As I mentioned in my review of Key Lime, the lip balms are definitely not one of the first products that I naturally gravitate towards when I enter a Lush shop - definitely not in the Oxford Street store when there are so many amazing products on offer to sniff, sample and buy. In fact, on my initial visit I almost missed the miniature display of balms, tints and toothy tabs altogether.
Luckily, with so much press surrounding the opening of the new store, I quickly discovered how many products I had blindsided that day and rushed back to pick up the extra goodies. Rose Lollypop was one of those products - an item that shamefully had been sitting on my shelf ever since. That was until last week when I decided to throw it into my day bag and test it out.
One of four new lip balms, this happened to be the one that I was least looking forward to using - not because it sounded at all bad, just that as a citrus fan I was much more interested in the other scents on offer. My suspicions seemed to be somewhat deepened when I discovered that I didn't initially like the smell that greeted me on opening the tin.
From its title, I was expecting a sweet, floral fragrance not unlike Rose Jam or Amandopondo - a light, rose-dominated aroma with a touch of lemon to give it that citrus kick. What I discovered instead was a smell not unlike None Of Your Beeswax - a citrusy scent with an underlying waxy smell.
How Rose Lollypop differs from the aforementioned balm is that the smell is much more rounded and has elements of the rose and cardamon in the background to make it not a strictly fruity smell. While I would describe this product as being both sweet and fruity, there is something slightly synthetic about it that prevents it from being a scent that would work in any other format.
Although I was expecting this balm to have the same consistency as all of the other new balms, I discovered that this one is much more in-keeping with the older-designed products. The first few times I used this I found that it was rather crumbly, as in it sort of had the consistency of heated and then hardened oil. When I pressed down in the tub, I found that it cracked under pressure and I then had to massage my finger around for a matter of seconds to smoothen out the balm before I was able to utilise any on my lips.
For this reason, I wasn't very impressed with Rose Lollypop at all and almost convinced myself to throw it back on the shelf and go back to my much-loved Key Lime. However, after a few days, I found that the product seemed to settle in the tub where it remained far more manageable to use and much softer on the lips.
From then on it went up and up in my estimations until I realised that I had actually fallen in love with it. Not only does it nourish and moisturise your lips and leave them noticeably softer after only a single day, it also gives your lips a shiny, glossy look that remains prominent for a good while after application.
Although it doesn't beat some of the other lip balms in terms of scent, this has now found its place in my school bag and gets used on a daily basis. I cannot wait to try the other variations that I've bought and I only hope that Lush bring out even more scents for me to enjoy over time.
Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma grandiflorum), Organic Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Fresh Lemon And Cardamon Infusion ( Citrus limonum; Elettaria cardamomum), Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius), Orange Peel Wax (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Cetearyl Alcohol, Sicilian Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Rose Oil (Rosa Damascena), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour.
2015 Price: £6.95 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.