Name: Vitamin E Lip Care SPF15
Brand: The Body Shop
From The Body Shop’s website:
This moisturising lip balm soothes and protects lips from the drying effects of the sun, wind and cold weather
What I liked:
– moisturizing, leaves lips soft and smooth
– glides smoothly on the lips
– the scent
– the packaging
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t provide full spectrum sun protection
– if you have very dry lips, this may not be enough for you
– the price
Being a lip balm addict means that, although I have already found my HG (I Provenzali Stick Labbra al Karitè), I still keep buying new lip balms, of all kinds and flavours. My latest buy is The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15. It has a delicate, pleasant sweet scent that reminds me of both coconut and vanilla and its texture is just right: not so creamy to easily melt but not too hard either. It glides smoothly on the lips.
It is also pretty moisturizing, leaving lips soft and smooth for about three hours before it’s time to reapply, which is quite impressive for a lip balm. However, if you have very dry and chapped lips, this alone may not be enough for you. The lip balm contains Olea Europea (Olive Oil), which has moisturizing properties, and Hydrogenated Coconut Oil and Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), both of which are emollient that work by forming a protective barrier on the lips that slows down water loss, thus keeping them hydrated.
However, the amount of Vitamin E is, despite the name, quite low. Another thing it lacks is UVA-filters. The lip balm contains Octyl Methoxycinnamate, which protects only from UVB rays and Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone), which protects only against all UVB and some, but not all UVA rays. In any case, Oxybenzone is quite weak so it needs to be used with other sunscreen agents to provide sufficient protection. Because of this, The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF15 doesn’t provide broad spectrum protection and you shouldn’t rely solely on it to keep your lips safe from the sun rays.
The lip balms comes in a twist-up tube which is pretty, hygienic and easy to carry around with you. I’m glad it comes in a tube as I much prefer this type of packaging to a pot. It retails at €4 ($8.00 in the US), which is on the pricey side for a lip balm, but, considering how little you need for each application, will last you for a long time.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF15 is a moisturizing lip balm that glides smoothly on the lips and leaves them soft for a few hours. However, alone it won’t be enough to treat seriously dry and chapped lips. In addition, it doesn’t provide broad spectrum protection.