Saturday, 9 February 2013

Lip Balm Special: Natio Moisturising SPF 30 / The Body Shop Vitamin E SPF 15 / Dr. Organic Manuka Honey SPF 15 (review)

Here's the (tweaked) review of sun-protection lip balms from The Body Shop and Dr. Organic, now also featuring luxury Australian skincare brand Natio with a mightily impressive SPF of 30.  Products made with sunscreen are better for day time use, no one wants fine lines around their lips developing as they age; protect them from the sun!  For reduced chemical, sunscreen-free lip balms please read Lip Balm Special: Dr. Hauschka / Burt's Bees Pomegranate / Lavera Basis Sensitiv.


Natio Moisturising Lip Balm

Natio Moisturising Lip Balm SPF 30+

This is a brilliant all-rounder.  Its ultra soft, fragrance-free formula glides easily over lips, leaving them moisturised and silken.  It shields your lips with an SPF of thirty and nourishes with vitamin e and aloe vera.  On top of all that it's water resistant for up to 4 hours!  It also leaves your lips with a shine - perhaps a bit too shiny for your average man, but Natio offer a 'manly' version that's low-sheen.  My only real gripes are that the turning wheel is fiddly and it's so much cheaper in Australia where it's made than it is in the U.K. (roughly £3.39 in Oz compared to £6.00 here.  Ouch!)


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Brand: Natio

Website: www.natio.com.au

Size: 4.0 g
Price: £6.00 (£150.00/100 g)

Manufactured: Australia

Part Ingredients: Octyl Methoxycinnamate 85mg/g, Octocrylene 50mg/g, Oxybenzone 25mg/g, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 20mg/g

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Natio only lists the lip balm's active ingredients, I can't find a full ingredients listing anywhere, but rest assured, Natio is marketed as a more natural cosmetics brand.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15

This very smooth feeling lip balm is a bit expensive, working out at nearly £1 a gram, but it is nice to use, though, and feels nourishing while effectively protecting from harsh weather conditionsThe SPF is a nice bonus. The stick is quite small, though, and the turning wheel is tiny making it tricky to use. There's only a faint fragrance; inoffensive is the word, I couldn't even tell you what it's meant to be! The packaging starts looking tatty very quickly, too, half the print rubbed off while in my bag.  Overall a good product, but not great value.


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Brand: The Body Shop

Website: www.thebodyshop.co.uk

Size: 4.2 g
Price: £4.00 (£95.24/100 g)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil (Emollient/Hair Conditioner), Olea europaea (Olive Oil) (Emollient), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Emulsifier/Emollient), Candelilla Cera (Candelilla Wax) (Stabiliser), Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-3, Cocos Nucifera, Tocopheryl Acetate, Calendula Officinalis, Vanilla Planifolia, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Echinacea Purpurea, Tocopherol

Dr. Organics and The Body Shop
Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Lip Balm SPF 15

Unlike The Body Shop lip balm above, this Dr. Organic one does have a distinctive smell to it; it's infused with manuka honey, but there are equally fragrant alternatives available such as tea tree oil and pomegranate. The twist up top is easy to use - even with gloves on - and the balm is smooth, but it does take a few uses to soften up enough for it to glide easily across your lips. It contains very nourishing ingredients, such as propolis, shea butter and vitamin e to sooth cracked lips and leave them feeling soft. I also found this balm left my lips with a subtle shine. Nothing as flagrant as lip gloss, of course, but enough sheen to give you a bright, fresh look. I also like the brightly coloured packaging, it makes it easier to find in the my deep, dark bags. Very impressed!


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Brand: Dr. Organic

Website: www.drorganic.co.uk

Size: 5.7 ml
Price: £3.25 (£57.02/100 ml)

Manufactured: Europe

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis Oil, Candelilla Cera, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Cera Alba, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Cera Microcristallina, Leptospermum Scoparium Oil (Manuka Honey), Propolis Cera, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum

4 comments:

  1. Could you maybe add a review of Softlips lip protectant by The Mentholatum Company? It's the only lip balm I use.

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  2. Is that the SPF 20 one? If it's the one I'm thinking of I'm not sure I could as I tend to avoid mineral oil based products. Rich might be able to, though!

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  3. It is. I don't know what the ingredients are, but I love it!

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  4. I haven't seen it in the shops before but I'll have a look out for it!

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