* Prices may differ from that shown
I must have hundreds of lip balms lying around the house and in the bottom of hand bags, but typically the one time I desperately needed lip balm, I found that I didn't have one with me! This is how I came to own the original Chapstick which I picked up at a small newsagent type shop.
I wouldn't normally buy Chapstick as the brand doesn't really appeal to me much, but went with this as it was the only choice. There are so many lip balms around which come in pretty packaging or fun colours and flavours, so this had never really appealed and I would never had bought it if it wasn't for the fact that my lips were so dry they were peeling.
The Chapstick comes in a small tube with black labelling and a white lid. I think mine must be the older packaging as the one shown on the Chapstick website is similar yet has streaks of dark blue on it. Either way, the design is quite masculine looking in my opinion and not really anything special, but the twist mechanism to dispense the balm works well and the lid doesn't come loose which are really the most important things.
The Chapstick itself is a pinkish colour and quite waxy looking, yet I find that it smoothes onto the lips very easily and doesn't drag at all. The flavour of the balm is unusual - at first I thought it tasted like cinnamon and then I changed my mind and decided it tasted like mint, although I'm wearing it as I type and I'm back to thinking it tastes like cinnamon. On looking at the ingredients it contains neither mint nor cinnamon, however it does contain camphor which I think is what I can taste. It's not unpleasant, but it is quite noticeable so I can't really apply it and forget it is on.
The important part is how well this works on chapped lips and I can honestly answer that it is excellent. I mentioned in a previous review that I had had an accident recently where I had taken some skin off my lip. As it healed it got very dry and was uncomfortable as well as unsightly. I have been using this balm most nights since the accident and found that it provides instant relief to dry, sore lips. It is also very moisturising and gives my lips a subtle sheen which improves the appearance no end. I find it is long lasting and although it tends to disappear when I have been eating, it will survive drinking without wearing off completely. As a bonus the lip balm contains an SPF to protect against the sun, although I can't claim to know how well or not that is working - mainly due to lack of sun! My tube actually says SPF4, whilst the Chapstick website says SPF10 and when checking prices My Supermarket are claiming it is SPF15, so who knows!?
The price of this will vary depending on where you purchase it. A quick look online tells me that this costs £1 in Tesco or £1.10 in Boots which I feel is a reasonable price, as once on the lips the product is long lasting.
On the whole I think this is a good product, but I don't know if I would purchase it again. I think next time if I was to choose the Chapstick brand I may go for one of the flavoured ones as this is a bit masculine and frankly a bit too boring for my tastes. It does work well though, there is no denying that, it's just not as exciting as other similar products on the market.
ChapSticks are perhaps one of the best known brands of lip balms available; it is not too uncommon at all to go out in public and see someone or other applying their ChapStick. In fact, this product even features in Katy Perry`s well known song `I Kissed a Girl`, perhaps accenting its fame. But is it really worth all the hype? Is it a popular product because it is actually effective or just because it is easy to apply?
Well, first let me point out that ChapSticks are really not that expensive in the world of lip balms; I would say it averages at around one pound per ChapStick, which is a very reasonable price to pay for a good lip balm. They are sold in most health and beauty stores (for example Boots and Superdrug), major supermarkets and pound stores. The best time to purchase these ChapSticks would be when stores are doing half price sales. I have seen ChapSticks, with nothing wrong with them whatsoever, on sprecial offer for the miniscule amount of 50p; a cheap price for almost any lip balm.
ChapSticks are available in many varieties and flavours; for example strawberry and cherry. The cherry flavour is, perhaps, my favourite out of the whole range, but the strawberry type seems to be sold more frequently and in a greater number in pound stores.
Chap Sticks are packaged in fairly small tubes. They are like glue sticks in the way that the block of lip balm can be pushed upwards by turning the small wheel at the bottom of the tube. There is a plastic wrapper wrapped and stuck around the exterior of the tube which has the ChapStick logo and the necessary information printed on it; this outer wrapper can be removed quite easily should it not be required. Each tube of ChapStick comes with its own cap which is vital for stopping the lip balm from getting damaged or dirty- so I would not lose it if I were you. Some ChapSticks come with additional cardboard packaging, but this really does depend on the retailer.
