Sunday, September 30, 2012

Balms of the Week 9.30.12

This week was SO hectic for me, I had two midterms on the same day and lots of nannying and studying in between while trying to pack up lots of my stuff to bring to San Francisco with me this weekend. (I'm slowly moving to San Francisco from Chicago, so whenever I fly here to visit my boyfriend I bring two HUGE suitcases to bring my stuff.) I was so thankful to not be sick anymore this week, just so I could make it through the week! Through this stressful week, I've kept these balms by my side:

Orange Thyme's Caramel Apple

Orange Thyme's Peppermint Stick

Lip Shit's Basil Coconut
I've also been using these a bit sporadically the last two days:

Lippincott Soap's Bite Me (Black Cherry)

Lippincott Soap's Orange Dream

Sweet Creek Herbal Care's Maraschino Cherry
Sweet Creek Herbal Care's White Grapefruit

What balms have you been using this week? Did you take a leap and try something new? I'd love to hear from you!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

ForGoodnessGrape's New Page

Hey all!

In case you don't follow ForGoodnessGrape on Facebook (which you should, so you don't miss out on information on sales and specials), I just wanted to let you know that she has a new line of products coming out soon called Lip Melts. Lip Melts will be a special line of 100% natural and organic lip balms with aromatherapy; the line will be ready by 10/31. If you go and like her new page, you can use two codes to save some money this weekend on some new lip balms! For non-bundled sets you can use code: ILOVELIPMELTS25 to save 25% on your order! If you want to purchase a bundled set you can use code: ILOVELIPMELTS15 to save 15% on your order. If you're trying to take advantage of both coupon codes they have to be separate orders. These codes are good today and tomorrow in her shop!

Happy shopping! Feel free to share what you purchase!


Friday, September 28, 2012

A Look Into My Purse...

So while I was doing my last minute checking of my bags yesterday to make sure I had everything I needed for my weekend in San Francisco, I went to slip in some new lip balms that had just arrived in the mail into my purse so that I could use them this weekend. Of course, on a daily basis I don't usually pay attention to these things, but when I went to put my new balms in I had to think to myself, "which pocket am I going to put this into?"...or more so..."which pocket still has room for a few more balms?" I use a very small cross body bag because when I used bigger bags I just filled it with tons of stuff I really didn't need to lug with me everywhere. Anyways, after realizing how many lip balms I had in my bag...I thought you guys may be interested in seeing what the Lip Balm Wrangler carries on a daily basis. Instead of rotating balms in my bag like most people do, I kind of just put balms in without taking balms out, at least most of the time. So here goes...please...brace yourself.... this is going to be a long one!

Long Winter Farm's Chocolate Orange

 ForGoodnessGrape's Lemon Sorbet

Orange Thyme's Peppermint Stick

 Orange Thyme's Caramel Apple

 Orange Thyme's Grapefruit Strawberry

 Epically Epic's Cardamom Vanilla

 Lip Shit's Raspberry Lemongrass

Lippincott Soap's Orange Dream

 Lippincott Soap's Bite Me (Black Cherry)

 Lippincott Soap's Berry Boo (Blueberry)

Lippincott Soap's Mermaid (Snow cone)

 Kiehls's Mango

Lemon Citrus's Lemon Sugar

ForGoodnessGrape's Blood Orange

Bath and Body Works Liplicious Jungle Guava Lip Gloss

ForGoodnessGrape's Coconut Lemongrass

Phew! There you have it! Everything that's in my little bag (for now). What balms do you have stashed away in your purse/bag? Am I the only one who hoards balms like crazy in their bag?


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Coquette Bath

A couple of weeks back, balms from this company were included in my shopping spree I had on Etsy. I was really excited to try these balms, but was disappointed when I ripped open my package to find that two balms I had ordered were not in my order. Two other balms that look almost identical in appearance took their places, but not to worry! I quickly contacted Cari and she was so amazing and sent replacements the next day. I LOVE when sellers are great with customer communication. Without further adieu...

