Happy Friday and today… Well today I’m talking about yet another lip balm. I’m flying through them at the moment, and the one I’m using at the moment is the Crazy Rumors Mint Chocolate Lip Balm. I purchased mine from Holland & Barrett but they don’t seem to stock them any more, however, you can also check out the brand’s website to see their products. I picked out the mint chocolate flavour as I adore mint flavours, scents, etc. I find mint to be really soothing overall so I really gravitated to this specific flavour for that reason. There are a variety of other flavours, which you can browse from the entire site here. I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for it but they retail for $3.49 on their website, which converts (at the time I’m writing this post) to £2.74, which is very affordable.
So to kick this off, the lip balm is going to be very appealing if you are a cruelty free consumer, as it is both vegan and vegetarian friendly and has the leaping bunny logo, which is verified on the Leaping Bunny website. I haven’t really talked about this issue in detail, but I do prefer to support companies that are cruelty free, although it’s an effort that I’m putting more dedication to be informed about. I still own products that are not cruelty free, however I am making efforts to no longer purchase products that are not cruelty free. If you’d like me to discuss this issue in detail, let me know with a comment, as I know this is a sensitive and polarising topic for many people and I’m happy to have a post dedicated to this topic if it’s wanted.
Moving on though, the product doesn’t stand out as being particularly unique or intriguing: the packaging is very standard and easy to use, with a twist-up mechanism and a cap that you pull off. The cap is very secure so this is wonderful, particularly as this sits on my desk most of the time and, being the clumsy person that I am, often end up knocking this little buddy on the floor. The only issue I have with the packaging is that the twist up has issues with not twisting the product down, so the photo you see above is where my lip balm is stuck and won’t twist down again: if I keep twisting up, it won’t twist down again. This isn’t an issue I’ve had that’s exclusive to this product, but it’s worth knowing this can happen.
As for the balm itself, it’s not unique in appearance, and applies like any other lip balm. What I care about most though is the performance, and this is what makes me want to review it at all. The lip balm contains shea butter among other ingredients including jojoba oil, olive oil (and many others) so this product contains extremely moisturising ingredients.
This lip balm is definitely moisturising for the lips, and has been my best friend lately for maintaining my lips texture. As far as fitting this lip balm in a routine, this fits in my “makeup prep” and “touch ups throughout the day” spots, as this isn’t the kind of lip balm you would apply before bed like a lip mask, but it provides intense moisturisation and is brilliant for preparing your lips before you apply lip products or just want to soothe them. I apply this is as my first step in skincare as it takes a few minutes to absorb, but once it does, my lips are extremely hydrated, soft and lip products apply really nicely. Apply lip products too soon and it can dilute colours down. For some lip products this is a hindrence, but this is also great if you want to create a more subtle application, so for me this isn’t a positive or a negative thing.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that I reviewed the Blistex MedPlus Cherry Berry Lip Balm and might be wondering which I prefer. Both lip balms are very good, but I prefer this lip balm over the Blistex lip balm, as I find the texture is smoother and kinder on my lips. So I advocate this lip balm more, particularly as the price points are very similar.
Overall I’m really happy with this product, in spite of one minor issue with the packaging that I described above, and would definitely repurchase it again if they ever sell it in the UK again.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you are happy and healthy and I’ll speak to you again soon.