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eos Sweet Mint, Summer Fruit, and Blueberry Acai lip balm reviews, photos | The best lip balm under $5

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The product: eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Sweet Mint, Summer Fruit, and Blueberry Açai

I don’t typically re-review products, but in the case of eos’ Smooth Sphere Lip Balms, I think I have to change my tune.

When I reviewed these the first time around, I focused on Honeydew Melon — which, as it turns out, is kind of the runt of the litter, scent-wise. But I’ve been leaning on these since my Beautycounter review in June, and they’ve really stepped up to the plate: the 95% organic, 100% natural formula doesn’t make me feel so bad about how much lip balm I probably ingest, and they do their job when it comes to keeping my lips hydrated from day to day.

I have a whole friggin’ bunch of these, but here: these are my three favourites of the moment.

eos sweet mint smooth sphere review

eos smooth sphere lip balm in sweet mint

Sweet Mint

What really started off my current Smooth Sphere obsession is the line’s Sweet Mint variation. No less hydrating than its fruity counterparts, Sweet Mint is, well, both extremely minty and (like all eos lip balms!) sweetened with all-natural stevia. It’s thinner and more slippery than a Burt’s Bees lip balm, with a different peppermint scent — it’s sweeter, and smells less like peppermint patties.

The thing about Sweet Mint, however, is that it goes bad really fast. I’ve gone through two of these so far, and I find that they can only make it through one summer before starting to smell “off” — despite the fact that I’ve had other eos balms for twice as long (or longer). At this price, I’ll keep re-buying anyways, but it’s worth noting.

(Also available in stick form!)

eos Sweet Mint lip balm ingredients:

Olive Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Peppermint Oil, Shea Butter, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool.

eos summer fruit lip balm review

eos smooth sphere lip balm in summer fruit

Summer Fruit

As much as I love Sweet Mint, I have to admit: it’s not an ideal choice for irritated lips. So, on days when my lips are really raw, or when I’m just hankering for something sweet, I’ve been turning to Summer Fruit. Its scent is hard to describe (it’s a blend), but “summer fruit” is a pretty good way to put it.

This lip balm smells bright and fruity, in a delicious way that never strays from juicy into saccharine-synthetic. And, uh, have I mentioned that it smells super, super tasty?

eos Summer Fruit lip balm ingredients:

Olive Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Natural Flavor, Shea Butter, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopherol, Sunflower Seed Oil, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Peach Fruit Extract, Linalool. 

eos blueberry acai smooth sphere review lip balm

eos smooth sphere lip balm in blueberry açai

Blueberry Açai 

Blueberry Açai isn’t the fruitiest Smooth Sphere, but to me, it’s the most believable. Unlike Honeysuckle Honeydew or Summer Fruit, it’s identifiably blueberryish and sweet-smelling, like a blueberry pie or compote. For those who love berries but not that zing! pop! of most fruity scents (which, admittedly, I totally adore), this one is one to own.

eos Blueberry Acai lip balm ingredients:

Olive Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Natural Flavor, Shea Butter, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Acai Fruit Extract, Limonene, Linalool. 

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The verdict?

While I still think these fall short of a superhero lip balm, I’m loving them a lot more than I used to. With regular, generous application, they’re doing a pretty good job of keeping my lips in shape, and the domed shape make them easy to use.

At the same price as a crappy Chapstick, these are the best affordable, all-natural lip balm out there — and they’re a great buy even if all-natural isn’t important to you. They’re not going to fix super-chapped lips, but for day-to-day maintenance care, these are hands-down my top lip balm recommendation.

Availability: $3.99 at most drugstores in Canada & the US or online at drugstore.com and Beauty Bridge.

In other news, I have got to get my hands on the SPF 15 Lemon Drop version of this lip balm! Lemon, you guys. Sun protection and also lemon.

