Pros: softens and moisturizes lips
Cons: expensive, no SPF
Over the holiday season I wandered in to a Bath and Body Works store and found a candle that I really like. I didn't buy it at the time, but I wound up going back in January to buy it; with my purchase I got a coupon for a free lip balm with a purchase in February. Back to Bath and Body Works I trekked in February, where I found some shea butter for my husband's cracked hands to buy, and of course to get my free lip balm. The lip balm is from the CO Bigelow Apothecary line, and is called My Favorite Lip Balm.
While in the Bath and Body Works store, I noticed that this lip balm is available in two forms; either a small pot or a plastic tube. I was pleased to be able to find the tube form, as I prefer that as a method for dispensing lip products and I also find this product to be so soft that I think it would work better in a tube. The tube that I have is the full-size, holding .5 ounces (14 grams) of lip balm. The tube itself is made of white plastic with black writing and a black cap; a bit of blue writing highlights the tube.
The balm itself is very soft, and the color resembles Vaseline. Actually, because the first ingredient is petroleum (and therefore that is the ingredient that is most featured), I am not very surprised. The scent is very mild and slightly sweet; it dissipates upon application. The product feels soft and somewhat greasy on the lips, again sort of like petroleum jelly - but not as thick or greasy as that.
To use the product, simply squeeze the tube and some of the balm comes out the hole in the end of the tube. Unlike some lip balms that have a rounded end, the tip is a flat oval, making it easy to apply. This type of tip is also easy to clean off if you are wearing the balm over a lip color.
This balm does soften and moisturize lips while providing a slight colorless shine. I find that it keeps my lips soft for about 3 hours, which is pretty good. I generally use it in the mornings instead of applying lip color. I think it would help lips that are already chapped, but I can't really speak to that personally as I usually have something on my lips to protect them from letting them get chapped in the first place! My Favorite Lip Balm does not have any sun protection factor. Overall, I like this stuff well enough to use it during the day, but it won't replace my Burt's Bees lip balm, which I use every night before bed, and which really is my favorite.
I got my tube of My Favorite Lip Balm free with a purchase of something else, but the tube retails for $5.50. CO Bigelow products are available at Bath and Body Works stores, as well as online at www.BigelowChemists.com. The website also has a store locator which will tell you where Bigelow products are sold within a 100 mile radius of your zip code.
Ingredients list: Petroleum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Squalane, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-1, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Amygldalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Bisabolol, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Cholesterol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil.
I like CO Bigelow My Favorite Lip Balm well enough; it is effective if a bit greasy. But for the price I can get two of the Burt's Bees lip balms that really are my favorite, or I could spend a bit more and get a Body Shop Lip Butter which I also enjoy. I'd probably like this product better if it wasn't called "My Favorite Lip Balm," because... well, it's not my favorite. I'd give it 3.5 stars, so I'll round up to 4.