Name: Intense Therapy Lip Balm Shea Butter & Vitamin E SPF 25
Brand: Black Jack
From Jack Black’s website:
Enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants, this emollient balm soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrates quickly to provide instant relief. Offers broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25; also guards against windburn and temperature extremes.
What I liked:
– very moisturizing, leaves lips soft and smooth for hours
– comfortable, doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the lips
– contains SPF
– delicious vanilla flavour
– the packaging
What I didn’t like:
– sunscreen ingredients are very stable, so the lip balm must be reapplied often when outdoors
Usually, it’s men that steal our beauty products. They use our shampoos and shower gels in the shower, complaining about their feminine scents but avoiding to mention not a drop is left in the bottle. And, when in winter their skin becomes too dry and their lips chapped, they may even ask to use our moisturizer and lip balm.
Ladies, next time your man asks you to borrow your lip balm, refuse. Instead, demand he buys a tube of Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, and then steal it from him and use it yourself. Designed for men, this stuff is awesome for women too.
The lip balm is available in seven flavours: Grapefruit & Ginger, Black Tea & Blackberry, Black Cherry & Pomegranate, Asian Pear & White Tea, Mint Tea & Shea Butter, Lemon & Chamomile, and Shea Butter & Vitamin E. I have the latter, which oddly tastes and smells of vanilla (it’s lovely though). I guess that’s because there’s very little shea butter and even less vitamin E. Instead, its very moisturizing action is due to Petrolatum. There’s a whooping 40.2% of it here!
Petrolatum: safe and effective
Wait, isn’t petrolatum dangerous? Is Black Jack trying to kills us? Of course not! Although petrolatum is derived from oil, it undergoes a strict purification process that gets rids of all the impurities and toxic stuff in it. The result, cosmetic grade petrolatum, is completely safe, harmless, and very moisturizing. It works by forming a film on the lips that prevents moisture from evaporating. But there’s more. It can block some UVA and UVB rays too!
SPF degrades rapidly
While petrolatum has some UV blocking properties, it shouldn’t be used a substitute for sunscreen. Luckily, this lip balm has its own in-built sunscreen. The active ingredients are Octinoxate and Avobenxone. Octinoxate is an UVB rays absorber, protecting skin from sunburn and UV light-induced DNA damage. Avobenzone, instead, protects against UVA rays, converting them into a less damaging form of heat. While this combination provides broad spectrum protection, it has a couple of drawbacks.
First, when Octinoxate is exposed to sunlight, it degrades both itself and avobenzone. This means that, in the absence of stabilizing ingredients, the protection it afford is less longlasting than that provided by other sunscreen agents (or combination of them) such as Zinc Oxide or Mexoryl. In other words, if you spend a lot of time outdoors, you just need to reapply it often.
Also, both ingredients can penetrate skin and, in a lip balm, be ingested too. While they are safe for most adults, it is recommend that pregnant women should stay away from them. It is just a precaution, as the effects of these ingredients on them haven’t been studied yet.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Shea Butter & Vitamin E SPF 25 has a texture that reminds me of vaseline, only quite lightweight and not greasy. It doesn’t completely absorbs into the skin, yet it doesn’t feel heavy on. It’s quite comfortable, and has a hint of shine too. The blue tube dispenses just the right amount of product, so you never apply too much.
As soon as I apply it, my lips instantly feel soft, smooth, and moisturized. The effect is quite longlasting too. I only need to reapply it two or three times throughout the day, as opposed to every couple of hours, like I do with most lip balms. But I spend most of my time indoors. You’d have to apply to reapply it more often if you’re often outside on sunny days and want to reap the full benefits of the SPF. Even in winter. On cold days, it prevents your lips from getting chapped too.
Avobenzone 3.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Petrolatum 40.2%, Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Butylparaben, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cocoa Butter, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclomethicone, Flavor, Hydroxy Polyester, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Lanolin, Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Shea Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Black Jack Intense Theraphy Lip Balm Shea Butter & Vitamin E SPF 25 is the most moisturizing lip balm I have ever tried. It leaves lips soft, smooth and moisturized for hours and protects them from harsh weather and UV rays. Unfortunately, the sunscreen agents chosen aren’t very stable, which means you need to reapply the lip balm often when spending time outdoors. Had it contained a more stable combination, I’d have given this a 5.