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The product I am reviewing is Shea Lip Butter from The Body Shop. I actually received this lip butter in a pack with coconut lip butter and chocomania lip butter, but have reviewed them all separately. During this time of the year my lips can become rather dry and over the past few weeks they have become quite sore so I wanted something that was going to soothe them and moisturise them to stop them looking and feeling dry and slightly chapped. I probably wouldn't have purchased this product on its own so it was nice that I was able to try it due to it coming in a small pack with some other the other lip butters. Shea Butter is famous for its skin nourishing properties and nutty fragrance making it ideal ingredients for beauty products such as body butter, lotions, oils, lip butter and more.
Shea Butter is the Body Shop's first ever community fair trade ingredients which is hand farmed by woman in villages across Ghana. This buttery balm melts into your lips for instant hydration to leave lips feeling soft and smooth. The lip butter comes in a small round pot which is a beige colour. The lid has a picture of a nut on it and it clearly states what the product is and that it's from The Body Shop. On the bottom of the pot is a label which peels open to reveal a list of ingredients. The lid unscrews to reveal the lip butter which is an off white colour. There is a gorgeous nutty smell to the lip butter which I think smells slightly of coconut. My boyfriend did actually think that it was coconut due to the strong nutty smell the product has.
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You can purchase the product from The Body Shop website (www.thebodyshop.com) or from their stores. The lip butter costs £4.00 which is for a 10ml pot of the lip butter. Other products in the Shea Butter range include:
* Body Lotion
* Shower Cream
* Body Butter
* Beautifying Oil
* Body Mist
* Body Scrub
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Using the Product
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The first time I applied this product was before going to bed to give the lip butter time to soak into my lips over-night and I would then hopefully wake up with smooth, soft lips. As the lip butter comes in a round pot it is easy to apply, how-ever you do need to wash your hand when applying it as it needs to be applied using your finger. I have quite long nails and I did find it a little awkward to pick up some of the product on my finger as some of it kept getting stuck under my nail. The lip butter is soft and feels smooth when putting some of it on my finger ready to apply. I applied the lip butter to my lips carefully which was easy to do, as the butter becomes softer when you rub it into your lips. The smell of the product is very noticeable when applying the lip butter and once it has been applied.
The lip butter gave instant hydration to my lips leaving them feeling and looking moisturised. The lip balm didn't feel or look greasy which is what I liked about it. I went to bed as normal and would see what the results were like in the morning. The following morning when waking up my lips felt smooth and soft but there was a residue on them which I can only presume was from the lip butter. The residue on my lips was white in colour which I thought was a little odd. I wiped this off using some tissue and my lips looked moisturised and also felt soft. I have applied the lip butter during the evening when watching TV and I have noticed that it is the lip butter which leaves a slight white residue on my lips. Due to this I now only apply the butter during the evening before going to bed as I don't want a white residue on my lips during the day. This has helped soothe my lips and it does improve the look and condition of my lips as well.
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Although this isn't a lip butter I would have gone for, I am glad I was able to try it after receiving it in a three pack with two other lip butters. My boyfriend is adamant that this smells of coconut and when smelling the lip butter I think it definitely does smell slightly of coconut and only smells a little different to the coconut lip butter. The product is easy to apply, although a little awkward if you have long nails as the lip butter tends to get stuck up your nails a little. As the lip butter comes in a pot and not a stick formula it does mean you need to wash your hands before applying the product as well so not to spread germs or dirt into the lip butter or onto your lips. The lip butter did make my lips soft and smooth and it made them look in better condition as well. I didn't like the slight white residue that this product left on my lips which is why I only use it before going to bed now rather than using it during the day. In terms of value I think the product is reasonable as the lip butter is long lasting, as you only need to use a little of it each time. As the pot of lip butter is small it makes it great for popping into a small handbag or pocket so you can have it with you wherever you go. I wouldn't purchase this particular lip butter again due to the white residue it left on my lips, but I am glad I tried it and overall it is good lip butter.
