Product Type: The Body Shop makeup
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The Body shop Vitamin E Lip Care
Member Name: Oddbodd
The Body shop Vitamin E Lip Care
Advantages: Does a really good job of protecting lips, lasts well
Disadvantages: None whatsover
I consider myself a pretty good tester when it comes to lip protection products. This is because I am out in all elements, all times of the day and all days of the year. For me, a lip salve has to protect against boiling hot sun as well as freezing cold wind, rain and sub-zero temperatures. When you're riding a horse in the middle of a windy field let me tell you lip protector has to be able to do its job. So I think I am well qualified to reiew this product!
----- The Packaging -----
Bog standard plastic tube with pop off clear plastic lid. As per the norm you twist the bottom to get the lip salve to wind up. The twisty bit at the bottom has thoughtful grippy lines on it so I can do it with gloves on. One point. It's got one of those peel back labels on it so you can see all the info if you so desire. I have had a few of these and they are used and abused, usually carried in a pocket or bunged in a compartment in the car, both of which also pick up dog hairs, horse hairs, bits of mud, hay, you name it. After time, this doesn't malfunction which I have found to be the case with many others. I've had ones where the twisty bit stops working, or the main body of the product detaches from it's 'axis' and falls off, or the lid stops going back on properly so bits of dirt get inside etc etc. This one doesn't do any of those things - several weeks of constant use and it still works exactly how it should. Another point.
----- The Smell/Taste -----
Hardly apparent at all, it has a very inoffensive and slight smell/taste of vanilla which is very slightly sweet. Nice. Three points.
----- Ingredients -----
I won't list them all but the key ingredients are beeswax, coconut oil, vanilla flavour and (of course) vitamin E.
I will point out here that The Body Shop do not test on animals (one of my criteria when buying a product such as this). Four points.
----- Does it Work -----
In a word: Yes.
I use it all the time, as above, in all weathers. I also use it when going out in the evening, under lipstick. Because it isn't slimy or grainy, it is easy to apply lipstick or gloss on top of it. On its own though it does create quite a nice sheen to your lips so actually looks nice even though that's not what it's billed to do. This, out of all the many I have tried, lasts the longest. I do have to reapply during the day, but far less often than any other I've found. I can put it on first thing on a freezing cold morning and it's usually a couple of hours before I feel the need to reapply. It is smooth to apply and is instantly soothing and moisturising and most certainly protects. I can feel it on my lips for ages after applying. it also has SPF 15 so does a great job of protecting from the sun too. Five points.
----- The Price -----
About £4 which isn't much, particularly since it lasts over twice as long as most of the others. Six points.
----- Other Stuff Which Doesn't Fit Into a Category -----
I find that a lot of lip care products melt in the heat. So I get them out of my pocket on a hot day, wind them up and all I have is at worst an oozing mess or at best a really really soft stick that collapses as soon as you try to apply it. The other thing I've found is that if I leave them in the car, when I go back to use them they have clearly melted and re-formed as the cylinder shape of the product has changed to a sort of flat shape with a slanted end. This one doesn't do that at all. It retains its properties and shape and consistency in ALL weathers and is always there, trusty little product that it is, to be applied when I need it. Seven points. But there's only 5 stars I can give!
In summary: By far and away the best lip care product that I have found - lasts, works really well, pleasant taste and smell and good price. Get one!
(Also posted on Ciao)
Summary: A triumph for the Body Shop