Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Reviews to look forward to this week

I thought I'd give you all a sneak peak to what's coming up within the next week:

Possibly a few others if they arrive in the mail this week and if I have time to write up some reviews on other balms I've got hangin' out in my collection.

Let me know if there are any brands you would like me to review!

--The Chapstick Wrangler

Hugo Naturals

As you've probably read before in some of my posts, I have a good friend who often surprises me with lip balm on random occasions. About a month and a half ago she kept telling me she picked up some lip balms she wanted me to try. Today, I'll review one of the brands from that day. I also went out and purchased the other flavors to give a comparison on flavor and wear.

I know it's so surprising for me to post during the week versus at the end of the week, but I figured I've got an influx of new lip balms coming my way so I better start reviewing!

Company: Hugo Naturals

Flavors: Grapefruit, Vanilla and Sweet Orange, and Pineapple & Coconut. The flavor my friend picked up for me was grapefruit. It has a very, very, very subtle scent which is not surprising since grapefruits are such delicate fruits. It's not a plain balm but definitely not a strong scented balm. The Pineapple & Coconut balm didn't have a scent at all like Pineapple or Coconut, I was really disappointed in this. I love Pineapple and Coconut and was really hoping that this balm would be awesome. The best flavor out of these three was definitely Vanilla and Sweet Orange, you can definitely tell there's a scent of orange in there and a light hint of vanilla. Neither scent is over bearing or stronger than the other, it was a perfect blend.

Wear: Each balm had a different consistency and application which I was also disappointed in and confused about because I figured the balms would all go on in the same manner. The grapefruit one was stiff at first and then went on with only minimal difficulty, it softened up just a little during application. This balm however lasted OVER THREE HOURS, it even lasted through a shower! I was AMAZED. That is the longest I've ever had a balm last before, which is why I had to absolutely purchase the other flavors. Unfortunately, the pineapple & coconut continued to disappoint me. It was absolutely the stiffest balm I've ever tried to use. The balm never softened up and it just felt like I was trying to force a balm on lips, my lips were dragging with it! It felt uncomfortable on my lips and I just had to rub it off. I don't know what was wrong with this particular balm I picked up but it was just dreadful, other tubes may be better I don't know if I just had bad luck with this one or not. The Vanilla and Sweet Orange went on so smooth! It was just a little stiff in the beginning and very quickly softened up. It went on great and lasted very close to 3 hours, my unfortunate habit of eating constantly tends to interrupt how long a balm lasts. I'm really confused as to why three different flavors of balm made by the same company could all be so different when it comes to application and consistency, I had hoped that each product would maintain at least some sort of consistency.

Packaging: I love the packaging on these balms! They look so sophisticated, they're your average size tube of balm but clear with a brown label with a colored band that matches the flavor. You definitely get a natural feel from this balm. I really enjoy the packaging.

Price: About $3.39. A pretty good price, I wished there had been more consistency in the quality of the product however.

Pros: Packaging, price, variety of flavors, natural, lasts FOREVER
Cons: Lack of consistency, one balm was awful in comparison to the rest

Rating: 3.5 out of 5, if I was rating just the Vanilla and Sweet Orange I'd say 4.25 out of 5. If you were to go out and buy this balm I'd most definitely recommend the Vanilla and Sweet Orange flavor.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Long Winter Farm Soap Co.

The other packages I received this week, in addition to my Firebird Bath & Body package I mentioned in my previous post, were from another company I found on Etsy.com. I had actually found a picture of their balms on Pinterest.com and what quickly caught my interest was the flavor of the lip balm, "Unicorn Farts". I thought, how unusual! And how cool! I have a secret, well it's not a secret to those who know me personally, but yes a secret...I love Unicorns. I don't know why but I've always just loved Unicorns! So I figured I had to look into other balms this company made, in addition to purchasing "Unicorn Farts" which to me seemed like a perfect combination of two things I'm obsessed with (definitely more obsessed with lip balm though.)

Company: Long Winter Soap Co.

