Review: The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick

2.09.2011


I was super excited to get this review up since I already know this is going to be one of my favorites of 2011!  I haven't been this surprised and pleased with a product in a long time.  I have tried many lip balms: Carmex, Rosebud Perfume, Burt's Bees (both original and pomegranate), Nivea, ChapStick, Blistex...I think the only "popular" lip balm I haven't tried so far is EOS and I've heard across the board that it's not "that" moisturizing so I'm pretty sure it's mostly hype and interesting packaging at work there.  In any case, after this lip balm, I'm not going to be switching any time soon.

A handy mini stick that offers extra-intensive melt-on moisture for the lips, thanks to its innovative concentrated format. Melts and glides over skin as you apply, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and supple.
Purchased for: $8 @ The Body Shop. Mad pricey online but I've heard you can get it cheaper off-line/in-stores. I'd actually still buy it for $8 since lip balms last forever for me and I don't mind spending $8 for something that'll last me at least a year.

Scent: Chocolate with a hint of coconut. I guess that's the scent of cocoa butter ^^?

Texture: Silky smooth, glides on beautifully.  This is supposed to "melt" at body temperature so if you think this is applying "waxy," just roll it between your hands and warm it up a bit.  It should literally feel like butter is gliding over your lips.

Moisturizing Power: If I put this one once, my lips are moisturized for a good 18-24 hours.  It varies on days I eat a lot ^^  But normally I just need to apply this once a day right before I go to sleep and my lips are ready for lipstick the next morning. I've personally never needed to re-apply more than 2x a day though.

Ingredients:
Cocoa butter
Is an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, leaving the skin feeling soft and silky smooth. Enables the development of community projects such as schools and village wells, in addition to providing small-scale farmers with income to support their families. 
Organic beeswax
Moisturizes and helps to condition dry skin, especially on your lips and around the fingernail beds. Acts as a barrier that helps to seal in moisture. Helps to keep product texture consistent when used over time. Plays a part in protecting and preserving the forest as well as providing necessary income for the beekeepers, an increasing number of which are now women.
Sweet almond oil
Provides essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier, thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness.
Organic olive oil from Italy
Is a natural moisturizer for normal to dry skin. It also helps condition hair, and give it a silky shine. Our olive oil is organic, and comes from our Community Trade partners in southern Italy.
Coconut oil
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil helps to condition the skin and hair to make you smooth, soft and deliciously scented. It also supports small, organic coconut farmers in Samoa, where there are few opportunities to earn a decent wage.
Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Flavor, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol, Water, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Tocopherol.
Overall
Good:
- Smells delicious. If only I could eat it.
- True buttery texture, glides beautifully.
- Lots of moisturizing ingredients.
- Hygienic stick form.
- Fair trade yo!

Bad:
- Definitely leaves a residue.  I find it a "protective" residue but I can see people not liking it.
- Not cheap but for something that lasts up to or over a year, it's fine by me.
- I don't look for SPF in lip balms but other people might want to have that.
This has great reviews on Makeup Alley (4.3/5.0 out of 137 votes + an 83% buy again) and the reason I bought this in the first place.  There have been complaints that this feels "greasy" not "buttery," that it's not moisturizing enough, and that it just "sits" on your lips/doesn't absorb.  I can see where the "greasy" & no absorption complaint comes from because this definitely leaves a residue on your lips, but to me it seems like a "protecting" residue and I like it - really odd since I usually hate products that leave a residue. 

I also have to admit I don't have particularly dry lips, I get chappy on windy days and I lick my lips a lot, but it's not that severe or anything.   Sooooo~ this chapstick may not be good enough for those who need more conditioning or cannot stand residues ever.  I'm also going to say that this is not the cheapest chapstick and that there are probably cheaper yet equally effective balms out there. Ultimately, this works well for me and has all the characteristics I want in a chapstick: in stick form (I hate "jar" balms...fingers *ew*), smells good, applies silky smooth, moisturizes my lips, and doesn't need to be re-applied too often. So, yeah for me I like it a lot and I totally recommend this for peeps with moderately chapped lips.

23 comments :

  1. oooh i must try!
    my current one (nivea) is ooookkaaay...but i never finish lipbalms...anyways

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  2. ELle, great review as always. I'm a lip product WHORE....seriously on my desk at work I have at least 4 different products.

    Anyways, I just got my TheBodyShop haul in and I bought the Mango lip butter and I'm not sure I like it. The consistancey is off. It's not thick like you would think a "butter". Still iffy...so we'll see.

    Did you buy anything else from the sale?

