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Vaseline lip therapy with aloe vera, along with the pink tinted version, is my absolute favourite lip balm. The little tin that it comes in is perfect for handbags or coat pockets, and does not spill or leak, even if the product gets warm. The lid is tight fitting, but easy to open as it has a lip that you can get a grip on. The product itself is great to use. You are supposed to apply the product with your fingers which means you can use as much or as little as you want. However, it can leave you finger tip feeling quite greasy, unlike lip balms that are applied like lipstick. The main bonus with the aloe vera version is the fragrance. The smell is delicious, and reminds me of a fruity sweet like jelly babies. The aloe vera also makes this balm excellent for healing. I use it on my children's skin when they have colds, as it keeps the skin around their lips and noses soft and free of the irritation that constant nose blowing can cause. As it is such a gentle product, it does not sting when applied to sore skin.
I was out and about today and realised I didn't have any Vaseline or chap stick on me. Disaster. I simply cannot cope without something for my always dry lips. I nipped into Boots and bought a tin of this Vaseline lip therapy with Aloe Vera. The 20g tin cost £1.99. The tin is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand and is round. The base of the tin is a mid green colour and the front is half and half; white and green. It is quite striking. The top of the lid prises off to reveal the Vaseline inside. As with all tins or tubs of Vaseline, you use your fingers to scoop out what you need and apply to your chapped lips, although i do know people who also swear by rubbing a dollop of this into elbows too. Today is a bitterly cold day where I am and the Vaseline is very hard. The same as a block of butter out of the fridge! As a result I do need to apply a bit of pressure to get some produce to put on my lips. As always, the Vaseline soothes my chapped lips instantly and really makes me feel like it is doing a good job of protecting then from further damage. The Aloe Vera is a nice touch. The Vaseline smells nice, lightly fragranced of fresh herbs or flowers. Very pleasant and wholesome. I don't really like fruity lip balms any more as I find they can be a little sickly when you need to apply then all day like I do, but this is nice and peaceful. Refreshing almost. So will I buy this again and would I recommend? Yes. On both counts. Definitely.
Lip balm is a daily essential for me, and I always have several on the go, one for handbag, one for home, and one for work. Because the skin cells on your lips do not produce any sebum they require a little extra help to stay in good condition, and I like to apply lip balm regularly so that my lips stay moisturised and to avoid suffering with dry, chapped skin. The standard Vaseline Lip Therapy petroleum jelly is available in a whole range of different varieties, and I have recently been using my Aloe Vera version. It costs RRP £1.99 for a 20g tin. Vaseline is a well-known household name and I expect most women will have a tin or two of their Lip Therapy products lying around somewhere. I have used Vaseline products before and was drawn to the Aloe Vera version in particular based solely on the nice green colour of the packaging. The lip treatment comes in the classic round metal tin and I must say I wish that Vaseline would update their packaging - the tins are fiddly to get open and I always have to wiggle the lid around for a while before it will lift off properly. The product must be rubbed onto your fingertip and then transferred to the lips by rubbing it directly over the skin. I dislike this method of application as it's both messy and annoying. I have long fingernails and find it difficult to correctly position my fingertips onto the petroleum jelly without also scooping some up underneath my nails which is quite a disgusting feeling and means that the excess product gets wasted. I'm also left with residue on my fingers which then must be wiped away to avoid coating anything else I might touch with a smear of grease. For these reasons I find that it is not practical to carry the tin around with me in my handbag for use on the go, and prefer to keep this at home, where I can take my time to sit and mess around with opening the tin and there's a supply of tissues available to wipe my hands clean with after application. I usually apply this first thing in the morning to moisturise my lips before blotting and applying lipstick, and I will apply again before bed time after I've brushed my teeth and exfoliated any dead flaky skin from my lips. The lip treatment itself is clear and colourless when applied. It has a thick oily texture to it which quickly warms against the skin and makes it easy to rub gently over the lips. It spreads easily without causing aggravation to any dry or damaged areas and seems to provide moisture instantly. Due to the nature of the petroleum jelly base, I find that this lip treatment will sit on the surface of my skin and coats my lips with a protective layer, as well as providing moisture that keeps my lips feeling soft. This doesn't feel sticky at all, although it can seem to wear away quite quickly during the day when it comes into contact with other things. To keep my lips feeling cared for I will need to reapply and keep a constant supply of this treatment covering my lips. When wearing this I am left with a light glossy finish which looks nice with my simple everyday make-up, and I often apply this before putting on my lipstick as otherwise my lips can get dry if I am only using a lip colour without any moisturising treatment. This version of the Lip Therapy contains no SPF so I do switch over to a different lip care product when I know I