Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Nivea Kiss of Milk and Honey

I'm always a sucker for new chapsticks/lip balms. Unfortunately, I tend to leave them in my pockets and then they go through the wash and end up ruined.
I spied the Nivea chapsticks and since I love their lotions, decided to give it a shot. There was also a 25 cents off coupon available, which made it even more appealing.

As you can see from the photo, the packaging is unusual for a lip balm/chapstick. The tube has a cap that slides off the top, similar to a lipstick. The tube also twists up similarly to a lipstick, which is what I prefer, and there is .17oz of product in it. It's designed well, the Nivea logo is pretty, and the font that they picked for the writing is also attractive. It could be hard to read, since it's white text on a yellow background.

Their advertising slogan states: "Natural milk protein and rich golden honey formula helps strengthen lips' resistance to stay well hydrated and healthy looking."

The stick is definitely honey yellow. It reminds me of those beeswax candles that they have at craft fair booths that you can roll from a sheet of beeswax. It has the same kind of coloring and the same scent to it. The milk portion, I assume is because of protein. It doesn't really have a milky scent or feel to it, the honey is definitely the prominent portion of the formula.

I've been using it for about 3 weeks now, and I have to say, I like it. The formula goes on smoothly without being waxy, which is kind of ironic, and it also is not sticky or too hard to put on my lips.
The scent is a very subtle honey one, and it doesn't have any shimmer at all.

The only issues I have had are that when it was a really hot day out, the chapstick got super soft and mushy. This happens with most formulas though, so it's not really a fault of this particular brand, just chapsticks in general.
Another negative, for me, is that there is no SPF in this at all. Considering that there was just a study about lip cancer increasing in women because the lip glosses magnify the UV rays, this is unacceptable to me! I try to get lip balm/chapstick with at least SPF 15 in it, just to be safe.
I noticed after I had already purchased this item though, so I plan on using it until I either use it up, or accidentally wash it, since it's inevitable!

My lips like this formula. It's not drying, it lasts a pretty good amount of time, there aren't any colors in it. It smells good and tastes good. The formula is very similar to Chapstick brand lip balm. So for formula, packaging, scent, and feeling nice, I give it an A+! But the lack of SPF means I would not purchase this item again.

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