Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Holy Snails Sheepish Lip Balm

Holy Snails Sheepish Lip BalmAs a dry person lip balm has always been a part of my life. I remember my mother pushing Burt's Bees lip balm on my super hard when she discovered it because uh..."natural". My mom now refuses to use Burt's Bee's products at all because they are owned by Clorox. She's very much more political than I am and I've started a lot of fights over my views. Between her corporate protests, my grandmother wanting anti-aging products but not wanting to use sunscreen or admit that she's on an anti aging quest starting in her 80's, and the woman I wish was my aunt who is strongly cruelty free I have an interesting time fielding product suggestion requests. Lanolin is an animal product BUT I'm not 100% on how out of the question it is for L. This lip balm makes me hope she's down.
A little more history (skip ahead if you aren't into the philosophical waxing and waning.)
I have a really long draft saved on a really cute dragon flash drive from my Accutane adventures. For those who don't know... That stuff dries out lips like crazy. My doctor actually gave me a stock of Aquaphor at every appointment. Still that wasn't enough and I hunted for the PERFECT lip balm. I explored high end brands like Nuxe, Avene, Dior, and La Roche Posay. I remember that Hourglass (makers of one of my favorite primers... I rarely use base makeup but oh man have I been primer hunting!) came out with their lip oil around that time. I was harassing Chel from Holy Snails the other day and she made me feel a lot better about not including that one in my quest. She also doesn't see anything too special on the ingredients list. Maybe now that they offer a tinted version I'll cave for the colored aspect. That's how I'm trying to justify buying Bite's Agave lip stuff again one day. From all my lip product trials I've got a solid idea of what I like. I no longer buy blind.
It's known that (at the time of posting,) Holy Snails products have never failed me. (I even made a post to hold the Chronicle of Holy Snails Reviews. Want to read about Sharksauce Perseids Oil, or Snowbang? It's here!) Would I have tried it even if the ingredient list didn't stack up to my loves list?
Yes but I wouldn't have bought multiple tubes in advance. The ingredients look pretty good to me.
Lanolin is an all-natural wax found in sheep's wool (not sheep fat!).  Its job is to waterproof and protect the sheep's wool and skin from the harsh conditions outside.  Used on its own for lips makes it feel too heavy and greasy, so we added some more nourishing ingredients to make it go on more matte and light.
0.15 oz
Ingredients:  Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Lanolin, Argan (Argania Spinosa Kernel) Oil, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Flavoring

This product does not contain any photosensitizing ingredients, but the most effective anti-aging step in your routine will always be sunscreen. Please always use (the correct amount of) sunscreen for best results in fading hyperpigmentation and anti-aging.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional skin care provider.
I don't really care much about any of the flags in COSNA and it's a simple lip balm. I mean the whole ingredients list fits on the label in fully legible form. It is good to look over if you are super acne prone though because acne triggers around the mouth can cause acne around the mouth.
Holy Snails Sheepish Lip BalmThings that excited me:
  • Lanolin
  • Shea butter
  • Argan oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax
Remove the beeswax and you pretty much have a whipped body butter I used to make myself. Seriously if you aren't vegan (And if you are I respect that but for your lips at this moment I am so so sorry...) this is just a stellar lineup. Emolliant, moisturizing, and just amazing. There are no fillers here. I can't wait till this comes in tints. There are rumors... Cue the Pixies song now....
The listing includes helpful notes too!
No returns or exchanges will be offered, so please consider this before purchasing.
Please note that lanolin is a fairly common allergen, and there are other ingredients in here that people may be sensitive to.  If this product causes any flaking or irritation, please discontinue use.
I've head of lanolin sensitivities before. Again if this is you I am so so sorry. Lanolin changed my life. Please share your alternatives with me. I would love to explore.

Final Rating?
I've used 2 of my 3 tubes so I think I'm qualified to give this a review. I give it a 4/5. I really really like it but I wish it were a little more pocket stable. I can't keep it in a purse for fear of cap loss and destruction but body heat makes it a little softer than I prefer. If I know I'll be out a long time I keep it in the fridge for a few hours before leaving. I don't think most people have this issue. It could be solved by a screw on cap so I can throw it in a bag worry free (which would drastically increase the price but I would pay for it because the contents are worth it...) or coming in a pot. I know people find this option less sanitary but I own multiple retractible lip brushes so I'm cool with that.
Gripes with packaging aside it does help my lips feel better when they are a little rough for the wear and protects them from hitting rock bottom (mine are known to crack and bleed.) IF I hit cracking and bleeding level I still need cortibalm to fix it but that usually means I've allowed myself to become dehydrated by working without food or water for way too long... so I probably wasn't applying any lip balms at all let along Sheepish. Asking a maintaince product to fix neglect is just crazy. Sheepish is amazing for sealing in the coribalm and alternating so I don't abuse the cortibalm (contains you guessed it... hydrocortizone which thins skin over time... yeah not for long term lip use. So I can hea; the damage and slip right into a product that helps heal and maintain health rather than causing future damage. Happy Lips!
I also find a thin layer doesn't hurt the longevity of my matte lipsticks but YMMV on that especially since my skin sucks up "greasy" creams and oils it sort of makes sense that my lips would do the same. Even if it may effect the wear time for others it shouldn't mess with application because (unless you go for a 15 mile run and leave it in your pocket... yeah that's totally the product's fault...) it's not remotely gooey.
So for a less picky packaging focused person who doesn't have lips that require a balm on hand 24 hours a day (seriously my night treatments are stashed one in my night stand, one on the bedside desk, and one in a hanging organizer above my bed...) It's probably more a 5/5 product.
Yeah I'm buying more. I'll keep buying more. I am hoping for tints. I'm also dreaming of a second lip product like... a night lip treatment to replace my Puresmile Snail Lip Treatment because I'm sorry Aritaum Ginger Sugar Overnight Lip Mask... you may be plentiful but you work as well as plain vaseline if that... and your "ginger" scent is just SO not there.
ahem! back to the topic at hand! want to try this yourself?
You can pick it up from Holy Snails.
$6.50 from Holy Snails Shop If it's out of stock DON'T panic aside from special circumstances restocks happen every Sunday so it won't be long. If you are making your first order please use my referral link to save 10% off.  
In theory it will notify my if someone uses it and I really want to know if my review helped someone make a choice. If it's not your first Holy Snails purchase and you have an account on the new shop already leave me a comment and let me know. I'm always wondering if what I write leads people to make choices. Not that my words alone would make the decision but a part of a network of research and things. I don't know. Now I'm babbling. I guess I have no idea how many people are clicking the posts and how many are reading them you know.
1- I want both my money and the time I spent using this product back. It should never be used and if I encounter another in my collection it goes to the trash bin.
2- The product is nothing special but not horrible. I would use it again or give it away if I got it as a free sample.
3-The product is nice enough but I would not repurchase because I have many better options. May be better suited for others
4-I really like this and would likely repurchase if I do not find something better.
5-I love this product and it has become a staple in my collection.
So now you know what the numbers mean!
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