07 June, 2012

Is That A Lip Balm In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?


I first bought the EOS organic lip balm a few years ago when Wal-Mart started carrying it at check out for around $3. It cost a bit more than my usual lip balm, but I really wanted to try it to see if it was any better. I liked it quite a bit. Right now I’m working on my second lip balm. Both times I purchased this lip balm I chose the summer fruit flavor, as Wal-Mart only carried that flavor. EdenFantasys carries quite a few more flavors: sweet mint, honeysuckle, lemon, strawberry sorbet, and tangerine.

The organic lip balm comes in a small, round plastic container with an indent on the side for ease of opening. The base of the container is flat so it can be set down on hard surfaces without rolling away. There is shrink-wrapped plastic around it to protect the lip balm inside. This plastic is removed before use. I’ve long since thrown away the plastic wrap on my current lip balm, unfortunately, so I don’t remember much of what was on it. According to the Evolution of Smooth web site, this product is gluten-, paraben-, petroleum-, and phthalate-free. This product is made of 95% organic and 100& natural ingredients. It is also not tested on animals.

Ingredients:
Olive Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Natural Flavor, Shea Butter, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopherol, Sunflower Seed Oil, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Peach Fruit Extract, Linalool. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.



There isn’t really very much to be concerned about with the ingredients, unless you happen to have an allergy to one of them. Stevia is a natural sweetener. It tastes like sugar, however it does not have the negative effects artificial sweeteners can have on your body. Linalool may cause some concern, as it can be an irritant for some. I personally am allergic to coconut oil. Fortunately, I have not had any issues with this lip balm, though this is probably because I am not ingesting a whole lot of it. If you may have allergy concerns, you may want to spot-test this lip balm on your arm before using it.



The consistency of this balm is the exact same thing as other beeswax lip balms I have tried. It’s hard yet very easy to apply to lips. I’ve noticed some lip balms like Chapstick and Blistex feel a lot more slippery on lips than natural beeswax lip balms. This organic lip balm feels closer to a lipstick when applied. I personally prefer that feeling on my lips over the mega slippery feeling of Chapstick. The lip balm is off-white in color and goes on clear. It has a small amount of shine to it; however it is mainly a matte finish. As with other lip products, eating and drinking will wear this off of your lips.  I typically have to reapply maybe once every couple of hours or so.

The summer fruit flavor of this balm is very pleasant. As noted above in the ingredients, this contains blueberry, strawberry, and peach extracts as well as some natural flavoring. When I smell this, I can smell all three fruits pretty easily, with the blueberry being the strongest. All three of these fruits are typically eaten at my family’s get-togethers in the summer, so I love how the scent is reminiscent of that. The flavor is very lightly sweet and fruity, though I cannot discern any particular fruit flavor. This lip balm also does not leave weird aftertastes in my mouth. I can’t taste or smell the beeswax or other ingredients, which I really like. My usual lip balm is a Burt’s Bees beeswax balm; however I get sick of the taste of it pretty often. I’m not sure what exactly it is, but some ingredient in it leaves a weird taste in my mouth after applying it.

After using this lip balm, my lips feel smooth and very soft. Repeated use keeps them in pretty good condition. I love using this balm after exfoliating my lips. I've never noticed any build up of lip balm on my lips.

I’m a bit unsure as to whether or not I like the packaging. It has both its pros and its cons. The container is pretty unique for a lip balm. Typically you get either a stick or a pot that you have to stick your fingers into. This is a pretty unique combination of both of those. This container stays put much more easily than a stick balm, which will fall over and roll away if the surface it’s sitting on gets bumped into.

However, on the other hand, I can’t fit this into my pocket to take it with me. I would definitely use this much faster if it fit into my pocket. I’ve tried sticking it in my jacket pocket when I go to work, but it just falls out of my pocket constantly. Normally it would work fine in a purse, but I like to carry as small of a purse as I possibly can. If I can fit my checkbook, wallet, and a couple other small things into it, I’m good. So, unfortunately, this balm sits on my desk most of the time.

While this product seems to be pretty gender neutral, I don’t see my fiancĂ© going nuts over it like I did. I suppose he also doesn’t like using lip products unless he has really dry, cracked lips.

I think this would make a good gift to anyone. I think creating a care kit of this and other EOS products would be pretty thoughtful. This is also the kind of thing my mom likes to give as a small gift at Christmas because it fits into stockings. Even though this product is sold on a sex toy web site, it’s not a sex-related product in any way. It can be found at many retail stores, too.  

I give the EOS organic lip balm 5 out of 5 stars for being a deliciously sweet all-natural lip balm.

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Lip balm by Evolution of Smooth

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