eos lip balms are one of those products that everyone seems to own (in the US anyway), so I was excited to finally try them out. In Australia, you can pick them up from online or from Costco (Kaz picked some up for me), and they cost about $3-7 each depending on the flavour and how you got them.
What’s in them
There are slightly different ingredients in each flavour, but these are the common ingredients in the balms:
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire d’abeille), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Limonene, Linalool
The lip balms are advertised as 100% organic and 95% natural, which may be why they sometimes grow mould – natural preservatives aren’t as effective as synthetic ones.
The scents are probably the most outstanding feature of eos’s balms, and I really appreciate a good scent. Honeydew Honeysuckle is my absolute favourite – the melon is nice and brightly artificial without being too plastic – but all of the scents smell really delicious. The packaging is also adorable – the colours are cheerful and the little egg shapes are adorable.
But the downside comes when they go on the lip – I was ready to love these, but they’re pretty average. While these balms are smooth, they don’t melt into your lips like a really moisturising balm would. They feel like they’re mainly sitting on the surface, and the effect disappears quickly. While they’re likeable and make adorable gifts and stocking stuffers, they’re not the most effective product – the more boring Nivea Repair and Protection still takes the crown for me!