I collect the Lush lips balms and this one I purchased a few years ago. However Lush are always introducing retro lip balms to their retro range so I thought I'd review it just in case a fresh batch of it is made! Maple Taffy lip balm is a natural handmade lip balm from Lush. It comes presented in a small round metal tin that contains 10g of lip balm. I think I paid around the £5 mark for my tin but like I said that was a while ago now. Lush lip balms have since increased in price, like everything else!
Extra Virgin Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera), Maple Syrup, Japan Wax (Rhus succedanea), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Illipe Butter (Shorea stenoptera), Carnauba Wax, Flavour, Glycerine.
The smell of the lip balm is what I would describe as quite sweet and "toffee like", quite delicious actually! It does actually smell of Maple Syrup, which is a good thing for me as I LOVE Maple Syrup!
The lip balm is easy to scoop from the tin. You need the smallest dab as a little goes a long way with it being made from natural butters. It instantly softens and soothes dry cracked lips without causing irritation or making the lips any worse. It takes away the soreness associated with dry cracked lips and it lasts ages as the balm itself is so creamy and moisturising. It forms a protective barrier on the lips, protecting them from the elements. The natural butters in the lip balm just melt onto the lips, perfect!
The tin is a handy size to just pop into your handbag or to take out and about with you. Be careful with it though as it can dent easily.
Overall this is a nice lip balm. It's not been tested on animals either which is another good thing about it and I like the fact that it is natural and petroleum free.
As with all Lush lip balms these are suitable for all skin types and can be used by both men and women. Perfect for people who have a sweet tooth!
This lip balm tastes foul! I bought it in a sale in my local Lush store for £2. I didn't smell it first, I should have done but I was in a rush. Upon getting the lip balm home and first opening it I was met by an awful smell. It smelt rotten, like it had gone off. I took it back to Lush and was told that was how it's supposed to smell. Ew!
I kept it as it was cheap and I needed a lip balm for my desk at work. I'm not very impressed with this balm though if I am being honest. It smells awful, tastes awful and leaves a horrible residue on your lips after use. It's sticky, it doesn't moisturise lips and it takes forever to get the awful taste out of your mouth if you accidently lick your lips with it on. Ew! Ew! Ew! I'm never buying this one again.
I threw the balm away after three weeks as I just couldn't get on with it. It was far too sticky, almost like applying toffee to your lips. Even after wiping the balm off with tissue I could still feel the nasty residue on my lips. This balm really is disgusting and it doesn't soothe your lips at all. In fact, it made mine worse if anything. It actually STUNG my lips on impact.
I wouldn't suggest you use this. Vaseline is much better and it's only a pound!!!
I have to admit, until last Christmas I had never tried any LUSH products before. The smell has always intrigued me. It is so overwhelming when you walk past the store. It means you can spot a LUSH store a mile off!
I got a lush maple taffy gift set last Christmas, and one of the products in it was the Lush maple taffy lip balm. I have no idea how much this retails for individually, but for the purpose of the review I looked it up. A quick internet search told me a pair of them had just sold on ebay for £6.25 plus postage.
The Lush maple Taffy lip balm comes in a silver tin. The packaging is quite bare and very much in keeping with the lush theme. Stripped back to basics. There is a small round green sticker on the top with the over view of details and one on the bottom with the ingredients and finer detailing.
The first thing that hits you when you take the lid off the product (as you would expect with a LUSH item) is the smell. It is incredibly sweet and sticky. The lip balm itself is brown and waxy. It is one which you dip your finger in and then wipe it onto your lips. The problem is with this sort of application is that you are always left feeling like you have to wash your hands afterwards. The lip balm smoothed onto my lips nice and easily and gave them a subtle light brown glow so they looked quite pretty! After use my lips felt soft and the skin was flake free.
I find the smell a bit sickly, and not something I want to put on my lips constantly. I think it is quite a devise smell though, one of those you either love it or you hate it. For this reason I would recommend you trying to have a sniff of a product before committing to buying one, if you are interested.
Although the product did leave my lips nice and soft the product was quite greasy which in turn made y chin greasy. This is a problem area for me with spots so I do have to avoid this sort of product and go for the more creamy ones unfortunately. I think this product makes a nice gift, but even if I was to want to use this sort of product the price would put me off as it is so much more than a tub of Vaseline.
Lush maple taffy Lip balm - aka my 400th review :)
I love lush (I don't know anyone who doesn't, well apart from my sister but she doesn't count) and I went to lush when they had their christmas product sale and I bought a few things and one of them was this product. I bought my palmers cocoa butter lip balm after this one as in my opinion it is not very good for lush. I bought this after christmas and it expired about a week ago so I though I would do a review of it before it is completely useless!
