What it is: Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil.
The basics: This balm has a very distinctive scent, but it’s one that I can’t quite put my finger on. There are a lot of potential culprits for the scent hidden in the ingredients, though, so I’m sure one of them is to be held accountable for it! Either way, I was put off by the scent at first, but I was soon hooked — it smells earthy, but at the same time almost edible. A strange combination, I know!
I really thought this was going to be more pigmented, like the gorgeous red-raspberry colour it has in the tube. Instead, it’s very sheer, and just makes my lips look cushy and well-hydrated. But hey, I’m not complaining!
The wear: While this wasn’t the most moisturising balm I’ve ever tried, it certainly wasn’t the least moisturising one, either. I did really appreciate how much moisture it imparted, and would certainly recommend it! If you have chronically dry lips, it won’t solve all your problems, but for normal to slightly dry lips, I think it’ll do the trick.
As for wear time, Burts’ Replenishing Balm is decent. It didn’t take me all the way from breakfast (7AM) to lunch (noon,) but I wasn’t reapplying every fifteen minutes! I’d say that this probably lasts about three hours on me, without eating. Better than plain ‘ol ChapStick, but not as good as a targeted dry-lip ointment may be!
The ingredients: (ahhh big words. Frightening!)
helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, lanolin, aroma (flavor), punica granatum (pomegranate) oil, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), carmine, benzyl salicylate, cinnamal, citral, eugenol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linalool
The unexpected good stuff: Don’t quote me on this, because I haven’t experienced it myself, but this balm supposedly holds up fabulously in hot and cold weather. A friend of mine noticed it on my desk, instantly gasped, and started to sing its praise! There’s quite the temperature range here in Alberta (-30 to +30 degrees Celsius,) and apparently, this Burt’s balm doesn’t get too soft or too hard, even if you leave it in the car all year ’round!
The verdict? After initially not being impressed, this one really grew on me — and I now carry it around almost all the time! Definitely give it a try, I honestly can’t imagine Burt’s Replenishing Lip Balm disappoiting you.