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Oct. 02.

Tested Thursday: Balmi Lip Balm

balmi-thWinter is coming! Unfortunately I have to say that. It is October, and that means cold weather is descending on us. It also means that it is time to stock up on hand creams, wooly hats, scarves, gloves and lip balms. Y’know, for all the parts that are going to generally suffer in the cold. Handily, this week, for Tested Thursday, I am looking at the Balmi Lip Balm Range.


Let’s start, as always, with the first thing you see – the packaging. This comes individually packaged in a blister pack. It means that you don’t get to see and sniff what is inside, but it also means that you know that nobody else has been near what you are considering smearing over your lips (I’m not even going to think about how nasty that would be). You can also see the unique cube packaging, which I will talk about in a moment. Coming in 4 flavours (coconut, raspberry, strawberry and mint) each blister and cube is colour coordinated, which is very handy as aside from on the carton you don’t have any other indication of which is which.


The back of the carton extols the virtues of the product within, telling us that:

Your lips are constantly on show to the world around you and you want them look good and feeling protected against the elements. Balmi Lip Balm has been designed to not only provide moisturisation to your lips but also protection from harmful UVA rays. Balmi Lip Balm provides SPF 15 Sunscreen and UVA&UVB protection. Tested to SPF 15 European Standards

So far, so good. Yes your lips are always on show, yes you want them looking good and feeling protected and yes you want moisturisation and sunscreen for your lips. Sounds like just the ticket, right. The carton goes on to tell us even more.

Balmi Lip Balm is a perfect blend of ingredients to give your lips long lasting daily care and protection. Our special blend of Balmi moisturising goodness containing anti-oxidant rich Vitamin E, soothing Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil help leave your lips moisturised, soft and super smooth.

Oh, lets talk about the ingredients. In fact, let me show you the ingredient list.


If I were browsing through lip balms in the chemist and saw that long list of chemical compounds, I’d throw the product across the store, and run away screaming. It doesn’t look all that pleasant, especially when compared to the likes of Burt’s Bees, or my current favourite Hyalogic Lip Balm, where the top three ingredients of a much shorter list are olive oil, aloe and beeswax. In all honesty, that sounds much friendlier! However, having time to sit at my desk and do some googling, I can see that the ingredients are very run of the mill, safe compounds, including waxes to make up the product, moisturisers, 5 different sunscreen compounds, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E, with a couple of preservatives in there to make sure it doesn’t go bad on you too quickly. But, as I said, I had time to look these up. Someone browsing may not, and would just see it as a chemical factory in a cube. It is perfectly safe, but it may not look the very best at a glance.


Now, on to the product. Here we have the raspberry (dark pink) and strawberry (light pink) cubes. You can also see a keyring attachment coming off the back. Personally, I don’t know what it is doing there, because the cube is bulky, and so are my keys. It would just be too much to hold all that up to my mouth to use the product. If you had one or two keys, then maybe, but to me it’s useless, and the cube is big enough that it is (probably) not going to get lost in my bag.

In terms of flavour and scent, when they say they are raspberry and strawberry, they really are. You can tell that from sniffing them, but they are not overpoweringly smelly. They are really quite pleasant, with the slightly sweeter strawberry being my pick of the two.

And finally, we get to the product itself, which the packaging tells us is easy and convenient, further stating:

You need a lip balm that fits your lifestyle. The Balmi Lip Balm has been designed with active people in mind. Our unique conical applicator lip balm creates zero hassle to apply on the go with maximum ease.


With the conical applicator I have to agree with them. It really is easy. I just put the tip between my lips, swipe it back and forth a couple of times and it’s done. It feels soft and smooth going on, feels comfortable, and for the most part sinks in, though it does leave a slight residue. The residue doesn’t bother me at all though, and is not in any way sticky.

So, in short. If you car conscious and concerned about using too many chemical products on your skin, look elsewhere. This is not for you, and there are a wealth of more natural options out there. Balmi though, should last through the rigours of winter while giving your lips the protection they deserve. They’re available from McCabe’s and McCauley’s pharmacies nationwide for €5.95.

I know that these were in the September Chic Treat Club box, so if you got one there what do you think of it? Are they a good purchase, or would you generally choose a more natural product?


* Product was provided for review

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