*About the product*
It comes in a small metal tin which makes me not like it instantly, but as it is lush I thought I would give it the benefit of the doubt. It is a 10g tin and as the name suggests it is supposed to smell/taste like maple syrup. This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans (A good thing I have to say) and lush do not test there products on animals, I don't think bunnies would like maple syrup either.
Extra Virgin Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera), Maple Syrup, Japan Wax (Rhus succedanea), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Illipe Butter (Shorea stenoptera), Carnauba Wax, Flavour, Glycerine
*My opinion of the product*
-Packaging, scent and texture
As I said before I hate the packaging, I don't like any product whatever it is, if it comes in a tub or jar, as it is less hygienic and especially with this product as you have to put your fingers into the lip balm to use it - I have tried using it with a lip brush and that works until it starts to get hard and not very nice.
The main thing that I like about this product is that it smells really nice. It is supposed to smell like maple syrup but I don't really know what maple syrup smells like, so I have to say that for me it smells like treacle, golden syrup and honeycomb - so I love the scent and taste of it.
I also don't like the texture of this product, it is not easy to get some of the product out. I leave mine very close to the hot radiator or in a warm place for a little bit before I want to use it to make it less hard - otherwise you can't really use it.
-Application and Results
I don't like the application of this product as it is quite hard and it is difficult to use the product as it does not work with a lip brush and it has to be used with your fingers. I find that it is easier to get out and apply if it is a bit warm, but other than that it is not great.
Once you get some of the product out, it applies well, it feels really quite waxy on my lips but it it ok. It feels really smooth to apply and it feels nice on my lips.
The scent of the product stays on my lips for as long as the lip balms stays on, which is not that long. But the scent and taste is really nice (Although my sister hates the smell of it), the treacle and honeycomb scent is gorgeous, but I think it mainly smells/tastes of golden syrup. Some people have said that it smells like coconut and coconut is first on the list of ingredients but I don't really smell any coconut (well not a lot anyway).
I find that this product does moisturise my lips well, but the fact that the product does not stay on my lips very long means that it in turn does not keep my lips moisturised for a long time. And also as my lips are usually quite dry this product does not help a lot, which is why I bought the palmers balm.
The product is really moisturising but I also find that it feels really quite waxy on my lips, which is not very nice. My lips look hydrated when I use this, but they don't have any glossy finish or shine at all with this product.
*Price and availability*
I bought mine from a lush store and this product is a limited edition version, which is only bought out at christmas time, which is probably a good thing. I bought it for £2.50 I think which is a ok price and it does last a long time - I still have loads event though it is past its expiration date, so most of the product has been wasted.
*all natural ingredients
*Moisturising while it is on my lips
*Not tested on animals, suitable for vegans and vegetarians
*Smell/taste (although not to everyones liking)
*Waxy feel on my lips
*Difficult to get the product out
*Wastage - a lot of the product has not been used and it has gone past its sell by date
*Does not stay on my lips for very long therefore it does not keep my lips moisturised for very long
*Month long usage time
Thank you for reading my review
I went a bit mad in Lush at Christmas and picked up one of each of the limited edition festive products. One of these was a lip balm, Maple Taffy. I was impressed with the lip balm straight away as it was priced at a bargainous £2.50, much less than other Lush lip balms!
Maple Taffy was inspired by Canadian maple syrup, and indeed actually contains it.
Maple syrup is a good source of manganese and zinc. Other ingredients include Japan wax, carnauba wax and extra virgin coconut oil to help moisturise lips in the cold winter winds. The lip balm is also suitable for vegans, which is good as only one balm out of the permanent Lush range, None of Your Beeswax, is vegan.
The balm is light brown in colour and the compact aluminium tin has a light brown label to match. Lush describe the taste of the balm as "unbelievably moreish". I'm not sure I agree with that! At first the smell and taste of the balm made me think of animal fat, which, as a vegetarian, was extremely offputting! In fact, if it wasn't that I know Lush would never use animal fat in their products I would have found it very difficult to actually use this lip balm!
Luckily, as I've got further down the lip balm, I've found that the smell and taste have changed and I can definitely detect the yummy maple syrup smell and taste. This certainly makes the balm much easier to use!
The lip balm is quite thick, but melts easily in the pot compared to some Lush lip balms, and it's easy to get enough on your finger to apply to your lips. The balm is very moisturising and does an excellent job of protecting the lips in the cold weather. You only need to use a small amount so a small tin lasts for a long time. The balm doesn't leave any colour or sheen on the lips, which is ideal for a natural look.
I don't know if I would buy this lip balm again if it comes back next year, as I don't think I would like to go through the stage at which it tastes of fat! However, the product does have many positives - it's effective at moisturising the lips, value for money, and does smell and taste nice once you get through the initial horrible stage - so don't write it off completely!