Even though I have oily face skin, my lips are as dry as it gets. I’ve been trying many face masks, lip balms and other treatments and nothing really works long term.
What’s worse is that if you look further into these things, the reason why they don’t work long term becomes obvious. They don’t nourish the skin, just quickly condition it.
As a result, I’ve been looking for a lip product that actually contains ingredients which could nourish the lip skin more than just a couple of minutes. It wasn’t easy but I think I found a candidate. Let’s have a look at the Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Lip Oil Balm in more detail.
The Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Lip Oil Balm doesn’t come with outer packaging but the tube comes sealed in a see-through plastic wrapper, so you will know if it is brand new or not.
The tube itself is standard and made of plastic. It doesn’t look particularly beautiful but neither ugly. The yellow accents though make it stand out!
The lid comes off by unscrewing and the product comes off from an angled nozzle which is easy to use on the lips.
Colour and Texture
This lip balm has a pale yellow, see-through balm texture that does not feel oily or sticky.
Smell and Taste?
This balm has a very faint scent that is hard to define. The closest I can describe it is floral.
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 has a light floral flavour.
This balm lasts on the lips for a while but this highly depends on your skin and activities. It doesn’t survive eating or kissing.
One 10g tube retails for £6.95. It is more expensive than the average lip balm but nowhere near as expensive as some of the high-end ones. The price is worth the ingredients it contains though especially when compared to other lip balms that are much less nourishing.
Practicality of use – user experience
This lip balm is very easy to use. It comes out of the tube easily and slides on the lips quickly and evenly.
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.
This lip balm lasts for 12M which is reasonable amount of time. If you use this daily you will run out much faster and if you don’t manage to use it up in a year then you probably didn’t like it anyways.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“Tube-type oil-balm with ceramides for cracked lips protects gentle skin of the lips from harmful environmental effects and prevents dryness by softening them.
Ceramides, solid or waxy substances of lipid nature (sphingolipids), which together with cholesterol and fatty acids form a lipid barrier layer of the skin. If the surface of the skin is damaged, ceramides fill gaps resulting from washing out, reduce skin permeability, reduce water loss and improve the elasticity of the epidermis.
Does not contain artificial colors, artificial flavors, mineral oil, triethanolamine, talc, petrolatum, benzophenone.”
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Repetitive and consistent use of the Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Lip Oil Balm gave me softer lips that felt and looked healthier. My lips produced less dead skin (but still produced some, it is impossible for something as heavily used as our lips to not product dead skin at all) but went back to the old dryness a day after I stoped using the product. Like with any skincare product, consistency is key.
The Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Lip Oil Balm contains more nourishing ingredients than most lip balms and lip masks I’ve seen. It’s a long list of skin conditioners and some even more skin nourishing ingredients.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation or pigmentation purposes. For the full list of this product’s ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate – Skin conditioner.
- Ethylhexyl Stearate – A skin conditioner.
- Diisostearyl Malate – A skin conditioner.
- Glyceryl Behenate/ Eicosadioate – Skin conditioner.
- Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen (Job’s Tears) Seed Oil – Skin conditioner.
- Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil – Skin conditioner with anti-oxidants.
- Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner that can contain anti-oxidants.
- Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil – Skin smoothing and soothing, moisturiser.
- Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil – Skin conditioner which contains fatty acids, good for dry skin.
- Dipropylene Glycol Dibenzoate – Skin conditioner.
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil – Fragrance and skin conditioner.
- Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil – Fragrance and skin conditioner.
- Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil – Fragrance and skin conditioner.
- Pelargonium Graveolens Oil – A fragrance, astringent, antiseptic, tonic, antibiotic, anti-flammartory agent. Some reports on it being used against itchy skin, acne, eczema and cellulite. It has been reported to calm irritated skin, clear acne, and heal bruises, burns, cuts and eczema.
- Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil – Skin conditioner and fragrance.
- Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil – A skin conditioner, anti-flammatory and anti-oxidant.
- Glyceryl Stearate – A lubricant giving smooth and soft skin appearance.
Easily penetrates skin, slows water from escaping by forming barrier, anti-oxidant.
- Phytosteryl/ Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate – Hair and skin conditioner.
- Ceramide NP – One of the naturally occurring lipids in our skin and therefore a skin replenisher compound. Ceramides can moisturise the skin, improve elasticity and even reduce lines and skin irritation. They can also condition hair! Check out: What are ceramides and do they work in skincare?
- Hydrogenated Polydecene – A skin conditioner that creates a smooth and silky feeling on the skin. Some studies claim it can reduce wrinkles and lines.
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract – A good 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.
- Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA – Skin conditioner.
- Glycosphingolipids – Skin conditioner and replenisher.
- Ceramide AP – See ceramide above.
- Meadowfoam Estolide – Hair and skin conditioner.
- Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols – Skin conditioner.
- Ethylhexyl Isononanoate – A skin conditioner.
- 1,2-hexanediol – A preservative and moisture biding agent.
- Water – Self explanatory.
- Glycerin – Found naturally on the skin therefore it is a skin replenishing ingredient. It’s almost always present in moisturiser products as it improves the smoothness and moisture content of the skin. It leaves a cooling effect on the skin and it is often found in 10% or below as it gives a sticky effect at higher concentrations.
- Hydrogenated Lecithin – A more stable form of lecithin which plays some formulation roles as well as being a skin conditioner and replenisher.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients.
- Ceramide EOP – See ceramide above.
- Glyceryl Polymethacrylate – A moisturiser and film former.
- Aleuritic Acid – Skin conditioner.
- Yeast Extract – Softens and conditions skin. Can also act as an anti-oxidant.
- Glycoproteins – Hair and skin conditioner.
- Betaine – A humectant, skin conditioner and anti-irritant.
- Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler.
- Polyquaternium-51 – Skin conditioner, humectant and film former.
- Butylene Glycol – A humectant that can preserve water and a skin conditioner.
- Alteromonas Ferment Extract – Skin conditioner.
- Propylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and humectant.
- Bacillus Ferment – Skin conditioner.
- Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent. Also a good moisturiser.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – Weak preservative (often used instead of parabens in combination with other preservatives) and a skin conditioning agent. Used in ointments to treat eczema.
- Tropolone – Skin conditioner.
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil – Some components are said to have damaging skin effects.
- Ceteareth-20– Might enhance the penetration of some ingredients. However, this is not always a negative.
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.
The following compounds present in this lip balm have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ethylhexyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol.
Full list of ingredients:
Polybutene, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Glyceryl Behenate/ Eicosadioate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen (Job’s Tears) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phytosteryl/ Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Citrate/ Lactate/ Linoleate/ Oleate, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Glycosphingolipids, Ceramide AP, Meadowfoam Estolide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride, Ceramide EOP, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Aleuritic Acid, Yeast Extract, Glycoproteins, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium-51, Butylene Glycol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Propylene Glycol, Bacillus Ferment, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tropolone.
The Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Lip Oil Balm contains better ingredients than most lip balms and lip masks out there and delivers results when used consistently. It doesn’t break the bank and is pleasant to use!
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