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My lips are very dry. As I’ve stated many times over the past couple of years, I am on the hunt for the perfect lip balm. In my attempt to find the perfect lip balm for the best possible price, I have purchased countless balms. Every time I think I am ready to post my comprehensive review article, I purchase more lip balms to test. I did that once again, so I am still testing new ones. My goal is to get that large review up before the winter is over. Fingers crossed I can stop buying lip balm long enough to finish the article. In order to properly review a lip balm, I need a minimum of two weeks using it multiple times a day with no other lip balms. In some cases, I am even able to test it with no other lip products, because it is not unusual for me to go two weeks without wearing makeup. It also helps to stop using any lip balm at all after testing one to see how my lips feel after I stop using the product.
No lip balm can cure dry lips, because the underlying problem will return as soon as the external treatment is no longer applied. Some lip balms can keep lips in better condition longer after ceasing use though. Those lip balms are the ones that truly penetrate the surface of the lips to hydrate within. The deeper a lip balm penetrates, the longer you can go between uses. Lip balms that only sit on the surface must be reapplied the moment they wear off to keep working. That is because they are a band-aid for dry lips. I am on the hunt for something better. Prior to my quest to find the best lip balm, I had only purchased high-end ones and the basics from the drugstore that most people have tried. While there are some exceptions, which I will go over when I ultimately publish my comprehensive review on all the lip balms I’ve tested, drugstore lip balms are far more likely to sit on the surface of the lips and not really penetrate.
Most of us can forgive this, because the price of drugstore balm is affordable. We do not mind that we have to reapply it more often. I wanted to try more drugstore balms to see if there were any that performed as well as high-end. It helps that it is usually cheaper to buy a handful of drugstore balms than it is to purchase one from a high-end brand. While perusing BrandBacker one day, there was only one campaign that caught my eye. This was a campaign for a drugstore lip balm I had never heard of, Lypsyl Silky Swedish Beeswax Lip Balm Intense Protection.
BrandBacker is a community open to social media influencers. People who actively post product reviews on: blogs, Youtube, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook apply for campaigns they want to take part in. Applying is an easy process that takes less than a minute. Brands review the user’s profile and social reach and decide if the member is a good fit for the campaign. In exchange for free products, reviewers share their thoughts with their social networks. I love testing new products and sharing my reviews, so this program is perfect for me. The only caveat is brands get to review posts before they go live, so articles on products that do not perform could be killed before the article even gets published. If a brand kills my article for an unfavorable review, I will not work with that brand in the future. As always, free products do not affect my review.
When I applied for this campaign, I stated that I would buy the lip balm if I was not selected to test the product. My reason behind this is I did some research before I applied and noticed this has a lot of positive reviews. Those reviews made me want to see if I agreed or not. I also noticed that it is $2.82 for the lip balm. This is cheaper than every lip balm I’ve purchased for my article, and I have purchased dozens. Before this, my cheapest was $2.99, and my most expensive is still $60. There was no reason I could not go out and buy this myself, so I did not need BrandBacker or Lypsyl to send it to me. The reason I wanted them to is I probably would not have discovered this product without finding it on BrandBacker, so I figured I might as well write a full review on it. That gives the product a spotlight and reminds my readers that though I rarely apply for BrandBacker campaigns, I am technically still on there.
When the package arrived, I accidentally ripped the top of the paper that accompanied it. Only the top of the product name and part of the product picture are missing, so you see all the details I did. It explains that this is the best-selling lip balm in Sweden. There are suggestions on what to cover in the review. We were given a hashtag and asked to link the product. These are all things I already do when I am reviewing a product.
There were two lip balms inside, which means I was given $5.64 in free product in exchange for this review.
The 0.1oz Lypsyl Silky Swedish Beeswax Lip Balm Intense Protection retails for $2.82. That breaks down to $28.20 an ounce, which is a good price for lip balm. Most lip balms are around 0.15oz, so this is equal to a standard lip balm costing $4.23.
The ingredients in this lip balm are: Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Ceresin, Beeswax, Flavor, Certified Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), and Bixa Orellana Seed Extract.
The packaging is plain other than the bee on the side that lifts the balm up as you use it. This bee is practical, because it is difficult to move it up. That prevents you from dispensing too much product, which would prevent the lid from closing or waste product when closing the lid. I think the bee is adorable. Those with arthritis or pain in their wrist should avoid this product unless someone can move it up for them.
I did not even try to get take a picture of me wearing this, because it is imperceptible to my eyes unless I get really close to the mirror. It goes on matte and sheer. This is not thick or sticky at all. Your lips will feel a cooling sensation upon application. That sensation is not uncomfortable, but it is extremely noticeable for 10-15 minutes. If you lick your lips in that time period, you will feel a similar sensation on your tongue. There is a mint scent and flavor that almost smells like menthol. Those who dislike mint should avoid this product. The taste and texture of the lip balm after the first 15 minutes are good. While I never recommend eating lip balm, I would never repurchase a lip balm that tastes or smells bad. Lip balms are bound to end up in your mouth based on the proximity to your lips.
There is an ever so slight slip that you will feel for a few hours as this melts into the lips. Yes, this will melt into the lips meaning it does penetrate to moisturize from within. Thus far, it is the only drugstore lip balm I’ve found that does this. If there are others, I will eventually find them. After a few hours, you will no longer feel the lip balm on your lips at all, but your lips will feel softer and more moisturized than when you first applied it. For those who like the feeling of something on their lips, they can reapply. At this price, reapplication many times a day is affordable. Those looking for moisture can reapply whenever they feel the effect of the lip balm fading.
For almost a week leading into testing, I had not applied anything to my lips. By the end of the first day, I noticed my lips were already more moisturized. I applied it four times on the first day, which was once after every meal and once before bed. With continued use, I went longer in between applications. Before the second week was over, I found only applying this once or twice a day was all I needed for super soft, moisturized lips. It took about four days after I stopped using it before my lips felt uncomfortable again. That is longer than most, and it is proof that this penetrates the lips. For those who have not tried this yet, I highly recommend it. If you have tried this, please share your thoughts below. Keep an eye out for my comprehensive article late this winter to see how this stacks up against the others I’ve already tried and more I am about to try.
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