Oh my purple chapstick (my name for it :) lol) how much I do love thee. This is hands down the BEST chapstick I have ever used! I have used many-a-lip-balm in my time and I will give a quick run through of the past fails. Carmex- very drying to my lips and has a very distinct, strong scent. Other Chap Stick lip balms- waxy and drying when applied. Blistex- Okay, but found it kinda minty and drying. Burt's Bees- Good but the balm itself feels drying and some (like the honey) smell awful. Aquafina- wayyyy to minty for my taste and gave that filmy feel to my lips. The 100% botanicals Chap Stick- extremely drying, not a fan. THIS however is so very moisturizing and it makes my lips look and feel good. It does not have any waxy feel to it and does not leave the waxy lip balm "film" on my lips. All this lip butter leaves on my lips is a moisturizing layer that keeps my lips moisturized for hours; even after the lip balm has faded off, my lips still feel soft and smooth. There is no scent that I can detect from it which is a plus and it is made of all natural ingredients! Unlike the other lip balms from Chap Stick, this does not feel dry going on and does not have that waxy feel or consistency. I wear this balm all the time because it just makes my lips feel good. I wear it on the days when I don't want to deal with the dryness of a lipstick (no matter how moisturizing it is, it is no match for this lip balm) or the stickyness of a gloss (no matter how smooth, same thing above). For awhile I was not able to find this anywhere and I was so sad that it might have been discontinued. But then I went to Rite Aid and picked up one... and then four more :) This will always be my favorite lip balm.
Chapstick Naturals is the best natural conditioning lip balm I've used. Tried Burts Bees, Badger (tangerine dream ftw), Dr Bronners, Palmer's, L'Occitane, Shizen, Egyptian Magic, Sukin, cocoa butter etc... Carmex is the only rival, but I keep that for colds since it's drying afterwards where CN isn't. I've been using CN for a couple of years now, enough time to try other balms, but I keep coming back to it. Oh - otherwise I think years ago I had Nivea Vitamin Power which compared, but haven't ever found it again. Plus - this is natural.
My lips dry out quite easily. If they're in good condition anything above works - however when chapped and peeling, this has been the only thing to soften them up completely, and *keep* them in good condition. Afterwards, I can apply anything and it'll look great. If my lips are peeling a lot (from complete neglect), once this is absorbed I can just use a tissue to scrub them completely smooth (because the skin is softened).
The moisturiser needs a little time to work - it isn't absorbed immediately like petrolatum bases (which mess with your hormones if you absorb too much), but it's much healthier. I find it more effective than other naturals. It's slick and silky to apply, so be careful not to wind it back in each use or it'll break, like any other tube.
I'd advise against using too liberally (i.e. keeping a constant slick layer on) once your lips are in a good state, because you can over-moisturise if you've already absorbed as much as you can. Sometimes you just need a little sheen/colour instead. But this is the perfect base.
If you need a good, everyday lip conditioner, I definitely recommend. <3 ^_^
**Update #1: just found the brand 'yes to carrots' - they make beautiful natural lip butters in tubes which feel quite similar, the only other brand that's ever come close (!!!). If you've been allergic etc to something in chapstick, give yes to carrots a go :)
**Update #2: My new daily HG is Pangea's natural mandarin and rose lip balm, it's creamy and silky, and I've come to prefer how it doesn't go on as slick. I use CN when I need a deep conditioning treatment.
love this. it smells so good like cookies. its really moisturizing but doesn't feel greasy or like it leaves a coating on your lips like other chapsticks. This worked well under lip sticks and glosses. I get this at Bed & Bath on the cheap.
This is one of my favorite balms! it doesnt have any nasty smells or taste, its cheap and has nice ingredients. its not too waxy and its not too oily. i like that it doesnt have menthol or pepermint or lanolin- all horrible horrible things for my lips (im looking at you Burts Bees!)
HOWEVER, i cannot find it at all at any stores nor online! i hope it didnt get discontinued :(
Great Stuff! This balm has a nice slightly fruity scent, I guess, and It literally goes on nice and buttery smooth (cheesy yes). But, it actually does make your lips nice and soft. I've collected about 2 tubes of this stuff and carry one with me at all times. Cant wait to try out the medley one when i get back to the states.
I'm always on the hunt for a good lip balm. I liked that it was listed as 100% natural; however, my lips did not like this stuff. It burned my lips (I have sensitive skin) and made them itch. On top of that, my lips felt as dry, if not drier than before I used it - of course this could be from the allergic reaction I had from it. Oh well, the hunt continues...
This is quite moisturising, absorbs reasonably well, has no chemicals, no distracting scent or flavour and leaves a nice sheen to lips. It does leave a very slight waxiness on my lips however. I wouldn't have any problems buying this again, but I think my Dr Bronner's lip balms are better.
i love this stuff! i normally HATE chapstick,it just feels so waxy. after trying all natural lip butters i got spoiled, but this stuff is actually pretty good. for DS i usually have to grab carmex during the winter when i get wind burn/sores but this stuff works better & faster for healing my poor lips. will keep purchasing as long as they dont change the formula
Hands down, this is my favorite lip balm. I just bought a dozen online because my local stores haven't been stocking it lately. I called the company to see if this is being discontinued, but I was assured that this flavor (if you can call it that, as it has no flavor) is quite popular and is still being produced.
Unlike original Chap Stick, this isn't waxy and it doesn't feel heavy on the lips. It's moisturizing and seems to last longer on my lips than other lip balms. It has a faint nondescript scent and absolutely no flavor that I can detect. It's a great unisex lippy, perfect for guys who complain about winter chapped lips but hate girly lip balms. I've gotten at least one friend, a former Aquaphor addict, hooked on it. I like the natural butters (shea, mango, olive, avocado) and the raspberry seed oil/butter which provides a very slight natural spf. Almost all lippies containing coconut oil or olive oil give me tiny clogged pores on the lip line, though this one doesn't.
I've reordered and will do so again. I get panicked if I don't have a tube on me at all times.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Flavors, Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera (Camauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed (Mango Butter), Octyldodecanol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Olive Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (Avocado Butter), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil (Raspberry Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol
[courtesy of drugstore.com]
Love the natural ingredients in this lip balm! It's not greasy even though it's labeled as "lip butter". Moisturize well and provides a nice shine.