On balance, this is a very good lip balm that's packaged in an easy-to-use squeeze tube. Its soft texture applies easily and the amount of wax and plant oils helps protect lips against moisture loss while easing signs of dryness. While not the most elegant texture around, this fragranced lip balm does the job.
Among the ingredients, there's minor concern over the fragrance chemical limonene and the plant extract feverfew. The latter can be very irritating to the skin and can trigger allergic reactions. The irritation comes from a constituent (more technically, a sesquiterpene lactone) of the feverfew plant known as parthenolide. If the parthenolide is removed from feverfew, the ingredient is not a problem for skin and may actually be beneficial. That’s because parthenolide-free feverfew has potent anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce redness in skin.
Interestingly, when parthenolide is present and feverfew is taken orally it has been shown to relieve migraines and have anti-inflammatory properties, including those related to pain reduction for certain types of arthritis (Sources: Inflammopharmacology, February 2009, pages 42-49; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2009, pages 91-98; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages s7-s-12; Dermatitis, December 2007, pages 225-229; Contact Dermatitis, October 2001, pages 197–204; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
When it comes to lip-care products containing feverfew, you need to contact the company to confirm the feverfew in their products is parthenolide-free. If they don’t know or won’t tell you, do not use the product (this is especially true if you have plant allergies). First Aid Beauty confirmed they are using parthenolide-free feverfew.
This product brings the healing power of First Aid Beauty's bestselling Ultra Repair Cream to a balm that moisturizes, nourishes, and protects your lips.
Diisostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glyceryl Diisostearate, Dimethicone, Flavor (Aroma), Glycerin, Triisostearin, Colloidal Oat Flour, Tocopherol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Water, Allantoin, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract , Hyaluronic Acid.
With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.
Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!
On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.
For more information about First Aid Beauty, sold exclusively at Sephora in the United States, call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.