A lip balm that protects you from both UV rays and chapped lips? Count me in!
Thats’ what went through my head when I first stumbled onto The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15. Does it deliver?
Only one way to find out!
What’s In The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15?
The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 uses a bunch of synthetic UV filters to provide broad spectrum protection:
- Octisalate: A.k.a Ethylhexyl Salicylicate, an UVB filter with a slightly oily consistency and a mild floral scent.
- Octocrylene: An UVB filter that helps avobenzone last longer, coat the skin better and make the sunscreen water-resistant.
- Avobenzone: An UVA filter that’s very unstable (i.e. stops working quickly when exposed to light) on its own. It’s absorbed by the body (and expelled quickly through urine), so it’s not recommended during pregnancy.
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The base of The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 is made up of moisturising natural oils. Castor and olive, to be exact.
These oils are rich in fatty acids, some of the most moisturising substances on this planet. They strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, filling in any holes and crannies so moisture can’t evaporate out anymore.
When moisture stays into your lips, they naturally get softer and smoother – ready to be kissed.
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Its texture is just right: not so creamy to easily melt but not too hard either. It glides smoothly on the lips.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 has a delicate, pleasant sweet scent that reminds me of both coconut and vanilla – delicious.
How To Use It
Apply liberally on the lips every time you feel the need to.
Performance & Personal Opinion
The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 is pretty moisturizing, leaving lips soft and smooth for about three hours before it’s time to reapply. Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Usually, I have to reapply lip balm after a couple of hours…
But it can’t heal chapped lips like it claims. If that’s what you need, try La Roche Posay Lip balm, instead.
Still, I dig it. Blame it on the coconutty scent. Makes it such a pleasure to use.
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Who Is This For?
Anyone who wants to keep their lips soft, kissable, and in top shape.
Who Isn’t This For?
Seriously dry, chapped lips.
The lip balm comes in a twist-up tube which is pretty, hygienic and easy to carry around with you. I’m glad it comes in a tube as I much prefer this type of packaging to a pot.
Does The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 Live Up To Its Claims?
|Moisturises and protects the delicate lip area against harsh weather conditions which cause dry, chapped lips||Yes, it moisturises lips. With regular use, it can prevent (but not treat!) chapped lips.|
|With SPF 15.||Yes, it offers broad spectrum sun protection.|
Price & Availability
£5.50 at The Body Shop
Do You Need It?
It’s not a must-have, but if you’re looking for a lip balm with SPF, The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 is well-worth a try.
Dupes & Alternatives
Have you tried The Boy Shop Vitamin E Lip Care? Share your experience in the comments below.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Octisalate (5.0% w/w), Octocrylene (3.0% w/w), Avobenzone (2.0% w/w). INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil