Tingling? Yes. Plumping? No.

Overall this is a nice lip balm if you're looking to try something natural that leaves your lips feeling fresh and tingling. However, if you're looking for a balm to give you sexy, pouty lips; this one isn't going to take you there. It's a nice feeling balm, but for $4.99, I expected a little something more from it.
Published:
Pros:
- Natural
- Great Smell
- Great Feel
Cons:
- Doesn't Plump
- Need to Reapply More Often
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review

Use

Dona plumping lip balm from System Jo is an aphrodisiac infused balm that's supposed to make your lips fuller and more sensual looking.

While this product seems to be targeted more toward women, it's not limited to a specific gender. This isn't meant to be used as a medical treatment and doesn't claim to help with chapped or cracked lips. It's primary use is to help 'plump' your lips, and if nothing else, keep them from getting chapped in the first place.

This balm can be applied as often and as thick as you'd like and can be used like any other standard chap stick to help moisturize your lips.

Dona products are well known for being natural, paraban free, cruelty free, and eco friendly; so there shouldn't be much of a worry about being sensitive to this balm or having an allergic reaction. Here are the ingredients, directly from the stick:
    • Mood enhancer

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

The texture of this balm is very nice. It doesn't have a thick waxy feeling, nor does it feel heavy or greasy; it gives a nice, light coat of moisturizing protection for your lips. The texture doesn't feel much different than a brand you would generally purchase from you local department store. When you press your lips together and rub them back and forth it feels nice and smooth, not gritty, lumpy, or anything negative.


It doesn't look very nice when you first open the tube, but once you've used it a few times, it has a much smoother look to it.

When you first apply the lip balm, you instantly notice a tingling sensation. It almost feels minty, but doesn't taste or smell that way. The tingle makes you feel a fresh feeling on your lips, and lasts for approximately thirty minutes before fading. The sensation fades before you have the need to reapply the balm. The tingling sensation can be lightly felt on your tongue as well, if you happen to lick your lips.



    • Smooth
    • Velvety

Taste / Aroma

Dona Plumping Lip Balm comes in six different 'flavors'; Camu Camu, Blue Lotus, Goji Berry, Pomegranate, Mangosteen, and the one I'm reviewing; Acai.

The label on this lip balm says that it's Acai Passion Fruit. It has a light berry/fruity smell to it, but isn't overbearing or unpleasant. It's just enough that you can lightly smell it when it's on your lips, and really have to put the stick up to your nose to get a good whiff. It's a very mild, appropriate strength as far as scents go.

The balm itself doesn't taste like much. It feels a little waxy on your tongue, but doesn't give off a powerful taste. In fact, it doesn't taste any different than an 'original' flavor of Chapstick, which is nice, especially if you're planning on locking lips with your lover.
    • Light smell
    • Light taste
    • Smells good

Performance

This balm lasts a fairly long time before you feel the need to reapply, but does need to be used more often than a typical chap stick. I would say I reapply about every forty-five minutes to an hour, depending on what I'm doing.

If the balm feels a little heavy on your lips, you can always rub it in a little bit better with your fingers and it helps it to absorb faster than if you were to just leave it. Obviously temperature will play a factor in how well it absorbs and how easily it's applied.

As far as plumping, there's no noticeable difference. I took photos before I applied, and twenty minutes after to show a comparison. Nothing changed in that amount of time, and no matter how many times I catch myself by a mirror, it doesn't look any different.
BEFORE

AFTER


As you can see, it did leave my lips looking glossy, but there was no plump whatsoever!
    • Absorbs into skin nicely
    • Feels natural

Packaging

This lip balm comes in a standard tube the same size as any other chap stick you would purchase in the store. You get .15 ozs of lip balm in each tube.

The label on the balm is nice looking, but does state that it's supposed to be a plumping balm, and also says on the cap that it's 'Aphrodisiac Infused'. Both the label and the sticker on the cap are easily removed, leaving only the black tube which makes it very discreet.




What I find to be odd about the label is that it has a website (www.DONAbyJO.com) that I was unable to find online. I'm not sure if they changed their website or not, but I did find that to be strange to have that on there.

Because this is the same size as a standard chap stick, it fits easily in your purse, backpack, pocket, etc. Just please keep in mind that if you leave it in your pocket, it will warm up and have a little bit of a different consistencey than if left at room temperature.
    • Discreet looking packaging
    • Minimal
    • Travel friendly
Follow-up commentary
I didn't love the product to begin with, but I didn't mind it. At this point, after having used it for a while, I can't say I'd get another stick of it. Its texture isn't as nice as I had first thought, and a lot of the other balms I use are much nicer. After being used for a while, it does feel a little lumpy when applied and it ends up annoying me rather than making me want to reach for more.
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Comments
  • skeeterlynn
    skeeterlynn  
    Thank you for the review
  • Stinkytofu10
    Stinkytofu10  
    Great review, thank you!
  • chikisses
    chikisses  
    Sucks that it didn't plump.
  • sasshole
    sasshole  
    sorry to hear that it doesn't plump
  • Ms. Summer
    Ms. Summer  
    Thanks for the review.
  • CaliGirl
    CaliGirl  
    Thanks for the review
  • unfulfilled
    unfulfilled  
    Great review sorry it didn't plump for you. I haven't found anything that has. The [http://www.systemJo.com] that's written on the back of my Volt website isn't properly running either, not to the extent that I needed it. (same company different product line)
  • PropertyOfPotter
    PropertyOfPotter  
    Yeah, it's strange that the websites aren't working properly, I would think they'd keep up on things like that.
  • Pudyqat
    Pudyqat  
    Good review -- I don't think anything truly "plumps" lips....
  • Rod Ronald
    Rod Ronald  
    Thanks for the review
  • sweetpea12
    sweetpea12  
    Thanks for the great review!
  • allgood1
    allgood1  
    nice review.
  • RememberMe
    RememberMe  
    Nice.
  • *Camoprincess*
    *Camoprincess*  
    Thanks for the review, its a shame it didn't plump
  • ginnyluvspotter
    ginnyluvspotter  
    Thanks for the review!
  • Petite Cannibal
    Petite Cannibal  
    Very useful information. I appreciate the review, and thanks!
  • Mrs.Tee
    Mrs.Tee  
    Would have hate that it didnt plump, dont know how well i would like that tingling sensation either. Great review, thanks for sharing
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