23 July, 2011

REVIEW: My lipbalm(y) army

I pull out all the stops to protect my lips from drying out and chapping in winter and because I love lip products I've got enough lip balms and ointments to cater for every different need.  Here's a quick rundown of what's in my current stash - plus one I've grabbed from my lovely husband!


essence glossy lipbalm
This one is not strictly a lipbalm but a fun fruity scented gloss, with a high shine and a slight tint.  More suited for the warmer months but I use these occasionally when I want a bit of shine.  For a full review and swatches see here.

Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour
I've been loving this ointment so far this winter because it's so rich and emollient, and it looks and feels like an expensive gloss when I'm wearing it.  It gives a good hit of shiny rosy colour and deeply moisturizes my lips.  For my previous review see here.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment
This lives on my bedside table and I apply it to moisturise my lips every night.  Papaw Ointment is derived from fermented Carica Papaya and has a faint fruity scent.  It's colourless but gives a good shine to the lips so it can also be used as a lipgloss.  This is one of my HG products because it has 101 uses including soothing insect bites and broken skin so it's more than just a beauty product (see here for my original review.)


L'Occitane Ultra Rich Lip Balm
This is the balm I wear on my lips when I don't want to look like I'm wearing anything - I've been wearing this one a lot too, particularly on the weekends.  This balm swipes onto the lips and leaves them feeling super soft and moisturized but is quite waxy and matte, with no added tint so guys can also wear it.  The main ingredients here are beeswax and shea butter which account for the texture and rich moisturizing feel on the lips.  Because it's not shiny I can use this under lipstick if I need to.  It also has a very subtle slightly sweet scent.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer
This has been getting a good run this winter too!  Opposite to the L'Occitane lip balm, Burt's Bees is what I wear when I want to dress up my lips and this has enough pigment and coverage so I can wear it as a moisturizing alternative to lipstick.  This contains peppermint oil and cocoa butter and the peppermint initially gives off a very strong cooling sensation on the lips which fortunately fades away after a while.   For my original review click here.


[A'kin] Sweet Blossom & Jojoba Pure Essential Lip Balm
I've had this hiding in my stash for some time but have only recently been using it. Waxy in the tin, it melts onto my lips and provides a lovely shine and smoothness.  A'kin is an Australian brand, specializing in natural vegan products so this lip balm is free from animal products and is 100% botanical.  The main ingredients are jojoba seed oil, macadamia oil and shea butter.  It also contains rosehip oil so it has a faint rose scent and taste which is a bit strange but not unpleasant.

Blistex Lip Conditioner
Yep, this one is Hubby's <3.  I occasionally borrow it when we're outdoors together.  I love the butterscotch smell and taste.  I asked my husband for a review and he wasn't too forthcoming other than saying he uses this as a treatment when he has dry lips and he finds it effective.  I say it has a very strong cooling effect on my lips which can be a bit overpowering in the first few minutes but the product does a good job of softening my lips.  This also has the added protection of SPF 20 which makes it a preferred lip treatment if we're at the beach or in the snow.

What's your favourite lip treatment product?

Until my next post.

Vita :)


  1. Hehe love the title! I'm loving my Bloom smoothie flavoured balms at the moment, although I have around eight products going at once :P

  2. @Cincly - I'm right there with you on the multi-products! LOL

  3. Hehe Balmy Army, love it! I'm terrible for buying lipbalms. I have a drawer with 7 unopened ones in it because I refuse to have more than two on the go at any one time. I have one on my bedside table and one with SPF in my hand bag. My most trusted balm has to be carmex. It just worked for my lips in all it's variations (I like the cherry flavour best!) x

  4. I have the Burt's Bees in Rhubarb as well, I love it!

  5. Ciao Bella,
    WOW... great review on the lip balms... I have tried some of the ones that you have, but not all of course.. ha ha. Some of my favorites are the MAC tinted Lip Conditioners... I love the scent and feel of them. Also the MAC Tendertones (I really wish that they would come out with these again, I'd buy 100 of them) ha ha ha I love them that much.
    Have an awesome weekend Bella!!
    Hugs & Kisses,

  6. @Claire@Eyelining - I figured you'd get the joke! I've heard of Carmex but not sure if it's available in Aus. Always on the lookout for new and recommended products so I might look into this.

    @Veronica - Rhubarb's a great colour! If I didn't have so many balms I think I'd try out some more shades too! :)

    @Shelley - I'm a big MAC fan too but I've not tried their lip conditioners. Add that to my list..Thanks! :)

  7. Safe for pregnant and breastfeeding womensoft lips

  8. Can you believe I havent tried Lanolips yet- I cant excuse buying it as I have an army of 12 balms on the go. I'm loving Burt Bess Tinted balms atm


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