(review also on ciao)
I've been buying a lot of items from The Body shop recently, mainly because they always seem to have great special offers on, particularly online. A few months ago I bought some products from the Shea range, as they were offered as a discounted bundle. I obtained a full-size body scrub, body lotion, body butter and lip butter. The lip butter normally retails for £4 which is quite expensive, but there is always a special offer going at The Body Shop!
The Body Shop's ranges are all themed with different colours and the Shea range is light brown with pictures of the fruits of the shea tree (dark brown and slightly similar to cocoa beans). This gives the impression of a really natural range. The items in the range are made with Community Fair Trade shea butter. This comes from the all-female Tungteiya Shea Butter Association of northern Ghana, which has 476 members from 10 villages. Trade has helped to fund three medical centres and 10 nursery schools. If you want to find out more, there is a Community Fair Trade section on the Body Shop's website.
Shea butter has a subtle, pleasant nutty scent, which I actually prefer to the sweeter cocoa butter. It is very moisturising and has been traditionally used in Africa to hydrate and protect skin. I like it as the skin on my body is very dry, and I've found shea butter to be very effective on it.
This lip butter is designed to melt onto the lips for instant hydration. As well as shea butter, it contains Community Trade beeswax which helps to seal moisture into the lips. It also contains Vitamin E which is moisturising.
I tried a Body Shop lip butter previously - the Wild Cherry flavour - and didn't like it. I found that it sat on the top of my lips not really doing anything, and wore off easily. I do find the Shea lip butter much better in this respect. It has a thick buttery texture and with its light brown colour strongly resembles the Shea Body Butter. I don't have to rub my finger over the top too much to get some out. When I rub it onto my lips, it does feel thick but does seem to sink in much better. It has a pleasant, subtle nutty smell and taste that isn't overpowering.
I keep this lip butter by my bed and tend to apply it before going to bed. I do find that it keeps my lips moisturised overnight, and works well as an intensive moisturising treatment (rather like Vaseline). I probably wouldn't want to use it during the day, as it is quite thick and I can feel it sitting on my lips. I don't think it would work particularly well under lipstick or gloss - it's best used alone.
The lip butter is expensive at £4 a tub but you do get a lot for your money. It lasts for ages too as you only use a tiny amount at any one time. Also, the shape and size of the tub means it is easy to get every last scrap of lip butter out. The tub can be reused afterwards - I used my Wild Cherry lip butter tub to store a bit of Lush's fresh cleanser when going away for the weekend.
Overall, I do recommend this lip butter as an intensive evening lip balm and would consider buying it again. It's not my favourite, but it does a good job and lasts ages. Also, there's little reason to pay full price for it as The Body Shop always have some good offers on.
I have been building up my lip balm and lip butter collection quite a lot in the past, and sadly many of the products I have never had the chance to completely finish before losing them or before they go out of date. This Shea Lip Butter from the Body Shop, I have to say, is one of my absolute favourites. I have always been something of a Body Shop fanatic, because of their delicious smelling range of natural and effective products (also they have a good reputation for being ethical with their products), but because of their high prices in comparison to the many body care brands available, I have to work hard to restrain myself from buying too many products from there at once!
I had tried the Body Shop's lip balm before, but never the lip butter before (lip butter has always sounded like the more luxurious and classy option). The majority of the items of which I buy from the Body Shop are body care products, for example body butters or lotions, but I had bought and used some of their lip and face products before. Having heard some brilliant things about their lip butter, I decided that I simply could not put off buying a tub any longer.
After several moments of pondering over the lip butter section of the shop. I chose the Shea variety because normally I tend to stick to the more fruity scents; however, I thought that Shea would make a very pleasant change. Also, I had owned the Shea body butter before and thought that it smelled delicious.
This did not come cheap, though. It was £4 for a tiny, miniscule 10ml tub, very expensive when you think that you can get plenty of good quality lip balm for £1 or even less. I hoped that it would be well worth the price, as most of the Body Shop products I have tried generally are. Also, this price is nothing out of the ordinary for Body Shop products, so I bought my little tub and tested it out.
The packaging is like a tub of the Body Shop's body butter, except that it has been compressed down to the small size it is. The tub is a pale cream colour, with a picture of Shea nuts on the front. The overall effect is very natural, and looks good. The tub has an easy to open lid that can be screwed off before you dip your finger in for application. It is quite lightweight so it is very portable which is a bonus.
The smell is very nice actually, sweet and creamy like the body butter. It does not have the fruitiness of the fruit scented body butters, but I am actually glad that I chose this scent because it really is lovely. I think that this is a flavour that is brilliant for all seasons and the smell makes me want to apply the lip butter more often!
The texture is quite soft and easy to apply using your finger. It is soft like butter, but hard enough for you to be able to swipe it without getting too much on your finger. It lasts for quite a long time too, since you really do not need too much per application (and the longevity is also quite good so you do not have to reapply that often either), and the little tub of lip butter seems to go a long way! It works very well, too; it feels soothing on your lips and moisturises chapped and dry lips.
In conclusion, this may be an expensive product, but I do think it is worth it for the quality you get. However, one of the main attractions is the smell, which is lovely. I would give this product 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I'm usually a general user of vaseline lip therapy since it's cheap and lasts for such a long time. But on a recent birthday I received a Shea Butter Body Shop pack as a present which includede this lip butter and I've recently fell in love with it!
It's definitely an indulgent product which has a similar texture to the body butter though it's harder which allows you to more easily control the amount of lip butter you apply. Most people that I've seen use it including myself find it's easier to get a decent amount on your finger to apply by moving your finger in a circular motion with a reasonable amount of pressure.
Unlike some flavoured lip butters or balms it doesn't taste all that fantastic so the urge to lick it off it hardly there. It gives your lips a really soft texture, and when applied feels as smooth as "butter" as advertised in its name.
The smell isn't too strong but there enough to keep you smelling the lovely, sweet shea butter for a couple of hours. As with regular lip balms, it may need reapplication after a couple hours but generally I find that one or twice a day maximum has the desired effect of keeping my lips soft and smooth.
It's also been a hit with my friends and their boyfriends who have found before that the vaseline range becomes too greasy but this has a more understated texture, only noticeable by the smell.
The screwtop is very handy for opening it easily though screwing it back on with slightly buttered fingers can be problematic.
I received this lip butter in a Shea gift set that my mum bought me for my 25th birthday. The butter comes presented in a simple beige 10ml plastic pot with the Body Shop logo presented on the front of it. The butter resembles "real" butter in looks and consistency. It smells lovely, very sweet and inviting. The butter also spreads easily onto your lips without any real effort needed from you.
The butter feels lovely when it's applied to the lips. It's really cooling and soothing, great for all skin types and it's ideal for use all year round. It doesn't feel sticky on the lips and it leaves no residue when you wipe it off. It's a great all round lip balm and it doesn't taste that bad if you accidently get some of it in your mouth! The butter lasts ages too so it's not too bad value for money. I believe that it is £4 to buy on it's own.
You only need a small amount per application with this product so a little goes a long way. I love this lip butter. It provides long lasting results and moisturises your lips really well. I have no cracks or flakes with this, in fact my lips have never looked so good! It isn't greasy either.
I would recommend this lip butter as it's great!
Body shop Shea lip butter
The facts and figures
The Body Shop Shea Butter is one of several varieties of lip butters available firm the Body Shop. It is priced currently at £4 for a dinky 10ml tub. The Shea butter comes in a beige coloured tub with a picture of Shea nuts on the top (ever wondered what a Shea nut looked like? Me neither, but now we know). The tub is compact and easy to carry around, although it could be a bit flatter in my opinion. When you open the pot, there is quite a gap between the product and lid which is essentially wasted space and, whilst you could never call the product oversized, I do think a slight 'flattening' of the tub (more like the shape of Vaseline lip balms) would make it fit in small clutch bags or make up bags just that little bit better.
