I was a Fresh Sugar Original Lip Balm lover for years until recently. It’s a long story but in essence my dad got diagnosed with Lymphoma 3 months ago and for whatever reason it spurred me towards a more natural skincare research binge followed by a purge of what had ingredients I no longer wanted. I started looking up ingredients on the EWG(Environmental Working Group) website and swapped/sold many of my current items I thought I loved because of the ingredients. It probably was my way to cope. I also learned a whole lot about ingredients and skincare. Which I hope to post about those ingredients and make some more aware. I started with SPF, but moved into other ingredients.
I noticed Fresh Sugar uses an SPF Oxybenzone. Oxybenzone is the number one most controversial sunscreen ingredient as it’s possible it has an effect on your hormones once absorbed. I notice many brands are starting to move away from it. And I did notice that new Fresh shades such as Petal have no oxybenzone so I feel it might be being phased out. Check out what the EWG says on Oxybenzone here. The second big no in Fresh was the Retinyl Palmitate in it. Retinyl Palmitate is a weak Vitamin A derivative. Sunscreens and skincare put this in to have an anti-aging effect/claim on their product. However, some research has shown when exposed to sunlight Retinyl Palmitate has the possibility of causing cancer. Something about the sunlight causes it to release free radicals that damage DNA. Retinyl Palmitate is OK for night products or when not in the sunlight, but in day products with exposure to sunlight it has issues with safety. Which is why it’s stupid sunscreens put it in there. The weak form of vitamin A is so weak that the benefit doesn’t put weight the risk. And it’s in a lot of items. That was the hardest one ingredient to weed out for me. Check out the EWG’s discussion about it here. I love the Fresh balm, it was my Holy Grail for many years. It was only once I learned about the ingredients I started to pay attention and search for a new lip balm similar in texture & moisturization. Fresh has an oilier less waxy feel, lemon scent. it’s perfect except for the 2 ingredients. As an exception to the rule, Fresh’s Advanced Therapy the newer non sunscreen version is missing these two ingredients. So I can use it but it just has this funky aftertaste I have a hard time with. If it had the same taste as the Original version it would be perfect too.
I tried La Mer Lip Balm many years ago probably 10 at least. Then got rid of it, and re bought it maybe 3 years ago. It has a slight menthol scent/taste. It’s thin enough, moisturizing enough, I hate the pot style. I tend to just put my bottom lip in it and move it around(the pot is wide enough), then put my lips together so I don’t have to use my fingers. However, it leaves edges that you eventually have to use your fingers for at the end of the pot to get it all. I think after all I have tried I will not be re-buying this one. It tastes minty very slightly and sweet. It has a non waxy feel and is not hugely long lasting. It’s a touch less oily in feel than Fresh and a bit less moisturizing.
Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm is another high end balm. It’s texture is thicker than La Mer. It has about the same mint smell/taste as La Mer but no sweet taste. It’s a bit longer lasting than La Mer as it’s a bit thicker. I do like this one and think I would re buy it over La Mer. I do hate the pot style. This doesn’t feel oily or hugely waxy. It’s in between. It is more moisturizing than La Mer.
Next up is the balms I’ve tried and don’t use anymore or didn’t like. I should have put the Suqqu in this picture instead as it’s where it belongs in this category. Suqqu I bought to try. It’s a clear balm similar in texture to the Sisley. It’s sticky, has no scent or taste. It’s not as thick as the Sisley and doesn’t last as long. I also find it not quite as moisturizing. For the price I would not buy it again and just get the Sisley.
Julie Hewett makes a Camellia Balm that you can use on lips, eyes, face & hands. It’s got a nice slightly fruity kind of smell, it’s not waxy, has that oil I love. It just for whatever reason dries my lips out. So I use it for my cuticles at night which it works great for.
Some samples I have tried recently are dr. dewy lip cure, Dr. Lipp nipple balm for lips and moa the green balm. Dr Lipp is thick and very petroleum feeling. It’s very moisturizing and not waxy. Dr. dewy is thinner, it’s OK, nothing special that would make me want to buy it. Moa has a minty scent/taste. It’s not overpowering. Very similar texture to Omorovicza at first but thinner on application. It’s thin and not long lasting I wouldn’t buy a full size. It’s cheap though, and can be used on dry areas on your whole body. So it could be worth buying for that purpose but not as a lip balm for me. Not sure if I like the mint idea on my face other than my lips though. The mint in this is the most minor of any balm listed it’s barely noticeable.