Company: Coquette Bath

Flavors: Lemon Drop, Coconut Peach, Lemon Mint, Coconut Lemongrass, Vanilla Honey, Herbal. The Lemon Drop is a very light lemon scent, not as a strong as I would like (as most of you know by now, I LOVE lemon everything, the more lemony...the better!). The Coconut Peach is a wonderful combination of both fruits! You can definitely smell the coconut in the balm with slight undertones of peach, it's lovely. The Lemon Mint is just as good as I expected, sweet lemon with refreshing mint. Yum! Two of my favorite things in one balm, you definitely can't go wrong! The Coconut Lemongrass is just like all my other coconut lemongrass balms except not as strongly scented. It's sweet and candy-like; it's so hard to describe the scent but it's just amazingly delicious! I just wish this one was a bit stronger. The Vanilla Honey and Herbal were the two balms that were accidentally sent to me the first time, they do look EXACTLY like the Lemon Mint and Coconut Lemongrass. As you may also know by now, I do not like honey. I have given it so many chances, it's just not something I enjoy. So I only opened this one to sniff it, never used it. It smells just like vanilla and honey and is much more strongly scented than other balms. I'll probably use this in a giveaway in the near future. The Herbal is something I'm so glad was given to me by accident as I probably would have never tried it otherwise! It's supposed to be cinnamon, ginger, and peppermint--what a combination! I think it is exactly all those things, the cinnamon and peppermint are pretty distinct as they're both pretty strong scents and I can only tell the ginger every now and then.
You can see in these photos that the Coconut Lemongrass
and Lemon Mint are very close in how they look to the
Vanilla Honey and Herbal lip balms.

Wear: These balms go on a bit sticky, not as smooth as a lot of my other balms. There's a bit of a fight since it doesn't just glide on perfectly. I feel like I have to push it and go over my lips a few times to get some decent coverage. After it's on though, it lasts about 2 hours which is always good.

Packaging: The balms come in your average sized lip balm tube with labels that are colored to match the flavor of the lip balm. This is always good, but in this case the colors of the tubes are just too close to each other! I suppose if you don't order so many flavors that have the potential to come in the same colored label you'd be okay! The labels have a black panel with white flowers at the bottom and have the flavor of the balm in big writing underneath 'KISS' in big letters.

Price: $3.25 a piece of 3 tubes for $9 which is not too shabby!

Pros: Flavors, Long Lasting, Price, Customer Service
Cons: Labels look identical (not that bad, but when it causes a mix-up!), not a super smooth glide

Rating: 3 out of 5 balms; these balms were pretty good, but I wasn't terribly blown away by them (except for the Lemon Mint...Love!). Some of the flavor combinations are interesting (like the Herbal), but I like my balms to be a bit stronger in scent (which I know is a personal preference, but hey, it's my blog!). If there's a flavor you really want to try (like the Lemon Mint) or like balms that aren't crazy heavy on scent, definitely try this company out!

Ingredients: Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Flavor.

Have you tried Coquette Bath before? What did you think of them? What were your favorite flavors?

Rachel Rene Bath & Body

As you saw a couple of weeks back, I received these balms in one of my hauls from Etsy (oh boy does that site get me in trouble, it's a love/hate relationship!). I had been recommended this company and was waiting for the perfect opportunity to buy them...but after seeing that the caps had clips on them, I quickly forgot about waiting for the perfect opportunity haha.
Love the clips on top!

Company: Rachel Rene Bath & Body

Flavors: Peach Lemonade, Mango Mango, Lemon Cupcake. The Peach Lemonade is so interesting! I have never seen this combination in a lip balm before, so I had no idea what to expect. There's definitely a sour and kind of tart yet sweet lemonade scent and a slight peach scent. It's wonderful! I do not like the Mango Mango at all. I don't know what it is about it, but the scent is very off. It smells like something fruity, but there's something in it that makes my stomach turn. I'm not sure if it's because it's the beeswax formula (the other two flavors are vegan friendly), but I just did not like it. The Lemon Cupcake is very nice though! It's definitely got the scent of a lemony dessert. It's not crazy overpowering in scent, so if you're not a fan of strongly scented balms, definitely give this one a shot!

Wear: The vegan formula balms go on SO lovely. They go on a bit thicker than other balms, just one or two swipes and you're good to go for at least two hours. They're so smooth and creamy, just wonderful! The beeswax formula though was a bit grainy, just adding to it's problems. I don't know why the beeswax one is the one I'm having problems with!