Finally, if you shop at The Body Shop even a few times a year and don't already have one, you can purchase a 'Love Your Body' discount card. This costs £5 but is valid for 12 months and gives you 10% off all purchases including online. You also get a free £5 to spend in your birthday month and up to £15 back to spend over the year, depending on how often you use it.
What are the claims?
This balm claims to melt into the lips for instant hydration. It contains community trade Shea butter, community trade beeswax and vitamin E.
Does it deliver?
I usually stick to unscented lip balms as I find any scent can be a bit overpowering and even leave me feeling a bit nauseous. However my mum absolutely raves about this stuff and eventually surprised me with a tub in an attempt to convert me. The scent with this balm is very natural, similar to cocoa butter but a bit lighter. Personally, I still prefer unscented lip balms but I will put that prejudice aside for this review and do think that the smell is very pleasant whilst remaining subtle.
In terms of moisturising, this product definitely feels worth the money in my opinion. It is very soft and not at all greasy on the lips, and you can almost feel it working as soon as you apply it. The thick consistency means that you can feel it on your lips for a long time after applying, and it feels nourishing and soft rather than greasy or sticky. I did notice it made my lips very slightly paler but only if I applied it generously.
Would I recommend this product?
I have been pretty impressed with this lip balm to be honest, it has definitely left my lips feeling and looking in good condition and I have no doubt that it will continue to do so through the winter. The only slight drawback for me is the price; although it isn't a huge amount of money in itself, there are a lot of cheaper alternatives on the market. That said, it's quite reasonable in terms of some of the other Body Shop lines. If you have particularly dry lips or just fancy an affordable treat then I would definitely recommend this balm.
I have fallen in love with this product. I normally use the good old vaseline which everyone has used but about a year ago i got introduced to the body shop and have since tried many products from there. This product stands out for me.
the price for my is the biggest downside to the product so I am getting it out of the way so I can focus on the good stuff!! It costs 4 pounds!! I would have never bought this product for 4 pounds if I had not tried the product before hand. I got my first pot as a christmas present and was over the moon about it because i always wanted it... but being a student i could not bring my self to spend my money on this. I have only bought one other pot.... the cherry one and will not buy another one until they run out only due to the price.
If you like the texture of body butter, you will really like this lip butter. I am a body butter junkie because i love the thickness and the texture of the butters. The lip butter feels similar in the way that it is thick and melts a bit to your body heat, it is however a bit harder than body butter. It doesn't not move around the tin.
The tin is very small so it can be awkward to get some of the product on your finger if you have long nails... it might get trapped underneath. If you have short ones it is not a problem at all. Just rub your finger in the put and the lip butter is on you finger.
Once on the lips it feels and smells amazing. The smell reminds me a bit of chocolate... not sure why but i really like the smell. You have to rub the lip butte in well as the product is white and can leave you lips some what white. If blended in its fine. It feels very rich on the lips and make them sooo smooth and calms them down if chapped. It doesn't taste bad at all just very creamy. It lasts forever but i like to reapply often because i love you smell. It also sinks in very nicely.
I really like the thick texture of the product and I think you can feel it sink into your skin. If this product was not as pricey as it is I would try more flavors. Up to now i have just bought one other on sale!
I suffer with dry lips so find it a necessity to always have access to a good quality lip balm. I usually use good old vaseline, but i recently started getting bored of it so decided that a change was needed. While browsing The Body Shop's website, i came across there own brand of Shea Lip Butter. I've never heard of 'Lip Butter' before, but as i am a fan of the Body Shop's high quality Body Butter's, i decided to try this.
The Body Shop describe this product as a buttery balm that melts onto the lips for instant hydration. I really don't agree!
The lip butter comes in a round 10ml plastic pot, which is a creamy white colour. The pot is like a mini Body butter tub which i find really cute. It has a screw on lid which is easy to open. The top of the lid has a little sticker/label on it which is brown and has a picture of Shea nuts which are brown. There is white writing over the picture which says 'Shea Lip butter' on the top and bottom with The Body Shop logo in the middle. Overall the packaging is quite basic, but it is clear what it contains due to the lid.
