Rosebud Salve in a Tube ($6) A cult-favorite, multitasking miracle balm in a convenient tube format. This beloved multi-purpose essential not only moisturizes and soothes dry lips; it also calms and heals irritation, soothes the sting of minor burns, helps heal cuts, tames mangled cuticles, helps fix ashy elbows and knees, and minimizes diaper rash.
I know Smith’s Rosebud Salve is a cult favorite and almost everybody raves about it, but I might be one of the few people who didn’t find it all that great and just an average balm. I think I ended up disappointed because (1) the cost of the balm and (2) so many people raved and hyped it up. The Rosebud Salve reminded me of Vaseline, except tinted. I didn’t notice a very strong rose smell (which is good for me!) nor was it sticky or overly glossy. To me, this balm wasn’t all that moisturizing. I kept having to reapply more often than I would have liked. I think it lasted about a couple of hours before I had to reapply. I also didn’t notice an improvement in the conditions of my lips. It could be though that my lips weren’t in bad condition to start off with. Overall, Smith’s Rosebud Salve was a disappointment to me. I felt like it was overpriced Vaseline. There are definitely a lot of cheaper and better options available.
Korres Guava Lip Butter ($10) A buttery balm that melts onto the lips and cheeks for a pretty touch of color. Korres Lip Butter gives lips a lovely, shiny finish and offers a natural flush when applied to the apples of the cheeks. Its shea-butter infusion conditions and heals lips and provides a softening touch to the skin.
I’m not sure I like Korres Guava Lip Butter very much. What bothered me so much about the Guava Lip Butter was the whitish tint it left behind on my lips. Guava is supposed to be a clear shade so I was quite surprised it was white. I also don’t like that it comes in a jar. I hate sticking my fingers into products. Other than those two complaints, Korres Guava Lip Butter provided my lips with lots of moisture and hydration. The texture is buttery, smooth and it smells so yummy! Because of the whitish color it leaves behind, I only use this at night. It works pretty well as night treatment for lips. I’m thinking I will like the other Korres Lip Butter better since they have a hint of color and won’t leave my lips looking so ghostly white.
Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour ($17.50) We’ve squeezed in the best ingredients, like Vitamin C, and powered up antioxidants so lips look and feel their healthy best. Your recommended daily dose of lusciousness. Brushes on luscious colour and shine in juicy, moisture-rich blends.
- Coverage: Sheer to Moderate
- Benefits: Antioxidant protection, Moisturizes, Smoothes lips
Truthfully, I got suckered into buying Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour (wow! that’s a long name!) because of the names of the shades. I mean come on now. How clever is Raisin The Bar, Nude-tritious, Pink Me Up, Goodness Grapecious, and Running Latte? The colors are very nice, and it’s very moisturizing. It keeps your lips moisturized for hours. Also, there is no strong smell or taste. The lipcolor is a tad on the sheer side, and I don’t find it too sticky. So if you want the color show up, you’re going to have to layer a bit. I do have a couple of complaints. The first complaint is the click-pen packaging. If you used a click pen before you know how annoying it can be when you twist and twist and no product comes out. So what do you do? You twist the pen some more. Bad idea. The product comes spewing out and there is no way stop it. My second complaint is the price. I think the amount you pay doesn’t equal the amount of product you get. If you use it daily, it’s not going to last you a very long time at all. I feel a tad ripped-off.
Lush None Of Your Beeswax Lip Balm ($6.95) Natural butter balm for the ultimate ethical pout. Tastes of natural lemon, mandarin, vanilla, and has extra virgin coconut oil, murmuru butter and carnauba wax to keep your lips soft and supple. It’s so delicious that all the non-vegans have been using it, too.
I couldn’t resist buying Lush’s None Of Your Beeswax Lip Balm because of the name. I chuckle every time I think about it. The lip balm has a citrusy lemon smell and it has no taste. That is all I really like about the lip balm. It wasn’t very moisturizing and when the balm faded, it left my lips drier. What I also didn’t like is how difficult it is to apply. It’s a hard wax so you have to warm it with your finger(s) before you can apply. I also wish the lip balm came in a stick form instead of an open container. I don’t like having to use fingers to apply every time. Speaking of the container. It’s a cheap tin that gets dented easily and doesn’t stay closed. This becomes a big problem when it’s hot and the lip balm starts to melt. It gets everywhere!
LUSH Lip Scrub ($8.95)
Sweet Lips: Sweet Lips is the lip scrub for chocolate fanatics. It smells like a bar of creamy milk chocolate. Vanilla extract keeps your lips moisturized, castor sugar gently exfoliates, and the rich, deep fragrance of cocoa absolute gives this an irresistible flavour. It’s meant for exfoliating and softening your lips, but it’s rather tasty too. Rub it over your lips when they’re feeling the need for some chocolate and sugar.
Bubble Gum: This one will make your lips smell like our seasonal, best-selling Snow Fairy shower gel. Bubblegum Lip Scrub is made with exfoliating castor sugar and our delicious vegan flavour to gently scrub away rough skin, keeping your lips smooth and kissably soft. Simply rub it over your lips when you’re feeling the need for some sugar.
Mint Julips: When you use Mint Julips, you’ll find yourself craving a bowl of mint-chocolate chip ice cream. It’s made with invigorating peppermint oil, which will make your lips feel fresh and tingly, along with sweet vanilla extract to lock in moisture and protect your lips. Simply rub it over your lips when you’re feeling the desire for some fresh Mint Julips.
I like these lip scubs, but I don’t like the price. What I like about these lip scrubs is that if you accidentally lick your lips or get some into your mouth while scrubbing, it’s okay. They are edible! Lick away! My favorite flavor is Mint Julips. It tastes like a York Peppermint Patty. Yum…minty chocolate! Sweet Lips also has a chocolate flavor, but it’s more of a cocoa flavor. The lip scrubs do a great job of exfoliating and softening my lips. The scrub doesn’t feel too rough or too soft. It’s just right. They all smell and taste really good too. The one thing I don’t like about the scrubs, besides the price, is the mess. It gets everywhere because the sugar crumbles. Be sure to clean up well because the scrub is made from sugar. I know everyone says I can make my own scrub because basically I bought sugar and oil; items that can be found in the kitchen. Truthfully, I can, but I won’t. I’m too lazy and I know I can never make it as yummy tasting as LUSH’s.