Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Three great niche lipbalms

Of the many lipbalms that have been kicking around in my handbag over the last year, these 3 are the pick of the crop. They all happen to come from reasonably niche brands, too, so I felt like giving them a bit more public praise.

1. Nuxe Reve de Miel lipbalm (stick version)
This is the portable edition of Nuxe's much-loved balm from the Reve de Miel ("honey dream") range. It's quite different to the pot version, with a lighter scent and a less "paste-y" texture - it melts onto the lips to create a slight shiny finish, whereas the pot version is thicker and gives a matte finish. What both have in common though is an ability to moisturise the lips with relatively infrequent application, and a formula that doesn't taste horrible. This costs £6, and you can get it in M&S beauty halls

2. Fresh Sugar Rose
US brand Fresh are well known for their gourmand fragrances, and I've previously reviewed this petite metal-cased lip balm along with the Brown Sugar fragrance and body cream. I'm now on my second tube and still a huge fan of both the lovely packaging and the product. This is tricky to find in the UK, with just one Fresh store in Marylebone and no international online ordering from the US-based website.

3. Apivita Lip Care with Blackcurrant
Greek bee-based brand Apivita are stocked in Marks and Spencer's new beauty halls, which is where I picked up this balm. It's tinted (ish) and is composed of natural oils of various types (olive, beeswax, shea etc). It has a lovely texture and a fresh, fruity scent. This costs £5 and you can get it in M&S

(L-R Nuxe (nearly insivisble), Apivita, Fresh)

Have you tried any of these? What are your lip balm picks?
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  1. Fresh at Marylebone will post out any orders if you email them with what you want. They send them recorded delivery. That's how I keep up with my Sugar lipbalm addiction :)

  2. 2My favs are Eos or Baby lips, totes love those

    1. Thanks Andrea. I've heard of Eos, but not Baby Lips. I'll have to track it down.

  3. I have tried the regular Apivita version and honestly I did not like it. My go-to rescue lip balm is Letibalm, 24hrs later my lips are hydrated and soft.


    1. Ah, that's interesting. Thank you for the suggestion. I now have another new lemming to track down.


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