I love lip balms and always seem to have quite a collection! One balm I’ve been using lately is the Rose & Co Strawberry Crush Glossy Lip Balm.
Rose & Co is a retro-inspired brand based in Haworth, England, though their products can be bought at a number of UK outlets and online. This particular product is a lip balm, made with almond oil to moisturise, and scented with strawberry.
The balm comes in a white round tin with a red polka dot pattern and a picture of a woman dressed in vintage clothing. The tin is attractive but unfortunately it is fairly loose – so it’s not one to carry around in your handbag as the lid will certainly come off. Luckily, I use this lip balm at work so this isn’t a problem.
Inside, the balm is red and has a lovely fresh strawberry smell. To use, simply scoop some balm out with your finger and apply to your lips. The red is much lighter on the lips and doesn’t really add colour, though it does add a very faint red tint.
The balm is very moisturising and feels pleasant on. It lasts for quite a while too, a couple of hours on the lips. I do suffer from dry lips so it’s nice to find such an effective product.
I don’t think this is the best balm to use under lipstick as it is a bit too thick. It is best for a light natural look.
Strawberry Crush costs around GBP4-£5 from stores such as House of Fraser, Amazon and Fragrance Direct, as well as several independent outlets. It’s pricey, but you do get a lot of balm (20g). Recommended, so long as you don’t want to carry it around in your bag!
When I saw this on Amazon, it appealed to me straight away as I love the smell of strawberries. I also loved the look of the vintage, shabby chic style tin that it comes in and I decided to buy a tin of it to try. I paid £5.00 for the lipbalm, which I think is a reasonable price considering the quality of the lip balm and the tin can be re-used, making it quite good value for money. This is available from John Lewis, Amazon and a range of eBay sellers, so prices do vary slightly.
The lip balm comes in a round tin which is white with red dots all over it. The tin is pocket sized - it's around the same size as a tin of Vaseline. The lid has the brand and product name written on it in handwriting style font and there's a pixelated picture which looks a bit like a photo-like drawing of a retro style woman wearing a red and white playsuit sat by a strawberry plant, pouring herself a drink from the waterring can. The bottom of the tin has the ingredients listed as well as the Rose and Co website address.
There's also a brief product description which says 'deliciously scented lip balm with almond oil, for sweet and sexy strawberry kisses'. Getting the lid off is a little awkward at times and I usually have to use my nails, which isn't a huge issue - it's just a bit annoying! The tin is filled to the brim with product and the lip balm is a really nice shade of pale pink which looks quite delicate and girly. The smell is not very noticeable and I am only able to smell the strawberry scent if I hold the tin under my nose.
The smell is devine, it smells like fresh, sweet strawberries and the smell is really natural with no unpleasant artificial undertones. I find that the scent does not linger for long on my lips, though. As this is a tinned lip balm I apply it with my finger - the product easily transfers onto the tip of my finger as it's not too hard or waxy. It spreads over my lips nice and smoothly and despite being quite thick, it feels very lightweight once on my lips; not at all heavy.
The lip balm has quite a greasy feel to it, which lessens as the balm sinks into the skin and it leaves my lips with a very subtle tint. I was worried that the balm would look white on my lips as it's so light but it is a really nice shade and it looks pretty natural. The balm gives my lips a slight healthy sheen and they feel very moisturised and nourished. It usually takes a few hours before my lips start to feel dry again, so it's clearly an effective lip balm.
I like retro style items, so this caught my eye in the shop.
~Packaging and Apperance~
Rose and Co Strawberry Lipbalm comes in a white polka dot tin with a retro style picture of a woman on the lid. On the lid of the tin is the picture and the title of the product, and on the base is a short description and an ingrdients list. This lipbalm consists mostly of petrolatum, so it's good for your lips.
The lipbalm itself is a pale pink in colour, and smell of strawberries. I also thought it smelt very vaguely of roses too. When the lipbalm is at room temperature, I stuggle to get some on my finger, so I have to warm it up slightly. Then I can get a nice amount on my finger and onto my lips. The lipablm gives a lovely glossy sheen to lips, but it doesn't last long at all, so yuo have to keep re-applying it, which is a bit annoying. The tin itself lasts quite a while though, and you get quite a bit of balm in each tin (20g).
One tin of this lipbalm is £4.99, which is a bit much for this lipbalm considering what it offers - the ideal price for this lipbalm would be about £2.
Lip balm is something I buy all the time and just so happens to be the thing I lose all the time. I will buy a tube, use it for a few weeks and then lose it - only to find it about a month later under the bed covered in dust! So as you can imagine because I cant keep hold of them for very long I dont usually spend much money on lip balm, regardless of brand. However a few months back I decided to try and buy myself a lipbalm that I could carry around with me and *hopefully* not lose - the one I settled on was this 'Rose & Co Strawberry Crush Lipbalm' simply because the packaging attracted my attention while I was browsing through Boots. Id never heard anything about Rose & Co before buying this so I guess you could say I took a big risk - and thankfully it has totally paid off.