This can be very easily applied, which us probably one of the main reasons why people choose to buy ChapSticks instead of the type of lip balm you can receive in tins. All you have to do is pull the cap off, twist a certain amount of the lip balm up; this can then be easily swiped against your lips for a quick application. Then the Chap Stick can be twisted back down again, before the cap is replaced.
In terms of functionality as a lip balm, I would rate these ChapSticks as an average product; not bad but really not that good either. It can smooth the dry and chapped skin quite easily, nourishing and moisturising them sufficiently- however, there are not much long lasting benefits for your lips after the application of it. After some applications, my lips can begin to feel a little on the stiff and uncomfortable side. However, for their price range, these little sticks of lip balm are not bad at all.
The lip balm itself is almost translucent and it is easy to apply to your lips. I would not say it is uncomfortable against your lips, but then it is not very refreshing either, unlike some other better, but also more expensive lip balms. The surface of the lip balm can become chapped itself after several applications, making it not so pleasant to apply. This, I find, is quite a bit ironic.
I have gone through a large number of chapsticks throughout my lifetime, but I doubt that I have actually ever reached the end of any. They are very small and portable, yes, but also very prone to getting lost!
Despite my quite negative review, I have to say that it is an OK lip balm, very good value for the price which is paid. It is just not a perfect product, with its own considerable faults. However, due to the good price, availability and sheer ease of use, I think that this is a product I will be buying again.
Chapstick was the first lip balm I ever bought and as a teenager managed to convince a macho boy friend (as in friend who happened to be a boy) with particularly skanky chapped lips that the chap in chapstick meant that it was for 'chaps', which made him infinitely more snoggable for future girlfriends. Despite enjoying making my own balms these days I still have a few chapsticks knocking around here and there and am happy to use them if they happen to be to hand.
Chapstick original is as the Dooyoo picture, and comes in a twist up tube with a pull off push on lid and usually comes shrink wrapped in cellophane or attached to a card. The one I bought most recently cost £1 from Asda which is also the price at the time of writing.
Although I often use scented and or flavoured balms and salves I tend to stick to the plain original variety of chapstick as I feel the base 'flavour' doesn't mingle well with the flavourings and scents added to create the 'fancy' varieties and I simply don't like them. The original chapstick has a spf of 15 which offers a reasonable level of protection, but will need regular reapplication to maintain this level of protection if you are in the sun for several hours.
Chapstick is a petroleum based (eg vaseline) balm (44% white petrolatum), this ingredient is listed in different forms as the top three ingredients and will mostly work by sitting on the surface of the skin preventing evaporation of moisture from the tissue. This allows the natural 'water table' of your lips to stabilise giving the feeling of plump supple lips. Beeswax (Cera Alba) and Carnuba (palm wax) are also listed in the ingredients and have a similar effect though the beeswax has more 'active' constituents which are good for the skin. Lanolin is also an ingredient and is more emollient and moisturising than the waxy ingredients, but can cause a reaction in a small but significant portion of the population. Camphor is also included in the formula, and is an ingredient I really like as an emollient and gives the lips a very subtle tingle bringing blood and so moisture and nutrients to the surface. I think I can detect a hint of this in the smell and taste of the balm; though the scent is quite generic and not strong, as is the flavour.
The feel of chapstick on my lips is a little waxy, but it does melt into the skin once warmed up. A good thing about this balm is that it is not at all sticky and leaves a fairly sheer film on the lips, depending on how much you apply of course. There is no high gloss just a subtle sheen, which I feel makes it useful for men and children too. I am not sure what the rules are in primary schools these days about bringing this kind of thing from home... Probably not allowed... However because of the sunscreen and the fact that the balm is clear on the skin it could provide cheap easy to use added protection on sunny days. If a child is able to apply themselves during a break to tops of ears, nose and lips it could prove a great easy to stash multi-tasker. As a child my eldest came home from school with burnt ears a couple of times as she wore her hair up (as girls were told they had to) and there was no shelter in the yard and play area. Sunscreen applied in the morning would not last all day so I made sure she knew how to apply a solid stick sun screen to her little elf ears, but unfortunately the ones available in the early 90s were mostly fairly pigmented and fairly expensive so she was not entirely happy about this. Because the chapstick is quite firm it doesn't get too melty in the heat either.
