Although pricey, this petrolatum-based balm has much to love about it. It's emollient formula also contains lanolin along with other formidable ingredients to eliminate dry lips and also includes an intriguing mix of anti-aging ingredients, some of which function as antioxidants. The slightly pink tint can work for just about anyone.
All of that makes the inclusion of the potent menthol derivative menthone glycerin acetal so disappointing. This ingredient, sometimes used in lip-plumping products, can be irritating to lips, which is not the path to youthful results. The amount of this ingredient isn't high, and the balance of beneficial ingredients that precede it is encouraging, which is why we didn't give this our lowest rating. Still, it's a lip balm to consider with caution.
- Very emollient formula for dry lips.
- Contains an impressive mix of anti-aging ingredients.
- Menthone glycerin acetal is a lip irritant.
Exclusive, patent pending blend of six anti-aging peptides and neuropeptides infused with nourishing mango and shea butters, soothing aloe and vitamin E for smooth, soft, younger looking lips.
Petrolatum, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Lanolin, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide, Diacetate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Allantoin, Benzyl Benzoate, D-Limonene, Water, Silica, Maltodextrin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Flavor (Aroma), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Unique in the world of spa and salon specialty lines, Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.
A novel aspect of this line is that there are few (if any) nonsense ingredients. Roth products conspicuously lack the exotic, potentially irritating, sensitizing, and often unnecessary plant extracts and the irritating, fragrant plant oils that show up in most pricey skin-care lines, especially spa lines. Many of these products don't have fragrance, and they lack the long lists of ingredients that are often unnecessarily complicated. Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian and gender-friendly. No pretty pink bottles, sexy curved jars, or bejeweled caps—all of which reinforce the clinical nature of Peter Thomas Roth. Overall, this line should be admired for its simplicity and, for the most part, for its well-thought-out formulations.
After all that glowing praise there are a few embarrassing missteps to avoid, such as products that contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause free-radical damage and hurt skin; irritating acne products that contain sulfur; unimpressive masks (odd for a spa-oriented line); and a bumper crop of products claiming to affect expression lines and wrinkles in a manner similar to cosmetic corrective procedures.
For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.