Flavors: Vanilla Pear, Chocolate Orange, Unicorn Farts, Yetti Breath, and Neon Narwhal. It should be known when buying this lip balm that each balm has an underlying scent of cocoa because of the cocoa butter used in the balm. The maker states that but boy did I underestimate it! It is really pleasant but kind of overpowers most of the scents of the balms, but I still find myself applying it over and over because it's just so wonderful. The Vanilla Pear definitely has hints of vanilla and a clear scent of pear that can be detected over the cocoa scent. It's a really great and unique scent, pear is such an underrated flavor of lip balm. The Chocolate Orange hits the scent dead on. The cocoa scent just brings out the chocolate scent in the balm and there is that characteristic scent of a sweet orange. It's absolutely delicious and perfect in every way. Unicorn Farts is intended to smell like cotton candy and spearmint and if you're patient you can smell the cotton candy over the cocoa. You can definitely tell there is something minty in the balm and something sugary like the long time carnival treat. This is definitely a combination I've never encountered before, it's unique and surprising. Yetti Breath is supposed to be a combination of lemon and coconut, two scents that I love more than any other so I was really excited to receive this balm. But the scent of cocoa really overpowered this balm and I haven't quite noticed a lemony or coconutty scent. When I first opened the tube I smelled a slight scent of coconut but since then I haven't noticed it. I'm hoping as I work down the tube it will be more noticeable (which at the rate I'm going may be within the next week!). Neon Narwhal is intended to smell like berries and coconut; I was expecting a very unique scent since I've never come across berries mixed with coconut in a balm. I can only smell a slight scent of berries over the cocoa. Nevertheless, I adore the cocoa scent. I don't usually like chocolate or cocoa or anything like that but I really do enjoy this balm.

Wear: It goes on incredibly smooth! And I feel like the cocoa base makes my lips feel all warm and soothed. I feel like it just melts into my lips. I love the way it feels going on. It lasts about an hour or so which is great.

Packaging: It's the same weight as your average lip balm, but in an oval tube! I love these oval tubes. To me they appear smaller than the usual tubes even though they're the same weight. I love the idea that I'm putting on a little, mini lip balm. Each one has a unique label, that gives you a sense that there's a touch of handmade. The balms are also filled over the usual spot that you'd expect the balm to stop so that's different and if you're like me and get annoyed when the cap scrapes the balm then you'll just have to be careful when taking on and off the cap till you've used it. Also when the balm arrives it's in a plastic shrink wrap that seems like you only need to pull off the part on the cap but then when analyzing the bottom near the wheel you use to twist the balm up, you see that the plastic covers that part as well. That being said it appears that the entire wrapping needs to come off but without it the label looks like it will wear down very fast. For this reason, I've kept some of the wrapping on three of the tubes and took the plastic off on the other two tubes. I like the way the plastic looks on the label.

Price: $3.50 plus shipping. Classic price for a handmade, natural balm.

Pros: Oval tube, price, application, long lasting, variety of flavors, uniqueness of flavors, natural
Cons: Label without plastic feels like it'll fade, cocoa in some balms is a little overwhelming,

Rating: 4 out of 5 twists, I would definitely purchase again. I've never felt a balm go on to my lips like this one does, it truly feels like it's melting into my lips.

Firebird Bath & Body: Blood Orange, Asian Pear, Lemon Sugar

As I've been telling you all, I've been addicted to going on Etsy.com and looking at all different kinds of handmade balms. It was very hard to limit my purchasing to just a few brands because I can tell you right now, I've got about 30 items in my cart that I'm dying to purchase. My boyfriend even went beyond his promised 11 balms to 13! Apparently there was a glitch in our text messages and he was really going to buy me only 5 so I was happy with 11 but he surprised me by letting me get two more, I'm such a lucky girl =). Anyhow, this particular brand I've been wanting to try for months now and finally got around to purchasing a few balms during a pre-order sale. My only regret was not ordering more!

