I love love LOVE lip balm. I can’t get enough of it. I have lip balm stashed in every conceivable place. When I open my kitchen drawers—BAM!—lip balm. When I get to my desk at work—BAM!—lip balm. When my fiancé opens the sun visor in the car—BAM!—lip balm. I am a lip balm hoarder.

Today I am going to review a lip balm that I kept by my bedside table and slathered on right before I go to bed—First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Lip Therapy.

Product information:

From the First Aid Beauty website:

HYDRATES AND REPAIRS THE LIPS

FAB Ultra Repair® Lip Therapy brings the healing power of FAB’s best-selling Ultra Repair® Cream to moisturize, nourish, and protect your lips.

BENEFITS

Hydrates, nourishes and protects. Repairs dry, chapped lips

Ingredients:

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Diisostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glyceryl Diisostearate, Dimethicone, Flavor (Aroma), Glycerin, Triisostearin, Colloidal Oat Flour, Tocopherol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Water, Allantoin, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract , Hyaluronic Acid

The CosDNA analysis can be found here.

Ingredient Spotlight:

 Jojoba Seed Oil: a humectant and emollient with occlusive properties that penetrates the uppermost layer of the skin and reduces transepidermal water loss.  It also functions as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

 Shea Butter: an emollient with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity that protects the skin and increases moisture.

 Grape Seed Oil: moisturizes and nourishes the skin due to high fatty acid (linoleic acid) content.  Also functions as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory.

Assessment:

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The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy comes in a white squeeze tube with a slanted tip for application. The balm itself is a creamy white and has little smell or taste. I have been using this lip balm for approximately three months, and I typically spread a thick layer on my lips nightly just before bed. It glides on silky smooth and stays on my lips all night.  When I use it during the day, it doesn’t seem to last on my lips very long and I have to reapply frequently. However, since I use this product mostly at night before bed, it’s really a non-issue.  Unfortunately, this lip balm didn’t stop my lips from flaking during the harsh Canadian winter.  I had high hopes for it– its ingredient list looks great.  I tried it in the day, at night, on top of other lip balms, and after exfoliation.  It just didn’t work for me.  No matter how I used it, it left my lips in same state they were pre-balm: flaky and chapped.  I have not had any reaction to this product since I started using it.

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The First Aid Beauty website had these claims regarding the lip balm’s ingredients:

 HEAL & SOOTHE: Colloidal Oat Flour

MOISTURIZE & PROTECT: Glycerin, Shea Butter

SOFTEN: Dimethicone

COMBAT FREE RADICALS: FAB Antioxidant Booster

These claims are essentially true. Colloidal oat flour is an anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce irritation of the skin. Glycerin (a humectant) and shea butter (an emollient) both help the skin retain moisture. Dimethicone is a silicone which helps the product feel soft and smooth on the lips. I’m not sure what the FAB Antioxidant booster is exactly, but the ingredient list does have a number of antioxidants (tocopherol, squalane, white tea), which would scavenge free radicals.

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The lip balm is thick and creamy.

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Here is what the lip balm looks like on my lips. It soaks in easily and leaves just a hint of glossiness.

Conclusion:

All in all, this is a solid lip balm that is chalk full of beneficial ingredients such as anti-irritants and antioxidants.  I really tried my best to like it– I really did– but it just didn’t protect my lips from the dry cold winds of winter.  Others may want to give it a try, but I will be skipping this one the next time I am hunting for a lip balm.

TL;DR:

  • ingredients include antioxidants, anti-irritants
  • daytime use will likely require frequent applications
  • moderately priced
  • unfortunately did not stop my lips from flaking

Score: 3/5

Where to buy: Sephora

 

References:

Baumann, L. (2014). Cosmeceuticals and cosmetic ingredients. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional.

Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary A – Z: Cosmetics Cop Expert Advice. (n.d.). Retrieved 28 February 2015, from http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/

Michalun, M. V., & Dinardo, J. C. (2015). Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary (4th ed.). Clifton Park, NY, USA: Cengage Learning.

Winter, R. (2009). A consumer’s dictionary of cosmetic ingredients: complete information about the harmful and desirable ingredients found in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals. United States: Three Rivers Press.