It’s really easy to write about products that I love or that I hate, but when things fall somewhere in between, I frequently am at a loss of words, which is what I’m struggling with at the moment. So, in an effort to get over this writer’s block, I’m doing a short review / ode to this lip balm which I’ve been using for a year and have grown to love!
At a Glance
RÊVE DE MIEL ULTRA-NOURISHING LIP BALM
Price: $19 at Amazon, Target, and Nuxe
Packaging: Glass Jar. I strongly prefer tubes to jars for lip products because having to wash my hands before use is such a pain. Also, the jar is way too large. It takes me more than a year to finish one.
Fragrance: Light to Medium Honey Scent
Color: Orange-y Yellow
Texture: Dense, but not viscous, like marzipan or creamed honey
Acne Triggers & Irritants: Cera Alba (0-2), Dimethicone (1), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (3), Glycine Soja Oil (3), and Tocopherol (2) are flagged as acne triggers; Cera Alba (0-2), hydrogenated vegetable oil (0-1), and Tocopherol (2) are potential irritants
Full Ingredients: Cera Alba/Beeswax, Olus Oil/Vegetable Oil, Lecithin, Behenoxy Dimethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Mel /Honey, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Allantoin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, BHT, Citric Acid, Citral, Limonene, Linalool [N0802/C]
The ingredient list for this lip balm has some nice components in it, but also some less than ideal ones. Here are the main good and bad ingredients.
Good: Cera Alba and Honey
Cera Alba is just a fancy name for beeswax, or the purified wax from honeycomb! It’s very versatile and can be used in cosmetics as a thickener, emulsifier, and emollient. It’s very commonly used in lip balms because it can (and does in this case) form a protective layer. Honey, also a product of bees, is a powerful humectant (meaning it attracts water) and has cool anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, and wound-healing properties due to its unique bio-chemical composition.
Bad: Grapefruit Peel Oil and Lemon Peel Oil
I love citrus fruits as much as the next person but they’re not the best candidates for skincare ingredients. The oils in citrus peels contain compounds called furanocoumarins and coumarins that reacts in the presence of UV light. These reaction can cause sunburn, swelling, and inflammation and should generally be avoided. I don’t love the inclusion of these ingredients in this lip balm, which is one of the reasons I primarily use this lip balm primarily as a sleeping mask for my lips at night.
I didn’t love this lip balm when I first started using it. I had heard it worked well under lipstick, but I had trouble getting any sort of lip color product to show up over it! On top of that, it felt way too thick to wear comfortably.
Frustrated, I gave the jar I had on my partner and forgot all about it until a few months ago when I couldn’t find my beloved tube of Jack Black Lip Therapy (my HG day-time lip balm) and ended up borrowing back this lip balm. At this point, LA was having an abnormally cold and dry weather and the thickness of this balm, which irked me before, was exactly what I needed! On my winter-chapped lips, this balm proved to not only be nourishing (true to its name) but also protective and reparative. Now that the weather is milder, I use this at night, right before I sleep, and wake up in the morning with soft and hydrated lips.
Other things I really like about this lip balm is its texture. Stickiness and waxiness are common pitfalls of honey products and lip products, respectively, and this honey-based lip balm adeptly avoids both. I also like the smell which isn’t too strong and isn’t too artificial.
For day to day usage, I still prefer Jack Black Lip Therapy, but when I need an intensive dose of hydration or something to heal the chapped-ness of my lips quickly, nothing I’ve used beats this balm!
This is an intensely hydrating and nourishing lip balm that has been a total lifesaver for me this past winter. The only thing that would make it better is if they could just get rid of the citrus peel oils and add some sunscreen!
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