Many of you know I like to keep lip balm on my desk and use it throughout the day. I use it to hydrate my lips and quite often I use it to convince myself that I don’t need a snack. It is actually quite a useful dieting tool. No matter what lip product I actually put on my lips I always wait a while between applying a lip product and letting myself eat something (otherwise what is the point of putting on the product). And while I will have a snack in the afternoon, convincing myself not to nibble throughout the day or in the evening is kind of key. So I am a big fan of lip balm.
The one I have been using lately has been the Bali Balm Sweet Orange and coconut lip balm that came in a Boxy Charm a while back. Before I get into my thoughts on the product, let me recap the product description.
Filled with exotic coconut and sweet orange extracts, this silky-smooth balm is packed with a tantalizingly tropical blend, including coconut fruit, a known natural moisturizer, orange peel, rich in vitamin C that can protect against free-radicals, as well as antioxidant rosemary and peppermint leaf that’s said to soothe and plump – perfect for paradise-found lips with a soft, tropical twist.
> Coconut fruit, orange peel, and sugarcane extracts.
> Rosemary leaf and peppermint leaf essential oils.
> Beeswax free.
INGREDIENTS: Coconut Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Seed Butter, Candelilla Wax, Wheat Germ Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Coconut Fruit Extract, Peppermint Leaf Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Sugarcane Extract.Bali Balm
Okay you will notice that I put the entire description up. Now I know, it’s a lip balm. We all know what lip balms are supposed to do. They are meant to hydrate your lips and lock in moisture. Sometimes they are worn over lipstick, sometimes lipstick is worn over them. Sometimes they are worn alone. It isn’t rocket science. This lip balm is vegan so there is no beeswax. I have used vegan lip balms before and I have used regular beeswax lip balms.
I am going to cover the two positives first.
One, it smells really nice. It is a sweet orange coconut scent. The scent is quite pungent and it stays a while.
And two, I really like the plastic applicator as it is easy to wipe off and keep clean. If you want to dab it on over a dry lipstick you can do so without fear of contaminating the lip balm. It is a nice feature in a lip balm.
Here are some of the issues I have with this lip balm. While it comes out somewhat thick, it melts into an oil very quickly on the lips. This in itself is fine, however the oils never really absorbed into the lips. I applied it and my lips remained greasy. I left greasy lip prints everywhere until it wore off. I applied it thinking I could let it absorb a little and then put one of my dryer formula lipsticks over it. The problem was that it never absorbed enough to be able to put lipstick over it. I could dab it on over a matte lipstick and have it act like a lip gloss, but trying to put it under a lip product just made everything slide around and made me look like I was making out with a clown.
I kept trying to apply less and less product to my lips to see if I was just over doing it. A little does go a long way but even with the barest amount, I found that it either wore away on the rims of glasses or I licked it off when I licked my lips. It never fully absorbed into the skin.
If I applied it, waited a minute or two and then wiped it off, then I could see some moisturizing effect from the product. But I had to actually remove it to see. I think that part of the problem is that it may have too many oils in it. Or I simply don’t have dry enough lips to work with the product.
Over all I was not a fan of the product. It is an okay but not great lip balm to begin with.
Then I checked the price.
The Bali Balm retails for $33. That’s right. It is a $33 lip balm.
Now I know. Some of you are thinking, but it’s a vegan product. Aren’t they always more expensive. Here are three other lip balms that I have tried and that I liked infinitely better. These three lip balms are at different price points but all are vegan and all worked really well on my lips when I used them. The three listed below are all ones I’ve tried. I am not an affiliate for any of them and the links will take you to their brand pages so I make nothing off of you clicking the links and/or purchasing. They are only for comparison.
Pacifica Color Quench Lip tint retails for $5. It is vegan and it does have some tint to it. I believe they have a clear one but I’m not 100% on that one. The color I had was a barely there wash of color though. It absorbed well and I was able to wear a second lip product over it if I wanted.
If you are looking for something a little more expensive then I’d suggest the Kopari Lip Glossy which retails for $13. In general I like how Kopari products work but I am not their biggest fan because of the overly strong scent. Oddly, I like their lip balm the best of all the Kopari products I’ve tried. It is scented, but the scent dissipates rather quickly and the product is moisturizing and glossy. If pairing it with a second lip balm, I’d use the Kopari as a topper rather than underneath. It is glossy and gives all matte lips a shine, but it also locks in moisture so that you can go with a dryer lip product and not feel like your lips are going to end up desert dry.
If you are looking for something more high end then I suggest going with the luxury brand Tatcha. The Tatcha Gold Spun Lip Balm retails $30. It has a fantastic scent which is light and doesn’t overpower you. It absorbs quickly and works beautifully on even sun damaged lips. Of the lip balms I’ve tried this one left the least amount of lip prints on glasses and mugs. It simply absorbs fast enough that the greasy lip prints aren’t a factor. And the gold mixed in gives your lips a nice shimmer without looking like you kissed a box of glitter.
I don’t know why that is my fear with anything that has gold flakes in it. I’ve used several gold flecked products and it has never happened, yet somehow I always look at them and think I’m going to come out looking like an arts and crafts project gone wrong.
But now we move on.
The Tatcha Gold Spun Lip Balm is Vegan, like the others on this list and does feel (and work) like a very high end product. I would like to point out that it is $30. The Bali Balm is $33. Looking at the two products you would not think they were in direct competition. The Bali Balm looks like something you would pick up at the drugstore in the rack by the register. I have actually picked up several lip balms there so I am not knocking them. In fact, all of the ones there worked better than the Bali Balm. They didn’t smell as good. Most of them smelled medicated and I doubt they were vegan, however even though I listed only three vegan lip balms I’ve tried, there are many others. The average price starts at $4.
Now here is the thing. While I like finding discounts and sales, and I love finding cost effective products that work, I also like a lot of luxury items. I am not adverse to the occasional splurge item. But it has to work and it has to feel luxurious. The Tatcha product, which is the Bali Balm’s closest competitor on this list, looks luxe, feels luxe and works luxe. I have no problems putting it on my splurge list. It is pricey, but worth the splurge if you are going to splurge.
The Bali Balm simply isn’t. It doesn’t look luxe. It doesn’t feel luxe and it doesn’t work luxe. If this was marked $4 I could see picking it up. It wouldn’t be my favorite even at $4 and it would probably end up living in the bottom of my purse. It is not a $33 product. It isn’t packaged like a $33 product and it doesn’t work like a $33 product. And to be completely honest , it sort of makes me mad that it is marketed as a $33 lip balm. In my opinion this product simply isn’t worth it.