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DHC Moisture Fruit Flavor Lip Balm comes with three flavours : Passion fruit, La France Pear and Berry&milk. Amid the three, La France Pear and Berry&milk have milder scent compared to Passion fruit. Each retails for THB420/10g which is expensive for a lip balm, I got it with 30% member discount in my birthday month.

 

 

 

It tastes more like berry fruit than milk. The texture feels very greasy on lips and looks a tad glowing in the beginning, hence a little bit of it is enough for moisturizing. However, depending on humidity of surrounded environment, the greasy lip balm would build up a non-greasy film gradually. Hence, do adjust the usage according to the degree of dryness. 

 

texture

It works as well as petroleum jelly, or I should say otherwise – petroleum jelly works as well as it? By the way, petroleum jelly is much thicker than this. Nevertheless, I must give my thumb up for its excellent moisturizing effect, despite it did not deliver “lineless lip”. I also use it on my wrist line and fine line under eye (night treatment) too, it always capable to moisturize that the lines appeared very less apparent, even after the moisture had been fully sank into skin or after drinking a glass of water. I use it on the back of my dry hands as well, it sets on quickly and leaves a non-sticky moisturizing film, allow my dry hands survived overnight in air-conditioning.

 

 

Avoiding sultry place because it would be melting at warm temperature but can return to solid form after storing it in refrigerator again. For that reason, this is inflexible when I wanted to bring this out for trip. Referring to below attached pictures, you will get what I mean.  

 

Solid form

Melting form

 

Eventhough the texture has flip-flopped between solid and “liquid” soft, it still tastes fine after have been using for nearly three months now (thanks to the fragrance). However, in order to keep the quality of product freshness, frequent interchanging of the texture is certainly not a good thing, hence I do not think I will re-purchase since I live in tropical country. Those are using this in autumn/winter probably do not have this issue.

Rating: ….)))    Good. Unlikely to buy again.

 

Ingredients:
Petrolatum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Diisostearyl Malate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Jojoba Seed Oil, Beewax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Water, Butylene Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Tocopherol, Honey, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract.

 

 

L’Occitane Shea Butter Balm is made of 100% pure shea butter, although my first thought is to use it for lip care, the sales assistant also advised me that it can be used on any dry spots either body or face. I kept the advice in mind and I am glad I did.

 

 

A 100% pure Shea Butter provides superior moisturizing and has wound-healing capacity in a soothing way. It has shown to help with sunburned skin, insect bites, wrinkles, eczema, blemishes, rashes dermatitis, scars and stretch marks. The only negative point about Shea Butter is it is too heavy for oily-combination skin, and generally suitable for dry to very dry skin.

 

 

The balm texture is fairly waxy and heavy. It is recommended to be melted on palm before apply to targeted spots. Sometimes I take a small amount and just applied it on the spot directly, then use palm/finger press onto the skin gently.

 

The waxy content in the small weightless aluminium pot is extremely hard to pick up in the beginning. Okay, really hard to be more precise. However, the texture became softer after a short period, notably the environment temperature did affect the hardness.

 

 

 

I tested the Shea Butter Balm in many ways and here are those that I found it works wonder for me.

 

For lip care, in order to avoid a pale waxy film that imparts unattractive bloodless lips, you can melt it first in palm before applying onto lips. Because of the waxy texture, there is slight sticky feeling. I don’t mind about that since that actually prevents the moisture shade off too fast after having a drink. Praise it is excellent to moisturize, soothe and protect the dry lips instantly but still not enough for very dry lips, I usually cover the “Shea Butter Lips” with Petroleum Jelly, the moisturizing result is superior.

 

Another good thing I must bring out here is it serves as a fantastic lipstick primer! Even a creamy lipstick like Chanel Rouge Allure could be drying sometimes, use this shea balm balm underneath the lipstick is simply amazing to prevent the dryness. The lipstick also adheres to the balm-conditioned lips smoothly. Unlike normal lip balm which could be too oily or nourish to get the lipstick well clinging to the lips.

 

 

Besides lip care, I also get the Shea Butter Balm for any itchy rash on body that caused by contact dermatitis. I just massage a little bit onto the spot, the itchiness would be eased after a while, good enough to prevent me from scratching. 

 

Other than lip care and itchy spot, I used the Shea Butter Balm under eye when the skin wasn’t drying. Dabbing the melted balm on the outer corner of eyes where prone to crow feet. When properly done, that is Amazing! (for left eye) Amazing! (for right eye). Practically this works similar to wrinkle-filler but a tad of sticky touch. Be careful, not everyone’s eye area can load the heavy texture on.

