Never let it be said that bloggers aren’t capable of influencing retail purchases. A week or two ago I developed one of those niggling little splits in the corner of my mouth. TYou know the ones – every time you think it’s healed, you end up splitting it open again. The wet weather and dry air-conditioning weren’t doing my lips any favours and, when combined with the fact I need to wear lipstick/gloss for work, it was driving me absolutely crazy.
I took a spin through the personal care section of Myer, mildly overwhelmed by the sheer number of microbrands available there now. When I passed by the teeny-tiny little Lanolips bay I ended up doubling back and inspecting it a little closer after remembering that Stefanie from The Lip Print had good things to say about the Lanolips tinted balms.
Well, hey. $15.95 and a solid week of wear later, count me in as one of those positive bloggers with nice things to say about Lanolips! Lemonaid Lip Aid is a clear lanolin lip treatment dosed up with a little organic lemon oil and given some pep with a little superfine shimmer. I snapped a picture of it on my bare lips – you can see the sparkle under bright lights, but it’s not enough that someone is going to accuse you of having disco lips.
I’ve always been a lanolin fan – I grew up out in the sticks, how could I not be? – so I’m already well versed in the moisturising, soothing properties of lanolin. The little cut in my lip healed up quickly and, all credit due to the moisturising goodness of lanolin, the extra moisture prevented the cut from opening up over and over again.
The lemon oil is very much in the background, so don’t be concerned if you prefer to avoid super-scented or candy-sweet products. There’s a little whiff of citrus tarts when you first apply it, but there’s virtually no taste to Lemonaid Lip Aid at all.
I do have a couple of minor issues to do with the packaging of Lanolips though. For one thing, the tube would be immeasurably improved by the addition of a slanted applicator tip. Lanolin is pretty solid stuff at room temperature and needs a little working and warming to get it apply smoothly, something that’s not so simple with the flat-ended screw top (or, if like me, you get a bit iffy about using your fingertip to apply balms). It’s certainly not impossible to use as it is, but it just could be a bit better.
The other minor complaint I have is that there were no tamper seals on any of the tubes of any Lanolips products on display when I looked at them. Not to disparage Myer customers too hard, but the general public has a bit of a lax attitude towards the concept of testers at the best of times and most of the stock on display had been used. I ended up flagging down a buddy of mine and asking her to get me a tube from the storage room so I could use something that hadn’t been pre-loved by a random shopper, but that’s not something that a customer really should have to do. A tamper seal, even if it’s just a perforated sticker, would make the whole experience of buying a little less potentially grody.
Those issues aside, I’m really digging this lipbalm. It’s already been elevated to the exalted status of bag-worthy, and trust me, very little in the way of cosmetics makes it to that level!
Lanolips Lemondaid Lip Aid costs a crisp AU$15.95. I purchased my tube from Myer, but Lanolips is also available at David Jones, Priceline and good chemists. Visit lanolips.com for more stockist information!