Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Journey to Kissable Soft Lips ~ Muah!

Say so long to picking up lip balms thinking that they're vegan...only to find that they contain beeswax or lanolin. There are so many vegan lip balms out there now, which is totally awesome because it shows that those ingredients are not needed to make high quality products that perform just as good and lots of times even better.

My lips tend to be dry and are always peeling.  So finding good lip balms have been my journey.  When testing lip balms, I always try them alone and with lipstick, as with lipstick my lips tend to be drier.  I have fortunately been able to try awesome lip balms along the way and would love to share them with you here.


Rosebud Perfume Co.


Smith's Rosebud Salve from Rosebud Perfume Co.,  is one that I have been using for a couple of years now.  It's a really great product. It is a special petrolatum base balm that is infused with essential oils and cottonseed oil.   It comes in a small, cute vintagesque tin.  The product is made to be applied with your fingers.  I love using it as a night treatment, as I wake up with very soft, supple lips.  Under lipstick, I use a very thin layer of it, as the formula is rich.  It does need to be reapplied occasionally, but I tend to be lazy about it because I prefer to use a tube when out and about.  I recently found out from Rosebud Perfume Co. that they now carry the Rosebud Salve in a tube.  Sweet!


I really like the tube.  So much more convenient.  I love the tin, but I prefer to carry the tube in my purse and have the tin at home. This is not important, but it was a thought I had while trying out the tube.  When it's hot out, the product stays in tact in the tube, whereas in the tin the product sometimes melts and slides to the side.  I got the Medley of Lip Balm Tubes, which included the Strawberry Lip Balm, Rosebud Salve, and Mocha Rose Lip Balm.  Unfortunately, only the Rosebud Salve Balm was vegan.  The tubes came in a large, elegant tin.  Rosebud Salve has a lovely, nice perfume like rose essence.  I really like the scent. One thing that I like to note is that a friend of mine, while visiting California, developed severely red, chapped lips during his visit.  The Rosebud Salve helped soothe his lips.  He was amazed.  He kept asking to use it because it helped relieve the irritation.


Merry Hempsters


Merry Hempsters is the first balm that I have ever tried that is made of hemp seed oil.  It is infused with a non-GMO vitamin E and Rosemary extract. They have a handful of flavors.  The Peppermint and Spearmint reminded me of minty chewing gum and how it gives that refreshing, coolness in your mouth. The Vanilla has a warm, mild vanilla scent.

When I wore the balms with my lipstick, I had to reapply often as they didn't work well with my lipstick.  The balms, on their own, made my lips feel well-coated and they did last long.  The balms applied on smooth and thick, which gives that protected feeling that is needed in windy areas.  What is neat about Merry Hempsters is that they strive in using the most cutting edge eco-packaging.  One that I found most interesting is that they use tree-free paper made from hemp stock.  That is eco-sustainability.


Crazy Rumors


Crazy Rumors is so fun. I totally love the swift scent that these lip balms have.  The scent these balms gave, seriously made me want to eat them.  Okay, I wouldn't eat them, but that was definitely what I thought to myself when I first got them.  They have fun names and flavors.  I got the Fresh Squeezed Limeade, Brew Peppermint Lemongrass, and HibisKiss Coral Lip Color.  I love the scent of Limeade because it reminds me of lime candies that I love eating.  The mocha was like a divine cup of mocha latte.  As for taste goes, I really like the HibisKiss. It has a light sweetness to it and the scent is really nice.

Crazy Rumors made my lips feel so nice when I first smoothed it on.  I kept rubbing my lips together.  They totally felt so soft and smooth.  The balm feel very light on the lips. Although, like I said, the true test was with lipstick.  My lips stayed kiss-ably soft.  After a few hours, I felt it wearing off.  It still felt very soft.  It was just slightly dry, but not to the point where it starts to peel.  Big plus.

The HibisKiss Coral Lip Color is my favorite of the three because it went on like lipstick.  It didn't have the thick feeling of lipstick, but rather it was like a light coat with color.  The color is a very pretty coral with a slight shimmer to it.  It didn't feel dry at all.  I was very pleased with it.


Hurraw!


Hurraw! is a lip balm that I am definitely Hurraw!-ing about. They have several  flavors that are made of raw ingredients, meaning they are processed below 118 degress (keeping all the essential nutrients and enzymes intact). The lip balms were uniquely shaped, making application a breeze.  They glided on luxuriously smooth. They fit practically unnoticed in my pocket.  Hurraw! has the cutest criteria that my lips absolutely agreed with.


I have the Vanilla Bean, Mint, Black Cherry Tinted, Grapefruit, and the Night Treatment, which came in a cute, reusable tea bag.  The night treatment made my lips ready for the day.  I woke up with soft, smooth lips, not dry at all. The balms made my lips feel so moist on contact.  I love the moist sheen that Hurraw! gives my lips.  When the balms wore off, my lips didn't feel dry at all.  I didn't have to reapply, but I wanted to because I liked the moist feeling they gave. The tinted cherry lip balm was my favorite.  It had a lovely, light rosy tint.  It made my lips look like I was naturally born with that hint of color.  With the moistness, it was kind of like lip gloss minus the stickiness of one. It's the perfect product for those natural days.

It is amazingly nice to be able to find lip balms that work well with my lips, even better so...that they are cruelty-free and vegan. ♥


*The lip balms are complimentary products, except for the Rosebud Salve tin.

7 comments:

  1. what a fantastic list! super useful for the ladies who wear lipstick. i used to love the peppermint chapstick, so i'm going try the merry hempster brand. surprisingly there's a smoke shop nearby that sells it! too funny. thanks for taking the time to compare them all!! xx

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    1. Haha...at a smoke shop...that's too funny!

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  2. Yes! I love Peppermint Merry Hempsters! :) And Hurraw in mint is a very close second. I think I have two of each right now, one in each bag/backpack I normally bring with me so I never leave home without one.

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  3. Can men use these products and not looking too pretty? Because these lip balms sound so good but I'm afraid my lips might look too delicious...in a lady's way =P

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    1. Yes, absolutely...just stay away from the tinted/colored ones and you're good. :p

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    2. ohh so there are non-colored ones. Thanks Catherine ;P I'll do a little searching when I have some time ^_^
      Happy birthday by the way.

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