Whole Foods Organic Tangerine Lip Balm

whole foods organic lip balm

I picked up a Whole Foods Market Organic Tangerine lip balm on a whim. What can I say? I’m a sucker for orange flavor and I tend to fall for in store marketing! So,I have yet another lip balm added to my massive collection, and it is a good one!

The texture is fairly buttery, which I prefer over oily. I like my balms to have some thickness to them, with waxy for outdoors and buttery for regular wear. Ingredients are coconut oil, beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, shea butter, tangerine essential oil, cocoa butter, orange essential oil, hemp seed oil, and vitamin E.  All are organic.

The balm is lightly scented and flavored. It also was quite affordable at $1.99. Usually I complain that Whole Foods is overpriced, but this one is a good value.

The pic isn’t the greatest (taken with the iphone, sorry). But it looks like a standard lip balm–nobody is likely going to buy this one for its packaging appearance!


Chapstick to the Rescue!

So, my lips have been super dry lately, even though I constantly wear lip balm or gloss. I kept trying my many favorite balms and nothing was curing the dryness. Those favorites seem to be best for prevention rather than for cure.

Chapstick True Shimmer

So, what has helped the most? Good old Chapstick, specifically, Chapstick True Shimmer (link is to previous review) because it was what I had around and is my favorite from that brand anyway (although the Chapstick Fresh Effect line is nice too). Plenty of folks complain that Chapstick isn’t all natural, and it contains petrolatum, not to mention a bunch of other ingredients that don’t appear to be natural. But right now it is what is working!

So I figured I would give it shout out. With all the fancy balms out there these days, sometimes going to back to basics, despite all the non-natural ingredients, is a bit refreshing.


NARS Lip Treatments and NARS 2010 Summer Collection

I had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of NARS Cosmetics last week and viewing the new NARS Summer Collection for 2010. Among the lip items were a set of NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatments which are wonderful little tinted lip balms.  These thin balms include sun protection and are made with Wild Mango Butter, Vitamin E, Polar Berries and Açai Oil. Texture is that of a medium balm. So it is buttery and lasts fairly well.

There are six shades—one clear and 5 tinted. The NARS Lip Treatment Balms are quite sheer, so they don’t all show well in my swatch below. However, they do build a bit, so if you get one of the highest tinted ones (such as Angelique), you will see more color from it. Swatches are below, but I lost track of which are which. Angelique is the brightest one to the right though.

NARs Lip treatments nars lip treament swatches

New lip shades for the Summer Collection include NARS Lip Gloss Coup de Coeur and NARS Lipstick Love Devotion.  The lipstick is a coral shade that is rather sheer. It can be built up for more color, but I prefer it on the sheer side. The gloss is a richer shade that pairs nicely with the lipstick to darken things up a bit.  NARS’ gloss tends to wear well and is not sticky.

NARS Love Devotion Lipstick 2010 nars love devotion lipstick swatch coup de couer swatch NARS Coup De Coeur Lip Gloss sumemr 2010 collection

For more on the NAR Summer collection, head on over to Beauty and Fashion Tech to see eye shadow and blush swatches and the new NARS multiple. I will also be reviewing the new NARS Multiple Tints and new primers there over the next week or two.

Note, this review is based in part on products provided to me by a representative of the company and contains affiliate links.

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