Name: Ole Henriksen
Brand: African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation
From Ole Henriksen’s website:
This petroleum free lip salve is filled with emollient and conditioning extracts and antioxidant-rich African red tea.
What I liked:
– moisturizing, leaves lips soft and smooth
– exfoliates lips
– provides a lovely shiny finish
– the jar is big and will last you for ages
– the scent is delicious
What I didn’t like:
– some people may dislike the fact the salve applies clear on the lips
– can irritate lips if used too often
– the price
I don’t exfoliate my lips as often as I should. There, I said it. I know that’s bad of me, but I often forget. It’s only when my lips are dry or I want to wear a bright lipstick shade that I grab an old toothbrush and start sloughing all those dead skin cells off. So, I was really glad when my friend Janessa sent me Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation. A lip salve that conditions lips and exfoliates them at the same time? It’s a dream come true for me. If it really works, that is.
As far as first impressions go, this salve made a pretty good one. The round jar is quite big and contains a lot of product, so it will last you for a very long time. When you unscrew the cap, your nose is tickled with the scent of a zesty and sugary orange tart. Delicious and mouthwatering. The taste too is really nice, tempting you to eat it rather than let it work its magic on your lips. But of course, you shouldn’t do that!
The texture is lovely. Some reviewers on Makeup Alley wrote that it is very gritty, but I don’t agree. It’s only very slightly grainy and feels very comfortable on the lips. Maybe they just applied too much product? There’s really no need to do that anyway, unless you want the red tint to really show up on your lips. On mine it is so sheer that you can barely see it. And it soon turns completely clear. But the subtle shiny finish it leaves behind is very pretty.
But how moisturizing is this lip salve? Let’s take a look at its main ingredients: JoJoba Oil, Sunflower Oil and Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2. Jojoba Oil creates a protective barrier on the lips that slows down water loss, thus helping to keep lips hydrated. Sunflower Oil, which is a rich source of the antioxidant linoleic acid, can also slow down water loss. A small study has also found it to be more moisturizing than Olive Oil. Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 is often used as a substitute for lanolin because it gives products a softer consistency. In addition, it also acts as an emollient, giving lips a soft and smooth appearance.
Its exfoliating properties are instead due to a blend of citrus oils. In addition to providing an exfoliating action, citrus oils are also a source of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent the signs of aging. However, continued used of citrus oils can also act as a skin sensitizer and cause irritations. Because of this, I don’t recommend using this lip salve daily, but once in a while, it can be a luxurious treat for the lips. When used sparingly, Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation, which lasts for about 3 hours on me, leaves lips soft, smooth and moisturized.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuba) Wax, Limonene, Mangifera Indicum (Mango) Seed Butter, Luinum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil and Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Propylene Carbonate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamont) Fruit Oil, and Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, and Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Carmine, Aspathalus Linearis Leaf Extract, Linalool
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation, which has a delicious sugary citrus scent, moisturizes and exfoliates lips, leaving them soft, smooth and hydrated. Despite its bright red colour, it goes on clear on the lips, and provides a subtle shiny finish. However, the citrus oils in the formula can irritate lips if used too often.