Saturday, August 21st, 2010

theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm
theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm

Lip Balm for the Love of Pugs

TheBalm theBalm to the Rescue ($16.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a large, mirrored compact full of lip balm.  It’s a vegan lip gloss, which can sometimes be difficult to find–it uses carnauba wax and candelilla wax rather than beeswax to get its waxy base.  To the Rescue also contains both shea butter and various other oils (like jojoba and castord).  It does have a very slight minty scent and tingle (but very, very subtle) from the inclusion of peppermint oil.  There are also some exfoliating crystals, but I honestly couldn’t tell you I felt any of those nor that my lips were any more or less exfoliating post-use.

It’s also a product with a cause:  all net proceeds from To the Rescue go to Pug Rescue (note the pug on the cover of the packaging!).  I’m someone who advocates donating year-round, for whatever causes that are close to your heart, and not solely through purchasing products (especially since so many only donate a percentage)–unless you need or want the product, then it’s a nice bonus to have at least some of it go towards a cause.

IngredientsSimmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Esters, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil. Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cannabis sativa Seed Oil, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil.

Overall, it’s a nice lip balm that does a good job of keeping my lips moisturized for a few hours.  It’s very thin, and if you’re not a fan of goopier, slicker or jelly-like kind of balms, this might be more up your alley.  The product size is great, though the price tag is a bit steep–I’ve found better balms at lower price points (Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm), but the compact is convenient (nice, full-size mirror), and of course, the donation of net proceeds is also nice.  I look at this as a product that lets me get my beauty fix while knowing that whatever I’m paying above your average lip balm is probably going to the cause.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: For mild to decently chapped and cracked lips, this balm could prove to be quite the champ to give you a smooth, extra kissable pucker.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm
theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm

theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm
theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm

theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm
theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm

theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm
theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm

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17 thoughts on “TheBalm theBalm to the Rescue Review, Photos

  1. roberta

    as a pug owner I bought this balm as soon as I spotted this at my counter. I find it quite good and it’s à massive amount of product!love it

  2. Zara

    This is cute and all. But I’m so confused to why people buy expensive lip balms! I put on Vaseline at night, exfoliate with a warm cloth in the morning, and smooth lips are that easy. But, I know everyone is different. To each their own. (:

  3. Kajsa/Monticka

    You’ll notice the exfoliating crystals after you’ve used it a little bit. I’ve found that they aren’t on the top layer.

  4. em

    AWW I’m a sucker for pugs AND cute packagings! Me wants it :D

  5. Jae

    I’m a bit disappointed. With the glam packaging, I was rather expecting something similar on the actual product. Instead it’s a brushed silver compact.

  6. Vijaya

    A vegan lip balm with something other than beeswax is actually something I’ve been looking for for a while. Beeswax tends to be way too lightweight to give my lips any sort of lasting moisture. I think I’ll look for this. Thanks, Christine!

  7. I love TheBalm. :) And I love pugs.

  8. Kai

    Probably not gonna go for this, doesn’t seem like anything special to go out of my way to buy!

  9. Carrie Ann

    That’s just adorable. :)

  10. badmakeupgirl

    I have this and I use it all the time. At first I thought I would hate the “exfoliating” bits, but they don’t bother me at all. I’ve grown to love the mint flavour. It reminds me of Cristmas! I love to use this with some of my brighter lip colours to make them a little more sheer.

  11. Ms. Jimmi

    If it helps animals, I am for it. I love their blush, Down Boy! I got my sister using it. Love their stuff!

  12. this particular product looks pretty blah with the cheap compact but i always like when companies release vegan products because it gets people thinking about what’s in their products and how they are produced. although this particular product is suspiciously absent any “cruelty free” tag…

  13. LuLu

    I luv pugs. i think its adorable that mthey do these things.=)