Decleor Aroma Solutions Nourishing Lip Balm comes in a pearlised tube in a surprisingly large sunshine yellow box. The tube has a screw-on lid and an applicator end, but getting any of the lip balm out of it was quite a struggle. I often had to really pinch the tube to coax out the tiniest dot of the opaque, white balm.
What’s in it:
Lots of delicious-sounding ingredients, which you catch tantalising hints of in the aroma. According to the packing Nourishing Lip Balm is free from parabens, preservatives and mineral oils. In their place you get essential oils (including angelica, petitgrain and cinnamon) and 100% natural ingredients.
The instructions were simple: "Apply by massaging gently onto the lips when required" and once I had finished doing battle with the tube that was easy to do. The balm rubbed in well and didn't feel at all waxy or sticky. All in all, a pleasant experience.
The Nourishing Lip Balm has a lovely smell of citrus, honey and cinnamon but it's definitely not good enough to eat. I drank a glass of water soon after applying it and was left with a horrible taste in my mouth.
Decleor claim that Nourishing Lip Balm will make "your lips appear smooth, soft and healthy" and I think that's a fair claim. I didn't notice any dramatic results from using it, but my lips felt comfortable with no chapping or dryness. I've yet to test it in the depths of winter, so I'm not sure whether it would stand up to the freezing cold.
It is a small tube of lip balm, so £13.50 may seem like a lot of money to pay. But it is a noticeably better product than a regular stick lip balm and it's reassuring to know that most of the ingredients originated from a plant, rather than an oil well.
I'm not sure I've quite found the answer in the quest for the perfect lip balm. If it wasn't for the slightly odd taste, I would certainly buy Decleor Nourishing Lip Balm again. Without the lingering aftertaste, this would be ideal.