Breaking my hiatus, I want to talk about The Organics Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm. It’s a travel/sample size version of the product which has 5ml of product, with the full size being 7ml and costing £13.00. If you want to look at the product, here’s a link to the company’s page on their product.
Off the bat, £13.00 is a lot of money for a lip balm, in my opinion. I can grab around eight lip balms from my stash and the total cost still wouldn’t equal this single full sized product. From my perspective, as someone with a tight budget, this is a huge turn-off, however, if you have a larger budget or just want to treat yourself, this is a product that would be an indulgence purchase. I personally can’t see myself ever spending that much money on a lip balm, however, this entirely a personal choice.
The packaging itself is a small tube with a twist cap, which feels secure when shut but also doesn’t provide too much resistance when opening it to feel like a nuisance. I’ve been keeping this on my desk at all times, and grab this whenever I feel my lips getting dried out and/or sore. This tends to be every few hours at the moment, since we’re having a colder phase at the moment on the south coast.
I tried to photograph the lip balm itself, but it refused to focus (not that my camera does this properly anyway, I will figure this out someday, I apologise). The consistency when you squeeze it out of the tube is a solid gel, almost like Vaseline, if you get what I mean. When you spread it out, it behaves more like a lip gloss – it smooths over the lips really easily, and leaves a subtle sheen on the lips.
The texture on the lips is definitely noticeable for around 10 minutes after application, but it does absorb into the lips until your lips are left feeling softer. As I mentioned earlier, I reach for this every few hours, which is basically how long the effect of the lip balm is on my lips. My lips aren’t super dry naturally, but the colder months has made them drier and more irritable while we’re still in winter. I will end up using this over a dozen times throughout my typical working day, but I don’t see myself using this up any time soon. This is attributed mostly by the factor I love about any product, which is that a little goes a long way. I love typing that phrase. It makes me so happy as a beauty-lover to be able to say that about a product.
One of the conflicting things about this product is that I go through phases where the taste of this balm can be nauseating for me. The truly strange part for me is that I haven’t always reacted to it like this. This is a purely personal experience, as I can be prone to scents, tastes and other stimuli nauseating me when I’m unwell, anxious or just having an off day. On healthier/stable days, the taste isn’t a problem, but I think this is worth mentioning in case you experience a similar thing as I do. If you don’t, then you don’t need to really think about it.
Overall, I’ve had a mostly pleasant experience with this product. Other than the intermittent intolerance to the taste that I described in the paragraph above, it’s only the cost of the product that puts me off. I wanted to leave an affiliate link here, as my negatives about the product are extremely personal and obscure, however, the only Amazon link I could find retailed the product at just under twice the price of the company’s and I don’t feel right doing that. Instead, if you buy this product because of my review, please let me know. I won’t receive a commission, but to know my experience was helpful will make me really happy.
Thank you for taking the time to read my first impression today. I plan to use this product up, so expect it to appear in an Empties post some time in the future. I skipped last months empties because I didn’t have enough to justify a separate blog post, but I will combine them together once I feel there are enough to talk about. In the mean time, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I can’t wait to speak to you again.