Normally I'm not very fickle about using natural products, but after realising how much petrolatum I have ingested from my many lip balms, I was on a hunt for a good (cheap) natural-oriented product to chase away the flakiness. In steps, a petrochemical-free and mess-free Healthy Care Acai Berry Lip Balm. The sight of all those natural oils and butters made me all the more intrigued. At an added bonus, you can usually find it on sale for $1.99.
An ultra hydrating lip Balm contains the powerful Acai Berry oil which is cold-pressed from the seeds of the Acai Berry. This Deep purple berry grows in the Brazilian Rainforests and is rich in free radical fighting antioxidants, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E as well as healthy Omegas 3, 6 and 9. This natural lip balm also moisturizes lips with ingredients like ultra-emollient butters and oils as Shea butter, Cocoa butter, castor oil and sunflower oil, and seals in hydration with beeswax.
Personally I like these kind of applicators on a lip balm because it means I can use it quickly on the go. What surprised me about this one though was how runny the product was when I squeezed the tube. This was on both hot and cold days. Imagine essentially a clear oil coming out during those heat waves that we had.
The initial feeling is deceivingly moisturising because it is quite oily. So my lips were also extremely shiny after application. I found that within one hour of not doing anything, the product had disappeared from my lips. I saw no great improvement after a couple of days.
I even tried using it in different ways. It was pretty useless as a pre-lipstick treatment because it did not tame the dry flakes or smooth it out. Anything I put on top of it would either slide off or just would not look good. Did I mention my lips are crazy dry at the moment? Also it did nothing as an overnight treatment where I usually slather on a thick layer. It was hard with this because it was so runny.
As seen in the ingredients, they used an acai berry scent. Smelling it in the tube, it was quite sweet. That was ok. But when I actually put it on it reminded me of those old lipstick scents which just make me want to throw it straight in the bin. Alas I persisted and the smell did not get any better. Eventually the scent started to become less noticeable...only because I became sick and lost my sense of smell.
Final verdict: It had so much potential with its very natural looking ingredients. But it was too oily and I could not get past the scent.