Packaging: Like I said before, these lip balm tubes come with clips on the caps! AMAZING! It's so convenient to be able to clip my lip balm to my keys. I've been looking for forever for something to allow me to do this. I love these caps because I didn't have to buy an extra gadget to attach my lip balm to my keys. Otherwise, these lip balms come in your average lip balm tubes which are white with white labels (the beeswax is clear with a white label). The labels are pretty simple, the company name, what type of lip balm (i.e. vegan), followed by the flavor of the balm, the ingredients, and the link to the shop.

Price: $9.50 for 3, not bad at all!

Pros: Vegan Flavors, Wear, Packaging, Price, Clips!
Cons: Beeswax flavor & wear

Rating: 4 out of 5 twists; I love these lip balms. The consistency is just fabulous, as well as the flavors. My experience with the beeswax lip balm will not deter me from purchasing from this company again in the future. I don't know what happened with my Mango Mango lip balm, but you may have a better experience with it!

Also, right now, you can save 10% on your order from the new website, which can be found here.

Vegan Formula: Castor Seed Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Aloe Leaf Extract, Carnauba Wax, Candelilla Wax, Flavor Oil and/or Essential Oil, Color.
Beeswax Formula: Soy Wax, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Lip Safe Flavor Oil, and Vitamin E.

Have you tried Rachel Rene Bath & Body balms before? What did you think of them? Have you had a similar experience with the beeswax balms?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Haul This Week 9.26.12

The packages keep on coming in! I love it! This week I've received packages from:

I know these are more lipsticks than lip butters, but these ColorBurst lip butters are awesome!

I have a few more packages coming next week, so stay tuned!
Have you received any new balms this week? Are any of them from shops that you haven't tried before?


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Balms I've Got My Eye On 9.25.12

I've been doing a ton of browsing this week, even though I've had tons of lip balms coming in the mail, I can't help but look at more! Plus with getting recommendations from my readers, I can't help but take a peak at what each store has to offer! This week I've been eyeing:

Bag Lunch's Strawberry Lime Rickey
I love the logo for this balm company!

I've been loving my balms from Upstate Herb Works this week, I'd love more flavors from them!

Bungalow Bath & Body's Cherry Limeade
I'm just now realizing that each of these lip balms has lime in it. I think I'm trying to cling of the remnants of summer, now that we're into the start of fall.

The Simple Siren's Tangerine Transcendence
Yes, more lime balms, but this is a mix of tangerine and lime. How interesting! 

What balms have you been eyeing this week?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sponsor Call October 2012

It's that time of month again, time to search for new sponsors for October! The XL spot is currently booked until October 18th (my birthday!), but is open after then (currently). There are still large and small spaces available now. Each ad size runs for 30 days.

I know my blog is still just under a year old but it's growing every day! I have no intention on stopping any time soon! I have many new readers each day and have so many returning readers (who I love!). I have a lot in store for the upcoming months, including some more giveaways, reviews weekly features, and a couple new features which will be making their debut in the next week or so. All of this means more exposure for your blog or business! I'm also huge into social media (via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and always announce new sponsors to my followers.

If you're interested in sponsoring my blog this month, just click on the sponsors tab at the top of the page. If buying an ad is not what you're looking for, I am also more than happy to host a giveaway for you on my blog or review one of your products. Just e-mail me at for more information.

Thank you for considering sponsoring Lip Balm Wrangler!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Balms of the Week 9.23.12

This week I've had a few staple balms and I visited some old favorites. Since I have SO many lip balms, a lot of favorites get moved to the back burner because I find new favorites. It makes me so sad to see them sitting in my collection going unused when they used to be my number one go-to balm at some point. So I'll share with you what I've been using consistently as well as a few favorites I've been using occasionally this week.

ForGoodnessGrape's Blood Orange

Whispering Willow's Lemon
(review can be found here)

Sorry for the poor quality of this photo, I could not get this balm to photograph right. I also noticed that some water I think got trapped in between the plastic wrap and the label so the ink is all smudged, bummer.

Upstate Herb Works' Orange Vanilla

Lemon Citrus's Lemon Sugar
(review can be found here)
I really wish this shop hadn't disappeared, there were SO many more balms I wanted to try. I love them!