 

Lip care, itchy spot, undereye, what is next? My flaky nose. None of my existing skin care and cosmetic could actually “hide” the flaky instantly and flawlessly, this Shea Butter Balm is a perfect “concealer” to the minor flaky. It works wonder to make the flakes invisible without spoiling the makeup, and it appeared transparent on skin. The side effect is, I got 1-2 zits on nose at the end of the day, after all it’s too comedogenic. For this reason, I won’t do that continuously for more than 2 days and in fact, I don’t have to, the flaky eventually healed within 2 days.

 

Furthermore, I found this is helpful for minor cracked heel, particularly overnight care. It softens, moisturizes and repairs the minor cracked heel, best to use it together with body/hand/foot cream and you need a pair of sock.

 

 

Despite a balm normally lasts for at least six months, my first pot was finished within three months because I used it diligently, showing how much I love this. Since I was no longer using it frequently in humid months, hence my second pot would last much longer.

 

This is weightless to carry along, helpful, tasteless, safe, 100% natural but it’s not a necessary item to be honest. Nevertheless, when you have one, you will find it lovely useful in case you need it. L’Occitane Shea Butter Balm retails for THB400/8ml in Thailand, I paid RM87 for three in Malaysia.

 

Ingredient:

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)

 

 

Ever since the word “natural” becomes prevalent, more and more cosmetic manufacturers have developed  a sub-line of “natural” series to cater the demand. This is great phenomenon when people are getting more alert of what they putting on skin, which would encourage cosmetic companies to develope safer and  better product, particularly cosmetics are market-driven.

 

 

Kose launched their Nature & Co series in 2009. At the time of writing, the full range of Nature & Co included Pure white soap, cleansing milk, facial foam, lotion light, milky lotion, cream, mask, essence, day essence SPF30PA++, hand cream, lip balm and 2-way foundation. I bought this Three Butters Lip Balm in Hong Kong at the price of THB176/5.8g after the currency conversion. Mind you, the Nature & Co series is not 100% natural.

 

 

This Nature & Co Three Butters Lip Balm can be used for lips and body, wherever and whenever are necessary. The texture is smooth, very nourishing and can be easily picked up by finger. When applying it onto lips, it tastes like herbal mint (” !)( thankfully just for a minute). Well, the herbal scent has reminded me of Chinese Tiger Balm ointment, which used for insect bite, headache, stomachache…etc. So that is weird to have the feeling of putting “non-eatable ointment” on lips. Fortunately it turned to be tasteless after using it over a month. For unknown reason, there was once it caused uncomfortable pungent feeling on my newly exfoliated lips that the irritation consistently persisted until it had been washed off, as such I  would not say this is gentle, otherwise I would love to think this is a beautiful lip balm.

 

 

I called it beautiful because it moisturized the lips effectively. I love my lips more and more by using this and I truly love how it felt on lips.

 

Applying a thin layer is already sufficient to ease and prevent dryness, though it did not smooth up the dry lip lines.

 

Applying a thick layer before bedtime, the lips were smooth and lineless in next morning. The protective and moisturizing film has been dried out overnight, hence it flakes slightly when rubbing or wiping the film. This picture was taken before the morning cleansing routine.

 

Strictly speaking, I was not always having the “lineless” lips every morning by using this. When it did not, I would have to layer an extra moisture stuff prior to using this Nature & Co Three Butters Lip Balm, either eatable coconut oil or a shea butter balm in order to boost the moisture up. Sometimes the method worked, sometimes the method failed. Anyway, I do think this Three Butters Lip Balm is more capable on moisturizing than many natural lip balms I have tried. The lip’s condition went back to dryness-prone once I stopped using it. That means, I still have to rely on external stuff to moisture the lips in less humid weather.

 

 

After using it for nearly four months, this is pretty nice in general, if you are fine with the herbal scent. We have the basic range of Kose Nature & Co over here in selected Watson’s pharmacies.  

Rating: ….)))      Good. May buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mineral oil, Dextrin palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower oil), Olea Europaea (Olive oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cacao Butter), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phytosteryl Macadamiate (Macadamiaseed oil), Simethicone, Fragrance.

 

Caudalie Lip Conditioner is 99.5% natural origin, it smells and tastes like sweet Vanilla for me. It just happens Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors, so I bought this MYR30/4g at Sasa store Malaysia. Being an anti-oxidant and moisturizing lip balm, I was hoping it genuinely nourishes, perhaps prevent the lip lines forming.

 

In reality, I don’t find lip balm is necessary in humid environment, but in less humid environment/season, my lips are getting dry from time to time, especially after facial cleansing and teeth brushing, regardless I drink plenty plain water everyday. Thankfully, I never had chapped lips because I always smear on lip balm immediately to soothe the uncomfortably tightness and dryness. In my experience, any lip balm from the petroleum jelly to natural wax/oil could be a competent lip guard. 

