“ Brand: Tokyo Milk / Type: Lip Milk / Suitable for: Lip / What it does: regenerates, „
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For everyday lip moisture there is nothing better than good old Vaseline, but still many people venture into the world of the endless alternatives. Many of these offer scrumptious flavours, and some even impart a coloured lip gloss effect, but the product I am reviewing is in my opinion something rather special. If you know someone who uses lip balm every day then this would be the perfect gift-Tokyo Milk Candied Violette Lip Balm.
Tokyo Milk is a company founded by a lady called Margot Elena Wells who lives in Denver. She also founded two other companies, Lollia and Love and Toast. I must confess to never having heard of this lady or her two other companies before.
This beautiful product was discovered by me on a recent shopping trip into my local town, where I found it on a shelf with some other lovely toiletries in a gift shop I love. I have since discovered that it is quite widely available online. I paid £5.99 for a box containing a glass pot of the balm, and I did have the choice of several alternative variants including one made with rose water. Some outlets seem to charge more; I notice this to be the case on the lingerie website at www.figleaves.co.uk where it retails for £12, though they do not have the Violette in stock at present.
The first comment I must make is that the box is exquisite, it has boutique French style appeal. I think if I had seen this in a shop in Provence it would have been totally in keeping with its surroundings-in fact I think this belongs on the dressing table of a stylish French lady. Even the violets on the box are frosted and shimmer as if they have been dusted with sugar.
Inside the box the screw top jar reveals the balm which is a wax shade with a delicate floral scent. Quite a solid balm this coats the lips well and provides a lovely soft protective and nourishing layer which I have found to be extremely moisturising and long lasting. It isn't greasy to wear, and has a lovely floral taste which is just enough to please but not enough to overwhelm. You can't detect violets as such but the flavour is lovely and sweet.
The balm contains sunflower seed oil, beeswax, Vitamin E , Aloe Vera and Shea Butter which is a brilliant combination all designed to impart moisture and to sooth.
Beneath the lid of the box is an individual message -mine said "A kiss seals two souls for a moment in time" which I thought was very romantic. In addition to this there is a little paper insert in the box which has tips for kissing which is rather a sweet touch!
The balm comes in many flavours:
Petit Fours - This claims to leave a lasting hint of sweet fruit tarts.
Rosewater - A highly moisturising balm scented with rose petals.
Sweet Cream - sweet vanilla cupcakes.
Opera Mint - Sweet mint flavour.
Honey Blossom - honey scented with blossoms
Cherry Bomb - Sweet dark cherries flavour this one!
Iced Green Tea - green tea lip balm,
Let Them Eat Cake - Sugar Sweet frosting
The product itself in terms of its ability to moisturise and nourish the lips is good, but nothing better than cheap good old Vaseline. It is the beauty of the packaging and the pleasure of using it that really makes this product appeal, especially for its gift potential. Many women would love to have this in their handbag on a special night out, or on their dressing table at home. So I would say it is good at doing what you would expect from a lip balm, but that the packaging and the bottle really make this something that puts it in a different league.
They have put a lot of thought into presenting a very feminine product, and in my opinion have succeeded. I wouldn't buy this to use everyday-it's far too expensive, but for a weekend away or to give as a gift then it's brilliant. A lovely present for a Christmas stocking.