eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 3-Pack review, photos: Sweet Mint, Vanilla Bean, and Pomegranate Raspberry | The Gift Guide

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Limited Edition 3-Pack review

The product: eos evolution of smooth Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Limited Edition 3-Pack

   ↳ Sweet Mint, Pomegranate Raspberry, and spherical-only-in-this-set Vanilla Bean

Ahhh! Another holiday season, another Gift Guide series. This year, we’re starting off with eos’ limited-edition lip balm trio: a great drugstore pick-me up that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love the Smooth Spheres, from my boyfriend to my best friend (read: sister). They’re surprising, sweet-smelling, and unbearably cute — plus, with the subdued rainbow of colours you can find them in, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find one that’ll suit you.

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eos pomegranate mint vanilla smooth sphere review

The formula: As I’ve said in the past, the Smooth Sphere formula is a good one — but it’s not the best. It’s 100% natural (95% organic) and gluten-free, with a well-balanced sweetness (sweet-but-not-too-sweet), both in fragrance and flavour. Er, not that I’ve intentionally tasted these because they smelled delicious, or anything.

What keeps the Smooth Spheres from reaching holy grail status is their level of hydration: some find their shea butter, vitamin E, and jojoba base to be deeply hydrating, but my lips need something with a little (a lot) more oomph. To be on the safe side, I’d say that they’re mildly hydrating: somewhere around Maybelline Baby Lips, but below Aquaphor and far below my beloved Bobbi Brown & Osmia Organics lip balms.

The flavours (I can say “flavours” for these, right?) 

eos sweet mint smooth sphere review

eos smo0th sphere in sweet mint

Sweet Mint is my #1 favourite Smooth Sphere, and for good reason. It’s sweet and minty, in that oh god eat me now kind of way, and tingles just a touch. If you love minty balms but you don’t want anything to aggressively (read: irritatingly) minty, this is a fun one to have in your stash.

eos vanilla bean smooth sphere review

eos smooth sphere in vanilla bean

Vanilla Bean isn’t a must-have for me, but it’s a surprisingly nice vanilla. I’m not usually a fan of the scent in general, but eos does it softly and… smoothly. (Sorry, I had to go there). If this was sold in a duo with Sweet Mint, I think it would sell out in no time! Vanilla fans, be aware: the Vanilla Bean Smooth Sphere is exclusive to this set.

eos pomegranate raspberry smooth sphere review

eos smooth sphere in pomegranate raspberry

I’ve left Pomegranate Raspberry, my least favourite, for last. It’s not a bad scent by far, but it’s not my favourite Smooth Sphere — it smells good, but not salivation-levels of good, you know? (Points to eos for getting this to smell like both pomegranate and raspberry, though, no matter how subtle. I’m sure it wasn’t the easiest feat!)

eos lip balm 3-pack review photos smooth sphere

The verdict?

If you love eos’ Smooth Spheres, or you know someone who would (spoiler: everyone on your gift-giving list would, even your grumpy great-aunt), this set would make a pretty cute Christmas tree gift-ornament. That said, these three aren’t my absolute must have spheres, as far as scent goes — though they do look very Holiday-appropriate!

If I had to pick my three favourite Smooth Spheres, in order, they would be Sweet MintBlueberry Açai, and Summer Fruit. 

Availability:$9.99 USD, limited edition. Or, get them separately: Sweet Mint, Pomegranate Raspberry, and Vanilla Bean (the Smooth Sphere is exclusive to this set, but you can still get the flavour in stick form).

eos smooth sphere review photos

The ingredients

Sweet Mint: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Peppermint Oil, Shea Butter, Stevia Extract, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool.

Vanilla Bean: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Natural Flavor, Shea Butter, Stevia Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Vanilla Extract.

Pomegranate Raspberry: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Natural Flavor, Shea Butter, Stevia Extract, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Sunflower Seed Oil, Raspberry Leaf Extract, Linalool.

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  • I think they'd just be awkward to hold.. which is why I haven't purchased one yet.

    I usually stick to Burt's Bees.

