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Monday, October 17, 2011

Product Review: Kiehl's Scented Lip Balm 1 in Coconut

I love lip balms and they are products I cannot leave the house without. I have to have a lip balm with me wherever I go as my lips tend to get dry easily so keeping them moisturized is a must. Although I love tinted ones, I wear non-tinted or regular lip balms before hitting the sack and I alternate between three regular ones at the moment - Mentholatum Lip Ice Lemon, Vaseline Lip Therapy, and Kiehl's Lip Balm 1. Tonight, I am reviewing the one from Kiehl's.

Product Description taken from Kiehl's website:

Protects against the elements and helps relieves chapped or cracked lips. Enriched with Cotton Seed Oil and contains Octinoxate, a mild sunscreen of SPF 4.

Key Ingredients:
1. KAH –tuhn seed OY-il
Cotton seed oil is a pale yellow, odorless liquid expressed from various varieties of cotton. It is widely used in skin care as a formula softener.

2. OCT-in-OX-sate
Octinoxate, also known as Octylmethoxycinnamate or Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, is a popular chemical sunscreen ingredient. An excellent UVB ray absorber, it helps prevent skin from burning in the sun.

Product Details:
Temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked lips. Helps protect lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather. Apply liberally to lips and allow an excess of the balm to be absorbed.

Now available in 6 scents: Coconut, Vanilla, Mango, Pear, Cranberry, and Mint

What I like:
- It comes in a tube, thus, making it more hygienic. Not that lip products in jars is a big issue for me. It just makes reapplication easier.
- It can double as a lip gloss as it is glossy on its own.
- It has SPF which is something that is not always present on lip balms.
- When I use this at night, my lips does not dry or crack while I am asleep.
- This tube contains 15mL of product which definitely isn't bad at all.
- Locally available at Kiehl's in Greenbelt. Feel free to let me know if there are other branches.

What I don't like:
- When you're using it as a lip gloss, make sure that you're applying it sparingly as it can get really greasy which is pretty nasty as your lips will look like you just ate something drenched in oil.
- Not as moisturizing as the other lip balms I have tried so it has become my least favorite. Yes, it keeps my lips from getting dry at night but that's just about it.
- It sits on top of the lips which bothers me so I don't wear this during daytime.
- Pretty expensive for a lip balm so I'd rather invest in a nice tinted lip balm. :)
- The scent bothers me. It reminds me so much of virgin coconut oil and I am not a fan of coconuts.
- The hole of the tube is too big so you get way more than what you need if you don't squeeze too carefully.

Overall rating: 2/5 There really isn't anything remarkable or spectacular about this lip balm.

Will I buy again? No. I'm glad I didn't have to purchase this tube for myself; I would've otherwise kicked myself if I did. I'm sticking to Mentholatum for regular lip balms.

Have you tried lip balms from Kiehl's? How do you find 'em?

Happy Monday, everyone!

P.S. I'd like to thank Sugarpaopao for giving me this tube of lip balm. I initially liked it a lot but later on found out that it just doesn't work for me. Sorry, dear. :(


  1. thanks for your wishes!:)
    Thats why i kinda confused, like if people wear nice jewelries to nice mall, why cant all those 'bad' people go to the mall and do their 'work'?:D
    This is kinda my fave lip balm, but if it only get 2 stars from you, do you have any other recommendation? I kinda dont like the greasy look during the day too.:(

  2. Thanks for the review! I love coconut, but I'll save my money!

  3. I have this lipbalm too in the same scent and althought I don't usually like coconut, the smell is great!

    I agree with you on most of your points. I wish it had a proper application tip instead of a big hole. I have to use a fingert o apply it because the tip is too scratchy on my lips.

    I like how glossy it is but unlike you, I like the fact that it sits on my lips, meaning I have to reapply less often, yey!

    Overall I'm not sure I would have purchased this myself as it's basically Vaseline and it doesn't even work that well on me x=

  4. Wow good thing you reviewed this sis, I was kind of eyeing it.. if not for its being pricey i might have gotten this months ago!!! buti nlng tlga... i'll stick to my lip ice instead since it really works great!!! :D

  5. awww too bad you didn't like it pammycakes but i also don't like kiehl's lip balms too, although i have a few because i give those out as gifts hehehe. :) i was hoping it will work for you. ^_^

  6. Great review! I think I will give this product a miss as I need my lip balms to be moisturising~

  7. I am super surprised that it isn't awesome.... I thought most stuff from Kiehls was.....
    Mentholatum though, is Definitely awesome!

  8. The greasiness sounds like a pretty big turn off for me. I think I'll skip. Thanks for the review!

  9. I would never pick up this as I'm not a fan of Coconut! oh my anything coconut (except on curry) :D ang layo, pagkain na naman ako! hahahah

  10. Ohh I was gifted a tube of this lip balm (the original version) I still haven't used it yet. Thank you for reminding me!

  11. thanks for this review sis! i also cannot live without lip balm, they're lip savers! (^_^)

  12. That's too bad about the flavor. Some coconut smells are actually nice, but it's really hit or miss depending on products. =))

  13. I hate coconut scented products as well! Makes me dizzeeey

  14. oh, i use kiehls products and i generally think their lip balm is good (: apart form the dispensing of the product..

    CMPang x

  15. too bad this stuff disappointed you. I still have yet to try mentholatum lip balms. I'm currently sticking with alba un-petroleum lip balm with spf 18...I'm already on my second tube.

  16. i have tried kiehls regular, but i didnt like it much.. i agree with your cons, as i can also feel the oiliness and liquid like sitting on my lips..
    =(( humm i want to try the mentholatum next..


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