Product Type: Chapstick makeup
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ChapStick Lip Balm
Member Name: Dryad
ChapStick Lip Balm
Advantages: Cheap, doesn't melt too easily in the sun, has a sunscreen.
Disadvantages: Not terribly moisturising, more of a protectant and barrier than a treatment.
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.
Summary: A decent enough product for what it is.