Product Review: C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Lip Balm

by Jami Summers on January 10, 2008 · 7 comments

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.

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1 Nenette January 10, 2008 at 5:48 pm

I too experience corner sores when I use minty lip balms for an extended period of time. I wish I could try this out.
I currently use Aveda’s LipSaver (I’m not a fan of the glossy lip either), then colour over with Aveda’s Morena lipliner… but yeah, price point’s a little high. :) So, I’m always on the lookout for a new balm.

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2 Jen January 10, 2008 at 6:31 pm

My favorite balms have been Everyday Everywheres and Caudalie’s Lip Conditioner.

Menthol can be soothing and irritating as well, weird how these things work.

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3 victtoia January 22, 2008 at 4:35 pm

It works good when your lips are really dry from you licking them, but after a while it startes to taste bad and by applying very little it makes your lips look white. when its first applied i love the taste and the look. after a while of having it on i want to take it off. in warm weather it melts and too much of it spreads out too quicky.
i give it a 3 starts out of 5

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4 BionicBeauty January 23, 2008 at 7:49 am

Great suggestions everyone! I will certainly have to try the Everday Everywhere and the Aveda LipSaver out. Sometimes you can find Aveda products on discount at the spas, so I will keep an eye open.

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5 Jen January 23, 2008 at 10:02 am

While attending the Alive! Expo this week, I came across Dr. Bronners/Sun Dogs Organic Balm. These are fabulous balms! Sue (who created this product) combined jojoba oil, beeswax, avocado oil and hemp oil to make one fabulous balm! Highly recommend you try these.

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6 BionicBeauty January 24, 2008 at 11:29 am

Mmmmm…. avocado oil. Love that in products! Makes me think of guacamole, which makes me hungry. Oh… I need lunch!! All that aside, you are so lucky to get to do these expos and Sundance! Keep me up to date with your finds!

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