Epically Epic's Blue Colada

What balms have you been using this week? Have you tried anything new?


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Special Long Winter Farm Balms

As most of you have seen already, one of my lovely readers sent me a package of some pretty amazing lip balms (in case you missed it, you can find that post here). I've finally gotten around to reviewing these precious balms and I truly feel so lucky and special that Denise thought to send me these lovelies. Thank you again, Denise!

Company: Long Winter Farm Soap Co.

Flavors: Pink Hawaii, Apply Pie, Mango Pomegranate, Hazelnut Cocoa, and Pistachio Chip. The Pink Hawaii is a soft but wonderful blend of many fruits into a nice tropical punch like scent. It's perfect for those who don't like very overpowering scents. The Apple Pie smells JUST like apple pie, if only it came with a side of vanilla ice cream! You can definitely smell apple and cinnamon, I was surprised at how much I liked this balm. The Mango Pomegranate is also pretty interesting. I can't pick out either fruit individually because neither overpowers the other, so it makes for a nice blend of both fruits. If you like more tropical and exotic fruits, this is one to try. The Hazelnut Cocoa is a nice mix of warm cocoa and nutty goodness. I think any of Amanda's balms that are chocolatey are absolutely perfect since she uses cocoa butter in her balms which already gives all her balms a slight cocoa-y undertone. Now, the Pistachio Chip is what I was completely blown away by! It's chocolatey, nutty, and sweet! It reminds me of candy when I put it on but also has the warmness from the cocoa and a slight nuttiness from the pistachio. Seriously...TRY THIS BALM!

Wear: Smoooooooooothhh. True to all of Amanda's lip balms, these ones go on extremely smooth and contour to your lips. They last forever and just feel so good going on. I love love love putting on LWF balms.

Packaging: These balms come in oval lip balm tubes that are the same weight as your average lip balm tube. The labels have two colored bands on both sides of the label with colors that match the flavor of the lip balm. The flavor is labeled nice and big on the front of the tube and is preceded by the company name. I love that these labels are so simple and to the point, but still very pleasing to the eye and easy to identify.

Price: $4 per tube, which is a fabulous price for balms of this quality. They're so wonderful! Some of these are custom flavors though and in order to get custom flavors you have to order 50 or more tubes, but you get to pick up to 5 flavors. Perfect for gifts!

Pros: Flavors, Packaging, Price, Wear, everything!

Rating: 5 out of 5 twists, these balms will forever and always be some of my favorites. I love LWF balms! You should definitely try some if you haven't already, especially the Pistachio Chip!

Ingredients: Natural Beeswax, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed & JOjoba Oils, Cocoa & Unrefined Shea Butters, Vitamin E, Flavor Oil.

D & R Apothecary

Last winter, I saw that D & R Apothecary was closing down for a little while and they were having a huge sale on their lip balms. I purchased a couple and thought they were alright, but they kind of just got shoved in the back of my collection because I started purchasing lip balms like crazy. Well just recently, D & R Apothecary said they were getting rid of their bath and body line in order to pursue their continuously growing nail polish endeavor (now known as Hit Polish). This meant that all of their lip balms were $1 which is crazy cheap! I saw they had some flavors they didn't use to carry so I decided that now was the time to try them before they close up for good. There's still some time to stock up, if you're interested!