Company: Firebird Bath & Body, formerly Flourish Bath & Body

Flavors: Blood Orange, Asian Pear, Lemon Sugar. I've been very addicted to lemon lip balms lately, just can't get enough of them! This Lemon Sugar balm however was a very subtle lemon scent. I was expecting my usual smack-in-the-face lemon scent. But it was still very pleasant. I was also looking forward to the Asian Pear flavor since I've previously mentioned my bad luck with the only other Asian pear flavor I own. This scent was also very light, at first I couldn't smell it at all. But once I used it two or three times I was able to detect a light, pleasant scent of a crisp Asian pear. Now the Blood Orange was a HUGE surprise for me. Even when purchasing it, I thought that the scent would be very light but boy was I wrong! The scent is definitely there and very characteristic of a blood orange. It is stronger than the other two and so sweet. I absolutely LOVE This flavor. I cannot stop putting it on! I always hope it will wear off so I can put more on but as you'll soon see, I have to wait a while!

Wear: These balms are in no way the smoothest balms I own. They are a little stiff when first being applied and don't appear to warm up a crazy amount. But in this case, I don't really see that as a problem. It goes on with great application without needing to be crazy slick and provides excellent coverage, just a few swipes and you're done. It goes on thicker than other balms and seems just slightly sticky at first but goes away. I actually love the way this balm applies which is what I was also really surprised about because I usually love really soft balms. This balm feels great going on, the thicker consistency feels moisturizing and it lasts FOREVER, at least 2.5 hours! I love these balms!

Packaging: I really love these labels, they are so cute and colorful and match their indicated flavor. They're gorgeous in color, very bright and make me just smile when I see it. The fonts are gorgeous as well, not your usual fonts that you see on a label. These balms look very classy and sophisticated while still maintaining a handmade touch to them. You can really by the look of these balms that someone cared to put enough effort into the product as well as the presentation of the product.

Price: $3.50 plus shipping. Great price for a natural, handmade balm.

Pros:Flavors, application, crazy long lasting, natural, packaging, price
Cons: The only con I see is that I don't have more of these balms, does that count?

Rating: 5 out of 5 twists, this is also a MUST have in any lip balm collection.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dr. Bronner's: Peppermint and Lemon Lime

While doing an errand in nearby Indiana a month ago or so, my boyfriend and I stopped at a Target to do our usual "hunt for items that fulfill our obsessions" which of course meant I got to look for new balms. I picked up a balm that I'd never heard of before and when I first applied it I couldn't help but exlaim, "WOW! It's so smooth!" This of course made me want to find another one of these balms and, as mentioned in one of my previous entries, I picked up some balms at a Whole Foods near by which included another flavor by this company!

Company: Dr. Bronner's Magic "All-One!"

Flavors: The first one I picked up was Peppermint and the second one I picked up was Lemon Lime. The Peppermint has that characteristic minty smell of any peppermint balm but it is a lighter smell, very pleasant. It didn't knock me on my butt with an overload of peppermint which was great. The Lemon Lime doesn't really have a very lemon limey smell to it and actually doesn't have too much of a smell at all which I don't think I really mind. There's something there but it's very light. I like the flavors of both of these balms. They also carry two other balms: Naked (a plain balm) and Orange Ginger.

Wear: As I've previously stated, these balms went on SO SMOOTH. Right from the start it was just perfection. Probably one of the smoothest applications I've ever had. They also last about 1.5-2 hours at a minimum (I realize I always end up eating or drinking sometime after applying the balm which is why each duration of an application of balm is a little different).

Packaging: They're your average sized lip balm tube color coded to the flavor from head to toe. The Peppermint is all Blue and the Lemon Lime is all Green. Easy enough to identify and keep track of. It's a pretty low-key lip balm tube design wise, but has all of the information about the balm straightforward on the front of the tube. Simple. Easy.

Price: Around $3, perfect price! Did I also mention it's a USDA Organic balm? Great price for this product.

Pros: Flavors, application, long lasting, packaging, price
Cons:Nothing, it's a great balm! Perhaps more flavors, but I don't think they really need to do that (I just love having tons of different flavors on hand).

