It's chapstick. Nothing more, nothing less.All in all, this lip balm is pretty ordinary. For an ordinary chap stick, you would think it would come with an ordinary price tag, but I was sadly mistaken. I thought that because this chapstick was so expensive that it had to be something special about it to make it so darn expensive. Unfortunately, it's just like all of the others. It moisturizes, yes, but that is something to be expected of a lip balm. 3 stars because of the quality you get versus the price that you pay for.
When applying to your lips, you have to roll the bottom wheel to get the tube to rotate upward. Once upward, you may glide the substance across your lips. It is very smooth and glides on easily. The best thing about it is that it doesn't leave those gooey clumps like some chapsticks. It has no real taste aside a mild waxy taste and it smells like a banana.
The smell does not strike my fancy, and actually it triggers my migraines. I have a horrid sensitivity to smells, especially artificial fruit smells, such as this. So that was a downside to getting this. I bought this at a local mall and didn't check the reviews on the web first, so I didn't know that this had a smell to it. I just looked at the cute packaging, put it on the counter, and off I went. Speaking of packaging, the chapstick comes in a white tube, with a pink sticky label going across it. The tamper seal is nearest to the cap. The label reads, "Crazy Girl" in back and "wanna be kissable" in black and pink with a cute little pink heart and it has a light pink background. If you are one who seeks out US made products, here ya go! This balm was manufactured in the US of A. Way to stimulate the economy!
The ingredients in this chapstick are: Octinoxate (7%)(sunscreen), Oxybenzone (4%)(sunscreen), Vitamin E, and Aloe Vera. Some of these ingredients are used for protection against the Sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays (SPF 15) and the balm does not contain any parabens, gluten, phthalates, sulfates, or triclosan. However, the two sunscreen ingredients have been known to cause irritation. So if you have sensitive skin, beware of this one.
The ingredients (4.5g) are basically a concoction of oils, heat may cause the chapstick to melt. Have you ever had a tub of coconut oil? In the refrigerator, it is a white, creamy but solid mass. In the heat, it is an almost clear colour with a yellowish tint and melted. This is what happens to this chapstick when you leave it in heat for extensive periods. Be sure to keep at room temperature.
I like that I don't have to reapply often. I have classes for about 4 hours a day at my local college and only need to reapply once. I do find it annoying that the balm does like to stick onto my cups and bottles. My drink then starts to taste a little waxy. The residue that was left on my lips after drying was also something that threw me for a loop. Because of this hefty price tag, I didn't expect these factors to exist.
All in all, it does what any other chapstick would but again, for the price, you'd expect far more than what you actually get. After all, you're not paying $7 just to settle for a tacky residue, excessively sugary banana scent and lingering, waxy taste.
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