Stockists: Ive only ever seen this sold in Boots but I believe Debenhams also stock this brand.
Other Info: Strawberry scented and promises to soften and smooth your lips (with help from added almond oil) and add a subtle pink tint for 'sweet strawberry kisses'.
The packaging for this balm is definitely the main reason I was first attracted to it and the main reason I bought it. This balm comes in a metallic tin - similar to Vaseline - which has the pull off lid you would expect. Now I normally favour lipbalms in tubes because I find tins VERY hard to use on the move and I usually find the tops are very hard to get off when you first buy them - one of the perils of having false nails! But in this case the lid is loose enough straight away to pull off with ease and apply on the go - but it is secure enough to make sure you lipbalm remains fresh between uses and the lid has never fallen off in my bag so far so no issues there! On the top of the tin is a picture of a woman watering a strawberry plant - all in very retro design which is right up my alley and will appeal to many people I think. The tin is also covered all over in little polka dots so the design is very retro but also very girly and cute as well - the design is simply stunning in my opinion and Ive had so many people commenting on this when Ive used it outside. On the bottom of the tin is some minimal information on the product - ingredients, shelf life and there is an additional address you can write to should you have any
questions/queries - the packaging is gorgeous and effective, just what I need.
The balm inside is exactly what you'd expect - its very thick and waxy and in this case it is pink/red in colour. Applying this at first is a little tricky because the balm is very hard but it does soften up very quickly if you just hold the tin in your hand for a few seconds - and as usual it does soften up over time. Applying it in general is very easy as its just like a normal lipbalm - you get a little bit on your finger and rub it on your lips - now even though this is tinted applying it without a mirror isnt a problem, if you do get a bit on your skin around your lips it doesnt show up - the colour remains on your lips and you dont end up looking like a clown. Brilliant if your applying it in a rush like I often have to. The scent of this balm I think is worth mentioning because it smells simply gorgeous. If you have ever used the Bodyshop's strawberry balm offering - this one smells very similar to that but even better if its possible. This is gorgeously fruity and sweet - just the type of scent that I love, Id buy this again simply on scent alone to be honest.
And even better than the scent [if its possible] are the the results. This balm is quite thick which I thought might be a bit sticky but its simply instantly nourishing and my lips feel much softer and more hydrated the minute I apply this. A few weeks back my lips got quite cracked (always happens when there is a drastic change in the weather) so I started applying this and it actually healed all the cracks and made my look & feel lips MUCH better in about 2 days - so for me its one of the best lipbalms Ive tried. The tint is not something I bought this for in the first place but Ive found I actually like it - in fact most days Ill go without a gloss or lipstick and just use this because this gives my lips a gorgeous natural flush and helps stop them drying out at the same time so its a brilliant 2 in 1 for me - which helps save time!! Best of all I havent lost this balm yet! I think Im keeping hold of this one because it works so well and I love the design of the tin - which means I really recommend this - some might say the price is a little too much but it is worth it in my opinion!!
Thanks For Reading.
x0 Salz 0x
I bought this in my local Debenhams when I first noticed it for £5.00. The first thing I liked about it and the thing that attracted me into buying it was the packaging. This lip balm comes in a 20g, which I will let you know if it was value for money later on in the review.
You should never judge a book by its cover.. so they say.
This lip balm is packages in a round metallic tin with red polka dots all over and a Marilyn Monroe TYPE lady on the front. The packaging gives me the image of it being the seventies and being on the beach for some reason. This packgaing is very cute and something that totally suits my taste.
The tin is one that you have to twist or pull a little before it loosens up. Upon opening this, a very light girly pink lip balm is revealed. The smell isnt amazingly abudnant from arms length, but if you put it up against your nose the strawberry smell is rather nice.
When I rubbed my finger into the lip balm to get some onto my finger, I noticed that this lip balm was rather soft and easy transferred onto my finger. A good start seeing as I hate it when you have to work too hard to get something out of its packaging.
When I was tranferring the balm onto my lips, I was rather aware that it went on like a dream. I easily glided the gloss along my lips with my fingers no problem. My lips felt a little greasy at first from this gloss, but thats maybe because im used to wearing liquid lipglosses. After about 2 minutes of having this on, I looked in the mirror to see the effect it gave and how well it had lasted.
I was quite pleased. My lipshad a glint of a pink shine to them and most importantly, as this is a lip balm and not a gloss was that my lips felt moisturised.
Overall I was quite impressed with this lip balm. It is something I like having in my bag as it is girly and pretty also. However, a lip balm for £5.00 is a little more than what I would usually pay. It doesnt quite give as good of an effect to your lips as a lip gloss would. However I still like this product. This Rose & Co Strawberry Crush Lip Balm gets a 4/5 from me.. would have been more if it was better value for money.
Rose & Co Strawberry Crush lip Balm 20g / A moisturising lip balm to protect / nourish and soothe lips / Can be worn alone or over lipstick for sweetly scented strawberry kisses / All skin types.