  • Oh these are really fun! My daughter loves them and they're a hit at her school. You should see the funny face she makes when she puts some on! Since she already has several I would pass on this set but it would be a good gift for her to give to a friend. Too bad they missed on pomegranate/rapsberry.
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    • Hah! I can imagine — my mom looks hilarious when she uses her Smooth Sphere, too :p (Honeysuckle Honeydew, but I have a sneaking suspicion that she's going to need a new one pretty soon. I wonder if she'll want Pomegranate Raspberry…)

  • mizzjblog

    Definitely the cutest and most annoying packaging for any lip balm I've tried. Product-wise, they're decent lip balms, but I probably wouldn't buy one again b/c the spherical shape takes up so much room in your purse!

    • Too true! The shape is actually what has me hooked on these, though — it's awful for throwing into handbags, but serves the double-function of serving as a surprisingly effective massage tool :p

  • Kate & Zena

    I think these are SOOOOO cute to look at, but they are so not for me. I can't handle flavored and scented lip balms…and honestly, who can beat Nivea A Kiss of Moisture? I LOVE that puppy. I've gone through soooooooooo many tubes of my Nivea (seriously, if they ever stopped making them….I'd be hoarding them. HOARDING!!!!)

    I'd just like to scoop out all of the crap in them and line them all up. They are so cute. HA HA HA! Is that so horrible? HA HA HA?

    (Oh, you are a horrible influence I'll have you know. I bought my Fossil purse, my Fossil wallet and another Fossil wallet for my hair things….and then bought a chubby stick at Carson's. I got the cherry color. BAD INFLUENCE! BAD BAD BAD INFLUENCE. And then I had to look at alllllllll of the chubby eye sticks and wondered how I could finagle my mom into those….bad influence lady, bad influence. My mom asks me if I remember the other glosses and sticks I own and I say, "Yes." I just, um, like pencils at the moment. HA HA HA. WHY ARE THEY SO EASY?!)

    • WHOOOOO, Chubby!! I hope you love, Katie. (I love the new Fossil things you've posted on IG recently, by the way! Especially that owl.)

      Pencils are pretty swell :D So are these, though!! I've emptied out two of them for use as massage tools, instead — they're killer for working on/working out myofascial trigger points. Their selling points are really the packaging and scents, though — not exactly suited for you :P The super tasty smells are half the point!

      • Kate & Zena

        The owl is so cute. I hold my hair things in there. It's easier than trying to fish them out of the bottom!

        I had to get my hair cut short and it's mostly bobbed (well, short for me. The back is at my armpit) because of my hair loss. I'm bummed. It was so long! It was at just below my bra strap! My head feels like a bobblehead at the moment because I lost so much hair between hair loss and my cut. IT SUCKS, DUDE. IT TOTALLY SUCKS.

        • I FEEL YOU, GIRL. I am so over this hair loss thing, grrr.

          I am sure your hair still looks gorgeous as usual! I haven't noticed the thinning in your IG posts :)

          • Kate & Zena

            It was ALL in the back, dude. All in the back. I nearly cried. I very nearly cried when we were talking about how to fix it. I should post a photo. I'm still getting used to my layered lob "thing." I'm not sure what to call it!

          • :( :( :(

            Have you tried taking anything for it? And do you know what's causing it? My methotrexate is probably why I'm losing mine, and I'm on biotin — not sure if it's actually helping, but I'm kind of afraid to stop just in case :/

          • Kate & Zena

            We think it's stress caused from being in so much pain. It seems to have gone down since I've gotten a better pain killer. I took prescription Naproxen for a week to get it in my system and working and I take it before exercise (um, which I should be getting 3 days a week at least. I am so far flunking there. What? IT'S COLD!!!!) and when I hurt. I also need to stay warm as a spring chicken to help ward of pain and because my toes turn purple when they are cold (and my fingers turn bright red.)

          • Oh, Kate :( Sending you so much love — I am so sorry that you're in so much pain. Hope you're feeling better soon. Hit it hard now (but not too hard, of course), and hopefully you can get it to manageable levels before it comes even more difficult to do so!

  • I bought this today at CVS for a stocking stuffer for my fiance! This is the only lip balm he likes and will actually use. I adore these for their shape – they make it so easy to find them in purses! I'm totally hoping he'll give me the Vanilla Bean one. If not….it may go missing shortly after Christmas….is all I'm saying. ;)
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    • LOL!! I think my Vanilla Bean might be the only one going to the boy — I'm not crazy about the scent, and he likes the beige :p

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  • Emma

    Were did you get vanila bean eso

    • You should be able to find them at most drugstores in North America! :)