will be out in the sun for any length of time. The Aloe Vera tin stands out against the rest of the Vaseline Lip Therapy range thanks to its green and white tin which makes it instantly recognisable. Aloe Vera is used frequently for its healing and soothing properties, and it makes sense to use it in a lip care treatment. This also has the benefit of making the petroleum jelly smell more appealing, as it has a lovely light and fresh scent. I have been using this product regularly for other applications than just on my lips. In particular, I find it is really useful for when I am dyeing my hair at home. I rub on a thin layer all around my hairline on my face, over my ears, and at the back of my neck, and this helps to prevent any staining occurring, as the Vaseline simply wipes clean away and any excess hair dye comes along with it. I have also found this to be a lifesaver when going through my latest summer cold. I was blowing my nose so frequently that the skin around my nostrils became damaged and was very sore, and this got worse every time I blew my nose. I was already using balm coated tissues, which are effective to a point, but my skin needed some extra care and so I applied Vaseline over the sore areas of skin to help soothe it. This also helped to form a protective barrier that meant that when I had to blow my nose again, the friction was lessened and so it did not hurt. I reapplied every time I blew my nose and this helped my skin get back to normal again in no time. This Aloe Vera Vaseline Lip Therapy treatment is a good improvement on a classic beauty product. It is effective for many different uses and is a good value lip treatment that will last for ages because of the large 20g tin. I like this variety and would happily buy it again.
I have tubes and tubs of lip balms hiding everywhere, there is one in my handbag, the car glove box, kitchen drawer, you name the place, I've probably got a lip balm! I don't wear any lipstick and very rarely wear lip gloss so use lip balm pretty much all of the time. One brand which I buy on a regular basis is Vaseline. Vaseline aloe vera lip therapy is quite widely available to purchase from places like Boots and Superdrug and from most supermarkets. The pocket size 20g tin usually costs no more than £2. The packaging is typical of the Vaseline lip therapy range being a metal tin that is circular in shape. It is mainly white in colour with a turquoise twist indicating the aloe vera properties of the product inside. The lid is easy to twist off of the top of the tin, sometimes packaging like this can prove tricky to open but that isn't the case with this one. All in all, I think the packaging is nice as it is very transportable and won't take up too much room in your pocket or handbag. As this is a petroleum jelly, you would expect it to be on the greasy side but this aloe vera Vaseline isn't as greasy and oily as I imagined it would be. It's an off white colour and after opening the tin you can smell faint aloe vera properties. I find it easy to glide my finger over the top of the Vaseline to get a good coating of the product, it sort of melts as you rub your finger over the top. Then then makes it extremely easy to glide over the top of your lips and it gives a nice even coverage. Once applied, the Vaseline does take quite a while to sink into the lips and get to work. It does tend to start with quite a sticky feeling on my lips but this feeling doesn't last too long before it makes lips feel refreshed and moisturised. I find that I need to reapply this again after 3-4 hours if I leave it but I usually reapply before this anyway as a habit. The price is good for the amount of time a tin lasts me, I only use a tiny amount each time I apply this lip balm so I feel like I get my monies worth so for that reason I would recommend it. It does leave quite a sticky feeling on my lips to begin with but this soon goes.
Vaseline has been as long as I can remember and I have never really bothered with it until I used one my daughter had been bought and decided I quite liked it so bought myself an Aloe Vera one. The Vaseline tins come in 4 varieties, original, Aloe Vera, Rosy lips and Cocoa Butter and they vary in price, in discount style stores you can often pick them up at £1 a tin but supermarkets tend to be around the £2 mark. The product comes in a small metal tin which is circular in shape and made up of white and green, the tin is very simple and just has the name of the product and the variety on the top of it. The tin is about 4cms in diameter and the lid pops on and off, I was surprised to find that the tin wasn't sealed in any way but it isn't too much of an issue as you would be able to tell if any had been used or even if any little fingers had been messing about with it. The list of ingredients in the product are, Petrolatum Aroma Isopropyl Myristate Aloe Barbadensis Citral Citronellol Eugenol limonene linalool. On opening the tin you are greeted with a lovely smell, I have always loved the smell of Aloe Vera and wasn't disappointed with this. To apply you simply need to rub your finger across the top of the product and it sort of clings to your finger so not much force is needed then use your finger to smooth across your lips. I find the product really does moisturise my lips and prevents me from biting at them when they are chapped however I find that my lips feel quite sticky too. The product leaves your lips looking shiny and feeling nicely moisturised, it is the perfect size to pop in your handbag and the lid is nice and secure on the tin. I have found that if the tin gets warm the product seems to become stickier so I tend to avoid leaving it in warm places. I like this product but rate it 4 stars due to the stickiness and also the fact that the tin isn't sealed so you don't know you are the only person to stick your fingers in it.
