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I absolutely love this range from the Body Shop and hope that they continue to revive it each Christmas, it is a very seasonal scent - encapsulating vanilla and warm spices - and it does indeed smell and taste like Christmas!
In this range they produce a number of products, including soaps, hand creams and this lovely, lovely lip balm. What I always try to do is stock up on this range in the January sales and usually you can then get enough to last through the year before it reappears on the shelves. This lip balm costs £4 full price and for that you get a 15ml small pot with a screw on lid. In the sales you can usually pick it up for either £1/1.50 so it is a bit of a bargain at this price.
I keep a pot of this in my work bag because I frequently find that my lips get dry and patchy through the day, I like to have a pot of this to hand. My only gripe is that it is less convenient having this in a pot than it would be in a stick and that would also make it easier to apply.
The scent of the lip balm is quite strong and it does tend to linger, it does not really taste of anything but because of how nice it smells the temptation is always there to suck it off my lips, this needs to be avoided or you will get through tons of the stuff. If you are able to leave it alone you will find it is wonderfully softening on the lips and does leave them feeling moisturised.
I like Body Shop lip balms in particular because aside from all the ethical reasons for supporting them they are not too sticky and the scents are strong and long lasting. A pot this size tends to last me a good six months of using a couple of times a week and therefore I believe that they are good value for money.
Lip balm is a winter essential for me as I hate when my lips get dry. I also like festive cosmetics as I love the scents that remind me of Christmas hence as soon as I found The Body Shop Vanilla Spiced Lip Balm on offer, I bought it.
It comes ina small, round and metal pot which has a pale yellow colour. This fairly simple to open pot (though I really struggled with opening it after I put some hand cream on) contains 15ml of creamy lip balm that is meant to smell of vanilla. The lip balm is surprisingly thick and rich so I only needed to apply a little bit. I had to be really careful about the amount applied - when I put a little bit on, it gave me lips a really lovely and delicate gloss whereas if I applied a little bit more, it looked white, tasteful and gave me a bit of a ghost-like look which could be more appropriate for Halloween. Application is a bit annoying - I usually use my finger to do that so I either need to wash my hands or use a tissue to remove the leftover balm from my finger.
The lip balm has a rather pleasant smell, it definitely smells of vanilla (a bit like vanilla ice cream but much more intense) but I didn't find it very festive. I cannot really say I liked it or disliked it.
I was using it regularly throughout the day but I didn't find the it moisturised my lips at all - in fact, I was under the impression that they were getting more dry! I found that initially my lips became softer (whcih was definitely a good thing) but in the long run, I didn't like that they became dry. I now use it occassionally with other products as I don't like to chuck things away but I won't be buying it again.
I didn't really like the taste of it (which is a good thing as otherwise it would disappear rather quickly!) but I didn't dislike it either (it happened before that I just couldn't stand the taste of the lip balm).
One pot costs £4 and seems to last forever even with regular use. It can be bought from the Body Shop both online and in-store around Christmas time.
Thank you for reading my review.
I have dry lips, so using lip balm regularly is essential for me, and one of my most recent purchases was a Spiced Vanilla Lip Balm from The Body Shop when they had a recent sale. The lip balm I bought was part of last year's Christmas range, but the Spiced Vanilla range proved popular and has been brought back for 2011 (with slightly different packaging). As well as a lip balm, the range includes such items as a body wash, body lotion, body butter and handwash.
The lip balm comes in a fairly large rounded tin, which is cream with a vaguely festive pattern. There is less lip balm inside than you might think, as the lid is high and quite rounded, and there is a lot of space inside. However, there is still a lot of lip balm in the pot, more than you would get in most lip balms, and only a tiny amount is needed at any one time, so it will last ages. The lid is secure and won't fall off in your bag, which is always handy!
Inside, the balm is pale cream in colour and very thick. It has a pleasant vanilla scent, though this reminds me more of vanilla ice cream than spiced vanilla - it's definitely not as spicy as the matching body butter.
