Luxury lip balm by Body Language - review by Antipova

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Luxury lip balm

Lip balm by Body Language

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CinnaMint Luxury

A light pleasant scent, a subtle softness---Body Language's CinnaMint Luxury Lip Balm offers everything those who go for a natural look and feel will want in a lip balm. The simple ingredients soften your lips without adding any color or sparkle, and they absorb within 40 minutes, leaving no residue to be washed off. The CinnaMint flavor is a pleasant combination---both cinnamon and peppermint are present but not overpowering. Those who want a simple lip balm, look no further!
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Pros:
Nice scent, light feel, no color, quality ingredients
Cons:
Cinnamon can sting a bit if your lips are actually chapped, softens if kept in pocket
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

Use

Body Language's Natural Lip Balm in CinnaMint is a lovely, light, colorless lip balm perfect for those who want a hint of nice scent and lips smoother than natural with no glossy sticky residue. The simple ingredients list bespeaks a simple product which does its job well.

The CinnaMint Natural Lip Balm is exactly what I like in a cosmetic---light and pleasant but hardly noticeable. With a light application and a few minutes for absorption, no lip marks will be left on kissing partners or teacups, but the minty cinnamon scent will linger for almost a half-hour. The balm adds a subtle smoothness that can be felt when pursing your lips, but doesn't show up from across the room. This lip balm is better used for augmentation than for actual chapped lip repair, as cinnamon can 'warm up' actually chapped lips to the point of mild discomfort.

Body Language's Lip Balm is made of only a few ingredients---but the ingredients list is unspecific and oblique. The ingredients listed on the bottle are bold---I am assuming that "macadamia nut" means "macadamia nut oil," (and the other ingredients follow) because the resulting product is definitely a blend of oils and waxes that softens at body temperature, rather than a nut butter. "Sustainable" is totally open to the reader's interpretation as well.

Macadamia Nut is the seed of an Australian plant, common as an edible nutmeat, higher and fat and lower in protein than other oft-eaten nuts like peanuts and cashews. This lip balm is probably made with oil extracted from these nuts. Sustainable Coconut is the likely the oil of the coconut (though what is meant by 'sustainable' isn't clear). Beeswax is a compound naturally produced by honeybees keeping their hives. It is malleable, though melts well above body temperature, so is useful in holding this lip balm together while adding a sweet scent. Sustainable Palm Kernel is presumably the oil of the palm kernel---it is more hydrogenated than oil of palm that doesn't come from the kernel, and lets the balm maintain a solid texture. Jojoba (oil) is a liquid ester wax produced from the seed of the jojoba plant, native to Mexico. Castor (oil) is a fat which is liquid at room temperature which improves the glossiness of the lips. Peppermint and Cinnamon Bark Essential Oils are the essential oils of the peppermint (plant? If so, the hybrid cross between spearmint and watermint) and cinnamon bark (this might also be cassia?) The peppermint contributes to a cooling sensation, while the cinnamon contributes to a warming sensation, while both of these oils combine to create CinnaMint's scent.

Those with nut allergies or beeswax allergies should seek out a different lip gloss, and those with skin that's particularly sensitive to peppermint or cinnamon might want to choose a different flavor from the Luxury Lip Balm line. Those who prefer to know the latin names of the sources of their ingredients should look harder, too, because Body Language is not more descriptive on their website either.
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Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

Body Language's CinnaMint lip balm is a soft solid in the tube, but due to the natural ingredients it can melt if it's kept in your pocket or hot car. Keeping it in a purse or in a drawer should help it stay in its natural, silken usable form.

The texture is ideal---slick enough to make your lips glide softly, but not so slick as to leave residue on your cups and kissing partners. It gradually soaks into your skin over thirty-five to forty minutes, and won't need to be washed or wiped off.

It can be easy to overapply if you've let your tube soften in your pocket, but so long as it's kept at room temperature rather than body temperature, application in the right amount is simple.
    • Not too thick
    • Silky
    • Smooth

Taste / Aroma

CinnaMint's scent, just like its name, is an easy-to-enjoy portmanteau of cinnamon and mint. The cinnamon and peppermint come out in equal intensities, and neither is overwhelming---you can still smell and taste a bit of the gentle oils and beeswax as the lip balm's base. The CinnaMint scent won't be noticed by everyone in the grocery store checkout, and you and your kissing partner will be the only ones to enjoy it.

The scent lasts only twenty to thirty minutes, which is about ten minutes less than the silken feeling of the oils lasts. I prefer a scent that won't follow me around all day, so this is ideal for users like me.

Thanks to the lack of synthetic fragrances, the CinnaMint scent of Body Language's Luxury Lip Balm line does not trigger my fragrance sensitivities. Even those with tender noses should be able to enjoy this scent.
    • Light smell
    • Light taste
    • Smells good

Performance

Body Language's Luxury Lip Balm in CinnaMint is exactly what I would hope for in a lip balm. It is not medicating and not for healing chapped lips---instead, it is for adding a subtle shine, an easy glide, and a refreshing peppermint/cinnamon aroma to your lips. The scent last 20-30 minutes and the silken feeling lasts 30-40 minutes, and neither needs to be washed off. The gentle ingredients feel natural on the skin and are absorbed without leaving any residue. Though the balm can get kind of melty if you keep it in your pocket, so long as this Luxury Lip Balm is stored somewhere room temperature your lips will revel in its simple feeling and fragrance.

Packaging

Body Language packages their lip balm in a 0.15oz tube (this seems to be the standard lip balm size). A simple pop-off cap lets you access the balm, and a screw platform keeps the product at the right level. The packaging is sophisticated, though it seems like the label might be easy to peel off if you don't like the look of cinnamon sticks (or if you fidget).

The packaging proclaims Body Language's name, the line of the lip balm, the ingredients (vaguely), and Body Language's website (which actually redirects to a different page, but does successfully land at Body Language in the end).
    • Can be opened with one hand
    • Easy to use / dispense
    • Travel friendly
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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Comments
  • Do emu
    Do emu  
    I am so in love with cinnamon, but have also noticed that with chapped lips it stings like hell. I wish this were back in stock! Thanks for sharing.
  • DollySays
    DollySays  
    Thanks for the review!
  • spiced
    spiced  
    Thanks for a great review! I hope this becomes available. "Sustainable" coconut refers to the way it was grown. Here's some more on sustainability
  • tami
    tami  
    thanks
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