INTRODUCTION Vaseline is a useful product with a long history. Vaseline is a brand of petroleum jelly, produced as a byproduct from the petroleum industry. It's long been used to lubricate and moisturise. The little pocket tins of Vaseline began appearing a few years ago. Just at the time when I found I had a problem that some moisturisation would solve... PRODUCT DESCRIPTION Vaseline Lip Therapy tins hold 20g of product and cost around a pound each. They come in a variety of flavours but I always use the original variant, colour coded blue, or the aloe vera, colour coded green. Tins aren't sealed, which I think is a drawback, as the product cannot be guaranteed as sanitary. I always choose a tin from the back of the shelf to minimise the risk that someone opened the tin before me. The tin comes in two halves which open with very little force. I have discovered the tins can fly open if dropped, but otherwise they seem to stay closed even if carried around with all the detritus I keep in my handbag. USER EXPERIENCE The product may be called Lip Therapy but I use it for a very different reason. I've always suffered from nosebleeds on long-haul flights. I can usually set my watch by when they start, bang on 4 hours into flight time. By then my nasal membranes have dried out in the awful recycled air of an aircraft and the nosebleeds begin. This happened once on a flight to the US and when I arrived I mentioned it to the friend I was visiting. She introduced me to saline solution and on the way back I regularly squirted my nose with this. Problem was (a) it was really embarrassing to use and (b) the bottle was heavy when taken into cabin luggage allowance. On returning home I decided I needed a different approach. Since I often get nosebleeds on cold days too (again as my nasal membranes dry out) I decided I needed some kind of moisturiser, or barrier. Vaseline seemed to fit the bill. I bought a Lip Therapy tin, as it was small and convenient, and tried applying a small amount into each nostril just before flying. It looked like I was picking my nose but I decided I didn't care! The Vaseline worked brilliantly! It's transparent so can't be easily seen, and I found that it reduced my incidents of nosebleeds dramatically. It also stayed in my nose for several hours so I didn't need to reapply very often. The aloe vera gave it an extra soothing quality. I now also use Vaseline for the opposite problem. When I have a runny nose from a cold I'll put a little of this product just below my nose to prevent soreness as my nose drips. Again, it works. I wouldn't use this on my lips as I don't think tin lip balm is particularly hygienic (I always use a lipstick balm); if you don't wash your hands before applying you could transfer all sorts of germs to the tin and then to your mouth. However, for nose problems, it works a treat. SUMMARY A great little product that is convenient to use. It's saved me a lot of discomfort.
I cannot think of a time in my life when Vaseline wasn't around. From a childhood with a mother who would dab Vaseline or Nivea on any kind of burn, sore or imperfection, I grew up knowing that Vaseline was dull, sticky but ultimately effective. For many years I could be found with a small plastic tub in my handbag, almost always with the surface of the product covered in all sorts of nasty fluff which it picked up when the lid fell off. I got fed up with these horrors and gave up on Vaseline, coming back again only when they started to sell the small round tins whose lids have a rather better record for staying in place. I've never liked the rather industrial taste of the standard Vaseline so even though I knew it to be probably the best and cheapest way to avoid chapped lips, I had given up using it. I didn't like the fluff, I didn't like the sticky fingers or the rather industrial taste of the stuff. Finding myself with really chapped lips one cold day, I asked a colleague for a 'dab' of her Vaseline which turned out to be the Aloe Vera version. It both smelled and tasted lovely and I was hooked. I headed straight off to the shop to buy my own tin. My tin lives next to my computer at home. I only use it indoors because I have long hair and if I go outside with Vaseline on my lips and there's a bit of a wind, I end up with hair stuck all round my mouth. Whenever my lips feel even slightly sore, I open the tin and give them a quick smear to make them feel both soothed and moisturised. Only a very small amount is needed and I have to take care not to get too much. The healing properties of aloe vera are well established and in combination with Vaseline, the two deliver even better care. The tin is referred to as 'Pocket Size' and contains just 20g. Don't be tempted to think you should buy a bigger one unless you know that you need it as even a small tin lasts a very long time. Shop around and you can pick one up for as little as a pound.
I am a big fan of the Original Vaseline, its perfect for keeping lips soft, acting as a finishing cream to keep my eye brows in place and adding a tiny shine to my cheeks on top of blusher, in fact its one of the best all around beauty products! So when Vaseline brought out an extended range a few years (with Aloe Vera, with SPF, with Liptint) ago I jumped right in and tried them all! This review is specifically for the Vaseline with Aloe Vera. It comes in a little green metal tin and retails at around £1-£1.50 in most chemists and general stores. It is simply the original Vaseline blended with some Aloe Vera (which would traditionally have been know for its healing qualities and is also an effective moisturiser). The product looks exactly the same as Vaseline - is clear coloured and has the same consistency. Again it has the same general uses as Vasline. Personally I mostly use Vaseline as a lip balm or to soften small patches of dry skin on my hands. Whilst this version works effectively on dry skin it had a slightly strange reaction on my lips and whilst it moisturised them it left them feeling very very itchy. A few minutes after application I couldn't bare it anymore and had to completely remove. I don't ususally have sensitive skin or lips so its odd for my to have a reaction to this. I was very disappointed and will stick to the trusted Original Variety from now on!
Since finding my little tub of Vaseline I'll never go back to the lip salves stick variety. About Vaseline It's super simplistic, containing only pure petroleum jelly. Ok, the petroleum bit sounds a little scary, and yes it's derived from oil! In scientific terms it's a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons and was first discovered on an oil rig in Pennsylvania. Petroleum proved to be bad on oil rigs it caused them to malfunction, however the workers found to be very good on healing cuts and burns. Versions of Vaseline The original unscented Vaseline has a very slight smell of oil, but it's very slight and hardly there at all. I currently have two Vaseline tubs, one in my handbag, the original one and one at the side of my bed, which is the Aloe Vera one. This one smells quite strongly of aloe vera, at first I didn't like the smell on my lips, but now I've go used to it I like it more, but still prefer the unscented version. Both work in exactly the same excellent way. There is also one which tints your lips pink and some of various other scents, however I haven't tried these yet - one tub lasts for a very long time. Packaging Vaseline is in a dinky round tub, made of metal around 4cm in diameter. It tucks easily into my handbag, or a pocket should I need it. The tub is quite plainly decorated in blue and white for the original version and green and white for the aloe vera one. Usage I find it heals sore lips very quickly and soothes my lips as soon as I put it on. If I have a cold I sometimes use in around my nose if it goes dry and have occasionally used it on dry patches on my hands. A little goes a long way and too much would make your skin greasy, but a little acts as an excellent barrier against infection and liquids on the lips. All in All An excellent lip-salve product, which can be used for other things, after all it's exactly the same as the Vaseline you get in the bigger plastic tub. Great for everyday use - I feel lost if I ever go out without it!
A little tub of Vaseline is one of them products that everyone has seen and is aware of. I always bought the original blue one almost automatically without glancing at the others as it was one that I always purchased. However recently I had bought the big tin of vaseline that contained inside it the 4 different vaseline products available. These came in pink, brown, blue and green. The pink being rosy, the blue as the standard original vaseline tub, the brown was cocoa butter and finally the green being aloe vera. The tub was on offer at £5, which I thought was a good deal as each tin of vaseline is priced at £1.79 individually at Superdrug and I also liked the large container these individual tins were placed in. This review is for the aloe vera vaseline which comes in a light green and white tin. The packaging states it is lip therapy which soothes dry skin and lips. It is petroleum jelly and is a little tin of 20g. The back of the tin mostly contains the barcode and just the ingredients. The tin is easily opened by lifting up, yet secure enough so it would not empty out into your bag and roll off. Once opening the tin the first noticable thing is the scent. Unlike the orignal vaseline tub the aloe vera one has a nice scent to it that is not over-powering but subtle. The vaseline itself has to be applied by using your finger, and it is full to the top so it has plenty in there. The first time you apply it you have to dig your finger in a bit to get some out properly but after that it is easily applied. Once applied to your lips it really is quite soothing and you can tell it is a good quality product which does the job it is required. It is very good for dry lips and for general use. It also gives your lips a nice little glossy tint to it. I used to carry vaseline around in my bag all the time but have recently stopped as I prefer using lip balm where I do not need to use my fingers to apply it as it leaves my fingers greasy and it is just more convenient for me to use a roll out lip balm. However I cannot fault this tub of vaseline and it is still something that I used daily whilst it is in the house. I rarely ever get to the end of the tin as you only need to use a little bit each time. I mainly always end up losing or misplacing it before it is finished, it really is long-lasting. Though if unlike me you do get to finish it all off without misplacing it I did read in another review that it is a nice little size to store spare change in for the car etc, which is a nice idea and a handy use for the tin too. Overall I give the product 5 stars as it good lip therapy, since using the aloe vera tub I do prefer it over the original one and would buy it again. Thanks for reading :) This review may also be posted on ciao at some point.
