Lip Balms
0.3 fl. oz. for $7.25
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.25.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Chocolate Whipstick Lip Balm, Honey Trap Lip Balm, Lip Lime Lip Balm, and Lip Service Lip Balm are emollient balms meant for the lips or, as the name states, temple area (for pressure-point massage). All of them contain one or more irritating essential oils, including peppermint, lavender, rosemary, lime, lemon, ginger, palmarosa, and jasmine. Expect them to cause redness and make dry, chapped lips look and feel worse.

Brand Overview

Lush At-A-Glance

Strengths: None… OK, they do offer complete ingredient lists on their website.

Weaknesses: Almost every product contains at least one potent skin irritant; no sunscreens to be found, nor are they recommended by the company; no products to address common skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or eczema; jar packaging; this isn't skin care, it's fragrance dressed up with food ingredient posing as skin care!

With its beginning in England in the late 1970s (the company that later  became Lush sold their first products to none other than The Body Shop!) this line captured consumers' attention with the promise of hand-made cosmetics, and since then has had its share of ups and downs. After closing down for a few years (when they were known as Cosmetics to Go), they reemerged in England as Lush, and now have a global presence and booming mail-order business. Not bad for a shop whose layout and displays look more like a grocery store's than a slick cosmetics boutique.

"Natural" is a major theme here, and we mean major. Essential oils and perfumes are infused into everything; walking into one of these stores will knock you over if you have allergies or a sensitive nose. The unique angle you'll find here is that Lush sells skin-care products the way grocery or health food stores let you shop for bulk food items. You can scoop the stuff up yourself from bins and tubs, or buy prepackaged items, some of which are refrigerated to supposedly ensure freshness (though cold is no more helpful for skin-care formulas than heat is).

Even more eye-catching are the shapes, sizes, and decorations for the numerous Lush bar cleansers. These are nothing short of artwork and are either beautiful or fetchingly cute. As clever as all that is (and some of the product names are adorably witty), none of it is at all helpful for skin. Lush's lineup for facial care is one of the most disappointing, lacking, and problematic. Most of their products are prime examples of "natural" not being inherently better for skin. Lots of natural ingredients (including many antioxidants, such as green tea or pomegranate) are good for skin. Why Lush overlooked almost all of the beneficial options in favor of harmful ones is a question worth asking, but don't expect a straight answer. The staff at Lush stores eagerly supports the company's claims that lemon and lime can decongest oily skin, or that tiger lily can "tighten skin tissues," among other far-fetched, unproven assertions. It seems that at Lush all you need for healthy, radiant skin are fragrant oils wrapped up in beguiling stories of how the product came to be or what else it's good for (it is suggested that one of their moisturizers can also be used as fragrance). The lure of the natural is strong for many consumers, but the siren song Lush sings isn't a tune your skin wants to hear.

For more information about Lush, call (888) 733-5874 or visit www.lush.com.

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Love my LUSH lips!

I worked at LUSH last summer, and the Lip Service lip balm is a winner to me. Granted, all their stuff is fragranced, which makes most of it a no-no for me. But Lip Service is a fave. However, I only use it at home because I hate getting germs in lip pots while on the go. Pairs well with their lip scrubs. Lush is a vertically integrated firm using ethical sourcing as a marketing platform. They save on packaging costs with their black pots, but I find most of them inconvenient and unsanitary.

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caitlin d.
Very drying

I have sensitive skin in the lip area, and bought the Honey Trap balm thinking it would be soothing to my dry,chapped lips. Instead it was very drying and did not help with chapping. I would not recommend this product, and considering it's expensive, there a lot of better options for chapped lips that actually work :)

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Honey Trap is hands down the best lip balm I have ever used. It is ultra moisturizing and non-irritating. I'm obsessed with it!

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Disagree strongly

I'm a lip balm fanatic. I know my lip balms; which I like, and which I don't. I love the Honey Trap lip balm from Lush. It stays on for a long time without drying out, and the honey/wax smell is lovely. It's not irritating, and it's a real pleasure to wear. It comes second to a local company that makes lip balms and soaps in my books.

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