Happy Monday Beauties!
I've been off the map for a few weeks, but now I'm back. Well, not technically "back", I'm at home in Canada after spending some time in the city of sin, Las Vegas. Going from 15 degrees in the Nordic region to 40 degrees Celsius was no joke - and so I packed accordingly... in terms of lip protection anyways.
Protecting your lips should be an important part of your beauty routine. Why? Because it helps with anti-aging, preventing sunburn and dryness. While in LV, I test ran a few of my SPF lip treatments both alone as well as under my normal lip gloss. The results will amaze you. OK, maybe not amaze you, but at least help you prevent a painful sunburnt pucker naturally ;)
Badger SPF Lip Balm SPF 15 Review
**Update Below** Badger's SPF lip balm has a great texture, creamy and smooth. It lasts for about an hour or so if you're not drinking and eating it away (like any lip product) and is unscented. The con - it goes on with a white sheen. This can wash you out, if you're fair skinned like me, so be sure to use this one with a layer of lip product over top if you're out and about. Of the three, Badger has the most natural of ingredients, with Zinc Oxide being the main UVA/UVB blocker. Badger avoids the oxybenzone, octisalate, octinoxate, avobenzone as well as uses a mainly certified organic base. Badger is Vegan friendly and protected my lips like a charm when reapplied every hour or so. Badger's SPF Lip Balm retails for $3.49 CAD.
Burt's Bees makes great lip glosses, but I was disappointed with this version. The stick was a bit dry, despite the fact I was in heat and I also felt the SPF 8 was not adequate. While the smell is nice and sweet, one of it's ingredients is limonene, an ingredient banned in the EU for some of its toxic properties. Titanium dioxide is the the sunscreen used in this tube, which is a broad spectrum, like the badger lip balm. While I didn't get a sunburn using this product, I did reapply it more often. I tend to lean towards a higher SPF if possible when it comes to my lips. Burt's Bees retails for about $4.49 CAD.
While Fresh Sugar SPF lip treatment claims to protect for 6 hours, I wouldn't trust it to last that long, given the fact you are a human and thus eat and drink. However, I did reapply this one less than the other two and remained unscathed. The texture of Fresh lip treatment is great - perfect for going on underneath your normal lip color/gloss since it is clear. This one also comes in some lovely colors if you are so inclined. Despite these great attributes, the host of natural ingredients are made less appealing when you get further down the ingredient list, where you will see things such as limonene again, as well as oxybenzone (a chemical sunscreen) and benzyl alcohol (preservative). On the natural scale, this one is not even a contender. Fresh Sugar SPF Lip Treatment retails for about $22 CAD.
Despite it's white tint, Badger was my winner. Both safe and effective, this should be in your beach bag this summer. At three bucks, there is no reason to say no!
Where to Buy:
Planet Organic / Whole Foods
Protect your pucker!
**Update** for those American beauties, you will be happy to know that Badger has done a reformulation that packs more in terms of moisture and less in terms of the white sheen. Us Canadians will have to wait patiently, or take a trip down to Whole Foods south of the border.