I actually have several tins of this stuff from when Boots did an offer for buy one get one free (or something similar!) I like to keep these in various bags so that I don't have to worry about grabbing things when I'm in a hurry! ~~Product Description~~ (Boots) Vaseline Lip Therapy can be slipped into a pocket or bag. Functional and stylish, Vaseline Lip Therapy helps maintain the skin's natural moisture barrier to form a protective shield between your lips and the elements. Our lips have an amazing ability to experience heightened sensations, allowing us to feel the slightest of touch and sense the environment around us. However, unlike body skin, the skin on our lips does not naturally create its own moisture layer, leaving it susceptible to dryness and chapping. Vaseline's stylish, functional Lip Therapy tins with their original retro look are perfect to help keep lips healthy and protected from the elements, and Aloe Vera adds an extra soothing touch of hydration. ~~Current Price & Additional Information~~ Boots currently sell this for £1.80 per tin, with each tin containing 20g of product. ~~Ingredients~~ Petrolatum, aroma, isopropyl myristate, aloe barbadensis, citral, citronellol, eugenol, limonene, linalool. ~~Packaging~~ The packaging is a nice and simple tin with the standard Vaseline logo in green. There is quite a lot of information on either side of the tin. Aside from 'Pocket size' and 'Lip therapy with aloe vera' written on the tin, there is the full ingredients list as well on the back. The barcode itself takes up most of the back of the tin! It's great for putting in your pocket or slipping into a bag compartment. It's about 5cm in diameter and about 1.5cm thick. ~~My Thoughts~~ The consistency is really soft like butter - much softer than my Rose & Co Cherry lip balm. It lasts a LONG time and even though I've used Vaseline lip balm for a long time, it's pretty hard to get to the bottom of these things! I like the Aloe Vera ones more because you can smell the scent when applying and ...well...it just makes me smile! The colour is light yellow/green and goes on clear which I also really love. Despite being pretty bog standard, it's really moisturising and definitely one of the best basics you can buy! It's my staple item! Apart from using it on my lips, when I have dry hands I've also used it. It's been pretty effectively and I much prefer taking a subtle, cute tin of Vaseline with me than a tube of hand cream! I've also used it on the heels of my feet when they've been dry. I've heard, BUT have not tried, putting it on the places that rub when wearing high heels - apparently it's really effective! (The tins are also a decent size for holding coins e.g. for parking!) ~~Overall~~ Definitely a staple item! Very inexpensive and reliable - the worst you can look with this on is applying too much...but that's about it. It's just a plain and simple product! Keeps me lips happy :)
When I was a little young'un, my Grandma was never seen without her tin of Vaseline which was always close to hand for all manner of household emergencies. Cuts, burns, bites, stings, grazes, you name it, any minor house or garden accident meant a cuddle and a smear from Grandma's 'magic tin', the most amazing cure-all you can imagine! So, you can understand why she'd be delighted by the fact that I never go anywhere without a little green tin of my own - the Vaseline Lip Therapy Aloe Vera pocket size tin! Of course, Grandma's old tin was big, with white background and red lettering (which became blue in later versions) and the emphasis in those days was on the 'petroleum jelly' aspect of the contents, but although the colour's changed on my tin, the emphasis on the content is still there, but given this time to the special ingredient added to make this petroleum jelly very lip therapeutic indeed - the aloe vera. That's not the only change - Grandma's tin seemed enormous and endless, whilst mine is a very grab-friendly handbag size (although if you'd ever seen my nan's old handbag - virtually a shopping bag in its own right, you could've rightly put forward the argument that the 1960s Vaseline tin could have comfortably fitted into it)! However, what hasn't changed is the ease with which the tin can be opened, just a twist and the lid's off, jelly ready to use. This aloe vera enriched jelly has a slightly herby scent, courtesy of the special ingredient but has no real taste, giving instead just a slightly-greasy feeling layer to your lips. Now the therapeutic benefits of aloe vera are well known, so I won't wax lyrical about that, but what I will say is that if you suffer with sore, dry lips, particularly over the winter, then this green tin, aloe vera version is the one for you. Of course the hand-bag blue tin version will of course be better protection for your lips than nothing, but this aloe vera one really hits the spot: it's like giving parched lips a special soak of their own. Hence why I'm never without