Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Winter Care for Lips

With the onset of winters I have been getting a lot of queries regarding winter skin care.For moisturisers,you can look hereChapped lips can be pretty embarrassing and painful too when you eat spicy food. This is a review of Lip balms available in the Indian Market.

Lip Care for Winters



1)Maybelline Lip Smooth Colour Bloom

Ingredients:Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Petrolatum, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Diisostearyl Malate, Candelilla Cera / Candelilla Wax / Cire De Candelilla, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Parfum / Fragrance, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Aroma / Flavor, Silica, Isopropyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Limonene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Benzyl Benzoate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Citral, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Tin Oxide, Geraniol, Eugenol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Mel / Honey / Miel, Calcium Pantothenate, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, MICA, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake. CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine.
Maybelline Lip Smooth Colour Bloom

Price: Rs 125.

Comments:
  • It is not enough Moisturiser.
  • It does not last long.
  • It comes in pink tinted hues perfect for subtle look.
  • It comes with SPF 16.
  • It is very affordable.
  • It is not suitable for men.
  • It is available in 2 variants of pink.

My Rating: 3/5.




2)Maybelline Baby Lips

Ingredients:Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Petrolatum, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Diisostearyl Malate, Candelilla Cera / Candelilla Wax / Cire De Candelilla, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Parfum / Fragrance, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Aroma / Flavor, Silica, Isopropyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Limonene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Benzyl Benzoate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Citral, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Tin Oxide, Geraniol, Eugenol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Mel / Honey / Miel, Calcium Pantothenate, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, MICA, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake. CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine.
Maybelline Baby Lips

Price: Rs 150.

Comments:
  • Decent moisturiser.
  • It comes with SPF 20.
  • It is lip balm with tinted and non-tinted variants.
  • It is very affordable.
  • It is suitable for men and women.

My Rating:5/5.




Note:For complete review and swatches of  Maybelline Baby lips,please click here.

3)Lotus Herbals Lip Therapy

Lotus Herbals Lip Therapy

Key Ingredients: Shea butter,Kokum Butter,Vanilla extract.

Price: Rs 135.

Comments:
  • It moisturises well and stays for decent amount of time.
  • It comes with SPF 15.
  • It is very affordable.
  • It comes in many variations (tinted &non-tinted shades)and flavours. Vanilla is my personal favourite.
  • It is suitable for men and women.

My Rating: 4/5.



4)Lotus Herbals Lip Balm

Lotus Herbals Lip Balm

Key Ingredients: Fruit extracts,Honey,Jojoba oil,Almond Oil,Wheatgerm oil.

Price: Rs 125.

Comments:
  • This variation comes in pots though I don't prefer it.
  • It comes in tinted lip shades like Maybelline.
  • It moisturises well but tends be bit oily.
  • I dislike strong artificial fragrance and flavoring.
  • No Sunscreen.
  • It is available in many flavours like cherry,chocolate etc.
  • It is not suitable for men.

My Rating: 3/5.

5)Nivea Repair& Beauty Lip Balms

Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Polyisobutane,Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cetyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Pentaerythyrityl, candelilla cera,Cera mircocristallina,Isopropyl palmitate,synthetic wax,Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Glucosude,Panthenol,tocopheryl acetate,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Glycerin, BHT,Water, Fragrance,CI 77891,CI 77492,CI 15850.
Nivea Repair& Beauty Lip Balms

Price: Rs 80-149.

Comments:
  • It moisturises well.
  • It is available in SPF and No SPF variations.
  • It is available in many variations (tinted &non-tinted )and flavours.
  • It is suitable for men and women.
  • It is affordable and value for money.

My Rating:4/5.





6)Nivea Lip Butter

Ingredients:Cera Microcristallina, Paraffinum Liquidum,Polyglyceryl-3 Diisosterate,Butyrospermum Parkii Butter,Ricinus Communis Seed oil,Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis oil,Aqua,Glycerin,Glyceryl Glucoside,BHT,Aroma,CI 77891,CI 15850.
Nivea Lip Butter
Price: Rs 189.

Comments:
  • It moisturises well.
  • It has no major comedogenic ingredients.
  • It comes with sunscreen.
  • It lasts long.
  • It is available in 2 variations.

My Rating: 4/5.

Note:For complete review and swatches of  Nivea Lip Butter,please click here.

7)Neutrogena Lip Moisturiser

Neutrogena Lip Moisturiser

Ingredients: 7.5% Ethyhexyl Methoxycinnamate,Octyl Methoxycinnamate, 4 % Benzophenone-3, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Ozokerite, Petrolatum, Beeswax, Octyl Palmitate, Paraffin, Stearyl Alcohol, Carnauba Wax, BHT

Price: Rs 125.

