I’m running out of posts, lol. You have no idea how many times I have tried to start a draft just to fail miserably so a review will do.
Excuse the grainy photo; it was taken with my phone at night time when I decided to open the tin to use for the first time. The background features the wallpaper I stuck onto my mirror as a “renovation”. It was strange at first, but I’ve grown accustomed to it. It’s actually really good because it cuts down the reflections in my room and makes my room darker so I also sleep better. I have this pretty big window (almost floor to ceiling) and live right across this big residential complex with distant city lights. It’s even worse when there’s footy on because it lights up the whole sky! I can only be glad I am not living in the middle of the city
After reading a bunch of reviews of the Love Balm (from now on referred to as JLB) on the Jurlique website, I decided it give it a shot at $15AUD for 15ml. I really need something for my lips. I’ve been applying balm since I was literally 8 years old or something and used Blistex for many years until I decided the tingly feeling wasn’t that good (it dries your lips more apparently). I moved onto Khiel’s Number 1 and although it does the job it doesn’t really last all that terribly long.
The JLB smells only faintly of roses. It reminds me more of the smell of Turkish Delight than anything else (but that has rosewater in it). The tin is decent sized but felt smaller than what I had imagined in my mind. There was only a bit of a sticker on the side to keep the lid down, though it was tight. I wasn’t sure how to open it and just somehow did. Sometimes it’s a bit hard to close because you need to match the bits that protrude out and line them together before clamping it shut by squeezing the lid and tin together. I just get lazy and try to screw the lid on, but that’s not how you’re supposed to do it. Anyway, I haven’t tried or figured it out because I haven’t bothered to do so. It could be a problem for some, but I keep mine in a makeup pouch, so no problems there. I wouldn’t recommend putting this in your bag and letting it float around.
The texture is fairly light and there is no taste (well okay, a bit, it tastes like perfume – hard to describe, but you don’t want to lick your lips, which actually makes a whole lot of sense). You only really need just a little bit and my verdict is apart from those sticky lip glosses I love and use as lip balms, the JLB hands down is the longest lasting balm I have ever used given I only use a teeny bit.
I had put this product to the test in the harshest ever condition you need lip balm desperately: that is when you have a runny nose. I know it sounds so ridiculous but don’t you get that? You keep blowing your nose and your lips are dry and your nose starts peeling etc etc. I had one of those bouts when the seasons just changed and had the worst allergy/ reaction/ whatever you want to call it. I was blowing my nose non stop for about 5 days straight and I didn’t even have a cold or flu.
That’s when I decided to take it to work – and it worked. I even applied some of this to the skin under my nose and my skin was kept moist and soft during my crazy sneezefest. For the first time I did not experience peeling skin during said sneezefest. I’m genuinely impressed.
Once you apply the JLB, your lips are instantly softened. They feel moist and you don’t need to apply until much later. I’ve read some great ideas about applying this to your knees, elbows or wherever you feel is a bit dry and I would safely say it would most likely work. It worked for other parts of my face, so why not the body?
Apart from the tin which I don’t really get, I think it was a genuinely good buy and will be something you need to keep during the colder (or warmer!) months. The title says it all, it’s my current lifesaver and I believe it was a good purchase. It doesn’t really fix my dry lips, but it definitely relieves them without them feeling overwhelmed with product. Will keep this as a holy grail for sure!
Full list of ingredients from the product page:
Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil; Cera Alba (Beeswax); Cetearyl Alcohol; Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Fragrance (Parfum)*;Glycine soja (Soybean) Oil; Calendula officinalis Flower Extract; Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Althaea officinalis Root Extract; Rosa gallica Flower Extract; Bellis perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract; Viola odorata Extract; Viola tricolor Extract; Echinacea purpurea Extract; Bisabolol; Tocopherol; Phenoxyethanol; Ethylhexylglycerin; Totarol; Dehydroacetic Acid; Citral*; Eugenol*; Geraniol*; Linalool*; Citronellol*.
*From Natural Essential Oil (Rose – Rosa damascena)
No artificial colours used. Sweet.
I’ll try to be back next Friday with another post but I cannot be sure because I’m so low on material it’s pretty sad. I felt good and optimistic (I still do), but I feel at times I am in a bit of a slump.