Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"Coveted By Those in the Know," La Mer The Lip Balm

I am of the opinion that one can never have too many lip balms. Of all the products I have lip balms are likely my most used products due partially in part to the condition of my skin and also the climate where I live. I wear lip balm constantly, and when I say constantly I mean constantly. Under lip gloss, under lipstick or on its own this is one product that I simply cannot be without.

For this reason I find that I succumb easily to the siren song of a high end lip balms in all shapes and sizes. To be frank, I could likely cease purchasing other high end products all together as lip balm is the one item from their ranks that I allow myself to use with reckless abandon. I've wanted to try La Mer's rendition of my must have product for months, ever since Into The Gloss gave the product a lofty mention back in July. This mention was followed up by a recommendation from Jane of Daly Beauty whose taste I trust implicitly.

Now, this stuff is decidedly not budget friendly at USD $50 a piece; however, the balm offers a nice way to sample La Mer's line. As Into the Gloss points out this product is (painfully) the least expensive item the brand sells. Given the fact that I'm a total skin care junkie, and have sampled equally expensive balms from brands such as By Terry I had to round out the collection and make La Mer's balm my own.

Like many of La Mer's well respected products, the brand claims that the lip balm is formulated with a "potent concentration of La Mer's Miracle Broth." Though the name is a bit mysterious and sounds like something the Little Mermaid might order at the Neiman Marcus Café, the Miracle Broth is the power that drives La Mer's skin care and is essentially sea kelp that encourages renewal of the skin.

What do I think? La Mer's lip balm is undoubtedly luxury and there is a noticeable difference when the balm is on my lips. I prefer the texture of La Mer's balm to By Terry's iconic Baume de Rose as it's much closer to the waxiness of Nuxe Rêve de Miel balm which takes longer of absorb into my moisture starved lips. Though no product is a miracle worker on my eczema prone pout, I will say that La Mer's balm puts life back into my lips after winter winds and prescription eczema creams have taken their toll. Could another product achieve the same effect? Without a doubt. But in my experience one application of La Mer's balm will fix almost immediately what others do in a day.

Ingredients: Petrolatum, Octyldodecanol, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaoleate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Malachite, Algae Extract, Tourmaline, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Phytosphingosine, Trehalose, Polybutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholesterol, Glyceryl Distearate, Water, Glycerin, Menthyl PCA, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Saccharin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzonate, Limonene, BHT, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake

If you're looking for a splurge and a convenient way to try a product from a skin care brand that prides itself on being "coveted by those in the know," then La Mer's simply named, The Lip Balm, might be a product for you to try. This balm comes highly recommended and my experience has been nothing but the best, but I don't want to "hype" something that is ultimately just a lip balm. If you're uncomfortable with the price point then a comparable product from another brand will get you the same results. 

Have you tried anything from La Mer's iconic skin care range? What are your thoughts on La Mer's lip balm?