Sep 072015

Sierra Bees lip balms and tinted lip balm shimmer balms are organic, affordable lip balms.

Sierra Bees Lip Balm Review
Given I’m a huge fan of natural lip balms, I thought – why not another lip balm review?

In short: Sierra Bees lip balms are super affordable, certified organic lip balms, containing few, but lips-beneficial ingredients. Every time I shop at iHerb (and that’s at least once every month), I’d always throw one or two Sierra Bees lip balms in my basket.

Sierra Bees recently added two more flavors, and also – as of yet, they’re not selling their lip balms individually, but in 4-piece pack for tinted shimmer lip balms and 8-piece pack for lip balms. If the balms were super affordable when sold individually, now they are even more affordable with these packs: a 4-piece tinted balms go for $4,95 and the assortment of all 8 lip balms flavors goes as well for $4,95 – no, really, they are that affordable!

The Sierra Bees lip balms come in the following flavors:

Sierra Bees Lip Balms

Cocoa Butter  |  Honey  |  Mint Burst  |  Pomegranate  |  Shea Butter & Argan Oil (new)  |  Tamanu & Tea Tree (new)  |  Unflavored  |   Vanilla

While I haven’t tried the two new flavors yet (they will arrive in this month’s iHerb package), I’ve tried all the others, and they are all great natural lip balms, with my favorite being the Vanilla one, followed by Honey and Cocoa Butter.

The Sierra Bees lip balms are of soft, a little bit “melty” texture, and so is the feeling on the lips – very soft, very nourishing. Lip balms with a harder texture may be more suitable for hot summer days, while lip balms, which have soft and “melty” texture are perfect for winter days. Out of many lip balms rolling on my desk, in my purse, I think Sierra Bees lip balms are the ones I grab for the most.

Sierra Bees Tinted Lip Balms

nude | pink |   mauve  | red

This year, Sierra Bees also added tinted lip shimmer balms. You know I had to grab them immediately – especially with a price of just $4,95!

Now, I am not a big fan of shimmery beauty products, whether it’s a lip balm, lipstick, nail polish, but I am liking these tinted lip balms. When you open the lip balm tube, the colors seem a lot more pigmented than they are once on the lips. But – they are tinted lip balms, so you shouldn’t expect a pigmentation of a lipstick.

Sierra Bees Tinted Lip Balms

The nude one’s shimmer is the most pronounced, the color is somewhat nude, with a hint of a peach undertone. With the pink one, there’s only a hint of pink color – with this one, I wish it were more pigmented. Mauve, being one of my favorite colors for lipsticks and nail polishes, the mauve lip balm gives just a hint of mauve color. The red one is more on a dark cherry side and again, there’s only a hint of a color.

These tinted lip balms are great for a day-wear when you wish to have only a hint of color on your lips. Likewise, these tinted lip balms would also be great for young girls, who wish to carry girly lipsticks in their little purses!

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Sierra Bees Tinted Lip Balms SwatchesHow about ingredients?  

There are only a few, and the base is the same for all, while, depending on the flavor, each lip balm has its own main ingredient:

– Cocoa Butter: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, cocoa butter*, sunflower seed oil*, non GMO vitamin E¹.
– Honey: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, natural flavor, sunflower seed oil*, non GMO vitamin E¹, honey extract*.
– Mint Burst: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, peppermint oil*, spearmint oil*, sunflower seed oil*, non GMO vitamin E¹.
– Pomegranate: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, natural flavor, sunflower seed oil*, non GMO vitamin E¹, pomegranate oil*.
– Shea Butter & Argan Oil: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, shea butter*, argan oil*, non GMO vitamin E¹
– Tamanu & Tea Tree: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, tamanu oil*, sunflower seed oil*, tea tree oil*, non GMO vitamin E¹.
– Unflavored: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, sunflower seed oil*, non GMO vitamin E¹.
– Vanilla: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, flavor*, sunflower seed oil*, non GMO vitamin E¹.
– Tinted Lip Shimmer Balms: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, shea butter*, natural flavor, argan oil*, non-GMO tocopherol, jojoba esters, lauryl laurate (0.1%)¹. May contain mica, iron oxide(s), titanium dioxide.

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Olive oil contains essential fatty acids, and is great for dry lips. It quickly absorbs and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties. Sunflower oil conditions the lips and promotes regeneration. It’s rich with Vitamin A, D and E, and has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. Beeswax is an emollient and thickener. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant. Cocoa butter is high in Vitamin E. It promotes collagen production, quickly absorbs and is great for dry skin.

Argan oil is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. Honey is rich with amino acids, peptides and vitamins. It’s an antioxidant with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties, and promotes soft lips. Shea butter is rich in fatty acids; it’s very nourishing and hydrating. Softens the skin and lips; excellent for dry and chapped skin. Spearmint oil is soothing, with anti-microbial, antibacterial properties. Peppermint essential oil is cooling and refreshing, with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties. Pomegranate oil is a potent antioxidant, high in essential acids and Omega5. Tamanu oil promotes healthy, soft lips and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Tea tree oil has potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic. properties.

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Potentially problematic ingredients? There’s on in tinted lip balms:

– Lauryl laurate: binder and emulsion stabilizer. It’s synthesised from lauryl alcohol and lauric acid.  There’s only 0,1% of this synthetic ingredient in the tinted lips balms (and given it’s only 0,1%, Sierra Bees were not obligated to even list it on the ingredients list), I’m not too fond of laurate ingredients.

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My final word?

  Sierra Bees Vanilla Lip BalmSierra Bees lip balms and tinted lip balms are affordable, organic lip balms, and I’ve been using them for many years now. Really – there’s no reason why they shouldn’t find their way to your cosmetic bag. If you get the 8-piece pack, the cost of one lip balm is only about 0,5€. I mean – how affordable is this? You can get an 8-piece pack of each flavor or an 8-piece pack of only one flavor – your favorite one, whichever that may be! With tinted lip balms, you can also get a 4-piece pack of each color.

They are nourishing, soft, smell nice and can last up to 3 weeks (with me, it’s more like 2 weeks). The ingredients are also lip-beneficial.

Would I buy Sierra Bees lip balms again? Heh, every month, in fact!

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Have you tried these affordable and popular Sierra Bees lips balms? What’s your take on them? Let me know!

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For more information on Sierra Bees, visit their dedicated brand page.

Sierra Bees 8-pack Lip Balms


Sierra Bees Tinted Lip Balms

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  1. I tried Sierra Bees organic shea butter & argan oil unflavored lip balm & it made my lips swollen & red. I used many brands of lipbalm this is the first time I got this reaction.

    • It could be you may be allergic to any of the ingredients in these lip balms or the lip balms may have been beyond “best before” date. Another possibility – a bad batch. Luckily, I haven’t had any such reaction from Sierra Bees lip balms, and I’ve been using them for quite some time now, mainly the Creme Brulee ones. :)

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