Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair review, photos | The one winter lip balm you absolutely need to own

Monday, January 20, 2014

Osmia Organics Lip Repair review comparison Honey-Myrrh

The product: Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair

Have you met Osmia Organics yet? Until very late last year, I hadn’t — and I wasn’t all that interested in the line. Sure, their packaging was pretty, and everyone else seemed to love them, but niche organic lines seem to be a dime a dozen these days. What’s one from the next one, right?

Wrong. Their range is relatively small, but everything is such a joy to use: naturally-fragranced, packaged in the most beautiful, basic glassware, and run by a small business owner in a mind-blowingly idyllic, dreamy, snowy Colorado nook. I’m a convert, you guys — and this lip balm is a big reason why.

Editor’s note: Win this (and a few of my other Osmia favourites) here!

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Osmia Organics Honey Myrrh Lip Repair review – unbroken surface

The formula: Osmia makes sure to note that this “Lip Repair” isn’t quite the same as your standard lip balm. Formulated with organic manuka honey, myrrh extract, and lanolin, it’s designed to heal dry and cracked lips in a matter of days.

The surface of your new balm needs to be “broken” with the tip of your finger or the back of your fingernail before use (it forms a stiff layer after being poured and cooled, but no product needs to be removed or wasted), which I think is just the coolest thing — as a lip balm addict, anything new and different is always interesting to try. Once broken, the balm is much softer and more emollient, working easily into the lips and forming a comforting layer.

Osmia Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair Review

Osmia Organics Honey Myrrh Lip Repair review – broken/cracked surface

The wear: The Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair isn’t lipgloss-sticky, but it sticks around. While drugstore lip balms like Maybelline Baby Lips & Labello/Nivea have me reaching to re-apply every hour (minimally), Osmia’s Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair lasts from meal to meal, and wears well overnight. Yes, you can really feel it on your lips (it’s a lot tackier than a a tube of Chapstick), but honestly?

For lads & ladies with dry lips, you want your lip balm to stick — that’s what makes it great.

The (impressively short and natural) ingredients list:

Castor Bean Oil, Beeswax, Cupuacu Butter, Lanolin, Manuka Honey, Tamanu Oil, Gmo-Free Vitamine E Oil, Wild Myrrh Co2, and Bergamot FCF Essential Oil.

Osmia Organics review - Honey Myrrh Lip Repair balm

But does it work?: In one, short, succinct word, yes.

While not quite as effective for my lips as Bobbi Brown’s Lip Balm SPF 15 (my go-to overnight lip hydrator and healer), Osmia’s Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair comes a very close second. It wears just a fraction shorter and doesn’t prime lips in the same way, but I think a lot of people will be more comfortable with Osmia’s version. It’s a little less sticky and much more natural, carrying a strong herby/natural scent rather than a strong synthetic one. I love my Bobbi Brown lip balm, but it feels like slapping a chemical salve on my lips — not exactly pleasant.

Of all of the lip balms I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried a lot), this is my second favourite, falling very close behind the first. It is hands-down the best natural option, and works wonders on very dry, cracked lips! 

Osmia Organics review - Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair

The verdict?

If you’re on the market for a new lip balm, please give Osmia’s a try. It’s a little pricy at $22 USD, but it hydrates and nourishes the lips quickly and beautifully, touting an ingredients list so clean that it’s well worth the cost.

Don’t get me wrong: I wear a ton of non-organic, non-natural products on my lips, but it just feels kind of weird to be doing it overnight. Like, where do nighttime lip balms go? You’re not wiping them off before dinner, but they’re almost always gone by the morning — are they all over your pillowcases? Did they seep into your skin while you slept? Did you eat them by accident while dreaming about cake?

Osmia’s Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair won’t disappear in the dead of night like some sketchy one-night stand, and the most frightening thing in it comes from sheep. I wish it was less strongly scented, but aside from that? Colour me impressed.

Availability: $22 USD/0.28 oz at Osmia Organics. International shipping available!

Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair review

Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair review

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Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair cracked, up-close…

Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh up close cracked

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20 Responses to “Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair review, photos | The one winter lip balm you absolutely need to own”

  1. mostlysunnybunny, on January 20th, 2014 at 7:29 am said:

    I really need to try something from Osmia soon! It seems like all of a sudden EVERYONE is raving about the brand, and I'm a bit of a lip balm addict too so naturally I'm curious!
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  2. abeautifulzen, on January 20th, 2014 at 3:51 pm said:

    this looks really good and i agree with sunny, ive been hearing more and more about osmia lately. getting very curious!
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  3. kimberlyloc, on January 20th, 2014 at 4:20 pm said:

    Osmia is one of my favorite brands. I focus on green beauty, and I'm curious what made you take the leap with Osmia. There are a TON of amazing niche organic beauty brands, but I do agree, some are better than others as far as packaging / efficiency. What turned you on to Sarah's creations! I'm a devotee to her soaps and body oils, but pretty much everything she makes is incredible (and affordable compared to both conventional + other natural lines).

  4. I love what I am hearing, but I think it's a shame that it comes in a jar :-( That makes it a no-no for on the go for me. I'd still use it at home though. I do that with all my jar lip balms. Because yeah, a lot of natural lip balms are packaged like that, so boo.

  5. I hate jar packaging, too, but the best balms always seem to come in jars! I think it may be a texture thing — with this one, for instance, I don't think a stick would work (as it forms a natural waxy layer on top).

  6. I love your blog, Kimberly! :) My interest in Osmia was relatively minimal while I was hearing everyone else talk about it — they were definitely on my radar, but I usually turn down skincare partnership requests as my own skin is pretty finicky. Alberta was crazy dry and cold at the end of last year, though, so I really wanted to try this & Juniper Fire — so I guess those are what changed my mind!

  7. They're worth getting curious about, Jenn! ;)

  8. So good, Sunny. If you've never tried this or the Bobbi Brown lip balm (or Reve de Miel, possibly — I haven't tried that one so I can't say), they're truly in a class of their own. Nothing at all like Creme de Rose, Aquaphor, Carmex, etc!

  9. glambunctious, on January 26th, 2014 at 6:09 pm said:

    Well. Now i need this. Thanks, Rae!
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  10. Np! As an on-the-sly heads up… it may be in a giveaway soon, so watch this spot ;)

  11. *ears perk*
    Always interested in fantastic new lip balms to try on my forever-dry lips. Is it too much to hope it might do good things for my eczema too? *___*
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  12. Oh man, I really hope so!! It has tons of gentle, good-for-you stuff in it. The formula, though heavy, doesn't seem to break me out around my lips if I apply "outside the lines" — which is definitely a bonus if you have eczema around your edges or in the corners.

    This might sound a little weird, but have you ever tried applying an intensive face cream before lip balm? M and I will put Nivea on our lips when we really need hydration, and I'll then proceed to lock it in place with this. It's like a double whammy of hydration — instant relief from the face cream, and long-lasting results from the Lip Repair.

    Anyhow, sorry for talking your ear off! I've been writing an essay for the past few hours and I'm kind of in zombie mode *.*

  13. Thank you for the thoughtful reply! <3 I have basically an eczema mustache and a bit in the corners D: I'm definitely attracted by fact that this lip balm hangs on throughout the night so I'll pick this up for my lips and eczema.

    This is actually a pretty great idea! I've tried intensive face creams on my eczema but it never occurred to me to use it on my lips too. I've also recently discovered my lips seem to need exfoliating much more frequently than regular people, so I've been gently exfoliating my lips every morning with a washcloth, which has helped. I'll remember to use a little extra face cream on my lips next time :D
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  17. I hope it helps, Angela! *pats Nivea-comforted lips together happily* <3

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  19. glambunctious, on February 2nd, 2014 at 11:26 pm said:

    You da bomb, Rae! Thanks for the head's up!
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