Minty breath freshening lip balm by Not Soap Radio - review by Ryuson

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Minty, but not for my breath

This product seemed like a bit of a gimmick, but if you go into it thinking that it's just a minty lip balm you may not be too disappointed. Between the nasty ingredients and the thin consistency this doesn't seem worth the price at all, but it does come in an adorable bottle and smell pleasant. I feel that 3 stars is being lenient.
Published:
Pros:
Smells minty, cooling and tingly, sweet flavor, nice size
Cons:
Nasty ingredients, too thin, doesn't heal lips, needs constant reapplication, doesn't help breath
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review

Use

This lip gloss comes in a small pot and is intended to be used on the lips. It isn't supposed to be used to heal lips that are dry or damages, and doesn't even seem to be intended to seal already healthy lips. It's more of a novelty than a beauty product in my book. You may be able to use it to achieve a light 'tingling' sensation suring oral sex, but the chemicals may do more harm than good down there.

Because of the minty flavor and scent, this isn't the most masculine lip product. Men may find both the packaging and the scent offputting, but the product itself is neutral gendered. If the guys don't mind having sweet, minty lips this won't be a big deal, though.

The ingredients are as follows;

Petrolatum, Cottonseed Oil, Flavoring.

Perolatum is simply another name for pertoleum, something that is derived from oil. It's the main ingredient in gasoline. I personally try and avoid beauty products with it as a main ingredient because it smothers cells, damages skin, and ages skin prematurely.

As with all beauty products, you should do a spot test on your skin before using this on your lips. Some women do have adverse reactions to petrolatum.
    • Oral

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

Before I got a few products from this line to review I had been using the Bacio Me lip balm by Principessa beauty; it had me spoiled. This line of lip care balms, this one especially, are much thinner than even standard chapped stick. While they do feel a bit slicker and lighter, they don't form as much of a barrier between your lips and the outside world.

This gloss can either be applied with a lip gloss brush or your finger. Using your finger is nice because it makes it much more convenient, but you are also smearing any finger germs you may have picked up around your mouth. On the other hand, using a lip gloss brush is a lot less convenient and hard to stash into a purse or bag. It's up to you, but I personally use my finger.

When applied, this gloss stays in place very well. It doesn't kiss off onto my boyfriend at all or leave any taste on his lips, which is a common complaint I hear from him about my 'lip stuff.' It also doesn't tend to rub off onto clothing or anything.

After it dries (or gets absorbed, or gets ingested: wherever lip gloss goes when it's no longer on your lips) it doesn't leave any sort of residue behind. This is nice because it's always a pain to have greasy lips.

Minty Blue
    • Slick
    • Smooth
    • Thin

Taste / Aroma

This lip gloss smells similar to spearment gum; it's a very cool, minty scent that is pleasant enough. It's not powerful enough after applied to give me a headache and I find that it fades completely after about 10 minutes. It's not powerful enough for someone next to me to smell it, but my boyfriend could while kissing me.

It tastes fairly minty as well, but I would describe it as being mainly sweet. It's not too waxy of a sweet flavor, but it does taste a bit artificial. It's not tasty enough to make you want to lick your lips, but if you do get it in your mouth it isn't gross. If you're eating or drinking it doesn't interfere with the flavor of your food.

While the scent fades rather quickly, the taste stays on my lips for about 30-40 minutes. It does dissipate faster if I'm eating, but I wouldn't get this if you dislike sweet lip products.
    • Light taste
    • Smells good
    • Strong smell

Performance

My main issue with thin lip glosses is that they need reapplication so often, especially living in such a dry climate. I really feel like I have to put this on at least once an hour in order to not feel like my lips are drying out. Part of the problem may be the damaging ingredients, but I think that it also has a lot to do with it being such a thin product.

If you do have an adverse reaction and need to wash this off, it's super easy to remove with soap and water. if you just want to have less of it on your lips you can wash it off and let it fade naturally, but the taste will still remain on your lips.

While it doesn't last very long, as it fades it doesn't get sticky or gooey like a lot of glosses tend to. It's a very natural feeling after this fades, which is again, something in it's favor. I do have to warn that if you already have hurt or damaged lips this may make them a bit worse.
    • Absorbs into skin nicely
    • Dries up too fast
    • Reapply often

Packaging

You get .33 ounces of this lip balm and it comes in a small, travel sized jar. It's a good size to toss into a purse, but may prove too large for a pocket. It's made of hard black and white plastic and screws together. While I haven't had any trouble with this leaking you still shouldn't let it melt on it's side because it may seep through the cracks a bit. On the top is a blue sticker that says the name of the product and brand, and on the bottom is a small sticker that lists the ingredients.

Minty Jar

Minty VS Pen
    • Discreet looking packaging
    • Easy to use / dispense
    • Travel friendly

Special Features

This lip gloss does have a slight tingling effect on the lips. It mostly just feels very 'cool' and 'minty.' Compared to the one type of cooling sexual product I've tried it's a lot less intense. This may add a slight tingling if you use it during oral sex, but I personally wouldn't recommend it because of the ingredients. It doesn't have a numbing effect at all.
    • Cooling
    • Tingling

Personal comments

Petrolieum has also been linked to some types of cancers and, as is seen with all of the oil dependency right now, is bad for the environment. I personally am not thrilled with my body absorbing the main ingredient in gasoline, but I suppose that people less concerned than I am will be able to look past this flaw. You can read more here:
http://www.naturalnews.com/031621_beauty_products_petroleum.html

Experience

While this seems to be a cute idea, there are too many things that turn me off of this lip balm. Due to the ingredients it really doesn't lock in moisture or protect lips, it just makes them a bit slicker and smell minty. While it's a fun novely, I don't want my lip balm to be all fun and games.

I feel like this would be fine for someone who doesn't mind the iffy ingredients and who doesn't like or need a thick product to protect their lips. Living in the desert, my lips are under constant assault so I've grown to appreciate products that form a shield.

I am giving this product 3 stars. I docked one because of how thin it is and how often I have to reapply it, and I docked a second one because the main ingredient does more harm than good to lips.
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Comments
  • bayosgirl
    Great review as always but I have to ask, why did you buy it if you're concerned about petroleum? (which I am, too.)
  • ksparkles16
    Great job!
  • The Mother of a SiNner
    great review ty!
  • Ryuson
    @Bayos girl- I had also looked at several other lip balms by them, none of which contained petroleum, so it didn't even occur to me to check this one! Some it seems do, but some have better ingredients.
  • Kitka
    Great review! Too bad the ingredients aren't that great.
  • sweetiejo
    Awesome review sucks that it has petroleum in it though.
  • A.Mari
    great review
  • unfulfilled
    Great review; sucks that it had petroleum in it.
  • EchoEcho
    TY, good review.
  • Forever17
    thank you!!!!
  • pitonno
    thank u
  • Ariel6909
    thanks for the review!
  • LavenderSkies
    Thanks!
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