Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review: EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm

Evolution of Smooth Sweet Mint Lip Balm

Many of you may be familiar with Evolution of Smooth’s colorful little lip balms. They’ve been popping up in cosmetics departments and near checkouts for quite a while now. These little lip balms are 100% natural and 95% organic, along with being paraben-free, phthalates-free, petrolatum-free, and gluten-free. The sweet mint flavor even has stevia extract in it to help sweeten your smoocher.

The sweet mint flavor was actually the first of the EOS lip balm line that I tried. I’ve had many other minty lip balms, and I wanted to see how this one would stack up to the competition.


Packaging

Depending on where you buy this, the packaging may differ slightly. I’ve seen it in both packaging options. I think it may also come in combo packs. The one that I bought was the one in the shrink wrap wrapper.

It had the company logo, stated that it’s 100% natural and 95% organic, stated the flavor and ingredients, and had the UPC code, along with a couple other things. This wrapper easily peels off.

 

EOS Sweet Mint Packaging

 

EOS Sweet Mint

You get 25oz (7g) of lip balm in it. Twist the two halves apart, and you’ll find a dome of the sweet mint lip balm inside. One side of the egg-like balm capsule is flat, and so is the bottom. You’ll find the EOS logo embossed on the top and bottom of the capsule. So, no matter if you have it laying on the side or straight up, the logo will always show.

One thing to note is that this lip balm does not have an expiration date printed or embossed on it. The medicated tangerine and SPF lemon drop flavors that I have from EOS actually have the expiration date embossed on the bottom. I’m not sure why they didn’t do that for this one. However, I bought this when they first started appearing in the stores. So, maybe they all have expiration dates embossed on them? I hope so. An expiration date is rather important.

As for the shape, it’s fine for throwing into your purse or bag, but it might not be as easy to fit in your pants pocket. And, even if you do manage to get it in your pants pocket, chances are that it’s going to look rather odd.


Ingredients

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax (Cire D'abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Limonene**, Linalool**.

*Organic.

**Component of Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

I have to say, most of the ingredients check out alright. However, I’m a little leery of limonene and linalool. According to the EWG Cosmetics Database, linalool is classified as a possible human immune system toxicant or allergen. As for limonene, it shows that to have high concerns for irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs).

If you have any skin sensitivities, I recommend you choose a different lip balm. I haven’t had any issues, but you may want to check out other options, just to be on the safe side.


Smell / Taste

If you’ve ever crushed a fresh mint leaf, it’s about the same as that. Well, maybe it’s a little bit stronger than that. It’s not overpowering, though.

The taste is pretty much what I was expecting: sweet, tingly, and very minty. What’s interesting to me, though, is that the tingling lasts for about 30 minutes, as long as I don’t eat, drink, or try to lick it off.


Texture / Consistency

The opinion of how this feels really differs between my husband and myself. I think it feels smooth and light, and leaves a thin coating without being sticky. However, if you ask my husband, he’ll tell you it feels heavy and will wipe it immediately off after I kiss him. He hates most lip balms and glosses that I have and tells me most of them feel gunky. There are very few that he doesn’t actually notice on me and won’t wipe off.


Application

The application of this balm has been pretty easy. The dome shape makes it possible to just do both of my lips in one swipe. Plus, there’s no dealing with the balm going back into the container like the some tube balms that have a dial. That really annoys me…

Of course, this is going to get a little tricky when the balm starts to wear even with the top of the half that it’s in. At that point, you’re probably just going to have to use it like a pot balm and stick your finger in it, which isn’t really my thing, unless my hands have been freshly washed.


Longevity

Naturally, the longevity depends on how much I eat/drink/talk/lick my lips during the day. I usually just reapply after eating. For the most part, it lasts for a pretty long time.


Opinion

This is a great balm. The smell and taste are true - which is a big plus in my book – and it’s tingly and lasts for quite a while. Plus, it goes on smoothly and feels light, although my husband begs to differ. That being said, opinions may certainly vary. To give you a little better idea of what you’re getting, it’s fairly similar to one of the mint balms from Burt’s Bees, only sweeter and a little easier to apply. I didn’t really find Burt’s to glide on my lips as well as the EOS balm does.

Anyway, they have lots more flavors besides this, and they keep coming out with new ones. I’d really like to try their Alice in Wonderland set someday. Maybe you’ll see a review of it in the near future. We’ll see!

 

Evolution of Smooth

 

 

 

FTC Statement: The Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm was purchased by And The Dreaming Moon… This review has not been sponsored in any way, and the author has received no forms of compensation for this review. This has not affected the opinions within the post, and complies with FTC standards.

4 comments:

Ray said...

The reason there's no expiration date is because only the medicated tangerine and Lemon drop ones expire. They both have either SPF or Medicated ingredients in them so I'm assuming that's why.

Great review!

Dreaming Moon said...

Thanks, Ray!

That's kind of odd the rest of them don't expire... Most makeup does expire and, even if it doesn't have an expiration date, you should throw it out after a year's time and get something new because of bacterial growth in it and whatnot. At least, that's what I've been told.

Anonymous said...

I have found an expiration date on my eos lip balms. The ones that are just wrapped in plastic will sometimes have the date written on the bottom of the balm. They ones with the paper packaging will have a date either in the front or back of the paper and it will be etched on a top corner.

Dreaming Moon said...

Hmm... Must just be with the newer batches. Most of the ones that I bought, when they were first coming out, had nothing except for the tangerine and lemon, which were embossed with an expiration date on the bottom. All of them that I got were the plastic-wrapped ones, but there was nothing written anywhere.

Definitely good to know that they're putting expiration dates on all of them now. Thanks!