Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lip Balm Disappointment

I have been pretty disappointed with lip balms in general for a number of years.

  • Lip gloss is too sticky and when it isn't, it vanishes too quickly.
  • Lip balm generally feels either too greasy and un-conditioning or too waxy.

I am not big on huge brands like Vaseline, Chapstick, Nivea etc. Carmex was good for me in college, but that was umpteen years ago and my lips need more. I need to not have it sit on my lips like a pile of melted candle wax or slip off my lips like a slip-n-slide.

Every so often, I find a brand I like, but before I get through the pot or stick, I realize the bad parts I hate about it. If I taste anything, I am grossed out. If it is too smelly or too icky smelling, I'll throw it out. The scent is super important to me, too, so if it smells like Cheetos or Root Beer, count me out even though I am a foodie gal.

Because of my curmudgeon-like attitude, I think I will have to torment my family again and whip up more goodies in the kitchen, but this time for the lips.... until I find a formula that will really speak to me, or rather sing to me. Tis the season.... Winter is upon us and I owe it to the folks who feel the same way I do.

Regarding lip plumpers. I have despised the tastes of the ones I have tested. What the heck are they seeping into the goo? Any thoughts?


LoveMichie said...

Hi Joanna!

I've heard they use peppermint oil in lip plumpers, to mildly irritate the skin and cause them to swell and redden temporarily.

Apart from that, they also include other ingredients to moisturize the lips and provide gloss further emphasising the "plump" look.

I've only ever smelled one lip plumper by Pout and they did smell quite minty!


Anonymous said...

Softlips lip balm has many different flavors that are smell good and are conditioning for the lips. I'd recommend using that product.

Joanna Schmidt said...


I am not a big mint fan (although I love Peppermint Patties). Lip plumpers plump because they irritate. hmmmm.

Joanna Schmidt said...

SoftLips. I think I tried that, but I will try again. Thanks.