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CO Bigelow

Are your cosmetics really oil-free?

Dear Bionic Beauty,
So many liquid foundations and face lotions claim to be oil free these days. Yet, when I’m shopping and read the ingredients it seems like there *are* oils in there. Is there a way to really tell if I’m getting something that is oil free?
I appreciate your help.
Olive Oil 😉

Well, Olive Oil, you are smart to pick up on the labeling that has become such a fad in the cosmetics industry. See, the real problem is that the labeling on cosmetics (makeup, hair care, skincare, etc) is not regulated. Companies can spin all sorts of misinformation on their labels and containers. You really have to be an educated consumer in order to know what is a good buy and what isn’t.

In regards to the “oil-free” claims specifically… there’s a pretty simple test to check if something you have in your stash is truly oil-free. Place a pea-size dollop of the product on a sheet of plain white copy, typing or writing paper (medium to light weight is perfect). Then wait. Let it sit overnight preferably, but you should start to see a change within a few hours.
If a ring forms around the product, it most definitely contains oil.

Here are some experiments I did with a few of my fave makeup and skincare products. Read on for the SHOCKING results…
Read on…

Bigelow's Mentha Lip Balm

The Product: C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Lip Balm Stick with SPF 15. This is the “no shine” formula.

Bionic’s Review: Since I am absolutely addicted to lip balms, and in particular, minty lip balms; I picked this up on sale at Bath and Body Works. The no-shine formula appealed to me- I can wear it under lip stick, over top, or by itself (I’m not a big fan of those overly glossy lips). A wonderful bonus is the SPF 15!

After strict use for two weeks, I had sadly developed cold sores in my mouth corners. I’m really not sure what ingredient might have caused my reaction, but sadly I had to stop using it. ‘Tis a shame since I adored the taste and consistency.

This one is well worth a shot if you’d like to spend a few extra bucks on lip balm; but it’s hard to justify when Burt’s Bees and ChapStick are so incredibly affordable.

Availability: In brick and mortar Bath and Body Works stores, or online at Bigelow Chemists.

Price Point: $7.50 for a tube. But you can get the Bigelow balms and glosses for 3 for $15 during special bonuses at Bath and Body Works.