Saturday, 16 January 2010

Lip Treatment: Alima Pure Nourishing Lipbalm


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.

Product
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.

Contents
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

My Thoughts
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.

Conclusion
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!

18 comments:

e.motion in motion said...

Thanks for the review, this sounds really good!

Carine said...

Thanks for the review, I'm always on the lookout for a good lipbalm, since my lips are desperately dry !

The Beautifier said...

I have always been a vaseline addict for since I was a kid! But now when I come to think of it I feel I have been missing out a lot in the department of lip care products & it makes me wanna try out different lip care brands in the market,thanks for sharing your thoughts about this product, hun, I will look into it xoxo

Shilka said...

Good choice - it's a cruelty free brand =D

The Diva's Polish said...

I am a lip balm addict too! This one looks fantastic! I am a Weleda and Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment fan but a lipbalm that promises a hint of colour!? Yes please! ;) Another informative post! Thank you xx

Linda Phuong Tran said...

This sounds amazing! Vaseline is great but I feel it's not enough sometimes! I so wanna try this =P. Lovely review. XX

Shifa said...

I love carmex and body shop lip butter for my lips :)

tris1978ton said...

I'm like you, did not know there's a world without vaseline. But if there is, then I'm willing to try.

witoxicity said...

@e.motion in motion
You're welcome! :)

@Carine
You're welcome. I hope this will be of some help to you. :)

@The Beautifier
Oh, a fellow Vaseline addict! Ha ha! I too feel like I had missed out a lot as I had never considered other lip care possibilities before. As it turns out, Vaseline wasn't the only answer to dry lips! :)

@Shilka
Cruelty-free indeed! I do like the whole ethos behind Alima Pure. :)

@The Diva's Polish
I'm glad you liked this post. I might have heard of Lucas Paw Paw before but I've never seen it here in the Netherlands before.

These Alima Pure lipbalms give a hint of colour but I must say it's quite sheer though. On my (pigmented) lips, the colour doesn't show through much. :D

@Linda
Vaseline has indeed many uses but it doesn't solve the problem with dry lips, I've discovered. :) I hope you will have the chance to try this one day. It's such a pity that they've stopped shipping to the EU.

@Shifa
Hmmm, I've never tried the one from The Body Shop before. I must check it out. :)

Shop N' Chomp said...

Hi Lip Balm Girl! ;) I know what you mean about being dependent on Vaseline. For many years, that was all I'd use as it seemed to be the best. However I came down with severe dry lips last year and Vaseline no longer cut it. I tried a ton of other products and nothing worked until I found my HG: Aquaphor. Thanks for the great review. I love that this is moisturizing and provides a hint of color. :)

witoxicity said...

@tris1978ton
I think you should give it a try. These days, there are many good lipbalms around. The trick is to find one that works great for your lips. :)

@Shop N' Chomp
Wow, I never knew there were so many ladies out there who've had a long history with Vaseline!

Aquaphor, eh? I gotta check that out too. Thanks! :)

Mz. More said...

This balm looks promising, I am going to have to try this. Thanks for the great review! :)

I swear by Rosebud Salve, wear it under all of my lipsticks and glosses and at night before bed. It's also good for the cuticles, I never leave home without it!

witoxicity said...

@Mz. More
I hope this review would be of some help, not that you need it though seeing that you have already found your HG lipbalm! I really need to get me a tin of Rosebud Salve to try! :)

Manju said...

love different lipbalms. but i always go back to trusty old vaseline to moisturise my lips before going to sleep everynight :)

twinsouls888 said...

Thanks for the review, I'm actually looking for a good lipbalm these days. For some reason, I'm experiencing dry crack lips which I haven't experienced before maybe tis the constantly changing climate here in Manila.

Now If only I can find some Alima products here hehe, I love the colors of both pomegranate and Nectarine, it has a bit of color just the right sheerness that I like for day use. Perfect for au naturel looks ^_^

I love the review!!

witoxicity said...

@Manju
That was my nightly ritual too for many years! :D

@twinsouls888
I hope this review comes in handy for you. I believe it's possible for you to order Alima's products from their website. It is only to the EU that they don't ship to. Good luck in your quest for a good lipbalm! :)

Natalie Nguyen said...

I used to use vaseline ALL THE TIME at night! And when I missed out on one night my lips would get all rashy and just.. 'rebelled' in other words haha. I never thought about it in a dependency kind of way. So i guess that explains it. I'm glad I'm off vaseline too. Haha, it's funny.. if someone who didn't know what vaseline was, they'd probably think that we're talking about drugs or something ><

witoxicity said...

@Natalie
Haha! Yes, you're quite right about your last remark. We do talk about Vaseline like it's a drug. In the old days, I used to call it 'my lifeline'. It was indeed a bad dependency. :)