28 January 2013
Balm Balm Multi-Purpose Lip Balm
I've been slightly obsessive about applying and reapplying lip balm this winter, but in my defense, it was -15°C and colder pretty much all last week. Temperatures like that can really take a toll on your lips! One of the products I was test-driving during this cold spell was Balm Balm's Multi-Purpose Lip Balm. Balm Balm is a UK skincare company whose products contain only organic ingredients and are especially recommended for sensitive skin. As I mentioned in my Winter Skincare Routine, this lip balm has been on my lips a lot lately, and in the week since posting that, I've also discovered another use for this lovely product!
Shea butter, sunflower, beeswax, jojoba & calendula, gently melted together to create a soft balm formulation to soothe, moisturise and nourish your lips or anywhere else that might need caring for.
Butyrospermum parkii* (shea butter), helianthus annuus* (sunflower oil), cera alba* (beeswax), calendula officinalis* (calendula oil), simmondsia chinensis* (jojoba oil)
£4.50 for 10 ounces
This has become one of my favorite lip balms to use when I'm just hanging around the house. It's a soft balm that, on contact, melts into a more liquid texture. With a clean finger, I'll apply a small bead-sized amount and within a couple minutes, it will have almost completely soaked into my lips. If you're looking for something that will hydrate your lips but not leave them feeling coated or waxy, this is the product for you! It also works great as a base for lip colours, since it moisturizes but doesn't leave any kind of barrier that might prevent the colour from sticking to your lips. I will say, with the extreme cold temperatures lately, I'll usually opt for something a little waxier and more longwearing before heading outside, but indoors, this is what I've been reaching for.
As for the multi-purpose part, I also used this on my face the other night, with great results. For whatever reason (probably the cold!), my skin was feeling stripped, sensitive, and a tad stingy, so when I reached for this for my lips, I decided to try slathering it on the rest of my face too! It didn't soak in as quickly on my face as it does on my lips, but my skin didn't feel greasy either. This was right before bed, on top of my regular nighttime routine, and I woke up to incredible, babysoft skin! It's a small tube if you do end up using it on more than just your lips, but I noticed that Balm Balm's Face Balm has identical ingredients, so I'm wondering if it's the same product, just in a larger size? (If you've tried both or have any idea about this, please let me know in the comments!)
The Bottom Line
This is a product I can definitely see myself repurchasing! It's super gentle and fantastic on the lips AND face. I chose the fragrance free version, but if that's not your jam, it's also available in rose geranium and tea tree scents.