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I bought this at the beginning of the year from Superdrug as I had never seen/heard of a cocoa butter lip balm before so wanted to try it out. The lip balm is priced quite reasonably at £1.79 so I didn't really hesistate in buying one as in my opinion this is a reasonable price and only a few pence more than vaseline. This lip balm is also available from lots of other places - boots, eBay, chemist's, supermarkets, amazon, etc. Prices do vary but I don't think that this sells for much more than £2 in most shops. The lip balm is made by Palmer's, who are quite a well known brand. On the packaging it claims that the balm "helps prevent and protect dry, chapped, cracked or winde-burned lips" and states that the product contains Vitamin E. The lip balm comes on a piece of cardboard with a plastic case on the front. To get the lip balm tube out of the protective packaging, I just cut the plastic part open which was quick and easy.
The lip balm tube itself is the usual size and shape of a lip balm tube and contains 4 grams of product. It is made out of a sturdy plastic and is white in colour and it has the product and brand name printed on the side. The packaging is very basic and it is definetly unisex packaging so a man would not look out of place using this. The lid simply pulls off and to get the lip balm out of the tube you just twist the thing at the bottom which is quick and easy. The balm smells gorgeous, pretty much excactly the same as the cocoa body butters but a little toned down. The formula is white in colour and is hard, smooth and quite waxy, it looks and feels good quality - it's not greasy or sticky.
Applying the lip balm is quick and easy and it glides along my lips nicely, leaving a thick coating of the balm, which is colourless once on my lips. It doesn't feel waxy or sticky and it is matt, meaning it doesn't make the lips appear glossy or shiny, making it ideal as a lipstick or lipgloss base for that extra bit of protection against sun (the lipbalm contains spf 15 which acts as a sunscreen) and wind - my lips haven't gotten dry or cracked at all on cold, windy days when i've been wearing this. The lip balm doesn't really feel noticeably moisturizing or hydrating unless you lather it on, but it does leave my lips feeling refreshed and smoother. It doesn't absorb into my lips very quickly and the thin layer seems to sit there for a while (5 mins max) before it's completely aborbed. This is much slower than vaseline however this feels much nicer than vaseline as it's not greasy, sticky or heavy on my lips.
The lip balm is completely tasteless which doesn't bother me, although I do admit that I assumed it would taste of chocolate, and it doesn't have a waxy taste to it either. I use this lip balm almost everyday and take it almost everywhere with me as it really helps keeping my lips smooth and healthy looking - they barely ever get sore or cracked anymore since i've been using this product and I feel better when I have it on as I feel my lips look more healthy if that makes sense. One tube of lipbalm lasts me for around 3 months with daily use which for £1.79 is really good in my opinion. It's a really good product - smells gorgeous, keeps my lips healthy, is a good price and good quality, and I would definetly reccomend it!!