The contents of the pot is a thick, wax like consitency and is a shade of creamy white. I assumed that the wax like consistency would sort of melt onto my lips with heat and become transparent like gloss, but it doesn't. It sits there looking awkward, giving my lips a beautiful (!) grey/white tint. It does not absorb into the lips very well, if at all, and i always find myself wiping it off after application as it leaves my lips such a horrible colour and makes them feel greasy. It also highlights any cracks in the lips making them 100 times more obvious, and it also adds a lumpy look to the lips.
If i do leave it on my lips, it usually takes 10/20 minutes before it turns from a white paste to an ugly white greasy looking slime. Even with the tiniest dab of the butter it leaves a horrible white tint to the lips which isn't good at all. The only plus side of this product is the smell, which is sweet and feminine without been too heavily perfumed.
I paid £4 for this, which if the product actually did what it is supposed to would be a brilliant price, however because it does not, i personally will not be buying this ever again. I'll be sticking to my vaseline from now on!
The Body Shop Shea Lip Butter is something which I picked up in the winter months to aid my dry, chapped lips and see how effective it would work. Because in the winter my lips can go through quite a lot of damage, I wanted to be sure that I was purchasing a good quality product which I knew was likely to resolve the problem, and this is why I chose to buy something from The Body Shop.
I purchased in from in store, however it is also available on their website, and it retails at £4.00. Although this seems like quite a steep price for a lip product, I think it is a very reasonable price considering the store which I brought it from, and I would have expected them to charge much higher than this, and is probably one of the reasons why I was swayed into purchasing this little goody.
One of the biggest selling points for me has to be the scent of it. Shea butter is such a gorgeous smell, and although it is not to everyone's tastes, I completely love this and I thought it was a perfect scent for in the winter months as opposed to using a fruity, summer scent. If Shea Butter isn't the scent for you, there are others available in the lip butter range.
You get 10ml in the pot it comes in which is a reasonable amount, and to use it you just unscrew the lid, apply a little on to your fingers and apply directly on to your lips, and then rub the product in to ensure it moisturises as best it can. The first thing I noticed upon getting the product on to my finger tips was that it was extremely creamy, and as your finger touches it, it starts to melt which is a huge plus for me, as this means you can apply it quickly and not have to wait around trying to carve bits of lip balm out! Because of this, it makes the application process extremely easy as it just melts into your lips and rubs in nicely.
After applying on to my lips, it gave them a nice little shine but no colour, and it was not sticky at all which I was happy with. My lips felt instantly much more moisturised than they were, and it really helped to work on my dry lips. I do get chapped lips in the winter, however they are not awful, therefore I can not vouch for people who suffer from very chapped and dry lips, but this is a wonderful product for moisturising my lips personally. Another thing that I was pleased with was how good it tasted, and this was expected from when I had a sniff of it before purchasing, but I feel that lip butters are so much nicer to wear if you like how it tastes on your lips.
It is important to quickly note that this lip butter contains Community Trade beeswax from Zambia, and vitamin E which helps to care and pamper the lips.
Besides this, I thought everything was going well with this lip butter, and I seemed incredibly happy with my purchase, until around an hour or two later. I could tell that it was started to come off, which meant reapplication. I got my mirror out to do this and I was horrified at the results. I was left with white bits all around my lips and quite a noticeable residue all over my lips which was not a good luck at all and I was not impressed with this, and because of this I think I have to knock off a star!
Overall, an effective lip butter which smells and tastes great, and moisturises your lips extremely well, however the residue left over after application is enough to put some people off, and this is why I feel it deserves to lose a star! Thanks for reading.
Products from The Body Shop have always been something I absolutely love to use, partly because they all smell absolutely gorgeous and good enough to eat. They are always extremely high quality and I have been using them for a number of years now and I have experienced the majority of their range, both make up and skin care. I have a friend who hosts their parties, so I sometimes make a purchased or two in that situation, often having been persuaded after a few glasses of wine!
