Affiliate Links Bought It
Hands up if your lips get really dry and chapped in the winter! I feel like I have to go out of my way to keep from kisser from getting parched around this time of year. Curse you, cold wind and aggressively hot radiators. I recently picked up Paula's Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm in the hopes that it would perk up my withered pout, and it actually exceeded my expectations! Whoa! It's definitely worth checking out if you're in need of an intensive balm for winter. But for now... more information!
"Give chapping the chop. Smooth on this emollient balm anywhere you’ve got dry, rough, chapped skin. Long lasting, never greasy. Smooth sailing ahead."
Looks like whoever writes the copy for Paula's Choice has a sense of humor! Or just always attempts alliteration. WHAT.
US $12 for 0.5oz (no sample options available)
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Petrolatum (emollients), EuphorbiaCerifera (Candelilla) Wax (thickener), Lanolin, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters (emollients), Beeswax, Ozokerite, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, CoperniciaCerifera (Carnauba) Wax (thickeners), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Jojoba Esters, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil (plant emollients/oils), Bisabolol (soothing agent), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Trihydroxystearin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (thickeners).
Ah, my old frenemy lanolin. By all accounts it's a rather disgusting ingredient—it's a waxy substance derived from the sebaceous glands of animals (usually sheep). It doesn't smell that great either. Yum! Here's the thing though—in my opinion, it is one of the most effective ingredients I've ever tried to combat dry/scaly skin. I'm mentioning this because the Paula's Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm does have a bit of a lanolin smell, which is kind of bitter if you don't know what I'm talking about. It's not exactly bad, but it wouldn't say it's pleasant either. This balm doesn't have any added fragrance or flavor, which is good for your skin, but obviously doesn't help with the natural odor of the ingredients.
Have I horrified you with all this sheep sweat stank talk? I hope not, because this is actually an excellent balm, and I still put it on my mouth despite the not-so-great smell. Here's what it looks like in the tub:
Mmmmm. On a related note, I thought for some reason that this jar would be really small (a la Carmex or something), but in reality it's sort of flat and wide. About the size of a camera lens cap, I'd say.
The texture of Paula's Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm is sort of hard and waxy—I recommend softening it up between your fingers a bit before applying so it doesn't go on all lumpy-like.
So why do I love this balm so much? Because it hydrates/softens chapped skin well AND locks in the moisture. Some moisturizing balms sink into the skin immediately and then kind of dry up, which means you have to keep reapplying. That's totally fine during the day, but what about the nighttime (or whenever your designated sleep times are)? I want something that will last on my lips for a while and not dry up immediately as soon as the heat kicks on, and this stuff fits the bill perfectly
It also seems to be very good at healing scaly skin... my lips are in reasonably good condition because I make a point to keep them scrubbed and moisturized, but Stan gets these gross chunks of dead skin on his, and once that happens normal Chapstick just won't cut it. He's been using this balm too and I saw a VAST improvement after three or four nights. Lips mostly smooth, no massive nasty chunks of dead skin. Yay!
This product does have one major con... jar packaging. I mean who likes lip balm that comes in a jar, really? I don't think it's a complete dealbreaker because I've mainly been using this at night right before I go to bed, but between the jar packaging and the waxy texture this just wouldn't work well as an "on-the-go" type product. I would actually love it if Paula's Choice started selling this in a twist-up tube... I think the formula is hard enough. Please, Paula? :)
So, in summary, I think Paula's Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm is an excellent product if you suffer from extremely dry/chapped lips and want a nighttime treatment that will help soften them up. Twelve bucks is slightly expensive as far as lip treatments go, but I don't think it's ridiculous, so I will certainly be purchasing it again in the future. Especially since Paula's Choice usually has coupon codes and whatnot. Speaking of which....
Referral bonus + current coupon code:
New Paula's Choice customers can get $10 off their first order $15+ by signing up through my referral link. Easy as that. Google also tells me that coupon code AMGOODSHOPJAN will get you 15% off any order (for new or existing customers, expires March 31st 2015). New customers can combine one % off coupon code with the referral bonus. Yay! They're also offering free shipping on all orders to the US/Canada until March 3rd, 2015.
What do you think of Paula's Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm? Do you have a favorite product for treating extremely dry lips?
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.