Company: D & R Apothecary 

Flavors: Lemon Drop, Cherry, Tropical Punch, Asian Pear, Blueberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Pineapple Tangerine, Chocolate Orange, Fresh Peach, Cinnamon Roll, and Mango. Phew! That was a lot! Since it's such a long list of flavors, I'll bold the flavor I'm talking about so there's no confusion. The Lemon Drop is a perfect lemon lip balm. It's sweet, it's sour. It's classic lemon. Obviously I'd love it. The Cherry reminds me of cherry coke, it's cherry but with a little bit of spice? Does that make sense? It's not 100% cherry, it seems like there's something a little more in it. The Tropical Punch smells like a cardboard box, I'm not sure if it's because it's pushing 9 months old or what but mine does NOT smell like anything even remotely tropical. I don't remember it smelling totally awesome when I first got it either. The Asian Pear smells like a very crisp juicy pear but again with a little something extra in it. Not very much like an Asian Pear, more like an anjou pear. The Blueberry I was really looking forward to because I LOVE blueberries! The Blueberry smells a little like blueberries and I didn't know what to expect but for some reason, I just don't like it. It wasn't a sweet smelling blueberry, but I'm not entirely sure what's missing from it. The Strawberry Cheesecake smells just like the real thing! It's sweet strawberries with a little bit of creaminess from the cheesecake. It's very faint, but it's there. The Pineapple Tangerine smells like a perfect blend of tart pineapple and sweet, juicy tangerines. It's wonderful, but a little strong. The Chocolate Orange did not disappoint! It was an amazing combination of oranges and milk chocolate, exactly as expected! The Fresh Peach smells like ripe, juicy peaches. But like some of the balms there's a weird after scent when it is applied to your lips which kind of kills the scent of the balm. I did not know what to expect of the Cinnamon Roll since I don't usually buy balms that aren't fruity in any sense and it's pretty rare even for me to buy balms that are baked good/desert related. This balm was very, very cinnamon and brown sugary to me. I didn't really smell any of the sweet creaminess like you'd find in the icing and I don't know if it's a 100% perfect representation of a cinnamon roll, but it's not too bad. It's not really my cup of tea because I really only like fruity balms, but I thought I'd give this one a shot. The Mango one is probably the closest and best smelling mango balm I've ever come across! It smells just like mango jelly bellies which are my FAVORITE. Love!

Wear: It's strange, some of these balms go on SO crazy smooth and slick and some others go on okay but need a bit of coaxing. Also, some go on pretty well but some also go on a bit thin and I find myself going round and round my mouth. But hey, these balms are $1 so I can't really complain! They're all pretty smooth and most definitely not the stiffest balms in my collection. Some of them also have a strange scent after being applied that kinda kills the scent of the balm, but it only occurs with a few of them.

Packaging: These balms come in your average sized lip balm tube which is clear. The labels on the tubes are white with colored bands at the top and bottom which correspond with the identified flavor of the balm. The color bands are connected by a colored stripe that has the balms flavor on it. It's kind of annoying with some of the tubes that when you go to pull the cap off, the label slides off instead. The labels are just taped on and then the plastic shrink wrap is placed on top, so sometimes the shrink wrap isn't tight enough so the whole thing comes off. Otherwise, the balms have shrink wraps with T-bands so you can just rip off the cap portion and keep the bottom portion protecting the label from wear and tear. 

Price: I don't remember the original pricing of these balms I think they were around $2-$2.50, but they're just $1 now! 

Pros: Tons of varieties of flavors, price, smooth application
Cons: Labels slipping off the tube

Rating: 3 out of 5 twists; these balms were pretty good, but they weren't anything really, truly spectacular (aside from the Mango and Lemon!). They're definitely worth checking out, especially for this low, low, low price of $1.00. 

Ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower oil, lanolin, glycerin, vitamin e, sweet almond oil, aloe extract, essential oil.

Have you tried D & R Apothecary's lip balms before? What did you think of them?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Haul This Week 9.19.12

I had a couple more packages come in this week (and a couple more coming later this week and next) and thought that you guys would like to see what I've received.

Lisa read that I didn't really like sweetener in my balms, so she sent me some balms to try.

Cari corrected the mistake and sent me the correct balms that were missing from my order.

Finally got my order from Rachel Rene, LOVE the clips on top! The Lemon Cupcake has already seen some use (hence the black marks on the clip). You can save 10% in her shop this month since it's her grand opening on her own website!

 Unknown Shop
My friend Laura went to a farmer's market one of the past weekends in Indiana and brought these for me, but she forgot to tell me which company they're from!

While shopping with my baby sister (after taking her for her first driving lesson with me, man time goes by fast!), I decided to pick up some new baby lips to try out.

I've been eyeing this company for a while, they have a sale on some of their products because they're changing labels and such. But I love these labels as is, can't wait to see what they look like in the future!

During the same shopping trip with my sister, I decided to give e.l.f. balms another shot (here's what happened with their $1 balm).

Have you received any new balms this week? Or have you tried any of the balms above? What did you think of them?

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