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  • Zoë

    i don't love how these taste sweet (must be the stevia!) but that first photo is really gorgeous :)

    • Heh. I love how these taste sweet — it's a nice (delicious) change from waxy, tasteless petrolatum-based products! :P

      (And thank you, Zoë <3)

  • scoo06

    I love Sweet Mint too! I bought mine this summer and now I am worried it might go bad! Should use it up! :-)
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    • Use use use! I'd put money on it smelling weird by next summer.

  • beautyreflections2013

    I love these things. I agree-they've stepped up! So much better than they used to be.
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  • blushparade

    What a coincidence, I just got Sweet Mint today! EOS Lip Balms are very hard to find in Europe, but today I found an Urban Outfiters shop where they sell them! The bad thing is that they cost 8€ here… roughly $10 >_<
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    • I hope you enjoy it — Sweet Mint is quite the treat! (And dude, I'm so sorry to hear that they're so much more expensive over there O.o)

  • glittergirley

    Don't get too excited about the lemon one – I bought that one three years ago and unless they've changed the formula I wasn't too impressed. The smell/taste was fantastic, right on the lemon spot (although it could have been just a little more tart). However – I think the SPF the formula makes it feels kinda thin on the lips and though I really really wanted to love it (I even tried to convince myself) it just wasn't meant to be. It ended up drying out my lips more than moisturizing them. The formula compared to summer fruits is very different. TL;DR: Lemon Eos – smells good, but weird thin texture and dries out your lips.

    • :( :( :( that's a major bummer — but thank you for the warning! I will definitely be skipping the lemon one now. My wallet (and my lips) thank you!

  • truecolorjoy

    what a coincidence! i just bought the acai one two days ago! i actually have these all over my house (dining table, living room, one on each bedside table) because they're so cheap so i can't get lazy about moisturizing my lips! the boyfriend enjoys them too!
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    • Oh! I hope you like it, Joy!

      We've accidentally managed to acquire one of these for every room, too — one in my bedroom, THREE in the kitchen (why??!) and another three in my office. Erk :/

      • Oh jesus I take that back; five in my office. WHY, RAE. WHY DO YOU DO THESE THINGS.

  • I am absolutely obsessed with these. The Sweet Mint is by far my favourite. I also find it to be the most moisturizing.
    I just wrote a post on lip balms if anyone is interested :)
    http://haileysworkshop.blogspot.ca/2014/11/top-5-
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    • Glad to hear it, Hailey! Have you tried Summer Fruit yet? I think it may be even more moisturizing than Sweet Mint!

  • howdoesdeedoit

    I have 3 of these already but i NEED that blueberry acai one !! They really are great. Gave one of em to my hubby too ..finds it convenient to just go over both lips in pass lol.

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    • Whoo! My partner loves these, too — but, of course, he never realized that you could go over both lips in one pass >.< BOYS.

  • I think I have grown more into this (maybe because I got rid of the super old two I got, now I am feel a little empty without colorful balls in my lip stash), especially since my summer fruit survived a trip down washer (and dryer)…They never do much but at least the smell nice…

    Lemon drop eos was actually meh for me (consider I love anything and everything citrus), a little stale and sour.
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    • Hah! Yup — once you have a few colourful balls in your lip stash, you just can't go without anymore. :P

      Thanks for the input on Lemon Drop! You're actually the second person to comment about it on this post, so I guess I'm skipping it. I'll just have to find my lemony goodness elsewhere!

  • sylirael

    Haha, I just recently got a hold of Honeydew Melon! There's a store that sells some US stuff here, and they have these (sadly not much else in the way of cosmetics!). I wasn't sure what to go for, so I went for honeydew…I haven't tried it yet (too many lip balms to finish! argh!), but I'm intrigued now to see how I find it…

    By your review, I totally want Summer Fruit and Blueberry Acai. Maybe especially Blueberry Acai, if it smells anything like pie/compote.

    If you'll excuse me, I need to go get myself some form of fruit pie or crumble… *drools* #sidetrackedrogue
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    • Ooooh! I want to know how you fare with it, too! Tweet me when it happens? (And if you ever need anything from Canada/US, let me know. I'd be more than happy to CP for an adventuring rogue!)

      Ugh, now I want crumble, too.