When it comes to lips, they can be a little bit awkward to say the least, particularly during the harsh and cold winter months. Unlike the rest of the body they cannot moisturise themselves, and so have a tendency to become dry, flakey and chapped and I find I suffer quite badly from this during specific times of the year and so I have a lip balm of some sort to hand at all times (when practical, anyway!). I was always a faithful Vaseline user until recently when the rather uninspiring, bland pot of product just didn't do it for me anyway! With that I went on the hunt for a product to sort my lips out and tried a fair amount before stumbling across this. I found lip exfoliators were good, particularly from Lush, and there were a number of lip balms that seemed to fix my dry lips, but only temporarily.
All I can say is that I'm so glad I came across this Shea Lip Butter by The Body Shop - the hunt to resolve my dry lips had become less active when I happened to come across this (talk about typical, you can never find something you want when you're actually looking for it!). I popped into my local Body Shop for a moisturiser and their lip care section caught my eye. To be honest the packaging could be better as it is somewhat bland and doesn't catch the eye at all, but it has a background picture with The Body Shop logo printed on the front, as well as the product name and its purpose. The lid has a screw on, screw off type mechanism which opens onto a little tub, allowing you to get out every last little bit of product! It is fairly thick in consistency as appose to being runny, but it doesn't make your lips stick together like some of those horrible lip glosses you can buy. On opening the lid you will be greeted with the pleasant scent of shea butter which while I am not a complete fan (and it doesn't quite smell good enough to eat) I don't mind having a break from strongly perfumed, or fruity smelling products as I was more than willing to compromise that novelty for a product that does the trick - give me soft lips!
It can be purchased in one of The Body Shop stores, which are located in most towns, cities and shopping centres but alternatively you can visit www.thebodyshop.co.uk and purchase directly from there. You may also find a bargain on websites like eBay if you're not too keen on paying retail price. In store/online, you can expect to pay £4 for 10ml of product which isn't cheap, but then none of their products are. The price can however be reflected in the use of ingredients in the product. The use of shea butter, as in the name of the product, moisturises the lips and helps to soften them too. Organic beeswax from Zambia is another ingredient, which helps to condition the lips and acts as a barrier to seal in moisture, which for me is just what I was looking for as other lip balms seem to be a short term fix. It also contains Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant helping to soften, condition and protect the lips.
So, did it live up to my expectations? After paying £4 for such a minimal amount of product I was keen to try it out to see if it would do what I was expecting. However I waited until my lips got dry before using it (as mentioned earlier, they seem to get dry at specific times) as I wanted to see the maximum effect it would have. I decided I would apply the lip butter before going to bed as I wouldn't be eating or drinking anything so it would be able to soak into my lips effectively throughout the night. I immediately noticed how soft the product feels between your fingers and how easy it is to scoop a small amount out and rub into your lips. I only used a very small amount, less than the size of a pea, as it felt really creamy and enabled me to spread it over my lips to get an even coverage. In the morning, I don't think my lips had ever felt so soft! I normally wake up to dry, chapped lips that feel horrible and need immediate attention but this time it was the total opposite. My lips felt nourished and hydrated for the first time in..... Ages?!
As you can imagine I was feeling very pleased with my purchase and decided to test its durability by putting it on instead of my lipstick the following morning to see how long it would last before reapplication was necessary. I can say that even when I had eaten breakfast and had a drink, I could still feel it on my lips and so it hadn't totally come off. On application it is clear once rubbed into your lips so even if it does come off slightly it isn't noticeable anyway which is great. I did reapply the lip butter a few times throughout the day even though it wasn't really necessary as my lips felt hydrated but I like the feel of it whilst it is on!