Rating: 5 out of 5 twists, definitely pick this up and try it!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Simply Lip Balm: Vanilla, Citrus, Iced Pear, Fresh Mint

When I ran to the store to do some last minute Christmas shopping (this was obviously two months ago) for my sister and my mom, my boyfriend and I ran to Walgreen's and I decided to pick up all of the eos lip balms for my sister and turned around to find these hanging in a display. I was intrigued that they were so cheap and had one really interesting flavor. Obviously, I had to pick up them because I'm always eager to try new brands (especially if they're cheap and look decent!).

Company: Simply Lip Balm

Flavors: Vanilla, Citrus, Iced Pear, and Fresh Mint. All of them are just lovely. The flavor I had to pick up because it just drew me in was Iced Pear. I had yet to acquire a Pear flavored balm, which made me question why I've waited so long to get one. I LOVE pears, they're so delicious! It was pretty dead on for the pear scent and flavor, it was a delicate scent but you could definitely tell it was pear. The Citrus was also a light scent and blend of all things citrus-y. Vanilla and Fresh Mint were also as to be expected, pleasant and light with a good scent and taste. I think it's pretty hard to mess up Vanilla and Mint since they're some of the most common lip balm flavors found in stores and online.

Wear: It goes on smooth and has pretty good coverage. It was your average application, nothing made me go "WOW!" like some balms do. It lasted an hour which is good, which means there was no need to reapply continuously.

Packaging: Just like their name implies, the tube has a very, very simple design on it. An average sized lip balm tube that's white with the company's name in big letters and flavors color coded by a segment of color. It's not crazy flashy or anything, very quick and to the point.

Price: About a $1 a piece, I believe I paid $2 for 2 balms. Very cheaply priced for a decent product. It's below my price range which in this case isn't such a bad thing (unlike the e.l.f. balm I reviewed before).

Pros: Cheap, simple packaging,flavors, decent lasting power
Cons: Hard to find elsewhere besides Walgreen's, website doesn't offer options to buy online

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 twists, it was your average balm. There wasn't anything crazy fabulous about it, besides the unique Iced Pear which was a surprise. It's good if you're in the market for a cheap, effective balm.

Alba Botanica: Passion fruit, Coconut, and Pineapple

I picked one of these balms up a long time ago and absolutely loved the scent, feel, taste--basically everything about it--and wanted to pick up any other delicious looking flavors they had. I've finally got around to buying the last two to complete my collection and am absolutely in love with them.

Company: Alba Botanica

Flavors: Coconut Cream, Passion Fruit Nectar, and Pineapple Quench. The Coconut Cream is amazing, very pleasant coconutty (I know, I just made that word up). This balm was the one that made me fall in love with coconut lip balms. It's a sweet coconut smell. I think the Passion Fruit Nectar is the absolute BEST smelling out of these three. It smells like candy and just overall deliciousness. Even my boyfriend was trying to guess for forever what flavor it was because he liked it so much. The Pineapple Quench smells like pineapple with a little sugar...sugared pineapple I suppose. It's almost candy like but still very nice. Overall, all three are absolutely amazing!

Wear: Not the smoothest application, it's not terrible--still very easy to apply--but not like some other balms. It is a little stiff when you start and goes on thick but it's very nice. One swipe on top and one on bottom and you're good to go. Great coverage and no having to guess if you applied enough. Lasts at least an hour, it's fabulous.

Packaging: It's your average sized lip balm tube with a Hawaiian themed label and design. The flavors have different color coded caps, very simple yet pleasing to the eye.

Price: About $3 which is right in my price range. It's worth it to add at least one of these balms to your collection, I really doubt you will be disappointed.

Pros: Price, long lasting, packaging, flavors
Cons: There could be an improvement in how smooth the balm goes on, but not a huge problem

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 twists

Coming up soon!

I thought I'd give you all a sneak peak into what new balms I've recently acquired and will be reviewing shortly (with time permitting).

