I haven’t been doing empties posts at all, since I am pretty slow at getting through my products and I also generally hate keeping empty packages around for photographing.
But I have definitely been trying to use up more products—which means less product rotation, which I am generally very fond of doing!
Lip balms are one of those products that I always rotate, though, but not so much in the sense that I deliberately choose to use different ones. I just keep a lip balm in many different places, so I end up having almost ten lip balms on the go. For example, I have one at my desk, one in the bathroom, one in the stroller, one in each handbag (and I…uh…I have a lot of handbags), and one at my bedside table.
Can you believe it? I finished up a product! Huzzah!
They make both a lip balm with SPF 30 and another without, which is the one I received.
Lips 101 has reinvented the ordinary lip balm with innovative technology and a SPF 30 protection. Made with shea butter, safflower oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, chamomile and a medley of “super fruits” (pomegranate, red grape, grapefruit, apple) for anti-oxidant properties. Lips are protected and hydrated throughout the day and receive ultimate moisture throughout the night!
We created Lips 101 After Hours with the same extraordinary technology and innovative ingredients without the SPF 30. We increased the moisture ingredients to maximize its benefits to the lips. In Lips 101 after hours, we have formulated the product to intensify the benefits to relieve cracked, wrinkled and dry lips. Increasing the anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory delivery system technology.
This all sounds great, but I never really found this to be an exceptional lip balm. It has a waxy feel, a bit reminiscent of Burt’s Bees, of which I’m not a huge fan—but nevertheless I always seem to have a couple of them floating around! Loads of people love Burt’s Bees, so I think it’s just a preference thing. I don’t like waxy lip balms and prefer the stickier ones.
Lips 101 just kind of sits on my lips. It doesn’t apply especially smoothly, and if applied over chapped lips, it just made them feel worse. I think if your lips are already pretty smooth, this would do a good job of keeping them protected. I didn’t find it to be useful at all for actually moisturizing and making my lips softer and smoother if they were already dry.
Things that others might like: very faint candy-like scent and a slight, minty tingle. There was a very vague flavor that matched the scent. I personally didn’t love the scent/flavor and dislike the minty tingle.
While I didn’t enjoy this product, I hesitate to call it a bad one, since I can definitely seeing some people really liking it. (I did use it up, after all, so it wasn’t too bad.) It just depends on what you look for in a lip balm, and this one isn’t my style. I don’t mind—at US$8 a pop, it’s more than what I’d prefer to spend on a tube!
Petrolatum, Paraffin, Mineral Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil (and) BHA (and) Propyl Gallate (and) Citric Acid, Hydrolysed Corn Starch (and) Isomerized Safflower Acid (and) Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit (and) Palmitoyl Tripeptide 5 (and) Hydrated Silica (and) Resveratrol (and) Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Extract (and) Zea Mays (Corn) Starch (and) Punica Granatum Oil (and) Menthyl Sulfonyl Menthane (and) Glyceryl Stearate (and) Glycerin (and) Ceramide (and) Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sucralose (and) Polysorbate 80 (and) Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (and) Zea Mays (Corn) Starch (and) Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Flavor.
Preventive Measures 101 Lips 101 After Hours Lip Balm contains 4 g and retails for US$8. It is made in the USA and a portion of the company’s proceeds are donated to skin cancer reearch. The brand is cruelty-free.
Preventive Measures 101 was launched by Anjani Singh’s Chayya Products Inc., which she founded in 1997. She was formerly a chemist with Estée Lauder and a fragrance evaluator with Quest International Fine Fragrances. The company is based in Island Park, NY, USA.