Baume de Rose by Terry turns 10 this year. To celebrate, the brand has released a 10 Year Anniversary edition, adding lots of cute little hearts to the packaging. The cult formula inside, instead, hasn’t changed one bit. But is it really as amazing as it is raved to be?
What By Terry Says
This melt-away balm, is a real ultra-glamorous SOS treatment to repair, nourish, regenerate and lastingly protect the lips.
This ultra-rich product is also a precious salve to care for and strengthen the cuticles.
Its creamy and delicately rose-scented texture, which is shiny without being sticky, coats the lips in an incredibly natural glossy finish.
The main ingredient in By Terry Baume De Rose is Castor Oil, an emollient and moisturizer. When dry, it forms a protective layer on the skin that has water-binding properties, thus helping skin stay hydrated. But castor oil can also feel slightly sticky on the lips.
Shea Butter is one of my favourite moisturizing ingredients. It works by creating a protective barrier on the skin that slows down water loss. According to a study done by AAK, it is even more effective at this than mineral oil, which is considered by many experts as the most moisturizing ingredient available. In addition, according to a study conducted by F. Renard, it could also have antioxidant properties. Although only 30 people took part in the study, half of them reported smoother and clearer skin and a visible reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.
Petrolatum is one of the most effective occlusive moisturizers available today. This too works by creative a protective barrier on the skin that slows down water loss, but can leave a slightly sticky feel on the lips. Although derived from petroleum, cosmetic grade petrolatum undergoes a strict refining process that gets rid of all the impurities and toxic stuff, making it safe for use.
Final considerations on the formula
In addition to Castor Oil, Shea Butter, and Petrolatum, the balm contains a plethora of emollient and mosturizing ingredients such as Diiosostearyl Malate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, and Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate. Don’t let the synthetic names scare you. They are all safe and effective and contribute to making this one of the most moisturizing formulas on the market. It can treat and prevent dry and chapped lips, and keep your pout hydrated for hours.
The balm also contains Vitamin E, an excellent moisturizer and powerful antioxidant that can help prevent the signs of aging. Unfortunately, putting it in a jar wasn’t a smart idea as it oxidizes (ie lose a bit of its effectiveness) every time it is exposed to light and air.
By Terry Baume De Rose also offers partial protection against UV rays. It contains Titanium Dioxide, which creates a shield on the lips that reflects light away from it. It is effective at protecting skin against all UVB rays and short, but not long, UVA rays. Although not broad-spectrum, it is still much better than nothing.
Full Ingredient List
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Synthetic Wax, Diiosostearyl Malate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanesterol Esters, Petrolatum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Stearalkonium Hectorite, C20-40 Acid, Corylus Avellana (Haeel) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Lanolin, Sodium PCA, Aqua (Water), Polysorbate 85, Rosa Centifolia Flower (Wax) Cera, Rosa Damascena Flower (Wax) Cera, Trohydroxypalmitamidohydroxypropyl Myristyl Ether, Alumina, Aluminium Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Mica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Methylparaben, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, CI 75470 (Carmine), Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzylbenzoate, Eugenol, Cotral [T0401/D]
By Terry Baume De Rose is available in a cute, but unhygienic, jar that contains 10g of product. It retails at a whooping €46.00! If you’re curious to try it, you can purchase it at Amazon and Space NK.
The Bottom Line
Is By Terry Baume De Rose worth €46.00? Probably not. There’s nothing revolutionary in the formula to justify that price tag, so you’re probably paying a big premium for the brand. But if you don’t mind that, this is also a wonderful moisturizing treatment that keeps lips soft, smooth, and hydrated, for hours, and that treats and prevents chapped lips. It also offers protection against all UVB and some UVA rays to keep your lips safe in the sun. The rose scent and tint it gives to your lips are lovely too.
Have you tried By Terry Baume De Rose? If so, do you like it?