Sadly, my days with this lipbalm are coming to an end. Today, I had to accept the fact that I wouldn’t be able to get to that last bit of the lipbalm anymore. Not unless I scrape out the remains like a desperate junkie.
I never knew that life could be possible without Vaseline. For many years, I had considered Vaseline to be my saviour for my hopelessly dry lips. Back then, they didn’t have Vaseline in cute little tins like this one. I had to buy those huge ugly tubs and transfer some into a tiny jar for in my handbag. Almost everywhere I went, Vaseline was there with me. The times when I did forget to bring it along, my lips suffered badly. At one point, I even mixed it with crushed bits of red lipstick for a two-in-one. But we all know the consequences. It simply became a vicious cycle of dependency.
In the recent few years, I tried lipbalms from Carmex and Nivea. They were okay but I always found myself running back to trusty ol’ Vaseline. As you would have noticed, I have successfully weaned myself off Vaseline. I actually never thought I would see that day. It was all thanks to Alima Pure, a mineral makeup brand. It was a slow weaning process that I willed myself into. Eventually, Vaseline became a distant memory and this lipbalm from Alima Pure became my staple lipcare product. Here’s my review.
Name: Alima Pure Nourishing Lipbalm
Shade Choice: Available in 9 shades, including one that is clear
Volume and Price: 0.15 oz net vol. for US$5.25 (sample in a petite jar is available for US$1.00)
According to Alima Pure
Moisturizing lip gloss, in multiple colors, keeps you covered day and night. Our handcrafted luscious, glossy, moisturizing lipbalms are made with soothing natural beeswax, plant oils and butters. They travel well and protect your lips along the way. Rich in pigments and high in quality, you can’t go wrong.
List of ingredients without the Latin names:
Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Palm Christi Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Avocado Butter, Vitamin E, Rosehip Oil, Aloe Oil, Rosemary Oleoresin, Neem Oil. May contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Oxide.
The lipbalm pictured above is Pomegranate which Alima Pure says is a sheer neutral red (it looks more brown to me though). I have a second one called Nectarine, described as a warm shimmering rose-beige.
L: Pomegranate, R: Nectarine
The fact that this lipbalm has replaced Vaseline certainly speaks volumes. I love how absolutely moisturising it is. It is moist which makes application so easy. It simply glides on the lips. With this lipbalm, the frequency of application has been reduced by half. Before, Vaseline simply slid off the lips, thus requiring constant application.
I like the concoction of ingredients, all so nourishing. The lipbalm has a certain scent (obviously from all the oils and butters) that I don’t find offensive.
This lipbalm is great! I’m so glad I ordered these lipbalms back then. I’m now left with the second one, Nectarine (pardon the slightly faded name on the tube – I have been using it and it’s been in my bag).
I found out not too long ago that the US-based Alima Pure no longer ships to the EU. Those in the EU now have to go through a Europe-based third-party to buy the products. I’m not too pleased about this. I’d much rather order online directly from Alima Pure. In any case, if you’d like to find out more, do visit the Alima Pure website.
Now that I'm no longer dependent on Vaseline, I have become more adventurous with other lipbalms which I hope I can feature in future posts. Ahh, Lip Balm Girl should have been my blogname!