I also have been obsessed with checking Etsy.com for tons of handmade balm and different brands and crazy unique flavors. My boyfriend promised me at least 11 sticks of balm for Valentine's day so I'm holding him to that--which means I'll have even more awesome balms to review!

Here's what's coming up:

--The Chapstick Wrangler

love & toast

Last week while doing my usual Thursday night hang out with one of my good friends, we decided to go to Whole Foods in search of items to make vegan cookies (she's vegan, I'm not). Of course, if you've ever gone into a Whole Foods, you know exactly what their lip balm isle looks like: baskets and baskets of different lip balms! It's truly like being a kid in a candy store. My friend, who is not a lip balm addict like myself, was amazed to see me spend so much time perusing the different balms and coming back with six tubes (I only ended up purchasing five, and a parfait..yum!). I'll be writing about one of the new brands I happened to stumble over while admiring the wall of balms.

Company: love & toast

Flavors: I purchased Coconut Lime and Green Tea & Mint...if there's four things I love in this world it's got to be Coconut, Lime, Green Tea, and Mint. These were clearly the perfect flavors for me. The coconut lime has a mild blended scent of coconut and lime, not too much of one or the other. It's very similar to Bath and Body Works old Coconut Lime Verbena which I LOVED and stocked up on before they discontinued it and made Coconut Lime Breeze. It may be a little too similar to the lotion for me because when I put it on I feel like I've put the lotion all over my lips (my sister once squirted lotion in my mouth and it was an AWFUL experience, I don't recommend it). I liked the scent but it may have been too weird for me because I wear that lotion every day. The green tea and mint was just like a nice cup of green tea with just a hint of mint. It was wonderful and refreshing. They also have other unique flavors and I was sad I found all of them there except Blood Orange, I'd really like to try that one.

Wear: They both went on very smooth and easy, no real complaints in that department. They also both lasted about an hour which is pretty decent wearing strength. Pretty straight forward in this department.

Packaging: This was really the selling point for me and what drew me in. These balms have extremely unique and creative labels, not to mention the company name is pretty interesting as well. Each flavor has it's own lovely label and the designs are really eye catching. That's the one thing my friend really liked about them, when she saw them out on the counter she just had to pick them up and comment on how cool they looked. Also it's your typical lip balm size.

Price: I believe I paid about $3 for this balm. Pretty good price for a good product.

Pros: Packaging! Flavors, wear, application, price
Cons: Nothing that I can see as of yet

Rating: 4 out of 5 twists, I love that packaging!

Crazy Rumors: Fresh Squeezed Collection

Hello all! After yet another hectic week I am finally able to post about one of my new favorite lip balms! I've reviewed this company before, but with a different collection. Why don't I just get right down to it, since I've kept you waiting for so long.

Company: Crazy Rumors

Flavors: In the fresh squeezed collection you get: Lemonade, Limeade, Grapefruit Juice, and Orange Juice. I'll start with my favorite: Lemonade. I CANNOT get enough of this one! It is just like a nice refreshing class of lemonade. I've been using it all day every day for the last week! It's so fabulous. Scent of lemon with a hint of sugar, gorgeous. This is one you should definitely try if you're in the market for a lemony lip balm. The next would be Limeade, the scent is exactly what you'd expect--tangy, tart, sour lime. It's quite good, but not as good as Lemonade. The next two were just so-so in my book. I wasn't a huge fan of the Grapefruit Juice, I actually may have rubbed it off my lips after a while...but it could be because I'm not that big of a fan of grapefruit to begin with. But it was worth a shot. I could also be completely blinded by the Lemonade flavor and now hold very high expectations for the rest of the balms. It didn't really have a smell or a taste to it, then again grapefruits have a very delicate smell as it is. Orange juice was similar to grapefruit, I couldn't really smell anything or taste anything either. I was really expecting something very similar to what you'd pour yourself with breakfast but I was disappointed.

Wear: Each one goes on crazy smooth. I absolutely love it. They glide on right from the get-go. I could put them on around and around my lips all day, they're that smooth! (Obviously I wouldn't do that because that's a little silly...but if you wanted to you could totally do that.) They last a long time too, over two hours. I would have tried to see the actual duration of it but I kept drinking tea every time I applied the balm. Good news is: each application lasted through at least two cups of tea; it truly has some staying power. Love the wear, no matter what the flavor.

Packaging: Like their usual packaging, each tube is suited to fit within its collection. It's your average sized lip balm with very cute labels on them. The label has the collection name, as well as the flavor, and the brand's name. I also never realized this before, the usual "Sealed for your protection" sticker that's at the top of almost every balm you buy, is completely unique for each collection! I don't know how I overlooked that with the last set but it's so awesome! I haven't seen any other brand do that. For this collection it says: Citrus Bliss For Your Kiss. I know, it seems silly but I adore it. The labels are also color coded to match the flavor.

Price: $3.49 online plus shipping. It's really not that bad for a natural, vegan-friendly balm. I think for the natural/vegan balms my price range will be around $3.50 for an average price point. This is a quality product and definitely worth purchasing at least once.

Pros: Flavors, scents, application, long lasting, price, packaging, natural
Cons: There's really nothing bad to say about this balm. You like some flavors and you don't like some flavors, it's not really a "con" unless the flavor is truly awful.

Rating: 4 out of 5 twists

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Honey House Naturals: Mango Lip Butter

Alas I finally sit down to write my review of the week, after having to deal with many things this week I'm finally able to do what I love.

This past summer my grandpa, unfortunately, suffered from a stroke in Springfield which required that much of my time, and my family's time be spent down there with him. He's doing much better now so don't worry but as you know, something is always going on when I pick up a new balm. I happened to wander into the hospital gift shop with my sisters and of course, in any situation (proven evident from this situation), I'll be looking for new balm. I saw this new brand I had never seen before that had so many interesting flavors. Of course I had to pick up one...and then quickly went back for another.

Company: Honey House Naturals

Flavor: Mango. When I first opened it, the smell was very sweet and delicate, a very light smell. I was a little skeptical knowing that the brand contained the word "honey" in it. I think we all know how I feel about honey at this point, I'm not a big fan. But it was wonderful! There isn't really a mango-y taste or smell which was kind of a let down for me since I absolutely love mango anything. But this is an extremely pleasant scent. I also purchased the flavor Apple Pear, since that is also one of my top favorite fruits, and it was very pleasant as well the first time I used it. When I bought this flavor though, my sister had bought their Raspberry Lemonade flavor and when she tried it she told me it tasted like soap on her lips, so she had me try it and boy did it taste like soap. (Why is it that when someone tells you something is gross, you always want to find out for yourself if it is?) So in my attempt to try to get rid of the soap taste on my lips, I rubbed my lips and put the Apple Pear flavor on and ever since then my Apple Pear smells and tastes of soap. They have some other flavors I'd like to try as well: Tangerine and Vanilla Berry. They also have: Chocolate Mint, Natural, Peppermint, Raspberry Pomegranate, Raspberry Lemonade, Tangerine, and Vanilla Almond.

Wear: At first it's a little stiff but then quickly softens up! It goes on very smooth, just like butter on hot toast I suppose. It makes my lips feel so very moisturized. They feel soft and smooth and silky. Just wonderful all around. It's got some true staying power as well, around one and a half to two hours at a minimum. It's a very rich balm, like heaven for my lips!

Packaging: It's your average sized lip balm tube, but it's black with a shiny gold label. It definitely sticks out when placed in my lip balm collection. Nothing crazy special about it, but if you've got a good product why do you need a special packaging too? Different and simple works for me.

Price: $4-5; a little out of my price range but this is a natural balm. But it also works wonders on my lips. I'd be willing to spend another $4 for a different flavor, they've got a good product going on here!

Pros: Flavor, scent, staying power, wear, packaging
Cons: Price, Soapy flavor on Raspberry Lemonade, A little hard to find in your every day store

Rating: 4 out of 5 twists, a pretty sound balm.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Something I Stumbled Over...

I know this isn't a review but I just couldn't resist sharing this with you all.

As I was, ehem, studying I just happened to stumble upon this little gem of a balm here: Phoenix Botanicals

I won't post a picture, so you'll be more surprised at what it looks like. But I'll tell you a little bit about it, just to peak your interest. It's a handmade, all natural balm, that is completely eco-friendly. The really cool thing that drew me in was that it's a PUSH UP tube. Why yes, you may be picturing those oh so delicious push-up pops you had as a child, or possibly last night after dinner. But that is not what it looks like at all! Also, did I mention the amount of product is more than you usually find in your average tube of lip balm? They have four flavors: Cloven Hoof, Little Wing, Wild Mint, and Wild Rose. I am so very interested in trying this!

I'm hoping to place an order soon as I'm dying to see exactly how these gorgeous little tubes work.

I've also got a few products I've just acquired to review and I have a new order of balm coming in sometime within the next week or so.

Also, Chapstick announced on their Facebook page that it has two limited edition flavors for the spring shipping out to stores today! Chocolate Rush and Orange Cream Burst. Hopefully I can find these two flavors this time around; of their winter limited editions I only was able to find White Hot Cocoa when I really wanted Candy Cane...sigh.

-The Chapstick Wrangler

Monday, February 6, 2012

Looking for some feedback

Hi all,

I realize I've been receiving tons of views on my posts but not tons of comments or followers. I am here to seek some input, constructive criticism, and the like. If you would take a minute, I would love to know what you like about the posts, what you don't like, if there's something in particular that you'd like to see in my posts, or if there's a specific product or brand you'd want me to review, etc. If you wouldn't mind commenting; I want to make sure I'm writing something that's worth reading, to keep my readers coming back for more and to keep those first time visitors pleased so they'll read again. It can totally be anonymous if you'd like!

On another note, I'll make sure to post a review later this week for you guys =).

Have a great day!
-The Chapstick Wrangler

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Shaka Laka Lip Blaka: Pineapple Express

I apologize for my lack of posting the last two weeks, I really meant to and promise to make a better effort at getting at least one post up per week!

With that being said, I am completely surprised I haven't written about one of my ABSOLUTE favorite lip balms I've ever been so lucky to have stumbled over. While in San Francisco over the summer, one of my only options for grocery shopping was the Safeway across the street and boy was I glad! If I hadn't had to shop at this store I would have never found this balm. This balm was probably the one that had the greatest WOW factor. I was completely blown away by it! I wish it was available in more stores around me, I would love to try every flavor!

Company: Shaka Laka

Flavor: Pineapple Express. Hands down, my favorite flavor in my collection. It is so dead on sweet pineapple. I was completely shocked by it. I figured it would have just a light flavor of pineapple, but it is definitely there! It tastes a little like sugared pineapple but it is totally awesome. The scent is also very pleasant.

Wear: The first time I applied it, it was a little stiff but went on well after I gave it some time. It felt thick when it went on but like it gave me great coverage. I could feel it sink into my lips and provide great protection from wind and sun. However, after the first couple uses the balm became grainy and always felt like it. I purchased a second stick hoping that it was just a fluke, but once again after a few uses it returned to being grainy. I could possibly be having bad luck with these balms but nonetheless I love this balm!It lasts about 2 hours, and the flavor lasts at least three! I can still taste the flavor on my lips hours later. Did I mention it has SPF 15?

Packaging:Very cool packaging, comes in a standard size lip balm tube. It is black with a bright yellow label with the words "PINEAPPLE EXPRESS" in big lettering with a picture of a pineapple in the background. It's very edgy and pretty unique. It really is a pleasant tube to look at.

Price: About $3, which is fabulous for this balm! It hits right in the perfect price range for a great balm.

Pros: Price, Packaging, Flavor, Long Lasting, SPF
Cons: Feels grainy after a couple uses

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 twists, if only the balm hadn't become grainy! Otherwise, no other problems with this balm!
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