In my opinion applying lipsticks and glosses over or under the chapstick doesn't work as well as with some balms. They don't seem to 'mix' well somehow and I will only apply a lipstick if using chapstick once it has been on my lips for a little while and melted in and worn off a little.
I prefer this to Lypsyl which feels revolting on my lips, but I can't say it's particularly fab or moisturising but there is another version of chapstick which claims to be specifically moisturising, so I may give that a try. It's a decent workhorse product that does a decent job of protecting the lips for a good price and is I'm sure all you need on young skin. Personally I wouldn't use it as my go to lip salve these days but am more than happy to use it now and then. I feel this is more of a maintenance product that an actively moisturising one.
Chapstick lip balms are available to buy in lots of places and they cost between 99p and £1.19 per stick, depending on where you buy them from.
You can purchase these lip balms in various different flavours such as Cherry, Apple and Original. They come presented in a stick which you twist up and down to apply. This is a bonus as it's a much cleaner process to apply lip balm as you don't have to use dirty fingers to apply it. You can apply it pretty much anywhere and everywhere you like!
The reason that I dislike these lip balms is that they are made with parabens, synthetic flavours and petroleum - which are ALL bad for your lips. The lip balm feels rather waxy and sticky on your lips. The flavours are also terrible as they don't even taste like the flavour they are supposed to taste like. They smell nice but that's about all. The lip balms don't really do much for your lips as the balm just sits on the lips instead of absorbing into them and getting to work. My lips actually feel WORSE having applied this and in the end I just have to wipe it off and apply some Lush lip balm that is considerably more expensive but it's NATURAL! There's nothing natural about these lip balms as they are made with shocking ingredients. They also leave a horrible residue on your lips - Ew!
I wouldn't recommend these. They're just awful!
I have never been a fan of slapping anything on my lips, not even lipstick. I hate the feeling of things on there and I've never been one of them women who you'll see somehere applying a wet and gooey lipgloss on my lips (and believe me I know a few girls/women) that do lol.
Because of this I have lip products that I am happy with and very rarly deviate from them. I use Maxfactor Lipfinity for colour and some Urban Decay lipglosses but rarily wear them, or I do when I'm leaving the house but I don't reaply them again!
So why did I buy a Chapstick?
Well because I have been suffering with really dry, cracked lips of late and living by the sea my lips have felt really dried out and sore.
I bought this in my local Asda store and it cost me £1.29 and of course this is available in many different flavours and in many different places such as all good chemists and supermarkets.
The tube of product comes on a hanging black and purple coloured piece of card and on that in white writing we are told that it is ChapStick 'Lip Health' and that it contains an SPF of 10. On the back of the card we are told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingrdients are listed and contact details for Wyeth Consumer Healthcare (the manufacturer of the product) are given. The tube is small with a twist up/down section to it and a small cap/lid to one end and is the same colourscheme as the card it comes on and we are again told what it is , ingredients and contact details for the mnaufacturer.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Back Of The Card:
unique formula to soothe, soften and nourish lips whilst preventing moisture loss.
Contains Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant to help protect against the cell damage
Offers sun protection against harmful rays and reduces the signs of ageing
The ChapStick Itself:
Well using this is very easy indeed. It easily pops up and down via twisting it and the balm product itself is a very light pink transparent colour. You can apply this on its own as a treatment or apply it over lipstick or whatever you want to do with it really.
The fragrance of this is a bit sort of minty and medical really and on the lips it tastes a little bit bitter and not all that pleasant at all really.
You can apply this as many times a day as you want to and straight out of the tube and it comes off with no colour at all and smears gently over and not too thickly. It feels smoothing, doesn't agitate dry, broken skin and gives a slight natural gloss to the lips too. Although I am not all that keen on the flavour and think there are better Chapstick flavours out there it is bearable.
