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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2008
I'm going to go out on a limb here (noticing that the regular Burt's Bees Lip Balm already has 55 glowing Amazon reviews) and say that this Honey Lip Balm is better. I'm no cosmetic expert. In fact I have absolutely zero interest in cosmetics (and don't even wear them) so you know I'm not someone who buys beauty products for fun and for the novelty of it. But I live in the desert where the dry air desiccates your skin and lips, and having dry lips drives me nuts. I literally have to carry around a tube of lip-gloss and apply it every 5 minutes. So I've gotten extremely picky about what works and what feels drying or greasy or weird.
Most lip glosses feel simultaneously too greasy and too drying to me. I think this is because they're loaded with chemical protection from UVA and UVB sun-rays. That or they feel chalky because they have organic protection like zinc oxide built in, which is the case with Burt's Bees Lifeguard Lip Balm.
The lip balm I have to wear outside is Blistex Fruit Smoothies with an SPF of 15 because, in the high desert, you just don't want to mess around with anything less in the way of UVA/UVB protection (and that includes the zinc oxide stuff) unless you have actual chemical allergies. The Blistex Fruit Smoothies is the only lip gloss with measurable SPF that I can stand the feel of. The Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm feels ten times better than the Blistex to me; unfortunately, its SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is nill. That's the only reason I'm giving it less than 5 stars.
The Burt's Bees lip balms are, for me, strictly for indoors. But, gosh, your lips get just as dry indoors, and I go through the tube of Honey Lip Balm that I keep near my computer pretty fast. For me, the Lifeguard Lip Balm felt chalky, the regular Burt's Bees Lip Balm had a nice peppermint flavor but was otherwise unremarkable, and the Honey Lip Balm had the smoothest and richest feel of all. Once it's on, your lips feel immediately much more moisturized, and then you're comfortable enough that it slips your mind altogether. That's what I want is a lip gloss that feels so natural that you forget you're wearing it.