Product Review: Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation

by Gio

ole henriksen african red tea exfoliating lip salvation

Name: Ole Henriksen
Brand: African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation
Size: 11g
Price: $15.00

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.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Ana June 5, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Oooh, I’m in all kinds of love with the colour!
Too bad it doesn’t apply like that on the lips.

The aroma sounds wonderful, too.

(And it’s so sweet of Janessa to send it to you.
Her comments on your blog brighten up my days 😀 .)

* * *

You know what?

I felt like I should be exfoliating my lips more often, too, since they were constantly cracked, but then I read a few articles and watched a DermTV episode saying that the lips are a whole different animal – not only do they don’t need the exfoliation (even though it provides a temporal “oh, how smooth they are!” effect), they will suffer from it.

I stopped exfoliating them and just began using vaseline/normal lipbalm on them and WOW.

beautifulwithbrains June 5, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Ana, the colour is gorgeous, isn’t it? I was so disappointed it applied very sheer on the lips, but I enjoyed the salve anyway. And the scent is so yummy!

Janessa is a sweetheart, isn’t she? 🙂

Really? I must have missed that episode, but I will definitely go and see it now. I still think it’s necessary to exfoliate if you’re using some bold shade, especially if its texture is on the dry side, but it’s a relief not having to do it regularly. Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

Ana June 5, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Yeah, I got into it because of the bold shades, and I thought they were chapping because the lipsticks were drying. But they can take anything now ^_^ .

Here’s the link to the episode: Lip Exfoliating [ Epi #468].

beautifulwithbrains June 6, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Can they? Wow! I don’t really feel bad about not exfoliating lips that much anymore. Think I may do it even more rarely from now on. 😉 Thanks for the link.

Icaria June 5, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Oh so tempting! I love a good lip product and this for exfoliation could be a nice one to have. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains June 5, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Icaria, it’s a lovely product indeed. I wish it used some other ingredient rather than citrus oils to exfoliate lips, but even so, it makes lips so soft, and the scent is delicious!

Icaria June 6, 2013 - 1:05 am

Gio, I do believe you are becoming an enabler! 😀

beautifulwithbrains June 6, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Icaria, oops, sorry! 😉

Monica P June 5, 2013 - 10:36 pm

This product sounds delicious! I tried a lip exfoliate product from Lush and the darn thing dried out ..

This product has some hydrating properties so I may have to check it out .. 🙂


beautifulwithbrains June 6, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Monica, this one is hydrating and delicious indeed! I’m sorry the Lush didn’t work for you. I hate it when products dry out too.


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