EOS (Evolution of Smooth) Lip Balm is probably the most famous and sought after lip balm, not just in a category of natural lip balms.
I’ve been getting so many emails asking me about EOS lip balms – have I tried them, what do I think of them, which flavors are the best, where to buy EOS lip balms… I’ve been planning on posting EOS Lip Balm review for a while now, so here it is.
An untold number of various natural lip balms have gone through my cosmetic bag; I admit, I may have a bit of a problem with lip balms, as I need to have at least one in my close proximity, whether it’s on my desk, my purse, my night stand. So – of course – EOS lip balms found their way to me as well. I’ve been using them, on and off, for about 4 years now. While I do keep my favorite lip balms stocked, I also have to try as many others as possible.
EOS lip balms, packed in their famous sphere, come in various colors and flavors. While the packaging may not be handy to keep EOS lip balm in a pocket, it does come handy when trying to find it in a purse. Th texture of EOS lip balms is somewhat solid, as opposed to lip balms which have a soft and “melty” texture. If I had to compare the texture of EOS lip balm, it would be with that of Lavera Basis lip balm (even though this one’s even harder texture). The lip balm leaves just a hint of gloss on the lips, or rather – somewhat of a film (due to beeswax). Given its not very “melty” texture, it may not seem like the lip balm is nourishing – but it is; it contains all the right ingredients needed in a lip balm providing nourishment and hydration: shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil.
How often do you need to apply it? Well, I may not be the right person to answer that, as I do tend to apply lip balms very often, though I will say EOS lip balm tends to stay on the lips longer than other lip balms I’ve tried.
Depending on the flavor, they all have their own scent and they all smell nice. Out of all EOS lip balms I’ve tried, I am partial to the Honeydew scent, as it is really gentle. The mint one is – well – minty and quite refreshing, maybe a bit too much. The other two, strawberry sorbet and summer fruit are – fruity. Due to stevia, they all taste sweet.
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How about the ingredients? The majority of the ingredients in all the EOS lip balms are identical, with variations based on the each flavor.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire D’abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Natural Flavor (Aroma), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, , Limonene**, Linalool**. *Organic. **Component of Natural Flavor. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
Olive oil is an antioxidant, with high content of essential fatty acids thus great for dry skin and dry lips. It contains squalene. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, soothing and healing properties. Beeswax is an emollient and thickener as well as film-forming agent. Coconut Oil, rich in vitamins and fatty acids, nourishes and conditions the lips. Jojoba Seed Oil retains moisture and lubricates, while promoting soft and smooth lips. Shea butter, rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E, nourishes and softens the lips; it’s especially great for chapped lips. Sunflower Seed Oil has high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It spreads easily and is quickly absorbed. It is an antioxidant and moisturizer, which conditions and smooths the lips. Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract is a natural sweetener. Tocopherol, potent antioxidant and moisturizer.
Strawberry Sorbet contains Strawberry Fruit Extract. Summer Fruit contains Blueberry, Strawberry and Peach Fruit Extract. Sweet Mint contains Peppermint Oil. Honeysuckle Honeydew contains Honeydew Melon Seed Extract and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract.
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Potentially problematic ingredients? This one will be a doozy!
- Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract in Honeysuckle Honeydew EOS lip balm.
The issues surrounding Honeysuckle Flower Extract are plentiful and a debate around this ingredient has been going on for a long time now. Honeysuckle Flower Extract, while having a sweet and natural-sounding name, is a preservative, used, unfortunately, in quite a lot of products which are sold as natural. Whether or not the Honeysuckle Flower Extract is an actual paraben – natural or synthetic – the debate doesn’t seem to be settled yet. Of course, as it’s always the case – those brands, which use whichever preservative, always claim it’s the best out there, most natural etc. A word paraben in itself denotes a synthetic ingredient, a man-made preservative inspired, if you will, by the Parahydroxybenzoic acid, a phytochemical present in a variety of fruits and vegetables.
This extract goes by various names such as Lonicera Caprifolium, Japanese Honeysuckle, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Honeysuckle Extract, while its trade name (that in itself speaks of this extract not being natural, since natural ingredients cannot be trade-marked) is Plantservative.
You can expect a long overdue detailed post on preservatives in beauty products in the near future. And by now, you can expect my point of view will be different than the mainstream one; even in the green beauty community.
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My final word?
EOS lip balms are justifiably popular. Aside from an original and handy packaging, the EOS lip balms last for quite a long time. The application is smooth and feels good on the lips. EOS lip balms are moisturizing and nourishing at the same time. Given the many flavors and scents, everyone can find their favorite EOS lip balm, whether you prefer a more fruity scent, vanilla or a mint one. It’s too bad that my favorite one, due to its gentle scent, is the Honeysuckle Honeydew one. I also like the Strawberry Sorbet one.
I would not recommend the EOS Lemon Drop SPF one due to Homosalate, Avobenzone, and Octocrylene ingredients being the SPF source.
Would I buy EOS lip balms again? Most certainly. How about the cost? Depending where you buy EOS lip balms – in Europe, they do tend to be more expensive as opposed to USA stores, and some may have a hard time justifying paying around 7,5€ for a lip balm, but this one will last you quite a while.
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Have you tried the famous EOS lip balms? Which is your favorite flavor?
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For more information on EOS and where to buy EOS lip balms, visit their dedicated brand page.