Once applied I find this to stay on the lips and to moisturise them for a good couple of hours even with smoking eating and drinking however along with the flavour I find this to be a bit too greasy for me and that my lips tend to slide all over the place and are very hard to control!
I can't argue that this is does help to soothe my lips and not only in the short term but the long term too. I have noticed that with using that on a regular day to day basis that there is a significant improvement to the feel of my lips and that they are far more comfortable than usual and are not cracking and/or peeling so much.
There are a better Chapstick flavours that I use and that don't for some reason feel as greasy as this but it does seem to be highly effective!
Expect to pay about £1.29 for this original chapstick.
I don't really have a favourite lip balm or chapstick, but I do divide this type of product into two categories in my mind, those which only taste nice (and/or have a tint to them) and those which actually help sooth lips. To me, ChapStick falls into the second category, and I've tried a number in the range as they're cheap and easy to find. I bought the one I'm using at the moment over a year ago, while transiting through Miami airport. My lips had felt dry on the flight down from Philadelphia, and I wanted to pick something up before getting on the next plane to Ecuador. This was the only one they were selling in the airport, and it wasn't as cheap as it normally would be, but I handed over a fistful of dollars anyway and slipped it into my pocket, knowing it wouldn't be breaching any airport security regulations.
ChapStick is one of the original brands, and hasn't changed much since it was first introduced. I have the blue one which includes an SPF 15 but isn't coloured or flavoured. I now keep it in my pencil case for when my lips feel dry at school. It's a great size for this as it is really thin, and although it has a separate cap, this fits very snugly and has never worked its way lose in my bag as many other brands do. when I first bought it, it had a plastic security seal, but this was easy to remove by just twisting the cap. The tube has a ridged, twisty bottom which moves the lip balm up as needed, and if you over twist you can also reverse it to make it retreat into the protective case.
Although this ChapStick contains a mere 4g of product, I have found it will last for a long time. Obviously I've not used it every day for a year, but I used it throughout my trip to Ecuador, had it in my handbag for a bit on my return, and now ping off the top at least once a day. It seemed to suffer no ill effects from lying discarded in a drawer for 9 or 10 months, and has neither dried out nor gone soggy in that time. I slightly prefer a tube to a round tin (like the Vaseline ones, or the Superdrug alternatives) because I think there is less chance of germs getting in as you apply directly rather than sticking your finger in, and also keep most of the balm hidden away at any one time. This could make it less easy to share, but my friends and I have few qualms about applying stick versions one after another anyway. If you wanted, you could still use your finger to pick a little up and apply it to your lips.
The balm that comes out of this is quite thick and solid, even more so than Vaseline. It is easy to apply but once you've done so you can definitely feel it lingering on your lips. I have no problem with this since it see through once applied, and if anything adds a hint of a sheen to lips.
This ChapStick has a very mild taste to it. It could be described as vaguely medicinal, but in a nice, fresh way, and it has no real scent making it great for sensitive lips, like when you have a cold and get them chapped through breathing through your mouth. It instantly sooths and moisturises lips, so you can apply it as a remedy for immediate relief, or, as I tend to, apply it pre-emptively to protect my lips from getting sore in the first place.
There are hundreds of lip balms on the market, but a few things make this one stand out for me. I like the compact design, and the aforementioned secure lid. I like the SPF which many don't have, especially when living at altitude and/or in a hot country. I like that it protects my lips the way moisturiser protects my skin, by vanishing from view so people see you, not the make up you've painted on. I like the after effect it has on my lips - after a few days of slapping this on, my lips start to feel more moisturised on their own without the need for me to use it. I like its neutral taste meaning I can apply it before or after eating and not feel the consequences (and also that it's not so delicious I want to 'eat' the whole tube). Finally, I like the design of the cap which sits quite high, so even if you leave the ChapStick rolled up a bit, you won't end up with a gunky mess in your lid.
In terms of the SPF I view this as I do my SPF-containing moisturiser. That is, a single application is great for a general day in the city, but probably not enough for the beach. My lips haven't burnt while using this, but I do tend to reapply more regularly when I'm sunbathing. I'm not sure how, though I suspect the tube design has something to do with it, but I have found ChapSticks great for not melting or going mushy in high temps, like in direct sunlight or when carried around in a pocket for the day, warmed by body heat. This ChapStick only has SPF 15 - other versions have higher SPFs but I've only seen these online, not on the high street (or in airports).
There are no ingredients printed on my tube, though I suspect they were on the now long gone cardboard back that came with it. For those with allergies, the website below contains all the info you need to know:
At about 99p in a normal (non airport) shop, a ChapStick is one of the cheapest types on the market, but I don't feel this is reflected in the quality, just as Vaseline is cheap but also effective (though a little harder to carry round with you).
The specific one I have can be seen here:
Especially at this time of year I find myself with chapped lips at least once or twice through the colder months. In the past 3 or 4 days I begun to get cracked lips, and only last night did i do something about it. I have a number of 'ChapStick' lip balm sticks around the house and the one I use more often is the 'Chapstick Original'.
It comes in a black and white stick and as it is the original version it isn't scented or medicated or anything, just a very natural lip balm. I do have a medicated and a few fruity varieties, but I do prefer the basic Chapstick. I applied it last night, as my lips had got to such a state through the day at work that they had cracked and started bleeding in the corner of my mouth. I am one of those people that doesn't like leaving things on my skin. I don't like using hand creams when my hands are dry, but the Chapstick is one thing I can tolerate whilst sleeping. I still don't like to use it through the day because although I know it isn't noticable, it feels like I am wearing lipstick not that i would know what that feels like, honest!
Chapstick is easy to apply, as the base of the tube rotates to reveal the balm once you have removed the lid. I always apply it using my finger, however. I can't see this being the recommended technique but i always do it and have no problems. If you are familiar with Chapstick and use them regularly then I would recommend you look at their entire range and try out the soothing variations, and the ones containing a SPF for use when the sun is shining. The whole Chapstick range is worthwhile, and I am yet to find one I dont like, but the Original version loses a star purely for the fact that the soothing varieties feel better on the lips, although the Original Chapstick is still the one I 'stick' to for normal use.
I used to get Chapstick muddled with Lipsalve, they are rather similar looking products. Now I am quite savvy when it comes to lip balms. I have tried balms from Lush stores, Vaseline and Palmers. The good old fashioned Chapstick can be used by chaps or chapettes, it is a unisex lip gloss. Now when I say lip gloss, this is not really a glossy, more of a protective lip balm.
The little tube will cost you about two pounds from any leading supermarket or Boots store. You can get them in a range of flavours, from plain through to strawberry. The strawberry is possibly my favourite so far because it has the fruity taste that gets me all excited.
It is easy to apply, you twist the nozzle and work over the lips in a gentle fashion. One coating is enough to last for a few hours. I have found with Chapstick that the coating lasts me for three to four hours before I need to reapply. The taste of the balm is good with a subtle aroma of strawberries lingering. It is not so fruity that it overwhelms you though. Could it be stronger? Yes I think the flavour could have more bite to it.
The moisture it provides is good, without quite topping the moisture levels that Vaseline provides. It is not so much glossy, but more a delicate sheen. If you purse the lips together the product will not smudge so it is good for a night out. Some chapsticks come with built in UV protection which is good for exposure to daylight and holidays.
So, do you plump for this or Vaseline. Vaseline provides more moisture, but this delivers a cleaner and more genial coating. It is lightweight for all weathers and occasions and I feel the price is fair too. My stick has lasted a few months, but I do like to interchange with my other balms still.
ChapStick Lip Balm
Description: Manufacturer: Chapstick / Type: Lipbalms
Now usually, it is around winter time that I stock up on new ChapSticks but I do use them all year round and so when I saw them on special offer in my local supermarket last week for just £1 each, I grabbed a couple. Normally, these lip balms retail for around £1.20 each.