mine! And of course, if you have small children, having one of these in your bag means you are also never without a 'first aid' remedy, should one be needed! Lastly of course, this lip therapy Vaseline not only does what it says on the tin in terms of lip protection and repair, but it's also a beauty product in its own right - less sticky than lip gloss, gives iust a hint of sheen to enhance your natural lip colour, or indeed to add a slick of shine to a weary (or dry) lipstick. So, in all I'm pretty sure my Grandma would be proud that her 'magic tin' is still offering its therapy all of these years later - there's not many makes that have lasted as long without rebranding to the point of over-branding and 'loss' of the original product (I'm thinking of her old Oil of Ulay here, my Grandma's only other concession to the beauty industry), so well done to Vaseline for bringing my childhood's household stalwart into the 21st century, with not just the hint of aloe vera, but also with the hint of my Grandma too!
This was part of a set that I received for my birthday but you can buy these as single tins for around £1.50 I think from most health and beauty stores. The balm is nice enough as has the same consistency as normal Vaseline except that it comes in a green tin and not a blue one. The balm is really moisturising and soothes dry and/ or chapped lips without feeling sticky. It applies well out of the tin and a little goes a long way so I can see this small tin lasting me a decent amount of time. You can also use it to tame eyebrows and cuticles. The balm is a little darker in colour compared to normal Vaseline. The thing I dislike the most about this balm is the smell. It stinks! I find it hard to pinpoint an exact scent but it doesn't smell very nice. It doesn't taste very nice either if you happen to accidently swallow some of it! The tin tends to mark easily so I am careful with mine when carrying it around. It is small and compact enough to fit into a handbag though and the balm itself doesn't melt or leak from the tin, which is good! This is a nice balm and a versatile one too. It's just a shame that it smells so bad. Oh well! The benefits outweight the negatives I suppose! Cheap and does the job.
After buying Superdrug's Little Green Tin lip balm I didn't intend to buy another vaseline based lip product, as I thought they would all be pretty much of a muchness, especially as lot of them include the same additional ingredients. However my sister passed a spare tin of Vaseline Lip Therapy on to me on my last visit, and I was surprised how different if felt on my lips. Vaseline Lip therapy is simply Vaseline in it's smallest size re-branded as a lip product, Unilever obviously saw an opportunity to exploit the lip balm market with a product that many people had been using for that purpose for generations. Re-branding into the pocket and purse friendly size I assume brought in extra business from people who normally buy specific lip products and wouldn't have thought of using Vaseline otherwise. It also allowed people who used vaseline as a lip product but wouldn't lug the larger deep pots around with them to have a portable version, another sale, kerching! An example of a simple idea epitosmising good marketing that benefits the company and the customer. I was interested to read on Unilever's web site ( www.unilever.com/sustainability/consumer/testing/ ) that they are investing a substantial amount "in developing and applying alternative approaches to replace animal testing". They only test on animals where it is absolutely required by law, and then use the minimum amount of animals to satisfy this, treating them as humanely as possible. Now to me any animal testing is unacceptable. However Unilever state that where products are not required by law to be animal tested they are not, thus a huge range of their products are never tested on animals. I was not aware that there are laws which insist on animal testing, so I hope that Unilever are not simply dancing around the rules in different countries to justify some testing. The product has moved on from simply a cute little disc like tin of Vaseline, to adding other lip friendly products to the formula to give a choice of different flavours and extra moisturising effects. The one I own is the Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera. I'm happy to have this variety as it allows me to compare it directly with another petroleum based product with the same addition (ie as above the Superdrug version) The sweet little tin is green and white, and contains 20g of product, it costs approximately depending on where you buy it, it is widely available on the high street and online. The ingredients put the Aloe Vera at fourth (about midway) on the list, which is higher than the equivalent I've been harping on about, where the Aloe Vera extract comes last (eighth) on the list. The Lip Therapy is apparently made in Norway. On opening the tin there