champagne' that I am going to try next as it's so cheap to buy it's a nice treat without breaking the bank. This is definitely a lip balm that your husband will not pinch from you as it is a girly treat and especially being a 'dessert' flavour we can use this without feeling naughty!
Anyone that is a regular reader of my reviews will know I'm a bit of a 'new product' junkie. Especially when it comes to anything beauty related and in particular lip balms. In my opinion you can never own too many because it something that I assume most people use on a daily basis - couple that with the fact that I can never seem to hold on to a tube or tub for more than a few weeks and you might be able to guess that I'm constantly buying new ones! Now because I can never seem to hang onto my lip balms I don't like spending too much money when it comes to buying a new one so with that and the whole new product angle in mind last time I went shopping I picked up this 'Vaseline Lip Therapy Crème Brulee'. It was cheap, it was screaming NEW and I adore crème brulee deserts so I just had to have it. I have to admit now though this was not my wisest purchase, it's pretty disgusting!
Price: I believe I paid around £1.09 for this one - it's slightly more than other scents because it's a ltd edition one!
Stockists: I've seen this sold in Boots & Superdrug (as its limited edition it might be harder to get hold of than the normal Vaseline collection of scents).
Other Info: This promises to give you all the moisture and softening properties that you would expect from this brand but all infused with the sweet, indulgent scent of Crème Brulee - it doesn't but that's the product claims! This can also be used on any part of your body that has dry skin - not just your lips.
The packaging for this balm is just what you'd expect from the Vaseline brand - it comes in a small 20g, metallic tin which is beige & caramel coloured (the colour changes depending on what scent you buy) - its fits in very well with the brand I think. On the bottom and sides of the tub is a little bit of information on the product - ingredients and an address and phone number for the company should you have any other questions - I would have liked a shelf life of the product to be included on the packaging but that might not fuss others too much. Like all Vaseline packaging the metal lid is simply pulled off to reveal the yellowy, waxy balm inside - and hear in lies my first problem. When the tub is new I find it VERY difficult to remove the lid, especially because I have nail extensions on 99% of the time - but the longer you own it, it gets much easier to remove so it's not a major problem. The packaging isn't the brightest but it didn't catch my eye when I was just browsing through Boots - and it still fits in very well with the brand and is small enough for me to use on the go and carry around easily. Packaging wise it's pretty effective - once you've loosened the lid a little bit anyway!
Applying this is easy enough as long as you remember not to overuse it because simply you don't need to and the effects won't be as good if you use more than a tiny amount! Just enough to cover your lips is more than enough in my opinion. I find Vaseline has a very thick and greasy texture and this one is no different, using a small amount will make your lips feel more moisturised and glossier, using any more than that will make you look like you've dipped your lips in a chip pan - less is more! This one isn't tinted or coloured at all so that means you can quickly apply it on the go without needing a mirror and you won't end up with it all over your face - that's always a bonus for me when it comes to lip balm because I'm often applying it quickly in between serving customers at work so that's one thing I do like about this product. Now comes my major problem with this product - the scent is absolutely vile!! It smells NOTHING like crème brulee at all in fact this is like applying perfume on my lips - in scent and taste! This smells like a bad air freshener I think - so much so that it actually offends my nose and tongue (because it tastes awful as well) when I apply it. I had a very clear idea of what this should have smelt like - sweet and sugary just like crème brulee but it smells nothing like it. The scent is really horrible which really puts me off using this even though the results are actually pretty good!
I have to admit when I can bear to use this the results it gives are actually very good. This definitely helps to heal and soothe my lips when they are feeling a little bit cracked or dry and it does prevent them from starting to get chapped again. My lips feel instantly smoother and even look better as soon as I apply this and it looks pretty good when applied over a lipstick as it gives me more of a glossy look. However most of the time I can't bring myself to use this because the smell is so disgusting - the results are great but no better than any other scented Vaseline and they smell better as well. I won't be buying this again and I wouldn't recommend it to others either - 2*s it's a decent product with the worst scent ever!! Don't bother with this ltd edition product - the quicker it goes off the shelves the better!
Thanks For Reading.
x0 Salz 0x
Unfortunately, it appears that this balm is no longer available to buy. I heartily apologise for this, as I only discovered this now after having written the rest of the review, as I wouldn't have written it if I knew it wasn't still for sale. Since it can still be bought on Ebay though, I'm posting this review anyway in case you are interested enough to buy it on that site. It may also end up being released for general sale next year as well, but I can't promise that as I don't know.
It's December, it's cold and therefore I have dry lips. I get them when it's particularly hot in the summer as well so it's clear that my lips, like the rest of me, don't like even the mild extremes of temperature we get in this country. I therefore have quite a large array of lip balms and scrubs to help to improve the condition of my lips and stop them being quite so dry and uncomfortable. It used to be that the only thing that would make a significant difference was Carmex, but I feel I may have overused it as it no longer has its magic healing effect. I've therefore had to stop myself from using it for the time being and am using different balms instead. Since I used to like Vaseline before I discovered Carmex, I decided that something from this brand would be a good bet, and so snapped up this seasonal Crème Brûlée flavoured balm when I saw it in Boots.
== Vaseline Lip Balms ==
Vaseline make many different varieties of lip balm (or lip therapy, as they call it) made from petroleum jelly. It is a very moisturising material that really does help to soften dry or chapped lips. It should, however, only really be used when you have dry lips otherwise your lips will get used to it and will go dry when you don't use it, rendering it almost useless when you have dryness caused by weather or other things. As well as their original flavourless balm they have brought out several other options such as one with cocoa butter, a rose flavoured one with a pink tint and one with aloe vera. This crème brûlée version is a limited edition one out for the Christmas period, I believe, although I don't personally associate that dessert with this time of year so don't exactly see why Vaseline have.
== Crème Brûlée Vaseline ==
This vaseline comes in the same style container as the others do: a small round tin which contains 20g of balm, with the name on the front and barcode and ingredients on the back. This one is half a creamy colour and half a sort of speckled orange/brown, so it looks different from the other varieties and will be noticeable on a shelf in a shop Unlike getting into a real crème brûlée and having to tap the top with a spoon to crack the hard top, you can just twist the lid to get to the soft sweet stuff below. In terms of contents, it works the same as any other vaseline lip therapy: on touching it a small amount should melt onto your finger, which you then rub over your lips to moisturise them. A small amount should do to give your dry lips a bit of relief, but you can keep applying it as often as you want, really.
I like this vaseline. The scent is very subtle and not as strong as the aloe vera variety, for example, at all, but it is very pleasant and mildly sweet. It works as well as the other varieties in moisturising my lips and I definitely feel that it is better than some other brands I have used. That said, it doesn't smell as nice as some balms I've had from Lush, for example, and in general I find using the more highly scented ones nicer. It does last a long time as well: I've had this for a few weeks now and use it daily, but there has not been a significant dip in the amount of balm still left in the tin. I imagine that this will last me a few months at least.
== Conclusion ==
I like this special edition vaseline and found it to be a good lip balm. The smell is pleasant, although I would like it to be a bit stronger. I am sure I paid around £3 for this, which is a bit more than the other ones cost (around £1.50, I believe) but it was worth it in my eyes for a more interesting balm. That said, I doubt I'd buy it again if it were available, as it's no better than other vaseline lip therapy balms and I prefer ones that are a bit more strongly scented.