I usually only plan to buy one, but then can't decide between the orange and the cherry flavoured ones and have to buy them both. This isn't too costly though because they offer really good value for money and last for ages, even when using them every day.
There are a few different flavours, along with the cherry and orange, you can also buy strawberry, apple and original (no scent or flavour).
Lots of people who write reviews on this product compare it to Vaseline, and while I am a huge fan of Vaseline, I do find that it makes my lips look greasy so I prefer to apply it last thing at night. During the day, I find that using Chapstick is much more effective as it doesn't bleed around my lips and look or feel greasy.
It basically coats your lips with a thick salve which instantly moisturises and brings relief from chapping and soreness. It also helps to prevent this from recurring, so using it whenever you are outside is a great defence against the elements. Of course this is essential in winter but I personally like my lips to feel smooth and kissable all year round so this is definitely a favourite product.
The flavours smell delicious and actually taste nice too, unlike some other lip products. In fact, you have to stop yourself from licking your lips which will eventually remove the product and defeat the purpose!
Once applied, you can feel this product working for hours, so you don't need to frequently reapply. It is one of the most long lasting salves that I have tried which also helps to make it great value.
One Chapstick also lasts for ages, even using it every day so they are really good value for money. No matter how much I have spent on trying new products, I never find anything as effective and nice to use as this one, so I keep going back and buying more.
These lip salves are great all year round, so do your lips a favour and stock up on one (or two!) of these. They are a cheap and brilliant way of having kissable lips all year round - and at the price, you can afford to keep one in each pocket and bag.
The original Chap Stick or lip balm as many people call it is a well-known product. I don't suffer with dry lips particularly; however, I am bothered about protection from UV rays and general moisturisation on the lip front. I have to confess to buying this product without much thought, and when I first tried it - years ago now - it felt nice and smooth, as though it were really doing a good job of both moisturising and protecting the lips.
This product's packaging is instantly recognisable and suggests a certain authenticity - a traditional brand. Everyone has heard of Chap Stick - so it must be the lip product of choice? It smells quite nice, it goes on smoothly, and it feels like a decent quality product.
The other day, I found one of these Chap Sticks stuffed in a drawer, having discarded it some time ago in favour of a natural alternative. Now in the habit of looking at ingredient lists, I scanned the packaging. This product has the single worst list of ingredients of any product - for lips or otherwise - that I have ever seen, with the possible exception of mascara. Lanolin, paraffin, parabens galore, and the rather suspect oxybenzone, to name a few. For those who are not familiar with this last one, it has been found to penetrate skin and increase the production of free radicals. Apparently, it is derived from Benzophenone, which can attack DNA.
Well, call me overcautious, but to me this seems like a little tube of health risks, thus cancelling out any lip-softening properties... which it turns out were a bit of an illusion anyway. After using the product for a while, I found that - most likely because of the petrolatum content - my lips only felt soft for a short time, but I had to reapply the lip balm frequently and, ultimately, my lips felt drier than they did before.
Try as I might, I cannot find any redeeming features of this product, and I would strongly suggest a natural lip balm containing something like avocado oil or similar as this genuinely moisturises the skin and doesn't sit on the top acting as a moisture barrier.
Fortunately, many manufacturers seem to be getting wise to the fact that consumers are also getting wise, and beginning to eliminate certain potentially harmful ingredients. However, it's a slow process and in the meantime - and in the absence of any satisfactory Government regulations - we have to look after ourselves.
I think for most girls their first foray in to the world of make-up and beauty are lip balms, I know it was for me. I remember how I used to love buying little pots of sweet scented and flavoured lip balms from Boots and The Body Shop, I used to have 4 or 5 on the go at the same time. A lot of them were actually a bit useless and most of the time all I ended up with was a greasy finger (I always had the dilemma of where to wipe the excess lip balm!) These days I tend to buy my lip balms in stick form (hoorah! no more greasy finger) so while shopping at my local chemist I picked up a Cherry Chapstick for £1.20 and hoped for the best. I don't have incredibly dry lips but I do bite them a lot so a Chapstick is essential for me if I don't want to look like I have the lips of a decaying zombie!
