Cheap Thrills, Hot Lips - January 17th, 2013
I’ve never tried a Nivea lip balm before, but I needed something cheap to toss into my Drugstore.com cart on my last order to get free shipping. I tossed the Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Balm into my cart, and have been giving it a whirl.
I’ve tried Nivea’s shower gels before (and really liked them) but I haven’t tried the lip balm until now. The formula contains a lot of synthetic ingredients (although no petrolatum or mineral oil) and the olive oil and lemon are towards the bottom of the list. But whatever, man, at $2.99 a tube I’m not expecting much. It’s got a lot going for it!
The stick is one of those easy twist-up style balms. It’s a pale green color, but doesn’t impart any color to your lips. It’s silky-smooth going on your lips, and it’s got some decent hydrating power. Lasting power is on par with my favorite lip balms, which is to say, during the winter I’m applying some about every hour. The scent is interesting. It reminds me of lotion, but fresher. It’s really hard to describe, but I will say it’s not particularly lemon-y. If you want something that screams LEMON, don’t buy this. It doesn’t taste like much, and I like the scent, so it’s all good. If they made a lotion with this scent, I’d totally buy it. As it is, it’s pretty decent for a lip balm, but it’s not at all food-like, which may put people off.
I bought mine from Drugstore.com, and it arrived looking just like the picture – which is to say, just the tube with shrinkwrap around it. I’ve seen it pictured on other blogs with more packaging that emphasizes the words “pure & natural” and makes it look more “organic” than it is. I hate it when companies do that. The bottom line is, if you want something all plant-based and organic, this isn’t it. If you just want an affordable lip balm that’s a step up from Cherry Chapstick (which I pretty much loathe, by the way, it’s so waxy and greasy and ICK), than Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Balm is totally your friend. I give it one solid thumbs up.