Friday, April 17, 2015

My Lip Balm Collection

Lip Balms were once like hand cream, a boring beauty item that I rarely reach for yet now they are an essential part of my day to day life that as you can see I have built up rather a collection! This is not an extensive collection either, after taking this photo I kept finding others in bags and drawers or for example on my desk like the Jelly Belly lip balm.

I'm not usually a fan of balms that are in tubes as I prefer a stick that I can apply directly to my lips but the PapayaGold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm one me over for being such a great product. Enriched with Manuka Honey to soothe everything from chapped lips to skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis this is something of a multi-use product.

I had this sitting beside me on the sofa and would reach for it to apply on my lips, cuticles and sometimes if I thought about it my elbows which have some small spots of psoriasis and found it worked well for each condition.

Dr Lipp's Original Nipple Balm for Lips
A cult status originally created as a nipple balm for breastfeeding women that like Paw Paw above has many uses I brought in to blogger hype and added a tube of this to my shopping basket at one time or another. Made from 100% pure Lanolin and both tasteless and odourless this is again a product that works but I don't remember at the time being bowled over and it has since just sat awaiting use.

No surprises that another Palmer's product makes an appearance on Florence and Mary and how could I not like a Dark Chocolate & Cherry tinted lip balm. This like the Barry M Cor Balmy lip balm below is the sort of product I throw in my handbag and can be used in lieu of a lipstick for touch ups if needed. I always keep a lip balm like this in my handbag and they have been a lifesaver when I forget to add a lipstick to my make up bag. Another plus for this beauty is it's SPF 15 - I may very well be adding this to my beach bag.

Barry M Cor Balmy, Jam Jar 
I didn't like this product when I first purchased it. It's far more pigmented than I would expect or want from a lip balm  and it's white packaging versus the red makes for very messy times. That said as a red lipstick wearer this has got me out of many a bind when I'm without my traditional lipsticks and still want a slick of red on my lips.

Let's be honest who isn't going to love the novelty of 'Cherry Chapstick' for it's links to that Katy Perry song. Another pleasant scented (things are getting very 'cherry' on Florence and Mary lately) and moisturising balm this is worth picking up.

For those looking for organic, vegan friendly lip balms Hurraw is for you. The shape of this lip balm put me off at first as rather than being your traditional rounded shape this is oval and it felt quite odd on application. As often is the case it was user error and I've not found that using holding it portrait rather than landscape is fits to the lip nicely.

I was also concerned when I saw that it's scent/flavour was 'Pitta' now I like a chicken in pitta as much as the next person but in a lip balm? I had nothing to fear as it's a minty scent with 'cooling Oregon peppermint' adding a coolness to your lips on application. This is the current favourite which I'm using on a regular basis.

The Maybelline Baby Lips didn't set me alight when they were first released (see my post here) but it does get a special mention for being the first lip balm I remember using up (see March empties here). Whilst I don't believe they are necessarily worth of their hype as a functioning lip balm they are pleasant and of course their packaging and the collectable nature of them makes them pleasing to own.

This is another that falls into the 'messy' category. I have the Blistex Moisture Max Lip Balm sitting in my bedside drawer and I think it's heading for an empties post very soon. You squeeze the product out of the small hole and then spread across your lips. I would probably not pick this up again largely for the messy application but could be tempted by it's Blueberry taste!

So there you have my ridiculous lip balm collection, spot any of your favourites in this line up or have a recommendation for me to try?

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  1. Why do you never have one in the right bag at the right time when you need one - I've got loads but never when I need it - lol. Just catching up on your Dubai post to - omg it looks fabulous dahling!!! New bikini every 10 mins - its a necessity!!!

    1. This is true! Altho not as bad when I forgot a hairbrush when staying out the other night and had to use a fork as a comb (very Little Mermaid!!).

      Can't wait for Dubai have some very high expectations but sure it will meet every one!!


  2. You have so many lip balms. Thanks for these reviews. I've been seeing that PawPaw lip balm in a while. I might give it a try.

    Jessica |

    1. I know it's a crazy amount isn't! Do give PawPaw a try and let me know what you think of it x

  3. What a collection! I personally find the Baby Lips really pleasant and soft on the lips. I personally love L'Occitan Shea Butter Lip Balm (the one in the squeezy tube). xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock - MAKEUP REVOLUTION GIVEAWAY

    1. I used to use the L'Occitane ones quite a bit, I must seek them out x


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