is an immediate pleasant smell, the product doesn't claim any specific scent but does contain "aroma" as it's second ingredient. I assume the scent is close to the smell of Aloe Vera? (not having smelt Aloe Vera I can't be certain of that). I notice that the colour is a little darker than the equivalent Superdrug version, and the texture is softer and easier to spread, in fact for a petroleum based product it seems to sink into the lips beautifully, leaving only a slight protective layer on the surface, which says to me that the moisturising ingredient is doing its work inside the lips where it is meant to; leaving the Vaseline to do it's bit protecting the lips from further moisture loss. One thing missing from the Lip Therapy varieties I have found is a sun protection factor, which Superdrug does include in some of its versions of the same product. The only other tiny negative, and it's not specific to this product, as the Superdrug product uses the same sort of packaging, is that if your hands are slippery for any reason, ie applied hand cream, or using outside in the rain it can be a bit fiddly to open. Using nails to hook under the rim works, but if you have short or weak nails this isn't really an option. This is a minor niggle, and I'd rather this than some flimsy opening device that breaks half way through use. I have used Vaseline since I was a teenager for so many application, from taking off stubborn water proof mascara, Vaseline or other oil based products are the only things that will get it all off with minimal rubbing. To lubricating the squeaking bits on my hamsters wheels, if not for Vaseline I wouldn't have got a wink of sleep for about 5 years. It can be used on rough skin anywhere and as a cuticle conditioner. Personally I never used plain Vaseline for the rough skin etc purpose as I find that while keeping the moisture in it doesn't do enough to infuse moisture into the cuticle, rough elbow or whatever. However I find the moisturising effect of the Aloe Vera version is great for this use, and am sure that would be the case with the other less basic versions too. All in all I was pleasantly surprised at the difference between this and competitors using the same basic ingredients and format. The Vaseline for me is far superior and has a longer lasting moisturising effect. This little tin based on how it's faring in daily use should last me about 3 months which I think is excellent value, I'm sure I will buy again. I've included a quick list of other varieties of Lip Therapy available after a quick internet trawl (including checking Vaseline's own site. The prices are all from the Tesco website, prices are similar everywhere unless on offer : The original variety, which contains only Vaseline (petrolatum) £1.28 Aloe Vera version also at only £1.28 With cocoa butter which is one of the more expensive varieties at £1.88 Rosy lips, also £1.88 - I love the look of this and might try it next, it has Rosa Damascena Flower oil as one of it's higher quantity ingredients. It also now comes in a 4g stick version in at least a few of the 'flavours' mentioned above, the stick costs about £1.99, but does have a few extra ingredients, such as vitamins E & A
Vaseline is a very familiar product, and it has a number of different uses. The inventor of Vaseline allegedly ate a spoonful of it every day, but that is certainly not a use I would recommend for anyone, as it's a petroleum by-product, and there's nothing nutritious or beneficial about consuming those! I mainly use Vaseline when I have an area of very dry skin that moisturiser can't seem to heal. That sort of dry skin occasionally develops around my nose. The last time I experienced it, I realised that my pot of Vaseline was a couple of years old, and shouldn't, ideally, be used any more. I needed to purchase a replacement, and decided to buy a small tin of it, because I don't use much, and it doesn't keep forever. I don't use Vaseline on my lips, usually, partly because it's too greasy, and also because I do not like applying lip balm with my fingers. I prefer a lipstick shaped stick of balm, because it's more convenient. For a change, I thought I'd buy the Aloe Vera variety, as that has skin-calming and nourishing properties. It's presented in a half-green, half-white, rather stylish looking tin, and it is priced at a reasonable £1.32 from Boots. The Vaseline isn't sealed against prying fingers, but it has a flat, smooth surface, and it will be apparent if it has been touched by anyone else. The tin is easy to prise open. The aloe-vera Vaseline treated my dry skin as usual Vaseline does, but I didn't feel the aloe-vera provided any further benefit, and I really didn't like the smell of it. It smells, to me, like a cheap car air-freshener - artificial and unpleasant - and having it around my nose area wasn't terribly pleasant for me! I'll go back to standard Vaseline next time, or try one of the other varieties ('rosy' or cocoa butter).