I chose Cherry flavoured Chapstick as I love Cherry scented products. The stick is around 6 ½ cm long and is quite slim so you could easily slip it into the pocket of your jeans without any strange bulges. It was initially sealed at the lid by a plastic wrapper but I ripped it off and so now the lid is plain white plastic as is the bottom end where the twist mechanism is that raises the product when turned. The Chapstick has a cerise/red label wrapped around the whole length of the stick with burgundy waves decorating it. Chapstick is written in large white fancy Italic writing across the stick and I have just realised that the whole design reminds me of a Coke can, mainly because the font is very similar to Coca Cola. On the side it says the product is for every day lip protection and there is a list of ingredients including Saccharine, so I imagine that the Chapstick might be sweet which I like the idea of. It also tells you that you should store the product at below 25C so you better scratch what I said about putting it in your jeans pocket! Overall I would say the design is ok. I don't think it is eye catching but you wont be embarrassed to take it out of your bag.
When you first open the Chapstick you will see the product is a dark pink colour but this doesn't appear on your lips. You get a strong whiff of Cherry but for me there is a stronger scent of Almonds or Marzipan. I am not the biggest fan of Marzipan so I find the scent a little overwhelming but its not a huge problem, but if I was to buy a Chapstick again I would definitely consider a different flavour.
The first time you use it you may find it feels hard and has edges but this is only because it hasn't been used before and after a few uses it will be worn down by your lips and wont be hard. When putting it on your lips you find it glides on smoothly and leaves a thin layer of moisture on your lips (I was going to say grease but that sounds so horrible!). Your lips do not look greasy with this Chapstick instead they look moist and healthy. One thing I especially like about this product over others I have used is the fact that it doesn't leave visible residue on your lips. I have a peach flavoured Lypsyl and even though it has a superior taste and scent to the Chapstick when I rub it on my lips I find that it leaves a white film (yuck!).
When I rub my lips together I find that they feel slippy but not sticky and when I lick my lips I am disappointed that there is not the slightest hint of flavour or sweetness (Oh well, I will have to get my sweet fix from that Twix I've been eyeing up!) You can smell the Cherry scent slightly when wearing this Chapstick but I wouldn't say it is too strong or would interfere with the flavour of anything you eat or drink. I find the product does transfer on to cups and such, but its not much of a problem as your lips still feel moisturised even when most of the product has rubbed away.
My lips were dry before starting this review so I put some of the Chapstick on and 5 minutes later my lips were completely moisturised. You might wonder why my lips were dry if this is such a good product, well that's because whatever I do I cant seem to keep a hold of this product. I am constantly losing it and it appears days later, I don't think I can blame it on the manufacturers, or can I? No, no I cant its my own stupid fault.
I would definitely buy this product again and would highly recommend it if you have dry lips. I'm not completely keen on the scent but maybe cherry is just not the right choice for me but that would not stop me buying this product again. Although I still like to use a fancy lip balm occasionally, when my lips are in need this is the chap that I turn to.
I've got to say I've got these Chapsticks all over the place, in various handbags, coat pockets, near the bed on the bedside table, floating around in the kitchen drawer, you name it I've probably got one there! I never buy the flavoured version preferring instead to just have the original, tasteless one on my lips but they do come in mint and strawberry too for those interested in flavoured ones. Each Chapstick cost me £1.19 from the Co-op but you can buy these in various chemists too.
The Chapsticks come in a convenient tube with a plastic wrapper around them. When you first use one you have to twist the lid to break the seal which is how you can confirm it hasn't been used before. After that the lid just pulls off and is replaced by just pressing it back on. The original one is in a blue-black colour stick with the word "ChapStick" written across it in white. The actual stick is moved up by twisting the bottom of the packaging.
