“ Brand: Boots / balm / Type: Lip Butter / Suitable for: Lip / What it does: Enricheses „
I suffer from really dry lips all year round but they get particularly bad during the winter months and at times can be really quite painful. If you've read my recent reviews you'll know that I quite like Lush's Lip Service balm. However, I like to keep a lip balm in each of the bags (yes I do have quite a few!) I have so that I never find myself without one. As the Lush one is quite expensive priced at £4.95, I also keep a few other brands in my purses. One of these is the Boots Lip butter with extracts of Coconut and Almond.
The butter comes in a small see-through plastic pot with a screw-on lid and I bought mine for £1.95 just before Christmas. On top of the lid there is a picture of half a coconut shell balanced on an almond, reflecting the ingredients in the balm. Coconut and Almond both are used quite widely in cosmetics as they are rich in vitamin E and have moisturising qualities. Boots claim that this product moisturises and soothes dry and chapped lips.
The lid on the pot is easy to remove and put back on. Once opened you are greeted with a white coloured balm. Looking at it I wouldn't really call it a butter as it has the same kind of consistency as vaseline. In the winter months I found that this was really quite solid but by rubbing a warm finger over the butter it was easy to remove, unlike the Lush butter which requires some serious rubbing to get it to melt. In summer months it can tend to get quite soft if left in my pocket for example but hardens again when left out.
As I apply this to my lips I can immediately smell the sweetness of the coconut. It smells lovely and exotic! However when I licked my lips I couldn't really taste any sweetness. This is a good thing as it means I will not be licking the lip balm off my lips! Once on my lip s do feel a little on the greasy side and slightly heavy. I could definitely feel that I had this on, but fortunately when I looked in the mirror my lips did not look at all greasy. In fact I could see that the product had worked quite well and my lips looked quite healthy and moisturised. The greasy feeling isn't particularly pleasant though and I can feel the balm sitting on my lips. However for the effect it has on them I am willing to put up with this.
Now if I were to compare this to 'Lip Service' from Lush I would say that Lush's offering works better than this in that my lips feel more deeply moisturised and the effect is longer lasting. However this still works well and I tend to apply this throughout the day when my lips are starting to feel a little dry. Having said that a little of this really does go a long way. I've been using this for the best part of 6 months and have barely scratched the surface.
Overall then I am really quite pleased with this little balm. It works a treat and is reasonably priced. There are a few other 'flavours' in this range and I am looking forward to trying these when I run out of this one!
I saw this little beauty when I was purchasing Blistex tinted lip balms for my girls Christmas stockings. I wanted something at a low price that had a chance of working for me as the pennies soon mount up when you're buying for 3, at £1.49 for a10mls (plus you get 4 Boots advantage points) this seemed a good option. There are other 'flavours' available but this was the only choice in store on that day. The other flavours were Mango and Orange Blossom, and Cocoa Butter and Mallow which sound nice too, I will be trying them if they're available when my coconut one runs out.
This product comes with no superfluous packaging; no cardboard boxes and leaflets just the neat translucent screw top little pot. This is part of a Boots range which encompasses several products such as conditioner, and body butter.
I have tried many lip balms and salves over the years and found most disappointing, only one or two have actually kept my lips supple, moisturised and comfortable, this is one of them..
On opening the coconut scent is apparent but subtle; personally I don't notice the almond smell at all, which is just as well as I'm not keen on almonds. The lip butter is not the texture of butter but more like solidified coconut oil and felt quite 'hard'. I thought this would mean that it would not melt well on the lips and just sit there without being absorbed but that was not the case.
My house is quite cold at the moment so for the most part the lip butter stays quite solid, but I left it near my lap top fan for only a minute and it had become quite soft, so it wouldn't surprise me if this became liquid in high enough temperatures, so might be worth being careful how you carry and open this if using during a hot summer.
The butter glides on to the lips very easily feeling light and not at all sticky or heavy. There is no tingle that you sometimes get with these products, although a menthol tingle can be pleasant it has no value in moisturising the lips. It doesn't give a high shine to the lips but does give a temporary silky sheen. It takes a little while to be absorbed, and some does rub off as the petroleum component leaves a protective layer on the lips, which like any layer will wear away eventually. There is no strong taste with this product, just a very faint hint of coconut, and a little bit vaseliney but not unpleasantly so.
My lips have been very comfortable while using this, with not even a hint of soreness or chapping breaking through. I had not had a lip balm for a couple of weeks when I bought this so my lips were quite dry, nothing dramatic but prone to a little peeling. I didn't expect this to help much with that as a barrier product (which I'd assumed this was) usually doesn't moisturise very well but this did. Within a day my lips were back to normal, I was impressed with that as there is only one other product that would work that quickly on my lips and that is now out of my price range.
I would like to have had a good look at the ingredients, as I would like to know why I find this so much more effective than say Lypsyl or Vaseline (when Vaseline is petroleum jelly, and I think that this contains some too). However the list of ingredients on this little pot isn't easy to access. The label on the bottom of the pot which simply says 'with extracts of Coconut and Almond to moisturise' has a tab which it tells you to peel back to reveal more information. When I peeled it back the whole label came off, it was fiddly to split the layers and the glue is quite strong. Once I did manage to reveal the secret extra information (which turned out to be the ingredients) I couldn't read it because the writing is tiny, even with my reading glasses I couldn't make everything out, so not having a magnifying glass I gave up trying to make out every word. Although I did notice that coconut oil featured fairly high on the list after petroleum paraffin, the sweet almond oil coming about midway meaning that they comprise quite a high relative percentage of the product which I am pretty sure is a good thing.
Boots don't test on animals for their own products but may use some ingredients that have been tested on animals by others in the past.
If you are aware that you have any allergies to nuts or other ingredients in this then of course avoid!
Overall I would highly recommend this great budget product, It lasts well and shows no sign of running out yet, I'm not even halfway down the pot and I have used it several times a day for over a month now. It does a great job, just what it says on the pot.