Summer is almost over and with the colder weather slowly moving in, our skincare has to be adjusted as well. Colder months are known for making our skin more dry (even if your skin is not the dry type) and especially our lips. With that in mind, and the fact that I have dry lips all year round anyways, I have been looking for a moisturising lip balm and lipsticks.
In a previous post I’ve reviewed in detail the Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick range which feels amazingly moisturising on the lips, has good ingredients and only costs a fraction of the money compared to known branded lipsticks.
If you missed this post check out: Affordable lipsticks of high quality – Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis
However, there are many times when you’d like to moisturise your lips before wearing a lipstick (the better condition your lip skin is at, the nicer the lipstick will look and will also last longer) or not even wear a lipstick at all.
For these reasons, I wanted to share a cheap and good find, the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm.
Let’s have a detailed look.
This is meant to be a balm that you can use on your hands and around the nails to hydrate, on your face to give a little glow and even on the lips to moisturise them. It’s not often that a multi-use product works for all said uses, but this one definitely does.
However, out of the three uses, it works much better as a deep hydrating lip balm. This is the use I would recommend the most and the one I am reviewing in this post.
This balm is cloudy transparent with a very faint white colour. Essentially, it looks like a balm and it doesn’t add any colour to your skin or your lips.
Texture and Finish
This balm has a gel-balm type of texture that is very typical of this kind of product. It doesn’t feel sticky or oily. It feels as if you used an oily-gel-balm without their negatives.
The finish is of course a little shininess on the skin and that’s pretty much it. It is very discreet and the perfect type of product for lip skin care or no makeup-makeup looks.
Smell and Taste?
This balm doesn’t smell of anything.
I’ve added a taste category here too, but please don’t eat this. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the balm off your lips while you eat or drink something.
This balm doesn’t taste of anything.
There are many lip balms out there but most give you a very short lived hydrating feeling of a couple of minutes after use. Additionally, they are often very superficial, meaning that they give you a quick moisturised feeling but your lip skin is not in any better condition after the product is gone.
This lip balm is superior to many out there. It moisturises the lips without feeling sticky or heavy and the lip skin is conditioned and moisturised for some time after the product is gone. Of course, you will have to re-apply at some point but much less so than the traditional lip balms.
If you have dry lips, especially in winter, you must try this.
A full size 25mL tube retails for £11.95 which is as cheap as chips considering that you only really need a dot, literally, a dot to moisturise your lips.
Sure, at first glance it is more expensive than your traditional lip balm (which are around £1-5) but the ingredients in this product are great, the skin is conditioned even after the product is gone and this tube will last you for many more uses.
If you think about it, a standard lip balm contains around 4.25-4.8g of product whereas in this one you get approximately 25g! This means that if you adjust the price per gram of product, a traditional lip balm would cost on average £0.66 per gram whereas this product costs £0.48 per gram.
As a result, this product is cheaper and better value for money.
This product doesn’t come with outer packaging and that’s typical of products/brands with cheaper price tags. That’s neither a good or a bad thing, just an observation. Brands can save money by choosing to forgo outer packaging and to be frank, that’s ok, you don’t always need outer packaging.
The actual balm itself comes in a white matte tube of high quality. The branding and design is simple but the product itself looks a lot more elegant and expensive than it is. I personally love the white tube with reflective silver writing colour scheme, even if it’s a pain to photograph!
Practicality of use – user experience
This lip balm is very easy to use and the tube is also very travel friendly.
All you need to do is squeeze a dot of the product on your finger and apply to your lips.
Lip skin compatibility is not as detailed or researched as much as our face skin, so one can only assume that this lip balm is suitable for all. Avoid using any cosmetics if your skin is broken or has open wounds.
Additionally, this product does not contain any skin type specific products.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“Developed as an all-purpose skin and lip balm with UVA and UVB filters for sun protection, it is moisturising, anti-inflammatory, protective and soothing for all skin types.
Formulated with key functional botanicals; rice (Oryza sativa) germ oil, Jojoba oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Sunflower and Safflower Seed Oil extract.
Perfect for general use and adding that dewy glow to your makeup.”
This product lasts for 12M.
I have very dry lips all year round that peel multiple times on a daily basis and I love this product. It stays on the lips for a while but of course the exact time depends on whether you are eating, drinking or talking in the meantime.
However, what I loved the most is that the lip skin is conditioned and more moisturised even after the lip balm is gone and even though I re-applied the product a couple of times throughout the day, my lip skin was never as bad as the beginning. Even when the product is consumed, the lip skin feels more deeply moisturised, healthier, smoother and softer.
This product contains only 8 ingredients and I love the simplicity of it. Sometimes, simple works!
What is truly impressive though is that out of the 8 ingredients contained, all 8 will offer your some kind of skin care benefit (some more than others) which makes this formulation very much to the point! There is also some UV-B protection although an SPF factor is not stated on the product.
There is only 1 ingredient negative which is the potential of Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil to cause yellowing of the skin but that is rare and even if it happened you’d likely not notice it on your lips. Worst case scenario you could easily cover it up with a lipstick!
Lastly, there are only 3 ingredients that are known to cause irritation to some however, they are fairly standard ingredients that you would find in many products and you will likely not experience any irritation from them.
- Cetyl Alcohol – Conditions and softens the skin.
- Butyrospermum Parkii Butter – Also known as Shea Butter and is a skin conditioner. Helps retain moisture by forming a barrier and reduces the appearance of rough patches and dry flakes. Anti-flammatory, soothes itchy, irritated or sunburnt skin. Absorbs UVB, anti-oxidant, emollient, skin replenishing.
- Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil – A skin conditioner high in vitamin E. It can improve skin hydration and provide anti-oxidant protection. It can also reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, reducing moisture loss. It is also rich in other nutrients (calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, K and E etc) and can be used against inflammation and skin irritations.
- Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil – Also known as Jojoba oil, a skin conditioner that can enhance the skin’s restorative properties.
- Oryza Sativa Germ Oil – A skin conditioner.
- Octocrylene – UV-B absorber.
- Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil – A skin conditioner.
- Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil – Some might experience skin yellowing after using this.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
With that being said, the following compounds present in this lip balm have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Octocrylene, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Full list of ingredients:
Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa Germ Oil, Octocrylene, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate.
This lip balm has given me a cheap and easy way to control my super dry lips. It is cheaper per gram of product than the standard lip balm and the results last longer too. Even though it’s a very simple product, the ingredients contained are great.
I highly recommend this product, especially if you have dry lips
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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