Since I finally finished off my TBS Born Lippy tub, the entire tube of my Vanilla Coke flavoured Lip Smacker and I think my Maybelline Lip Smooth should have been discarded about 2 years ago, I very desperately needed a lip balm. It is ironic considering winter is over but the sun, the wind and schizophrenic weather were wreaking havoc on my lips. So I decided to treat myself and of course my first stop was TBS. Unfortunately Rati’s no finger in tub paranoia is contagious and I do find applying lip balms from tubs a bit annoying, especially while at work so I skipped right over the Born Lippy’s and the Lip Butters. I briefly considered the Vit E Lip care stick with SPF 15 but it was just a little bit pricey and I wanted to check out the Burt’s Bees products as well some other drug store brands.
At the store, I was just overwhelmed at the Burt’s Bees section. There were 7 different types of lip balms and I am pretty sure I stared at the lip balms for well over 30 minutes. Unfortunately only the Acai Beeswax Lip balm had a tester.
Burt’s Bees Range of Lip care:
- Honey Lip Balm
- Replenishing Lip balm with Pomegranate Oil
- Sun protecting Lip Balm SPF8
- Beeswax Lip Balm acai
- Beeswax Lip Balm mango
- Beeswax Lip Balm (tin/tub)
- Beeswax Lip Balm (tube)
So I began a process of elimination. No acai, mango or pomegranate because I was looking for a smell free, taste free lip balm. No I have nothing against yummy lip products its just really annoying to apply say a passionfruit flavoured lip balm and then consume a packet of sour cream and onion chips because the first few chips taste like sour cream and onion passionfruit chips (ugh).
I did not want the tub so I disregarded that one too. The original Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm has menthol in it, I am not a fan of the tingling minty menthol feeling on my lips so I disregarded that one too. This left the Honey Lip Balm and the Sun protecting Lip Balm. First of all SPF 8 is really not much. Moreover I was specifically looking for a lip balm for home and night use, I do not actually spend a lot of time out of doors . So I pretty much stared and stared until I grabbed the Honey Lip Balm and prayed to the gods that I had made the right decision.
I was so impatient that as soon as I was out of the store, I opened up the tube and applied it. I had never used a lip balm that applied like this, this had a slightly waxy feel but it didn’t leave a heavy, gooey or even oily residue like my lip smackers did. So when I checked the mirror, my lips looked soft and moisturized instead of that coated with Vaseline kind of look. This was definitely a plus. However that waxy feel was a bit of a let down. The lip balm wasn’t taste free, it has a mild sweetish flavor which is supposed to be honey but I wouldn’t ever call that honey flavor. But it’s a nice flavor, very mild and not obnoxious in the least.
Never the less I decided to give myself a few days before I did a review on IMBB so here is my after a few days review.
The pack has “Soothing” “Nourishing” and “Moisturising” on the label. The website claims that it is made with “ sweet, soothing honey…. and moisturises and nourishes lips” and “keeps your lips soft and healthy ….. your lips will look as sweet as they taste”. The website claims it is particularly effective in “dry, cold or windy conditions.”
Sunflower seed oil
Rosemary leaf extract
Pros of Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm
- It is moisturizing and nourishing.
- Subtle sweet flavor
- Non greasy
- Mostly Natural ingredients.
- No animal testing
- Container made out of 30% Post industrial content
- Natural Products association certified
- It is light in texture, goes on smooth and soft and nearly invisible… like if I swatch it on my arm – I cant see it.
Cons of Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm
It has this waxy kind of feel which I have never encountered before. I am guessing this is the alternate texture to the Vaseline kind, it takes some getting used to, after which point one doesn’t mind it but this is an individual preference thing. So if you want that lips drenched in Vaseline feeling then this is not for you.
I don’t think this is the best winter product, it works just fine right now when the weather is averaging 17- 23 degrees but in the dead of winter you will need something stronger.
This is a nice white chapstick style lip balm that goes on transparent, with no sheen or shine even. It moisturizes without being sticky or wet and therefore is great for everyday use as well underneath lipsticks and glosses. This one is not for women who love yummy scented/flavoured lip products but it does not have an unpleasant smell either. I am not sure if this is “soothing” but it is definitely moisturizing and nourishing and I think people that love natural products might like to give this one a try.
Price: Burt’s Bees Lip Balms sell for about 3USD, 6.95 AUD and 3.50 GBP for 4.25 gm. I have no idea if these are available in India but if you know someone coming in from overseas, these are worth a look ….
Shelf Life: All the Burt’s Bees Lip Balms last for 12 months from opening them and for about 2-3 years unopened from month of manufacture.
Will I repurchase: Honestly I am not sure, I think I want to try the TBS Vit E lip care stick next but I am seriously considering buying another Burt’s Bees lip balm before I leave the country 😀
Note: This lip balm seriously leaves no residue behind so no camera could pick up the swatch when I took a photo. The online photos of the balm are prettier so I used those instead. The product looks exactly like in the pics and is standard chapstick size 😀
Rating – 4 out of 5 (will dock 1 point for no SPF and for the slightly waxish feeling) 😀
Have you used Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm? Please rate in the box below.
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