Lip Butters

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$12 - 0.21 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/13/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Korres offers several flavors of the same basic emollient lip balm formula. Whether you choose Guava, Quince, Plum, Pomegranate, Jasmine, Mango, or Wild Rose, the only difference is the fragrance and a token amount of the namesake plant extract. These lip balms have a thick but smooth consistency and a glossy finish that works well to keep lips moist and protected. Note that these lip balms are packaged in jars, most likely due to the thickness of the formula and it being unable to work successfully in a Chapstick-style component.

This buttery lip balm melts on the lips and offers a shiny, clear finish.

Guava: Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Flavor (Aroma), Tocopherol, Dicalcium Phosphate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide

Jasmine: Polybutene , Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Wax, Tocopherol, Flavor (Aroma), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides, Red 7 Lake

Mango: Polybutene , Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Flavor (Aroma), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide,Yellow 6 Lake, Mica, Red 6, Red 7 Lake

Quince: Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tocopherol, Flavor (Aroma), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Chaenomeles Japonica Seed Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Red 7 Lake, Iron Oxides

Plum: Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Flavor (Aroma), Tocopherol, Prunus Domestica Seed Extract, Dicalcium Phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract. May Contain: Red 7 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake

Pomegranate: Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tocopherol, Flavor (Aroma), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Punica Granatum Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Red 7 Lake, Red 6, Iron Oxides

Wild Rose: Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Tocopherol, Flavor (Aroma), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract. May Contain: Red 7 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 1 Lake

Korres is a Greek cosmetics line, and if memory serves, we believe this is the first line from that country we've ever reviewed, and given how long we've been reviewing products, that's saying something! The line was started by a husband and wife team, George Korres (a pharmacist) and his wife Lena. They wanted to build a product line based on the principles of homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine involving the administration of various herbal tinctures. As the story goes, the products concocted in the couple's Athens pharmacy became a hit with the locals and within a few years the Korres skin-care and makeup product line was created—its concept being to take a natural approach. Now, where have we heard that before, h-m-m-m-m, let me think, oh yeah, EVERYWHERE!

Homeopathy is a specific style of alternative medicine that is far more a mystery than science because very little research exists proving its efficacy. Plus, none of the studies have been duplicated, and one study alone proves nothing. Anecdotally, there are followers who strongly believe in this method of healing. The theory behind these treatments assumes that you can treat disease with minute amounts of watered down substances that are meant to cause effects similar to the disease's symptoms. You then build up an immunity to these effects, and then to the disease, much the way you would with an inoculation. Even if this were the case, however, skin care in general is unrelated to a disease state.

In terms of "natural," Korres formulas are indeed packed with plant extracts, a veritable cornucopia of plants that make it sound more like you're wandering in an arboretum than looking at a skin-care product. As attractive and natural as the ingredient list appears, there is no research whether or not these combinations have any impact on improving the appearance of your skin. Alternative medicine is certainly an option, but without more evidence you are spending a lot of money hoping you will get results. Cleaning skin, exfoliating, reducing skin discolorations, protecting skin from the sun, reducing acne, and giving skin the substances it has lost as a result of sun damage is not alternative, it is mainstream knowledge, and the ingredients that do these things can be natural or synthetic.

If anything, what you end up getting from many Korres products are ordinary formulations with a mix of questionable exotic and ordinary plant extracts. While Korres boasts of not using synthetic ingredients in their products, they actually use quite a few, making lots of their products about as natural as polyester. They also include plant extracts that are problematic for skin. What is it with these companies, claiming that their products are all natural and claiming that they exclude all the "evil" synthetic ingredients other companies use, but then they turn right around and include those synthetic ingredients that they claimed were bad for your skin?!

There also are other problems with Korres products that are just foolish and speak to the lack of science on any level in the formularies (e.g., jar packaging that won't keep the plant extracts stable and below-par sunscreens—we mean really limited sun protection, which is just dangerous). All of the salespeople we encountered at Sephora (the primary sales location for Korres products in the United States) echoed the same sales pitch, that Korres is as natural as picking an apple from a tree; but we wouldn't sit down and eat these as a snack, that's for sure.

Overall the Korres skin-care options leave much to be desired, especially if you're trying to avoid irritating ingredients or are struggling with acne, rosacea, or skin discolorations. Some of the sun protection products are sketchy due to their below-standard SPF ratings (so much for homeopathy and alternative medicine being good for skin; this is bad medicine from any perspective). However, Korres did hit several home runs with their makeup, and the price point isn't unreasonable.

For more information about Korres Natural whose U.S branch is now owned by Johnson & Johnson, visit www.korres.com or call 1-888-9KORRES.

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  1. Tamie C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Natural and moist
    • Having to apply this balm with my finger is not optimal (so I am dinging it one star for that) but I really like this. The colors are lovely and look very natural, and you can build up as much color intensity as you like by varying the amount you apply. The finish is a natural moist look and the color doesn't sit in and emphasize the lines in my lip. It keeps my lips moist - a really big deal for me since I have really dry lips - and it has some staying power.

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