There was a time during the early stages of my collection, when I was obsessed with seeking out and collecting as many different Lush lip balms as I could possibly get my hands on. By the end of my extravagant shopping spree I owned close to 20 different variations - which soon turned into a bit of a burden when I realised just how long it takes to finish even one of these bad boys.
Lip Lime Lip Balm is not a product I was familiar with until Lush released it during one of their 2013 retro releases online. Having not made an appearance in a good number of years, I carried out a little research into the product itself, and found that it was actually a pioneer for a new type of lip balm that Lush would go on to replicate in future years.
As facial fashion goes nowadays, many people would not opt to leave the house without their trusted lip gloss smeared across their chops. Lip stick or balm is no longer enough - these fashion fiestas want their lips plump, moisturised, colourful and shiny - sometimes at the same time.
Although Lush don't claim to be make-up experts, and despite the recent release of some facial products, this is definitely not the avenue that the company strive to excel in. However, they are obviously aware of the times, and Lip Lime is just one of their responses to a growing tide of fashion accessories.
Concocted from four amazing butters; shea, cocoa, mango and avocado, and with an impressed range of oils including apricot, coconut, grapeseed, lime and lemon, this lip balm is a powerhouse of ingredients that works wonders at softening and repairing your lips in record time. It was mere hours after I had massaged this wonderful product on my lips, that I noticed how soft they felt.
As someone who suffers from incredibly dry and cracked lips, this lip balm went to work on repairing my damaged chops immediately, and three to four hours after initial application, I noticed that my sore spots had been greatly reduced and my lips felt supple and well-nourished.
What is great about Lip Lime, is that it's not at all greasy and works pretty much in the same way you would expect any other lip balm to work. Despite loving Let Them Eat Cake, this particular balm is very greasy and I can understand why people would be put off by this. With Lip Lime Lip balm, it's consistency means it's very easy to apply and doesn't leave your mouth sticky or greasy-looking.
Furthermore, the buttery base to this product means that the lip balm leaves a slight layer of gloss on your lips, which doesn't dominate the rest of your face in anyway, but leaves a natural, beautiful sheen that stays with you for ages. This would be a great product to use after you've applied your lipstick, as it's colourless but leaves a subtle, more natural shine than most of the plastic-looking gloss you'd find on the high street.
With all of these amazing oils and butters, it's no wonder then that this lip balm smells incredible - a light, citrus aroma that can be used all year round. It's very similar to None Of Your Beeswax, but has a more buttery after-scent, which reminds me a little of chocolate limes. Together, the lime and lemon oil, plus the various butters, makes this one of the most beautiful smelling lip balms on the planet.
The only negative aspect about this lip balm, is that to begin with, it's a little difficult to use. When you first open the tin, you'll notice that it's quite solid in consistency, and I did make the mistake of keeping it somewhere really cool. This only served to make it difficult to melt with your finger. However, once I transferred this into the inner pockets of my bag, I found that this was enough to keep it softer in the tin, making it a lot easier to use.
Although not the best lip balm from Lush, it's definitely a really lovely one to use. As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, Lush lip balms are very long-lasting, and a 10g tub can last over two years, depending on how often you need to use it. For this reason, I would recommend that you don't do as I did, and buy 20 pots, because you're most likely to own most of these a quarter of a century later.
Quantitative Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Avocado Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Coconut Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Flavour, Lime Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Oil, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.
2016 Price: £6.75 for 10g.