Comments:
  • It moisturises well.
  • It comes with SPF 15.
  • No tinted lip shades.
  • It is suitable for men and women.

My Rating: 5/5.

Note:For complete review and swatches of  Neutrogena Lip Moisturiser,please click here.

8)Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Key Ingredients: White Petroleum USP (100%), Fragrance.

Price: Rs 39.

Comments:
  • This is ever classic and multi purpose jelly suitable for winter care.
  • No Sunscreen.
  • It moisturises but can be greasy.
  • Easily available and very economical.
  • It is suitable for all ages.

My Rating:3/5.




9)Vaseline Lip Care Healthy White

Ingredients:Mineral Oil, Paraffin Wax, Microcrystalline Wax,Octyl methoxy cinnamate, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Butyl methoxy dibenzoyl methane,tridecyl Salicylate,Butylated Hydroxy Toulene,Perfume.
Vaseline Lip Care Healthy White


Price: Rs 69.

Comments:
  • Same as above except comes with sunscreen.

My Rating:3/5.





10)Vaseline Lip therapy

Ingredients: Octyldecanol, Capric/Capryl Triglyceride, C10-18 Triglycerides,  PEG-8 Beeswax, Polyethylene, Cera Alba,Euphorbia Cerifera Cera,Ethhexyl methoxy cinnamate,Petroleum, Glycerin,Linalool,Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane,CI 45410,CI 15850,CI 77891.

Price: Rs 100-109.
Vaseline Lip therapy

Comments:
  • This is better option than previous ones.It comes in a chap-stick and convenient.It is pretty similar to Nivea chap-stick.
  • It comes with SPF 15.
  • It moisturises well.
  • It is non comedogenic for the most part.
  • It is affordable.
  • It comes in many variations(tinted& non-tinted) and flavours.
  • It is suitable for men and women.
My Rating: 4/5.

11)Sebamed Lip Defense

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Cera alba, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Ricinus communis oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Candelilla cera, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Simmondsia chinensis oil, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bisabolol, Fragrance (Parfum).
Sebamed Lip Defense

Price: Rs 450.

Comments:
  • It is non comedogenic lip balm.
  • It moisturises well.
  • It is expensive and not easily available.
  • It comes with SPF 30.
  • No tinted lip shades.
  • It is suitable for men and women.


My Rating: 5/5.




12)Avene High Protection Lip Balm

Avene High Protection Lip BalmIngredients: Ricinus Communis seed oil, C12-15 benzoate, dipentaerythrityl tetrahydroxystearate / tetraisostearate, ozokerite, caprylic / capric triglyceride, beeswax myristyl lactate, dimethicone, cetyl esters, bis-2-diglyceryl polyacyladipate, bis-triazine ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl, hydrogenated castor oil, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane , Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, VP / hexadecene copolymer, Octocrylene, avene thermal spring water, bht, decyl glucoside, fragrance, Methylene Bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol, propylene glycol silica, titanium dioxide, tocopheryl, glycoside, water, xanthan gum .

Price : Rs 650.

Comments:
  • It is expensive and not easily available.
  • It comes with highest sunscreen for lips,SPF 30.
  • It is non greasy and non comedogenic.
  • No tinted lip shades.
  • It is suitable for men and women.
My Rating : 4/5

13)Oriflame Tender Care

Ingredients: Petroleum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cera Alba, Acetylated  Lanolin, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propyl paraben.

Price: Rs 229.

Comments:
Oriflame Tender Care
  • This is similar to Vaseline,multi purpose lip balm.
  • It moisturises well.
  • It is suitable for all ages.
  • It is pricier when compared to others and availability is an issue.
  • It comes in strawberry,almond,vanilla and chocolate flavors.
  • Not paraben-free.

My Rating: 3/5.



14)The Body Shop Lippy Stick 

Ingredients:Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus CommunisSeed Oil Octyldodecanol,Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate,Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil/MeadowfoamSeed Oil,Sorbitan Olivate. Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera Wax, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Glycerin, Aroma/Flavor, Aqua/Water, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Copernicia Cerifera Wax , Synthetic Wax, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate,Tocopheryl Acetate, Octocrylene, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Extract/Olea Europaea Fruit Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract, Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract/Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract, Sodium Phytate, Homosalate,Silica, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane ,Sodium Citrate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Sodium Benzoate, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide. Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil/Meadowfoam  Seed Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera Wax/Cire de candelill Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Glycerin, Aroma/Flavor, Aqua/Water/Eau, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Copernicia CeriferaWax/Cire de carnauba Synthetic Wax, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Octocrylene, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate,Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract , Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Extract/Olea Europaea Fruit Extract , Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract, Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract/Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract, Sodium Phytate, Homosalate, Silica, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane , Sodium Citrate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide,Sodium Benzoate, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide.
The Body Shop Born Lippy Stick

Price: Rs 250-350.

Comments:
  • It is similar to baby lips,decent moisturiser.
  • It is expensive when compared to others.
  • It is not suitable for men.
  • It is available in various tinted shades and flavours. 

My Rating:4/5.

Note:For complete review and swatches of  Bodyshop lippy stick,click here.






15)The Body Shop Born Lippy Butter

Ingredients:Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Emollient), Lanolin (Emollient), Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Cera Alba (Emulsifier/Emollient), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Occlusive, Skin Conditioning Agent), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (Flavour), Aroma (Flavour), Fragaria Vesca Fruit Extract (Natural Additive), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), CI 15850 (Colour).
The Body Shop Born Lippy Butter

Price:Rs 250-350.

Comments:
  • Same as above except that it comes in a pot.
My Rating:4/5

Note:For complete review and swatches of  Bodyshop lippy butter,click here.


16)Himalaya Lip Balm 

Himalaya Lip Balm

Key Ingredients:Castorl Oil, Wheatgerm oil, Coconut oil, Sweet Indrajao, Carrot.

Price: Rs 99

Comments:
  • It is very greasy and very similar to vaseline lip care.
  • No Sunscreen.

My Rating: 3/5.


17)Himalaya Lip Butter 

Himalaya Lip Butter Key Ingredients:Cocoa Butter, Sal Butter,Mango Butter

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis Seed Oil,Cocos Nucifers Oil,
Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Theobroma Caco Seed Butter,Fkavour,Tocopherol,Garcinia Indica Seed Butter,Mangifers Indica Seed Butter,Shorea Robusta Seed Butter,Beeswax.

Price: Rs 125.

Comments:
  • Decent product.
  • It is suitable for men and women.
  • No tinted shades.
  • But it could be better when compared to Nivea.

My Rating: 3/5.

18)VLCC Lip Therapy

Key Ingredients:Cherry Extract, Castor Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Octyl Methoxycinnamate,Zinc Oxide,Dimethicone.
VLCC Lip Therapy

Price: Rs 49.

Comments:
  • It is quite alright moisturiser.
  • It is very affordable.
  • It comes many variations.
  • It comes with sunscreen.
  • It is suitable for men and women.
My Rating: 3/5.







19)Biotique Lip Balm

Key Ingredients:Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Lodhra (Symplocosra cemosa), Madhu (Honey), Vach (Acoruscalamus), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Badam (Prunusamygdalus), Surajmukhi (Helian thus annus), Kusumbhi (Carthamus tinctorius), Til (Sesamum indicum), Erandi (Ricinus communis), Marham base Q.S.
Biotique Lip Balm
Price: Rs 99

Comments:
  • It moisturises but tends to be greasy.
  • It comes in pot and chap-sticks.
  • No Sunscreen.
  • It is suitable for men and women.

My Rating:3/5.

20)Vichy Aqualia Thermal Aqualia Thermal Lips

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Aqualia Thermal Lips

Active Ingredients:Glycerine, Shea butter, Asiatic acid, Vitamin E

Price:Rs 490.

Comments:
  • Vichy products are good but expensive.
  • This is petroleum jelly free as per the website.
  • This is not much different from regular lip balm but good lip moisturiser.
  • It is suitable for men and women.

My Rating:4/5.


Availability:

All the products are easily available in supermarkets,cosmetic &beauty stores, Health & Glow Outlets and pharmacies.

You can buy them online from sites like:
1)flipkart.com
2)medplusbeauty.com
3)healthkart.com
4)nykaa.com

Final Verdict: 

This is a extensive review of lip care products available in India. Please note few ingredients vary as per flavour/type. My personal picks are Neutrogena Lotus Lip Therapy and Nivea. I usually apply it before I head to bed. Day time I prefer Maybelline Bloom/ Baby Lips, the ones with pink hues. I would also suggest the ones with sunscreen to avoid darkening of lips.Another good thing is most brands are paraben-free. All are reasonably priced except for high end brands like Avene,Sebamed,Vichy,Bodyshop

Guys I have not left you out, there are many non-tinted lip balms for you as well from Vaseline,Nivea,Neutrogena, Lotus,Oriflame.

From acne point of view,try to opt for non-comedogenic ones. I always prefer Chap-sticks because they are handy and convenient. If you opt for pots then make it point to stand in front of the mirror and apply correctly without smudging the chin area. Do not forget to wash your hands afterwards. The moisturising ingredients are normally oils and waxes which are comedogenic,so go through this review and take your pick.If you would like me to write individual review and swatches,do let me know.Hope this helps !

(Rating scale: 5-Excellent; 4-Very Good; 3-Good)


Image 1 Credits:Kamil Porembinski@flickr