The after effects of the lip butter are great which my lips remaining hydrated for hours afterwards, so this isn't just a temporary fix like other lip balms on the market. It really does the trick to reduce chapped and dry lips and just makes them feel a whole lot more comfortable. It is now a vital addition to my everyday make up as I apply it most nights before I go to bed even if my lips aren't particularly dry, just to ensure they stay super soft all day. Despite regular use I still have more than half the product left nearly 3 months later which is better than what I was expecting and adding to the value for money. I would highly recommend this product and I can safely say it is one of the best lip balms available on the market and you should definitely give it a try!
Our lips, unlike our skin, can not actually moisturise themselves which is why they can become so dry and chapped. Apart from the obvious discomfort that this can cause and the unsightly nature of it, dry lips can also make our lipstick look flaky and horrible. Shea Lip butter by the Body Shop claims that it will care for and nourish your lips, keeping them hydrating and preventing any further loss of moisture.
How does it work? It contains Shea butter which is one of natures greatest moisturisers and it helps to leave the lips feeling softer and hydrated. The butter is bought directly from a rural community, cutting out the middle man, meaning that ladies who obtain the butter receive a higher wage and regular work, giving them the opportunity of a better quality of life.
Shea Butter contains Vitamin E which is a fantastic substance for achieving healthy skin. It acts as an antioxidant removing free radicals and toxins and could age the lips, leaving them thinner. The Vitamin E will soften and condition the lips, while protecting them and ensuring that they say looking as young as possible.
It also contains Community Trade Organic Beeswax from Zambia. Like the Shea Butter, helps to moisturise the lips. The wax forms a waterproof barrier across the lips, preventing the moisture from leaving the lips and sealing in the hydrating action of the Shea Butter. It conditions the lips and helps to preserve the life of the product.
The product can be used as often as required using the fingertips or a lip brush. Because the product comes in a tub, if you have long fingernails, you will find this packaging frustrating when you are coming to the bottom of it. Sometimes, a stick lip product is more convenient.
The product is lightly fragranced and is long lasting on the lips and I find that I don't need to apply it as often as some other lip balms that I have bought. It tastes delicious too, not waxy like some lip balms do, and it is quite tempting to keep licking your lips. It gives you lips a healthy sheen and does not feel greasy on the mouth.
The lip balm comes in packaging that looks like a miniature version of the body butter tubs. It has a screw top lid and it fits easily in your handbag to be carried around during the day. It costs £4 for 10ml of the product and it is very long lasting.
You can buy it from The Body Shop and also from its online website. Also available for you to try in the lip butter range are Coconut, Sweet Lemon, Wild Cherry, Mango and Pink Grapefruit.
This is one of the least fragranced out of the bunch and really does make a difference to the lips. It puts no colour on the lips and just leaves a subtle sheen which makes it fine for men to use as well. I wouldn't say this product makes my lips more moisturised as I still feel the need to use it each day. However, with every day use, my lips are softer, smoother and no longer chapped.
Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer (Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer) (Skin-conditioning Agent), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Emulsifier/Emollient), Lanolin (Emollient), PEG-8 Beeswax (Emulsifier), Aroma (Flavour), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (Flavour), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77891 (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 15850 (Colour).
Can't say I usually use any lip products usually. I'm too lazy and I find after a few days of using a lipbalm your lips become accustomed to it, therefore having to use it religiously. I was literally forced to purchase some kind of lip product this winter with my lips being so dry and flaking off everywhere - attractive. A pot of vaseline just wasn't going to cut it so I ventured the high street to try and find a suitable product.
I'm a big fan of The Body Shop their body butters especially so when I seen they had they done a range of lip butters I just had to try them out.
Instead of opting for which looked prettiest, and smelt the best I tried to go for which would be more moisturising and effective, looks can be decieving as we all know. I decided to go for the Shea butter one which is known for it's moisturising properties.
It contains Community Trade beeswax from Zambia and the antioxidant vitamin E to care for and pamper lips.
The packaging is rather plain compared to it's other opponents like a natural creamy colour. It's a smaller 10ml version of the body butter which is why it looks quite cute compared. It's in a little pot with a screw top lid as apposed to a squeezy tube which I'm not keen on as I don't really like spread bacteria, and it makes your finger quite greasy.
