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I’ve been feeling a bit unsure about what to review lately, but it kind of hit me earlier today that something so vital in my routine has been left mostly unmentioned. Today, I’m talking about my current go-to lip balm, which is the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (with Vitamin E and Peppermint). At Boots, you can find this for £3.99, so it’s not the most expensive lip balm I’ve seen within the drugstore range of the market. This line of lip balms features other flavours, including the pomegranate one which I own, but haven’t opened yet. The caps of the other flavours are different colours, and as far as I’m aware, are not tinted, although please feel free to correct me – I don’t want to open my pomegranate flavour yet, as I don’t want to break the seal on it just to check.
I have to admit, I’ve seen this lip balm talked about on YouTube and on blogs for a very long time now, and I kind of just raised my eyebrow at it when I first started using it. So starting with my first impression, I found myself extremely skeptical and almost unimpressed. The tingly menthol sensation is present when you apply the balm over your lips, but for the first week that I used the balm, I didn’t really see a difference on my lips. They didn’t feel dry for a while after I applied it, but they didn’t feel any improvement either later on throughout the day. I reviewed a few years ago the E.L.F. Soothing Lip Balm and how great it was as my intense night time lip balm (it’s no longer in my routine after such a long time, I also accidentally crushed it, and was very upset with myself about that), so with that experience still in my memory, I was disappointed the balm didn’t perform more like that.
However, I’ve been using this lip balm for a few months, and instead of jumping to conclusions, I stuck it out and tried this out long-term. My opinion of the lip balm has changed since I first started using it. One of the things I have discovered from this balm is that where many people didn’t like the E.L.F. Soothing Lip Balms for how ‘greasy’ or liquidy they felt on the lips and not good for day-time, this lip balm is my daytime equivalent.
Over time, I’ve realised that the hydration on my lips is much more gradual. I feel the hydration build up throughout the day as I reapply this product as my lips need it – which works well for me on any day I’m not wearing lip products. This isn’t the type of lip balm to use if you’re struggling with very chapped dry lips and hoping for a dramatic and quick recovery. This is a lip balm that from my experience, will hydrate your lips, but maintains your lip’s condition rather than being a rescue product. I suppose if I were to sum this product up with a word, it would be the word “subtle”. Not including the tingly peppermint sensation, that to me is more artificial for the customer to think something majorly impactful is happening than really is the case.
I know for some people, that last sentence can be the turn-off for a product – but I think this is a lip product almost everyone can use because it doesn’t go to extremes. I was initially disappointed by this, as described in my first impression earlier, but over time, I’ve realised this is a blessing I just didn’t see at the time. I want to write a separate post about this at some point, but my tldr in regards to this product is that subtle and progressive results are more valuable than they might appear, and sudden results, while great in the short term, may just be that, short term. I will write a more thoughtful post about this at some point, I just need to organise my thoughts before I rant it all here.
Moving back to the product itself, as I discussed my experience before talking about the product, which is in reverse order to my normal approach to writing, I want to talk about the packaging and the balm in itself. If you’re already familiar with this product, this will go without saying, but the product is kept inside of a twist-up tube, with a snap on cap. The balm is clear and appears transparent on the lips – only a minor sheen on the lips indicates that it is there.
Personally, I really like the twist-up tube packaging, and the lip balm fills up at least 70% of the tube, if not more. When I twist my product all the way to the bottom of the tube that I can, I’m looking down deep near the bottom of the tube – hence why I’m reviewing it now before I run out and lose the opportunity. I can’t express how much I appreciate that Burt’s Bees (or the Clorox Company to refer to their parent company) didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to fill more of the tube with well – not the lip balm itself. It frustrates me to no end when companies manipulate or under fill their products to avoid giving you as much as possible. That Walker’s crisps effect where half the bag is air – you know what I mean?
The balm itself is very smooth, although it did have a gritty layer at the start. I think this is what made me have a really poor impression to start with, but after a week or two of working down the initial layer, the balm is smoother, and a lip bit more… ‘greasy’? It’s not the word I’m looking for, but it gives it the slip that makes it glide over the lips, but is by no means heavy, clumpy or unpleasant from my experience. Feel free to suggest a more appropriate word, I simply can’t find one fits the meaning I’m trying to convey.
Over the past few months that I’ve been using this lip balm, I’ve found that because I make several applications throughout the day and evening, I have worked through this a lot faster than I do with most other lip balms. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is really down to your personal perspective, but for me, this isn’t a bad thing. I feel very guilty when I can’t use up products and have to waste them, but I’m not working through this so fast it feels like my money invested is disappearing quickly. Speaking of monetary cost, this lip balm is also relatively cheap and for most people, affordable. I find myself not wanting to spend more than £5.00 on a lip balm – at risk of it being not worth the money, but this lip balm is cheaper and also just worth the money.
From my longer term experiences, my only real gripe is potential build up of gunk in the centre of the balm where the twist up insert attaches to the base inside the tube. On days I’ve applied this when my lipstick has worn down but is still there on the lips but barely visible, I see it wear off onto the balm and sometimes get inside the central area I described earlier. Twisting the product all the way down usually pushes a lot of the gunk back onto the balm where I can clean it off, but from working through the lip balm to where I can see the twist-up mechanism when looking into the tube, there is a build-up of gunk which leaves me uneasy about bacteria being able to breed there. The same thing happens when my lips are dry and flaky, so I find myself carefully observing for any strays threads, flakes of my lips that get stuck into the balm. I don’t blame Burt’s Bees for this though, this is just the drawback of the twist-up tube packaging, but it’s one I happened to pay attention to while using this specific lip balm.
Overall though, this is actually a really great lip product and one I can see myself repurchasing down the line – when I finally use up my stash of lip balms. I want to drop an affiliate link *here*, as I am surprisingly passionate about this lip balm, in spite of my first impression. I’m considering starting the pomegranate flavour next and actually see if it’s tinted or not for myself. So I may review it separately, although I can see myself mention it briefly elsewhere instead.
Thank you for taking the time to read what has turned into an extremely long review. I can’t express my gratitude enough for taking time out of your day to read it. I hope it was informative, and if you have any questions, or would like me to clarify something, please leave a comment and I’ll respond as soon as I see it. In the mean time, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I will write a new post soon.