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A Kiss of Mint and Minerals Refreshing Lip Care
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0.17 fl. oz. for $2.99
Last Updated:12.04.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Whenever we see “mint” in the name for a lip balm we get nervous, because all types of mint can be irritating on lips or skin (that tingling sensation is your body telling you it’s being irritated, not refreshed). This fragranced lip balm contains a tiny amount of peppermint extract, which isn’t the best to see but not as bad as either a high amount of the extract or any amount of peppermint oil (which is stronger than the extract).

All told, this is another fairly average lip balm from Nivea, and it has a somewhat waxy feel that isn’t as smooth or elegant as today’s best lip balms. The only mineral in the formula is calcium carbonate. Also known as chalk, calcium carbonate is an absorbent ingredient that gives lips a kiss of dryness, not moisture! However, the amount present it really too low to cause any dryness, and the whole notion of topical minerals being good for lips is marketing hype, not fact.

Note: This lip balm contains the artificial sweetener neohesperidin dihydrochalcone for flavor.

Claims

The fusion of natural healing ingredients and moisturizing science with refreshing mint.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Microcrystalline Wax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cetyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polyisobutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Myristyl Myristate, C20-40 Alkyl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beeswax, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Calcium Carbonate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Water, Neohesperidin Dihydrochalcone, Fragrance, Blue 1 Lake

Brand Overview

Nivea At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly; good makeup removers; a gentle scrub; some worthwhile lip balms.

Weaknesses: Several boring formulas; no products to treat breakouts or lighten skin discolorations; problematic toners; disappointing self-tanners; the anti-cellulite products are a joke.

Nivea is a globally known brand owned by Beiersdorf, the same company behind department-store brand La Prairie and drugstore mainstay Eucerin. Among those three brands, Nivea's product selection is the weakest (which isn't saying much, because none of these lines have much of anything to offer skin). For Nivea, uninspired formulas abound, presenting limited options unless you have normal to dry skin, and even those have exceptionally inelegant formulas. The enduring popularity of this line has more to do with advertising and perhaps tradition (it has been around a long time) than with what any researcher would consider state-of-the-art.

In mid-2010 Nivea re-launched most of their Visage (facial care) products on the web site drugstore.com. These products present a few well formulated, inexpensive options that are worth your attention.For more information about Nivea, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.nivea.com.

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