When I moved a few months ago, I was excited to declutter the mess I brought to my new home. Unfortunately places closed shortly after due to the global health crisis, so I have bags and bags of makeup lying around. Makeup is a tripping hazard around my bed. I also thought maybe I will be drinking more water at home now. Nope, I’ve been very good at staying dehydrated. But now I have time to try all the lip products I have at home and talk about them on here. Lano, an Australian beauty brand, has been on my radar for a long time due to its marketing for having some of the best lip balms – Lanolips. As a professional lip peeler (gross, I know) due to perpetual dry lips, I was ecstatic to try some of their highly rated products.
Firstly – what is lanolin? It is an oil that that comes from sheep’s wool. It is similar to the oils that humans ourselves excrete on our own skin. All products from Lano are made from lanolin, sourced from Australian sheep farmers.
Lanolips Lemonaid Scrubba-Balm ($23 CAD)
This is a balm-scrub hybrid to provide a hand free exfoliation and hydration. It comes in a cute plastic tube and the balm itself has a fragrant lemon sugary scent. I have tried lip scrubs in a pot and in a balm, and often I find the ones in pot are harsher but more effective for me.
The Lemonaid Scrubba Balm has a good grainy texture that left my skin softer and hydrating. For skin flakes that are the height of a lip, the Scrubba-Balm is less effective compared to a sugar scrub in a tub. There are a few flakes that I can feel “sitting” on my lip after scrubbing, but it’s not very noticeable via looking at a mirror.
Lanolips Tinted Lip Balm ($15 CAD)
I haven’t used lip balm in a squeeze tube style since my university days when I was obsessed with Bath and Body Works. The Tinted Lip Balm feels a bit more on the glossy side as it does create a shine.
The shade I used is Perfect Nude – and it definitely is the ‘nude’ for my lips. It really looks like I have nothing on at all and any of the dry parts camouflaged itself. The disappointing bit is that I noticed my tube has the oils and pigmentation separated if I don’t use it often. A few times I’ve applied it, I realized I was only getting oil out and not the colour. I would end up squeezing until I saw the colour come out then I can reapply it on my lips.
Lanolips Lip Water ($23 CAD)
It lives up to its name of it feeling like water. There are some holographic pink glitter in there that I was skeptical of. Upon application, I don’t notice the glitter but I do hope I am not eating any! It contains peppermint so a cooling tingle is felt for a few minutes. The Lip Water is not exactly a balm or a gloss; it’s described a lip hydration fluid. I quite like the liquidy- texture and it feels super lightweight!
I’m conflicted on the pricing – my go to lip balms are $10 and under, or I like to use products on the high end such as Dior Lip scrub or Lip Oil for something fancier. The Lip Water’s efficiency is comparable to my lip balms, but I’m thinking using lanolin as an ingredient will be more receptive from my body’s point of view.
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