Product Type: Vaseline Lip Care
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The Emperor's New Vaseline
Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera
Member Name: StampedingTurtes
Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera
Advantages: Portable, good barrier
Disadvantages: Poor moisturisation and healing properties
I have to admit, I'm always drawn in by the cute little Vaseline Lip Therapy tins. They fool me into thinking I'm not just slicking on a barrier of petrolium Jelly on to my lips... well almost.
~~~ What's it for? ~~~
Vaseline Lip Therapy is a little pocket sized tin of Vaseline with added extras (in this case, Aloe Vera among other things) which is handy and convenient for your pocket or handbag.
Although it is called Lip Therapy, it's not REALLY especially for your lips and can be used just like normal Vaseline but with the added benefit of soothing Aloe Vera.
~~~ Packaging, Lip Therapy Range and Ingredients ~~~
Lip Therapy comes in a little 20g tin and this is really part of the charm. We all love little retro tins of things. The Aloe version comes in a dark green tin with the traditional Vaseline logo on the front. The tin measures about 5cm in diameter and just under 2cm deep. It's the perfect size for jeans pockets or handbag. Even although the tin is fairy compact and cute, there's still more than enough Vaseline to see you through - I don't think I've ever finished a tin...although the Aloe one comes close as it's the most versatile of the Lip Therapy range along with the Original variety. I have used it to protect blisters, to grease my clarinet, to protect my eyebrows while I wax stray hairs...
Vaseline Lip Therapy has rather an extensive range of products.
Original Petroleum Jelly - Blue tin
Contains pure petroleum jelly and acts as a barrier.
Rosy Lips - Pink tin
Really subtly tints your lips
Contains sweet almond oil for a little moisture
Cocoa Butter - Brown Tin
Contains cocoa butter to condition the skin
Sun Protection - Yellow tin
Contains SPF 15 for sun protection
Creme Brulee - Brown and cream tin
Scented to smell like creme bruleé
and of course, Aloe Vera - Green tin
Ingredients: Petrolatum, aroma, isopropyl myristate, aloe barbadensis, citral, citronellol, eugenol, limonene, linalool.
I think it's important to know what you are putting on your lips, so here's a quick breakdown.
First of all, you might think "Oh, thats full of chemicals!" and it kind of is... but the main ingredient, petrolatum is the petroleum part, the part that acts as a barrier.
The Aroma is to make it smell nice because REAL aloe vera certainly does NOT smell nice.
Isopropyl myristate is used to help absorbtion through the skin.
Aloe barbadensis is the Aloe component used for soothing and healing.
Citral has a lemoy scent and slight lemony taste so this is purely for that.
Citronellol comes from citreonella oil.
Eugenol has slight antiseptic qualities.
Limoneneis, again, a citrussy scent and linalool is also used to scent.
As you can see from the list, the main components apart from the petrolatum and aloe are all to do with scent and trying to make this product appealing... so no real benefits for your lips there.
The product does smell nice though! It smells slightly citrussy (not surprising if you look at ingredients) and very slightly of Aloe.
~~~ Use and Effectiveness ~~~
The Lip Therapy range is marketed as something which is really good for your lips. But it's kind of like the Emperor's New Clothes. Everyone THINKS it's great for their lips, but it really isn't that wonderful. You see, petroleum - Vaseline - is a barrier. It is NOT absorbed into the body. It does not moisturise on it's own. It CAN help to lock moisture in, but there has to be some moisture there in the first place to do that. So putting Vaseline on already dry, cracked and chapped lips won't really do them much good beyond slightly softening the cracks. Vaseline however, is an excellent protector. So if, for example, you are going out in icy wind and snow and you have already healthy lips, then Vaseline is a good thing to put on as a barrier to protect your lips so that they don't become cracked and chapped.
This vaseline with Aloe Vera is slightly more beneficial for your lips than plain old Vaseline as Aloe has excellent healing properties, however, it is still not particularly effective for really dry lips. It's fine as something you put on when your lips are already healthy and soft. Then it simply locks in the moisture and gives your lips a little shine.
Some people who take Racataine for acne find Vaseline useful for their lips, but I would argue that dry cracked lips really need something much closer to the natural make up of the skin. Something which can be absorbed readily to moisturise and soften. Cocoa butter for example.
Having used Aloe Lip Therapy several times, I have to say it is not particularly effective. The jelly is much softer than some other Vaseline forms. Is seems a little bit smoother too and will probably be absorbed slightly better than the other Vaseline Lip products. However, it is still purely a barrier. I have put this on dry cracked lips only to find that they were just as dry and cracked (but with an unpleasant greasy coating) hours later. Basically vaseline just sits on the skin and protects it, but it does not repaire, moisturise or soften particularly effectively.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
Vaseline Lip Thherapy in Aloe Vera smells pleasant and is an excellent protective barrier on the lips. It has slight soothing qualities and slight moisturisation qualities. On the whole it is good for giving lips a slight shine (as long as you don't use too much) and for protecting them in cold weather. It is not a particularly effective moisturiser and to be honest the term "Lip Therapy" can be slightly misleading as many people assume it will cure their chapped lips.
It's great as a barrier and also as a small, portable vaseline for people with young children and babies (rashes etc) but it is not the best thing for your lips and a simple lip salve, blistex or even just pure cocoa butter will be more effective in moisturising and restoring cracked, sore lips.
Prices vary but it us usually available for between 99p and £1.99 in most pharmacies and supermarkets.
Think of Vaseline as the bodyguard to a celebrity. He protects as best he can, but if the celebrity gets injured, he can't heal them, instead he calls Dr Cocoa Butter who comes in and heals the celebrity's wounds!
Summary: Please don't be drawn in by the hype, its a protector, not a healer!