Saturday 8 March 2014

Review: Living Nature Lip Balm

If you tell me about a product with the word "honey" in it then my ears will instantly prick up. I just love honey as an ingredient - it attracts and retains moisture, has anti-microbal properties and can absorb impurities from the skin. Plus it has a gorgeously natural, sweet smell. The latest product in my honey line up is the Living Nature Lip Balm.

Living Nature is a natural skincare company that originates from New Zealand and was inspired by the healing properties of native New Zealand plants. Their Lip Balm is just one of a large range of skincare, bodycare and cosmetic products. Living Nature say, "Smooth and protect your lips by sealing in moisture and preventing dehydration with our nourishing Lip Balm. Good enough to eat, our certified natural Lip Balm will leave your lips beautifully soft and supple". The Lip Balm contains Active Manuka Honey to moisturise and help heal split or chapped lips. Calendula, Shea Butter, Beeswax and a number of other oils and fruit waxes also help to nourish and soothe. The 10ml tube costs £11.00.

The formula is dispensed out of the squeezy tube onto a lip shaped applicator. You can tell that there are a lot of oils in the product because of the texture and consistency; it's soft and smooth, literally sliding onto the lips, but not greasy. This also means it has a glossy finish complete with a light, subtle honey scent. Less is definitely more with this product, because a little goes a long way. The balm takes a little while to absorb, but certainly makes my lips feel soft and hydrated once it has. One thing I didn't expect from the product were little exfoliating beads that pop out every so often! Looking at the ingredients, this is Jojoba Esters, which is hydrogenated Jojoba Oil. They're not harsh or grainy at all, melting fairly quickly as you smooth the balm over the lips. When looking at the ingredients though I noticed that Manuka Honey is right towards the end of the ingredients list, meaning that the concentration of it is lower than the rest of the ingredients, so the benefits of it are overwhelmed by the higher concentrated ingredients. Considering that Manuka Honey is the ingredient marketed on the front of the packaging, it's quite disappointing.

The Verdict
The Living Nature Lip Balm is a lovely, natural product that soothingly hydrates lips with a touch of exfoliating action too. I really like the glossy finish and the subtle honey scent, but as mentioned I am disappointed that Manuka Honey isn't one of the main ingredients. Nevertheless, I will enjoy using the rest of the tube but I'm not sure that I would re-purchase.

Have you tried any products from Living Nature? Do you like the sound of this lip balm? You can full their complete range here.

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains a PR sample. This does not affect my opinion of the product.



  1. Anything with honey in it always grabs my attention too, but I would have preferred Manuka honey too x

  2. This sounds lovely! Honey has great healing properties too :) Great review. xx


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