 

 

I used this up in 2 months with frequent apply.  Besides I do loved this very much, the original vanilla’s taste was actually started changing after nearly a month. Since I applied several times a day, I was sensitive and very aware to the minor change. It tasted acceptable still, but not identical to the newly-bought original taste.

 

I think the natural ingredients began to degrade since I always smeared it on “unsanitary” lips (after drinking, eating, blotting, with lipstick/lipgloss on,etc) and the colour of the lip balm appeared slight darker or more yellowish. On the constructive side, I’m happy this is genuinely natural-based because only highly concentrated natural product has this type of issue. I once used a purely natural formulated, non-fragranced lip balm, the lip balm started to taste awfully after a month plus, which I binned it immediately because I couldn’t stand the smell. But, having said that, I praised its integrity yet it was only a local drugstore brand. Hence, I suppose the artificial fragrance of this Caudalie lip conditioner is helpful to reduce/cover the unpleasant smell.

 

 

The lip conditioner’s texture is quite hard at the beginning, then it became tiny softer but still required few strokes on every application. As general, this Caudalie lip conditioner is moisture enough to handle normal wear, it neither leaves white tint nor being oily on lips, just like normal waxy lip balm and never felt heavy on lips.  My only disappointment is, it failed to make the mark in dry, harsh winter for overnight care. I forced to layer thick Vaseline over it in order to retain the moisture because the lip conditioner alone wasn’t sufficient to sustain abundant moisture overnight. Really, I tried few times just to apply it thickly for overnight care and I never satisfied with the lips condition the next morning. They didn’t look terrible, but not much better. In other words, the lip lines were quite obvious which related to dryness. With Vaseline on top/alone, always a smooth, moist, lineless lips in the morning after. Therefore, Caudalie lip conditioner is something pleasant to use when it can be re-applied frequently in autumn/winter. In other seasons, it’s sufficient for both day and night care.

 

 

I found my favorite, Mentholatum Lip Pure Lipbalm (THB115/4g) has relatively good value. Mentholatum Lip Pure is made with 100% food grade ingredients (Macadamia Ternifolia Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Beewax), contained no preservatives or colorant. It imparts oily shinny lips and able to moisturize effectively. Both Orange and lime flavors of the Mentholatum are taste fruity sweet. As Caudalie’s, the scent changed noticeably after 1.5 months. Comparing to Caudalie, Caudalie (harder texture) actually adhered to lips better than Mentholatum (softer/oily texture) due to its more waxy texture, so it stayed slightly longer on lips. Both of them aren’t sufficient for overnight care in dry and cold autumn/winter, they both need the winter coat (Vaseline) for extreme moisture lips.

 

 

As a conclusion, the Caudalie Lip Conditioner in my opinion is only a tad above mediocre to be strictly. But, I love the ingredients, also love the lovely taste and packaging, so I’ll repurchase if I want to splurge.

 

Rating: ….)))     Good. May buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Oryza Sativa (Bran) Bran Wax*, Cetyl Palmtate*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract*, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Euphorbia  Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Palmitic Acid*, Stearic Acid*, Hydrogenated Strearyl Olive Esters*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Parfum (Fragrance), Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate*, Glyceryl Oleate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid.

* Plant origin

 

My lips couldn’t live without lip balm in dry season, but I was kind of lazy to use lip balm in humid environment. Lip balms can be found in my living room, dressing table and makeup pouch…, basically I use petroleum jelly mostly at home because that’s quite troublesome and unhygienic to wash my hand before applying it onto lips when being outside.

Watson’s Pure Petroleum Jelly is an excellent lip balm that I applied a thick layer religiously every night and my lip appeared moist in next morning, not too fantastic but I am highly satisfied, particularly many expensive lip balms didn’t even deliver as good as it. The Petroleum jelly itself has very heavy consistency but I guess my lips liked this extra moist version in order to prevent crack lips.

The waxy content became softer after storing in normal room temperature for some time, it is however, has no funny smell at all after having it for over a year, despite it contains botanical oils. Most probably the concentration of those botanical oils are very low, otherwise pure botanical oil would has kind of rancid smell after a short period.

I love to treat this as a “winter coat” of my lips, but other ”Vitamins” for strengthening are still needed. Only 39 Thai baht for 50g in local Watson’s pharmacy, and it seems to last forever. I still have 70% full after a year use.

Update @ 6/8/2010:

It finally reaches the bottom after using it for nearly three years. I stored it inside refrigerator and transferred some of it into a small aluminum tin for convenience. Besides, I also upgrade its rating from “Satisfied” to “Excellent” because it works at all times at anywhere, which is certainly outweighing many natural premium lip balms in my experience.

Rating: … )))   Excellent. Willing to buy again.


Ingredients:

Petrolatum, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil

Content

watsons-pj-content

Texture

Transferred into a small aluminium tin

Note: No other lip product used in the pictures

Little shine under sunlight

moisturized lips


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