The smell knocks me sick a bit. It's a really natural Shea butter smell that starts to grate on you after a while, it's not for everyone, but I'm willing to look past scent for a good product and on the bright side I don't get the desire to eat it as you do with some lush smelling stuff. The product inside is quite creamy and glides on easily but leaves a little bit of a greasy residue which you find with a lot of things that contain Shea butter so it's ideal to use it before bed, or when you're dossing about in the house.
It gives a 'pearly shine' to your lips but can make them look white if apply too much.
I found after using this product religiously my lips felt like silk practically. It sorted out the dry flakyness almost instantly, the only problem is my lips feel quite suffocated when I've not used this for a while so you have to continue to get it's effects but I'm trying to be good and use a good lipbalm more.
I think this is a really good effective lip butter which does exactly as it says. Obviously it's a lip butter so it's more moisturising than your average lipbalm but I'm dubious as to whether it's just basically the Shea body butter in a little tub. I find this is a little lifesaver for repairing cracked lips, it's good for just putting on at night and letting it work it's magic. I find it very inexpensive as a little tub will last you a lifetime so there's no excuse for me not to use it. The only downsides really is the unbearable greasy reside it leaves on my lips, it doesn't feel pleasant and the the residue it leaves on the fingers drives me a bit mad. But all in all it's a good product and I'd recommend it to anyone.
You can purchase a 10ml pot from The Body Shop. £4
I like to apply a good lip balm at night before I sleep so I can wake up with soft, moisturised lips. I do apply lip balm during the day too but it never seems to last very long as I'll eat or drink something and it will come off. So it is important for me to use a good lip balm at night.
I was bored of the Vaseline tin that I had been using so I rummaged through my beauty products to find something and came across The Body Shop Shea Lip Butter. My brother had bought this for me a few months ago in a random act of generosity along with some other products. I had used it a couple of times and it had then ended up in my ever-growing pile of beauty products. I thought I'd try it out properly now.
As I have mentioned in my previous reviews, The Body Shop is a company that makes beauty products using the finest, fair trade ingredients. Their products are of a good quality and are not tested on animals.
This product comes in a small cream coloured tub which looks like a tiny version of the body butter. As soon as you unscrew the lid, you are greeted by a pleasant smell. This lip butter smells quite a bit like shea butter in my opinion, and is a welcome change from all my fruity and floral scented products. The scent is light, nutty and comforting, somehow. The lip butter is the same cream colour as the tub. It is quite creamy so when you rub your fingertip on the surface, you get a decent amount of the lip butter on your finger tip. It glides quite easily onto my lips and looks a little cream-ish when first applied, but becomes colourless when you rub it in. It leaves your lips looking a little waxy and shiny like Vaseline does. It is very soothing to apply on chapped lips. When I wake up in the morning my lips are always moisturised and soft. According to the Body Shop website, these ingredients are responsible for this effect:
Shea butter - Moisturises and helps soften the lips.
Organic Beeswax - Moisturises and helps condition the lips. Acts as a barrier that helps to seal in moisture. Helps to keep product texture consistent, when used over time.
Vitamin E - Is an antioxidant that helps to soften, condition and protect the lips.
I can always feel the lip butter on my lips when I wake up, which means that if you don't eat or drink, this lip butter will last at least 8 hours, which is pretty great. You don't have to use a lot of the lip balm per application but since it is very creamy, it probably won't last too long. I expect mine to last between 4-6 weeks.
The lip butter comes in a 10 ml tub which retails for £4. As with all Body Shop products it can be bought at the Body Shop stores or online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
Would I buy this myself? Probably not because there are much cheaper lip balms out there that work just as well. I can understand why this product is so costly though, it contains some really nice ingredients like beeswax, vitamin E and shea butter and it just has a very luxurious feel to it. I may buy it to treat myself but I will not be purchasing this on a regular basis. However, that's just because I live on a budget. If you can afford to buy this product on a regular basis go ahead, because it really is a wonderful lip balm.
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