The reasons I like these so much are many, firstly the stick design is very handy to have with me anywhere. I can't be doing with messing about with pots of lip balm and getting it all over my fingers or worse putting bacteria from my fingers into the pot so these sticks cut that aspect out. The next reason I really like them is the consistency. Rather than be a thick consistency these are softer and glide on the lips with ease and create a lovely oily layer that keeps my lips soft and looking a bit like I've applied lipgloss. I also like the fact these can be applied without a mirror and because they don't cake on thick Vaseline style product if you miss your lip line slightly it doesn't show. The price is another selling point for these, £1.19 each and they last months so very inexpensive too.
I find the oily layer gets absorbed by my lips after a while because my lips are very dry, other products I've used haven't done this and have just sat there on top not doing much. I use these all year round for dry lips and every night before I go to sleep I apply some too to keep on top of my very dry lips.
The original version smells a little bit medicated and I quite like that, it doesn't taste of anything though. These sticks are about 2 and a half inches long so can be popped into a handbag or pocket but preferably not a pocket of your jeans or they will melt!
As for ingredients, they contain a long list of ingredients that I've never heard of but on the lid it tells us they contain Oxybenzone which I have looked up online and found to be a chemical that filters UV light but I also found out a lot of people are allergic to it so that's probably why it's mentioned prominently.
Overall these Chapsticks are cheap, handy, effective at moisturising lips and something I like to have with me constantly all through the year. I thoroughly recommend them as a convenient and no mess way to keep your lips soft.
If you regularly read my reviews you will know that I couldn't live without lip saver!
I hate the feeling of my lips being dry and I suffer from this problem all year round in sun, wind or in doors in the central heating. I find myself constantly licking my lips and then wiping them dry and then they just feel even worse. Consequently I have a collection of numerous lip balms in drawers around the house and more in my handbags.
I read a review not long ago about Chap Stick and I thought - now there's an old product. I used to use this when I was a teenager, and that's 40 years ago; I didn't realise they still made it.
Of course the next time I was shopping in Boots I had to take a look to see if they had any. I don't like to think I am missing out on anything after all.
The Chap Sticks were available in original, apple, strawberry and cherry at £1.19 and a soothing medicated one at £1.79. I decided to try the cherry one as I love the taste of fresh cherries although I may well try the other flavours too.
This is one of the lip savers that comes in a tube the size of a lipstick so it fits nicely in the pocket of my jacket or trousers and it will be easy to carry in my handbag. Even though the top is small and I was concerned that it would come open and get lip saver over everything in my bag this didn't happen - it always remained secure.
When purchased the top of the Chap Stick is attached to the base by means of a plastic seal so that you can be sure that it has not been tampered with. The tube itself is also plastic and so ends up in the recycling bag when it is empty which is always an advantage as far as I am concerned.
As I said the tube itself is about the same size and shape as a lipstick. The tube for the one that I purchased is red; logically enough as it is the cherry flavoured one, and has the words Chap Stick on the front together with the words 'everyday lip protection'. There is also a full list of ingredients shown.
To open the Chap Stick you just have to twist the top to break the seal. The top doesn't cover the complete tube as it would with a lipstick or some of the other lip savers that I have tried. This one is about half an inch in length and sits on the top of the tube.
To use the Chap Stick you remove the top (obviously) and then twist the base of the tube to make the lip saver come out of the top as you would with a lipstick.
The lip saver itself is pink in colour, although the other flavours may well be different colours, and you apply it to your lips in exactly the same way as you would apply lipstick and using the same sort of amount as lipstick. It also feels the same as lipstick on your lips when you apply it although it is slightly softer than a conventional lipstick.
The taste of the balm is very pleasant but isn't really the same taste as fresh cherries, but then you wouldn't really expect it to be would you? As I say it is pleasant enough although it is quite synthetic.
Unfortunately the fact that the flavour is pleasant means that I tend to lick my lips when I am using the balm which in turn means that I have to apply it more frequently. Silly me!
When I use this product I find that my lips feel instantly hydrated, soft, smooth and comfortable. My lips also have a light sheen to them when I use this product.
I certainly find that the balm makes my lips feel good; they feel moisturised and just generally nice which is exactly what I want from a lip saver.
So, there you are them, a product that has been around for years and it is still keeping lips soft and moisturised for a bargain price. What more do you want?