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The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Lip Balm

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      19.02.2013 16:29
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      A lovely little stocking filler that can be used all year round.

      At Christmas a couple of years ago I brought The Body Shop Merry Cranberry Lip Balm. It's only available at Christmas time so I waited for the next Christmas to come around before attempting to buy another one! Unfortunately The Body Shop didn't appear to be selling Merry Cranberry any more and had replaced it with Cranberry Joy Lip Balm. The lip balm didn't seem too much different to the one I had previously used, so I went ahead and purchased it.

      Cranberry Joy Lip Balm comes in a handy, pocket sized 15ml tin. The tin is rounded and decorated in different shades of red. It looks quite festive but not over the top, so it can be used throughout the year without raising any eyebrows. The tin is attractive and quite neutral (not too young but not old fashioned) so is suitable for all ages. I find the lid is easy to remove and put back on.

      When you remove the lid and take a sniff, you are hit with the strong smell of sweet Cranberries. In my opinion The Body Shop have captured the smell of cranberries perfectly and I think I would have guessed which 'flavour' it was without knowing. I love sweet smelling fruity lip balms so this one is perfect for me. I take great pleasure in getting whiffs of cranberry after I've applied it to my lips and tasting it for a while after I've applied it!

      The lip balm itself is a pink colour (quite bright) which surprised me slightly as the lip balm I had previously used (Merry Cranberry) had been a deep red colour. It also has tiny flecks of shimmer in it.

      The lip balm is quite hard but soon softens up when your finger touches it. I rub my finger over the balm a couple of times and that's usually enough to cover my entire lips. It's a case of a little goes a long way and even though I have used my lip balm regularly for the past few months, I still have lots left in the tin.

      The colour softens up when it's not in the tin, which is a relief because I'm not sure bright pink would work for everyone! It turns a more transparent colour when applied to your lips but with a subtle pink tint and very slight festive shimmer. The colour of Cranberry Joy really suits my lips and it also gives them a glossy/juicy look. However, like all lip balms it doesn't last very long (especially when eating and drinking) and needs reapplying every so often. In my opinion this lip balm is an all rounder and can be used for everyday use as well as occasions.

      Cranberry Joy Lip Balm contains community trade organic beeswax and is not tested on animals. It contains cranberry seed oil which moisturises the lips and Vitamin E which restores and protects delicate lips, which is very handy because over the winter season is when your lips are at their most vulnerable. My lips have always been in tip top condition whilst using this lip balm.

      The only real downside to this product is that it's only available at The Body Shop around Christmas time which means you'll have to search around online for it or keep your fingers crossed for next Christmas.

      Cranberry Joy Lip Balm is available for around £5.00 per 15ml tin, which may seem a little on the expensive side but it does only come around once a year and it smells great, looks nice, protects lips, lasts a long time and has good ethical values. I recommend this sweet smelling festive treat to all.

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        30.09.2012 23:30
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        Nice little tin, with a nice balm for lips

        This Cranberry Joy lip balm is a Body Shop product. I really like most things from Body Shop, either for myself or to give as guests. Most of the time they seem to have some kind of special offer on, which makes treating myself even better. This tin came in a pack of 3 different flavours which cost 6.00, making it 2.00 a tin. This flavour is my favourite one in the pack.

        Body Shop have quite a few variations of lip balm. This one comes in a small tin, with 15ml of balm, and it is a jolly red colour which still looks neat and smart even though its been in and out of my handbag for months. I love lip balm that comes in these tins, I'm not really sure why but there is something appealing about twisting them open and dipping my finger in the sticky balm. It's even better if they have a lovely smell, as this one does. It smells fruity; cherry like more than cranberry, but it is a subtle fragrance.

        The balm is slightly red in colour, when applied to the lips it does give them a slight colouring, along with the dull shine of lip gloss. Your lips do feel moisturised and protected, and they look pretty. Unfortunately the affect does seem to wear off quite quickly, so I find myself reapplying it regularly. Having said this, the little tin has lasted a couple of months, with still some left in it. I would recommend this balm, even though you have to reapply a lot because it feels so smooth and soft and protects well.

        Shea butter is one of the main ingredients, and all Body Shop products are Fair Trade sourced and no products are tested on animals. The company has very high ethical standards, lovely products and very helpful staff. What's not to love?

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        05.09.2012 10:12
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        Christmas lip balm from The Body Shop

        I like buying products from The Body Shop, mainly because they always have some sort of special offer on! I decided to get hold of one each of their limited edition Christmas lip balms, and while this product was supposed to cost £4 I got it for less by ordering online and using a discount code. Currently it is available in the post-Christmas sale at a cost of £2.50.

        The Cranberry range of products has been a festive staple at The Body Shop for the past few years. In the past it has gone by the name of Merry Cranberry, but now it is known as Cranberry Joy. The packaging has changed a little over time too, but it has always been red. My lip balm came in a red rounded tin with a pattern on the top.

        I should say now that I really wasn't keen on the tin. I put it in my bag and the lid fell off! Luckily I managed to retrieve it before it did too much damage, but I wouldn't recommend just dropping this into your bag unless you want both the lip balm and the bag to get a bit messy. Since then I've kept the balm in a smaller makeup bag, with no further issues. You do get a lot of lip balm for your money at least!

        The balm is red in appearance and is slightly see-through, not opaque like the Spiced Vanilla lip balm from the same range. It has teeny-tiny specks of glitter in, which is pretty, and not incredibly noticeable on the lips though it does add a pleasant slight shimmer. The balm is designed to provide non-sticky instant hydration, and it certainly does that - it isn't sticky at all and manages to make my lips feel soft and smoothed immediately.

        I don't find that this lip balm really smells of cranberry at all. It's not a particularly festive scent as far as I'm concerned. It's very pleasant however, and reminds me of sweeties! The balm itself is pleasant to use. When I use it I feel that my lips are being protected from the cold winter winds. It forms something of a barrier from the weather, and also penetrates the lips to moisturise them. It isn't too heavy so I am able to wear lipstick or lip gloss over the top, however I can also use the balm alone as it gives a slight gloss to my lips.

        The health conscious amongst you may be pleased to learn that this lip balm contains no parabens. It is made with real cranberry extract and contains Community Fair Trade beeswax to coat and protect the lips. This beeswax comes from the Guide D'Espoir in Cameroon. It comes from hives handcrafted from locally sourced materials in the remote Adamaoua region. The traditional method of beekeeping helps promote strong, healthy bees and deters logging. You can find out more by visiting the Community Fair Trade section on The Body Shop's website.

        Overall, I really like and recommend this lip balm. It's a little pricey at full price and doesn't really smell of cranberry, but it does a good job and smells delicious anyway. Watch out though for the lid coming off by accident!

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          25.02.2012 12:47
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          Just ok as a balm but has a lovely shimmer and scent

          My favourite lip balms usually come from lush as I find that they are normally the best but I have recently rediscovered my love for the body shop and been buying more and more products from them. I like to buy lip balms as they are pretty inexpensive and I can go in and treat myself to a couple without feeling guilty for spending too much money on myself.
          I bought myself this cranberry joy lip balm in December but haven't seen it since so I am not actually sure if it was a limited edition or I it is just released around Christmas time.

          The packaging is certainly festive looking being red with leaves on it so perhaps it is just specially made for the festive period.
          It comes in a small metal tub and inside the balm is a pink colour and smells quite strongly of berries. It is a lovely smell and is perfect for when the weather is cold for perking me up.

          The balm is lovely and moisturising but I do find that it isn't the longest lasting balm and I do need to reapply quite regularly to make sure that it stays on my lips. It also seems to absorb into my skin unlike most balms which just sit on the top of them. This does mean that my lips are left looking conditioned but when the greasy layer has gone from the top they do feel a bit dry and I need to add more to get that comfortable feeling back in them.

          As well as being a fairly decent balm this one also gives my lips a slight hint of colour which I love. It is very subtle but it has a red and gold shimmer to it which although subtle does leave my lips glistening and up close you can really notice these flecks of shimmer.

          I paid £4 for this and although there are much better conditioning balms on the market I would definitely buy this again because I loved the shimmer it gave me and also the scent which I could smell the entire time it was on my lips.

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            18.01.2012 22:51
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            A lip balm that really works and smells gorgeous!

            From my previous reviews you will see that I am a huge Body Shop fan and as part of my New Years resolution I decided to start using up my 300+ stash of toiletries and make up items which take up 2 tall plastic drawered units and so I shall have many more reviews shall be coming this way.

            I started using this lip balm a few weeks ago after my lips were very dry in the cold spell and thought that after constant use it deserved my opinion.

            *~* The Company *~*

            The Body Shop is an ethically, natural shop which sells a variety of various toiletries and make-up products. It is owned by L'Oreal which comes as a surprise to many people. With shops and an online store, it is not hard to source their products.

            *~* Price and Availability *~*

            This particular lip balm is available for £4 both instore and online throughout the Christmas period as the name 'Cranberry Joy' would suggest. I picked this up a year or so ago when it was reduced down to just £1 which I thought for a well known brand was an excellent buy. With 15ml it's a little more expensive than other brands but it is a good buy if it can be bought on offer.

            *~* Packaging *~*

            The packaging is very simple in that it is presented in a small circular tin which is red in colour and the top presents a cranberry plant around the edges. The centre contains useful information such as the volume of product, the name of the product and the advice of 'Fresh Berry Flavour'.

            Personally I am a fan of this type of presentation, by having a tin which has a wide opening allows you to get a finger/brush in there to apply easily along with being able to use down to the last drop with no problems.

            *~* Use Of The Product *~*

            To use this product you simply use your finger or a lip brush and add a small amount onto the brush and spread over the lips to give a moisturised, re-hydrated feeling.

            *~* My Opinion Of The Product *~*

            On opening the tin I was presented with a very berry scent which is exactly as described, it has a pale pink colouring and has a sheen to it. I personally use my finger to apply and found it very easy to remove from the tin. There was a very thick texture but it wasn't overly greasy once applied.

            The scent was lovely and long lasting, I found it to be completely moisturising and made my lips instantly soft and crack free.

            I found it lasted a good few hours with an occasional drink. I did reapply when i felt my lips starting to go dry again which was a lot quicker when I was outside in the cold. It was perfect for using underneath lipsticks and provided my lips as a smooth base with quick absorbtion which meant I was more receptive to the lipstick and it lasted a lot longer. However it also gave a nice sheen that was nice enough to be worn solo.

            After continual use I found my lips to become healthier and softer with less cracks. So far the tin barely has a dent in it which is excellent value for the price I paid. Even for £4 it is a bargain but I would rather pay less than that. I have seen it on offer for only £2 or less.

            I wouldn't say that is was only for Christmas use, the scent is cranberry only but almost a mixed berry scent which is suitable for all times. The tin is resistant and so far (despite being carted various places) has no wear and tear or wear on the external colour.

            *~* Would I Recommend? *~*

            Most definitely, it is an excellent product from an ethically sound company and I would have no hesitation in purchasing this again.

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              02.11.2011 17:29
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              Nice gift but not so nice for every day use.

              I got this as a stocking filler last Christmas. I believe they cost around £5 to buy before Christmas, and about £2 to buy after Christmas. They bring the same product (as far as I am aware) out each Christmas, but just update the packaging.

              The product comes in a shallow round metal tin. The lid is a screw on and off, and is quite secure so wont fall off in your handbag. The product is a red waxy cream which you can rub onto your lips. It is like a thicker version of Vaseline. The consistency changes according to the temperature. It is much firmer in the winter.

              The cranberry scent is evident as soon as you take the lid off. It is a lovely scent for Christmas, but I don't really rate it the rest of the year round. This is definitely a seasonal product.
              It is easy to rub into your lips and once used it does leave them softer than before. I also find my lips are smoother.

              The one thing I really don't like about this product is how greasy it leaves my chin. I get a lot of extra spots when using it and unfortunately that is enough to put me off. The price is quite high too, it doesn't do a better job than Vaseline or blistex, but the price is much higher. I think it is packaged nicely and makes a nice gift, but I wouldn't buy it for myself.

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                15.07.2011 06:01
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                Waste Of £2

                I bought this a few months ago now after seeing it instore at my local Body Shop. It was reduced from £4 to £2 so i stocked up on a couple.

                The packaging is quite noticeable and bold, it's a small red circular tub with a pull-off lid which is simple and easy to use and allows easy acess to the lip balm without fiddling about with screw-on lids/pumps. The packaging is red with leaf detailing on the lid.

                The tub is 15ml so is ofcourse pocket sized, making this a versatile product that can fit into purses, pockets, bags and purses with ease.

                The balm is a waxy consistency a creamy colour - similar to vaseline however it is much more firm. Applying it to the lips is quite awkward because the consistency isn't very smooth, so it takes time to apply it evenly. If applied sensibly it leaves a nice shine and absorbs nicely, but if not it can leave a horrible white stain on the lips which doesn't look great! The white stain is a weird frosty colour and sticks to any cracks in the lips, and the glitter in the balm doesn't help either and if too much is applied it does look horrific.

                Although it does absorb relatively quickly, unfortunetly it doesn't actually soften my lips or moisten them - they actually feel dryer after using this!!

                The lip balm does not leave my lips any softer and i've found the only advantage to the product is that it leaves a slight 'shine', which doesn't last very long anyway.

                The smell does smell of cranberry but it has quite a heavily perfumed undertone to it so it doesn't smell completely 'au naturale', but all in all it is a pleasent smell. Taste wise, it's sweet but not the type of lip balm that is irresistable.

                Overall this lip balm is ok but not great - it does't moisturise the lips nor make them feel softer, the only advantage to the product is the smell. The weird white pigmentation is a total turn-off for me and i would only reccomend this if you are aware of the above.

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                04.07.2011 16:46
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                Much yummier then eating cranberries!

                I love The Body Shop, and there is not a product sold in the stores that I wouldn't try, and recently due to lack of money I've been buying cheaper products from other stores, but I decided to treat myself to The Body Shop Cranberry Joy lip balm as it was reduced and wanted to give my lips a little treat!

                The product is in a dark red tin, with the lip having a brighter red pattern, which is of flowers and plants. In the middle of the lid, there is The Body Shop logo, which is in white, the name of the product is in white, which is designed in a circle, the name is also in French. In faint gold writing it says "fresh berry flavour" and the same for the French side of the lid. The design is pretty attractive, and would be very appealing towards potential customers, as it often looks different from their other lip balms.

                To apply the lip balm, you get abit on your finger, and then apply to your lips, if your lips are really sore, then you can apply more, which can help the lips repair. The application is easy, all though I always feel that lip balm in a twist top is much easier to apply, but I can cope with the application using fingers. The first thing I noticed while applying was the smell of the lip balm, it was a very fruity scent, which I adored, I could smell a hint of Cranberries, which was gorgeous. The fruity smell was really summery too, which is perfect, and was so nice I just wanted to lick the lip balm off! The smell is not too over powering for a lip balm, but does have a scent, which some people might really hate.

                The lip balm is a light pink colour, which is a little worrying, as I thought it would make my lips look a pale baby pink colour, which I really didn't want, as I want a natural colour lip balm, but this colour might make me look like I'm skiing! Once applied to lips, the colour does fade, and becomes a more transparent colour, with a slight hint of a pink colour, but it can't really be noticed, which is a big relief for me! The effects of the Cranberry Joy was the soothing and repair that the lip balm gives lips, as recently I had lips, applied before bed and woke up with beautiful soft lips, which made them feel better but also looked much better, all moisturised and soft. Also for fashion purposes, the lip balm is non sticky, which makes the lip bal, easier to wear everyday to have soft lips all day long. The lip balm is also thin enough to wear gloss over the lips, which is always a positive!

                The Body Shop Cranberry Joy lip balm is only available at The Body Shop stores and online (www.thebodyshop.co.uk) and costs £3, but often they become reduced as I got mine for £2.

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                05.05.2011 21:34
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                amazing!

                I purchased this lip balm as it was reduced after Christmas, placed by the till as I nibbled my lips. I never usually use any other lip product than vaseline and the occasional lipstick on a night out - but that is my lot.
                The main reason I purchased this one was due to the smell, so fruity and delicious! Even better than my boyfriend likes the taste too ;)

                My first impression was that it seems to have loads of balm inside, it is quite thick so only a small amount seems to work wonders and it lasts for a long time (if you don't lick it off within seconds like I do). It only cost me £2 which is really good for the body shop, but I am unsure of the original price - probably something like £5.

                The tin is red with a cute little retro pattern on the top that looks pretty, the balm inside is a whitey-pink colour. The lid is slightly rounded which makes it easier to pull off to apply the product to your lips.

                I love the product as it is quite light on your lips and lasts a long time. The only let down is that after a while if you rub your lips together a lot, is that you're left with a white line across your bottom lip - not the most attractive.

                I would recommend this product highly to anyone with chapped lips as it is an instant winner. It helps so much and tastes fantastic too! Although £5 might seem quite high, it is a very reasonable price as it lasts so long!

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