Peachy Perfection for Autumn Pouts
Ok so I admit it, I have something of a lip balm problem.And not in the I-wish-I-could-find-a-lip-balm-I-like way, more in the good-grief-someone-stop-me-from-buying-them-all way.Apart from the lure of a softer, glossier pout, and the child-like excitement I feel at the infinite combinations of scent, colour and taste, it’s the fact that as lip balm is often among the cheapest items in a skincare range, they offer a small taste of a luxury line that I might not otherwise try out.And so my enthusiasm (ahem, addiction) to balms (it also extends to lip scrubs, by the way) brought me to Fresh Beauty’s Peach Hydrating Lip Balm (£15 for 6 g, Cult Beauty).
Fresh Beauty Peach Hydrating Lip Balm
As a general fan of Fresh’s nature-inspired and often very gentle products, I expected pretty much the same from this balm- and for the most part I wasn’t disappointed.Almost (but not quite) as nourishing as my other go-to balms by Frank Body and Drunk Elephant, this one also adds a little healthy shine and has a uplifting peachy smell which gives me happy flashbacks to the Lipsmacker style balms that first kicked off my obsession.
Its packaging (really wide in diameter but thin in depth) also makes this really easy to get into a pocket or handbag without bulking it up, which means this balm comes with me most places.
On the Skin
Containing microcrystalline wax (an emollient and a common alternative to paraffin), apricot kernel oil (highly moisturising), blackcurrant seed and grape seed oil (for antioxidant protection) and sugar (a humectant which helps bind water from the air to skin), this balm keeps my lips soft, nourished and shiny for hours.And while I could do without the addition of perfume in this (especially in the drier winter months when my lips are more sensitive), I do like the use of mineral pigments rather than artificial colorants.I’ve included the full list of ingredients at the bottom of this post.Overall I find this genuinely moistursing, plus I like the healthy sheen and the yummy scent. I do find that the moisturising results here don’t last quite as long as some of my other favourite balms, however.I think this is probably down to the artificial fragrance (which can be drying)- so for seriously dry lips I’d stick to something fragrance-free like Drunk Elephant’s Lippe Balm (£15 for 3.7 g, Cult Beauty).Great for: Fans of a slightly glossy balm and anyone who doesn’t mind some artificial fragrance in their products.Not-so-great for: Really dry, sensitive lips, since the fragrance here means this isn’t quite as moisturising as it could be.
The full list of ingredients:
Isononyl Isononanoate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Polybutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Parfum (Fragrance), Silica Silylate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), BHT, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Aqua (Water), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7), Propyl Gallate, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool