Let the battle of the treatment balms begin: Drugstore vs French pharmacy brand
Come winter, my skin tends to freak out completely. Indoor heating, outside wind chills, floor heating and cold and flu bacteria floating around all contribute to my skin getting dried to a husk, and I have an inkling that I might not be alone.
My lips especially can take to cracking and bleeding from dehydration, so I am reapplying lip balms pretty much constantly. To all of you conspiracy theorists out there, no, I don’t think that the lip balm industry adds ingredients that dry your lips out more. Lips just don’t have oil glands is all.
So in addition to my regular day time balms, I also require overnight balms during the winter season and believe you me, I am super picky. Let’s talk about two that I tested recently. The Nuxe one is not an empty (see as to why further down below), Burts Bees is.
Nuxe Reve de Miel
Price, Product, Packaging: I got this one on sale for ₩15,000 at Olive Young, where it ordinarily retails for ₩17,000 as far as I am aware. The balm comes in a heavy frosted glass jar containing 15 g of product. If I were you, I’d keep this by my bed rather than in the purse, for fear of if shattering as well as the fact that this will weigh down your handbag of your choice like a proverbial brick.
My Thoughts: If you have a look at the above jar, you will notice that I am barely 20% in, despite the fact that I have had this for going on a year now. Granted, during the summer months I would only use this 1-2 x a week, however during the colder months I use this every single night and yet I am still scraping the surface. If that is not superior value for money to you, I don’t know what is.
As for efficacy, this has a lovely apricot-ish honeyed scent to it that is very relaxing to put on at night. The balm itself is rather thick and as I insinuated above, very nourishing. A little goes a long way and is hard to lick off. This coats your lips and feels very heavy. If you are not fond of heavy textures, you could try layering this over a thinner balm, but personally, I prefer a heavier, waxier texture. The balm stays on through the night and through the next morning plus gym. I love it dearly – this is one of my favourite finds of the past few years. An absolute legend of a product.
Ingredients: Acacia Honey 5%, Shea Butter 13%, Plant Oils (Chilean Rose, Sweet Almond) 9.5%, Grapefruit Essence 2.5%, Vitamin E 1%. Beeswax, Shea Butter 13%, Vegetable Oil, Lecithin, Behenoxy Dimethicone, Sweet Almond Oil 8.5%, Honey 5%, Dimethicone, Octinoxate, Grapefruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Soybean Oil, Rosa Moschata Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Lemon Oil, Candelilla Wax, Calendula Extract.
Burts Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment
Price, Product, Packaging: This one is available for ₩10,000-12,000 from Olive Young depending on whether there is a sale going on at the time or not. I got mine in a set with another Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm, for which I paid around ₩15,000 in total.
You get 7.08 g or 0.25 oz of product in a light, cheap-o, plastic jar that on the other hand is great for lugging around in your purse or for travelling. The packaging does not scream luxury but then again, it is functional and sturdy.
My Thoughts: This balm is very, very minty. A little too minty for my liking – they could have done with a little less but then again, that is personal preference. Another aspect that I disliked about this balm was that it was much too runny and liquidy for an overnight treatment product. I would personally liken the consistency to vaseline perhaps, it was much lighter than any of their stick balms.
As a chronic lip licker, I hate light textures in balms and as was to be expected, I ended up licking this one off within minutes of applying it. The foodie scent did not help either. The balm itself was moisturising but if I had to choose between this and the regular Burts Bees stick balms such as the honey or grapefruit one or even the tinted balms, I would have to say that the stick balms felt more moisturising to me.
I went through this potted balm like water and ended up finishing it a lot more quickly than I had anticipated, much to my chagrin.
Ingredients: caprylic/capric triglyceride, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, C10-18 triglycerides, glycerin, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, glyceryl behenate, glyceryl stearate, hydrogenated castor oil, jojoba esters, octyldodecanol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax, ceramide NP, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, caramel, acacia decurrens flower wax, polyglycerin-3, limonene, linalool.
As you might guess, Nuxe has won me over completely, Burts Bees not so much. If you look at the ingredients lists, you will see that Burt’s Bees has more hydrating ingredients, while Nuxe has more nourishing ingredients. You do you but I do believe that Nuxe is incredible value for money.