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  3. great review!! lip balms last ages for me XD i'm too lazy to reapply sometimes!

    am thinking of hauling at TBS makeup line :P have u tried their makeup line?

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  4. Hi Elle, did you apply any lip products on top of this lip balm? You mentioned it leaves a bit of 'residue' does it affect lip sticks or glosses that are applied on top? I had issues with a lip balm before and I couldn't use it with my other lip stuff.

    @ Mara
    lol I'm not a lippie whore but I always end up with like 4 lip products in my bags and jackets.

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  5. I'm going to try this b/c i love buttery, coconut flavors. I def know what you mean about the "residue" left behind.. I find that the Rosebud lip balms do that. I don't mind that protective barrier though, but I know it bugs some people.

    I'm going to try that Red wine mask that you reviewed tonight! LOL I know you weren't crazy about it, but I got it as a sample freebie so I'll wear it and drench myself in wine :p

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  6. oohhhh i have dry lips! im always looking for new lip balms! i might give this one a try :) thanks for the great review~

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  7. @Lena same same...I've never really finished a whole lip balm. Mostly b/c I lose them or it doesn't work well - maybe I'll actually finish this one xD

    @Mara Review for the lip care stick vs the lip butters are different I think - I remember when I looked on MUA, I was debating between the two but chose this b/c it had higher ratings ^^ I've never tried the lip butter - but that sounds "too buttery" for me. This chapstick is my max for buttery residues ^^ ahha thank GOD I'm still on my mask kick and have been restraining lip products pretty well so far. I'm proud to say I only have TWO chapsticks (and 10+ lipsticks ><)

    @Jennifer thanks ^^ no, I haven't tried anything from their makeup line. Actually this and TBS Vitamin E Face Mist are the only things I've tried so far.

    @Fannie The residue does not affect lipgloss application as far as I've tried. As for lipsticks, it works well under creamy and/or light pink/peach/nude colored lipsticks but NOT under dark matte lipsticks. I don't wear much of the latter which why this works for me. Also, I apply this at night before bed and by morning my lips don't have much if any residue left ^^ Hope this helps a bit.

    @Rainy Days and Lattes It smells SO GOOD. The Rosebud balms leave more of a residue than these tho, probably since they're more "vaseline-y." I prefer TBS's lip balm ^^ Is this the beginning of a TBS phase?! eheh tell me how you like the Red Vine mask!

    @MEOW no problem :D

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  8. It's so great you've found a lip balm that works for you ^^ The Body Shop has so many great products... $8 is indeed a bit pricey, but if it lasts and does its job, then I think I wouldn't mind spending a bit more than on other, maybe less effective, products.

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  9. 18-24 hours say whatttttt ? haha. maybe i should give this a try.. i always reapply ! my lips get super dry super quick.. i go through a lip balm in like.. 2-3 months.. lol. i do like cocoa butter.. ^_^

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  10. Wow, this lip balm does sounds really great! I think I'm going to get this soon :D Thanks for the review!

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  11. $8 is a little pricey for a lip balm i'll probably lose~
    but maybe w/ my friend's 50% off discount... lol
    i love friends who work at places i shop at && have awesome employee discounts haha

    how does it look under a lipstick??

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  12. hmm, sounds good =) but yeah do think it's pricey =/ 8 dollars for a lip balm >.< whoaa~~

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  13. This lip balm sounds yummy! I might look into this once I'm done some of mine. Thanks for the review!

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  14. this sounds like a great product! im having hard time with chap lips right now and i have so many lip products to use -_-

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  15. Great review! I also like their Vitamin E lip balm (it's pink). EOS lipbalms are so overrated, you're definitely not missing out in my opinion. Another one that I'm loving right now is Aveeno's Lip Conditioner SPF 15 (yay, sunscreen!)

    I made a little mention of your blog on mine if you want to come visit! :)

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  16. Great review, Elle! It sounds like a great product to try out. I agree with you on the lip balms part... having so much. It makes that $8 seem so little if you're gonna use it for a whole year!! Unfortunately, my lips are SUPER chapped and it cracks sometimes :x

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  17. body shop stuff smells great, but half of their stuff gives me a rash! -_- sighh

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  18. I've been really into lip treatment products lately! I'm going to have to try this one! I am eventually going to get around to reviewing my all-time favorite lip product... one day...haha!

    your blog is darling btw. and i love the little peas in the pod!

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  19. so i bought this lip care stick! because i washed my other one...fml
    and i just wanted to let u know...that i love it! i think it's totally worth $8...keep up a good work!!

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  20. This lovely, light, crisp lotion is also infused with Shea butter and Vitamin C and E.I use body butter. It's the best fareness in the market.Relay, it is won my mind.I am satisfied.

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