The Body Shop state that the product contains no parabens, which is a plus for those of you concerned about their presence in cosmetics. It contains real vanilla extract, and is made with Community Fair Trade cocoa butter and beeswax which soften, moisturise and protect lips. The beeswax comes from Cameroon, where it is harvested naturally from hives made of local, sustainable materials.
I apply the lip balm using my finger. On my finger the balm looks white but once applied to the lips and rubbed in it becomes clear, so long as you don't use too much. The balm is non-sticky as claimed by The Body Shop and it also moisturises lips quickly. My lips feel instantly softer and smoother when using this product. The balm doesn't really taste of anything, but this is probably a good thing, as I'd likely keep licking it off if it did!
I normally find that lip balms fall into one of two categories: those that coat the lips with a protective film (e.g. Vaseline, Body Shop lip butters) and those that penetrate the lips to heal and moisturise them. This lip balm seems to fall somewhere between the two. It seems to have a deep effect on the condition of my lips and helps to keep them in good condition, but it also coats the lips to protect them from the cold winter weather. The balm can be worn alone as a defence against the elements, or under lipstick or gloss because it does sink into the lips pretty well.
This lip balm is available from The Body Shop for £4. This is slightly pricey but not so bad considering how much you do get in a tin. Also, The Body Shop have almost constant special offers on so you are very likely to be able to get it for less. I do recommend it and would consider buying it again, as well as considering giving some of the other balms in the range a go.
==Price and Availability==
I really do suffer from dry lips and I often find myself buying lots of different lip balms as I often get bored of using one particular product after a few days and tend to chop and change what I'm buying. One of my more recent purchases was The Body Shop's Spiced Vanilla Lip Balm which costs £4 in store and online. However, at the moment it's reduced to just £1.50 which is a brilliant price.
==Spiced Vanilla Lip Balm==
The lip balm comes in a 15ml tub which is a sandy gold colour with a few bits of darker pattern and the product name. The lid screws on and off and is really sturdy so you don't have to worry about getting lip balm all over your stuff if it accidently popped off in your bag. Along with vanilla extract the lip balm also contains fair trade cocoa butter and beeswax, and as with all Body Shop products it isn't tested on animals. The lip balm promises to be non- sticky and to hydrate lips instantly.
When opening up the tub the smell is pleasant but I'd say its more spice than vanilla and the Body Shop claim the latter to be the more prominent of the two. When dipping my finger into the pot it's got quite a creamy texture and it's quite thick so I only use a very small amount. The smell and taste becomes more prominent as I apply it to my lips and the spice really comes through and for me, is quite unpleasant. My lips feel really moisturised straight away and it doesn't feel like I've got anything on my lips as you don't need to use much to get good coverage. I've got long hair and there's nothing worse than my hair getting stuck in lip balm/ gloss but this balm isn't at all sticky and feels really and gentle on my lips.
After a couple of days of using my lips look and feel a lot softer and healthier without the lip balm on. Although I'm not massively keen on the flavour I have continued to use and my lips look in really good condition. I'll definitely be trying lots of other lips balms from the Body Shop's range.
Although I don't particularly like the flavour the lip balm itself is really high quality and does make my lips look and feel better from the very first use. It's very light and easy to wear and doesn't leave my lips looking white or feeling sticky. The tub goes down very slowly which makes it great value for money, especially at the reduced price. Although I probably wouldn't by Spiced Vanilla again I'll definitely be trying the other flavours as the product works so well.
I got this product as a present from a close friend of mine. Although the vanilla and spice flavour sounds good in theory, I find that the actual product smells very little like vanilla OR spice. Instead the lip balm has a sort of paraffin scent to it with an undercurrent of ....well it's hard to pinpoint what exactly the smell would be. It's not unpleasant it's just not the scent I was expecting when I first opened the wrapper.
The lip balm itself has a white creamy texture that goes on quite well. Because the lip balm is very soft you don't have to rub at the product for a long time to get some on your finger which is a plus. However, I find I can only use a little bit of product at a time because using too much coats your lips in a rather strange looking white film. Not the most attractive look I'm afraid.
The size of the container is quite nice, a little big bigger than your normal tin lip balm (~2cm deep) and as I haven't been using much product at a time, I'm making my way through the container very slowly.