SoftLips Pure Review and Giveaway!!
First off, please let me express my apologies to the winner of my last giveaway, who had to wait a Long Time for her package, and in fact probably hasn’t received it yet, though it is (truly!) in the mail. Partly, I was waylaid by illness that struck here with a stranglehold for a good 2½ weeks, but most of the delay was caused by a) my fear and loathing of five-kids-in-the-post-office, and b) my simple, regrettable forgetfulness.
This time, I should be much more prompt, as I can pop the items into a padded envelope, slap some stamps on, and put it in my neighborhood’s outgoing mail box.
Now, onto the real purpose of this post.
When I agreed to review SoftLips Pure lip conditioners, I told the very understanding marketing exec that if I liked it (or mostly liked it), I would post a positive review. If I didn’t like it, I just would post anything at all. She agreed (unlike some other pushy marketers who have sent me stuff, in the past). So… hopefully, y’all will believe that I’m being as unbiased as I can when I say:
I LOVE this product!!!
Here’s my probably-too-wordy explanation of how/why I love SoftLips Pure:
I am comparing SoftLips Pure to my normal lip conditioner, Melaleuca’s Sun Shades lip balm, which costs me about $2.25 a pop. I also use the pricey Nicole Miller Lip Treatment, which is about $12.50 each. I have also used Blistex products and Carmex in the past. And, my husband uses Burt’s Bees lip balm, so I checked into that, as well.
I like the Melaleuca and Nicole Miller products all right, but they’re only partly-natural. I would prefer to put something 100% natural on my lips. However, they do work well, and they’re handy for me, because I’m already a Melaleuca customer, so I order both products online (Melaleuca produces Nicole Miller’s beauty products, though I think they can also be found in high-end department stores).
SoftLips Pure glides on smooth and light, like Nicole Miller Lip Treatment (and unlike Sun Shades lip balm, which feels a little thick). For me, SoftLips Pure provides the perfect balance of texture and coverage.
My husband likes Burt’s Bees, and I do, too, when I borrow his. But, whenever I’ve looked at the stand inside of the various stores that carry Burt’s Bees products, it seems like everything is $8 or more. So… I was a bit surprised, as I was doing my research for this review, that the most comparable Burt’s Bees product, their plain beeswax lip balm, is the same price as SoftLips Pure, about $2.99. BUT, Burt’s Bee’s is not totally natural (though, according to its own website, the beeswax lipbalm is 95.29% natural), and Burt’s Bees is not organic.
Since I use lip balm/lip conditioner at least 2-4 times a day, it matters to me, when I’m comparing one product against another, whether or not something is organic. Honestly, most of the time, I can’t afford the organic kinds of whatever. But, SoftLips Pure is totally natural, 95% organic, and is even gluten-free! Plus, it’s only $2.99 per tube, and widely available (I saw some on the shelf at Target).
I also am thrilled that it contains only plant extracts. In general, petroleum-based products are good at retaining moisture, and plant oils are good at delivering moisture. So, if your lips are already dry or chapped, a petroleum-based product isn’t going to do you any good. If you have seriously dry lips, or live in a very dry climate (like mine), you need a lip conditioner that has a plant-oil base, like SoftLips Pure.
Not only does it deliver the moisture, the moisture lasts. After applying SoftLips Pure, I can smooth my lips together 2-3 hours later, and it’s still there (unlike my Nicole Miller Lip Treatment, which feels fabulous, but wears off — or something — only 30 minutes later or so).
Currently, SoftLips Pure comes in two flavors: pomegranate and honeydew. I thought I’d adore pomegranate, and was kind of like, “Meh” about honeydew. Turns out that I liked the scent of the pomegranate one only OK, and I really, really like the honeydew one.
The only thing that’s perhaps not to love is the size. It’s a dinky 0.07 oz (2g) container. It’s packaged in a fairly long tube. I thought, “Is this trick packaging? Did they really fill the tube full, or is it one big tube with only a smidge of lip balm at the top?” So, after a couple of test swirls, raising and lowering the pomegranate one (can you see where this is heading?), I went for it, and twisted the entire lip balm out of its container. The good news is that it’s not just inflated packaging; the balm fills the entire tube. The bad news is that once the whole thing was out, I couldn’t get it back down, and ended up pitching the whole thing in the trash. 😦 Bummer.
Since that time, I have been daily using the honeydew flavor/scent for more than a month (it’s in my pocket right now!), and it’s still not gone. So, even though it seems like a small amount of product, it lasts a reasonable length of time.
Also… I asked my husband, who even uses Burt’s Bees pomegranate lip balm, which is colored red (though it doesn’t tint the lips), if he would use a product called “SoftLips.” He replied, “Nooo… but I would gladly kiss your soft lips!” And he did. 😉 So, unlike a product like ChapStik, or Burt’s Bees, which can be marketed to both men and women, SoftLips, though its ingredients would be totally fine for a man, seems to be marketed just for women.
I will still buy Melaleuca Sun Shades lip balm for my kids. But, I will never order Nicole Miller’s Lip Treatment again. At $12.50, it’s just not worth it. I’m happily replacing it with SoftLips Pure.
Great product, very reasonable price, widely available… That’s a keeper, in my book.
So… you wanna win some?? Please leave a comment below, and if you have a blog, please provide a link back to this post. (The last giveaway only reaped 11 respondants, and I’d like to share the love a little more than that.) On Wednesday, March 18, I will pick TWO WINNERS at random, who will each receive one honeydew and one pomegranate SoftLips Pure.