We reviewed Lanolips 101 Ointment (£10.99 for 15g).
Lanolips 101 Ointment comes in quite a large lip balm tube. It's light pink with gold accents and features a smiley sheep – an indication of where Lanolips comes from. The tube is squeezy, so you can apply the balm directly to your lips or via your fingertips. There's no smell or taste.
Lanolips is made by Australian beauty product company, Lano, and is made from pure lanolin, a waxy substance taken from freshly shorn sheep’s wool. In the natural environment it protects the sheep's skin and wool against the environment, handy during a cold winter or hot summer.
The balm is made from 100% ultra medical grade lanolin and lanolin oil, so there are no parabens, additives or chemicals and it's colour free, odour free and hypoallergenic. It's also cruelty-free, vegetarian friendly and safe enough to use on babies. The unique molecular structure closely resembles and mimics your own skin oils to restore moisture.
The instructions say to warm the ointment between your fingers and then apply to the skin. Warming the balm certainly makes it thinner and easier to use on dry skin, but I was perfectly happy to apply it directly to my lips.
The balm gives good and long-lasting coverage. I'm a bit of a lip balm addict and I found it lasted three or four hours before I wanted to reapply… Yes, I am an addict.
I have to confess that I am a fan of Lanolips lip products; I've used the Banana Balm for a while and love it. As do lots of others, the company has won best lip balm awards from magazines including Tatler, Harper's Bazaar and InStyle. The original 101 ointments is multi award winning and the holy grail of lipbalms.
Ointment 101 didn't drastically change the condition of my lips, but it worked to keep my lips soft and moisturised. The hydrating formula is great for moisturising dry lips. Nature has had thousands of years to give sheep the best possible protection, and learning from nature is a pretty sensible thing to do.
It also passed my husband's test. When kissing goodbye, I didn't leave him looking excessively pink or glossy!
At £10.99, Lanolips is more expensive than some high-street brands, but isn't quite as expensive the Clarins, Clinique or Origins type options.
The balm lasts for quite a while, I've used mine for a month and I'm about a quarter of the way through.
It is also multipurpose superbalm. I've used it on chapped lips and dry patches of skin, but it can also be used on dry cuticles, brittle nails, dry nasal passages and windburn, insect bites and by nursing mums.
While I have used other, cheaper lip treatments and balms none of them have been as completely natural, nourishing and gentle on irritated skin.
It is suitable for all skin types and for me, it represents good value for money.
I will absolutely buy Lanolips again, though next time I might try the LemonAid balm - extra glossy.
If you like a bit of colour on your lips, they also have the ointment with an SPF and in five different colours; honey, apples, rose, rhubarb and sunshine!
2nd December 2014
Warmth and sunshine; spas which take me away to another country; fruit infused waters; beach-worth pedicures; deep tissue massages.
High footfalls; treatments that over promise and under deliver; heavy lunches; loungers drapped in used towels.
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