Erbaviva: Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm Review

So what if it was created with baby in mind?

I've been using this balm on myself for the past two months and I can't say that I have any gripes about the contents. I do have two little complaints about the stick packaging though. Firstly, the fit of the cover is too tight for the stick. To avoid problems, I don't slide the cover all the way back into the holder, leaving a gap of about 1cm. Secondly, the twist mechanism has malfunctioned this week (this very week, seriously!) - can twist up, won't twist down. It's a good thing I don't twist up more than a couple of millimeters each time.

One thing that took some getting used to was the size. I mean, look at the size of this stick!

Size comparison with Chicken Poop Lip Junk

A regular lipbalm tube contains approx. 4.2g / 0.15oz. This Erbaviva Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm contains about four times as much, a whopping 18g / 0.6oz. Granted, it's also meant for use on baby cheeks etc, hence the big diameter. I've been using it mainly on my lips and I have to admit that I won't want to be seen applying this balm on my lips in public. It's just weirdly big for a lipbalm.

Price: USD10.00 for 18g / 0.6oz

I had placed an order for this Lip & Cheek Balm with a voucher from Zalando Netherlands. I spent a portion of the shopping voucher on this balm and with the balance and a top-up with my own money, I got a pair of shoes, shown over at Witoxichic (besides beauty products, Zalando sells a wide range of shoes like sneakers and trendy high heels).

The order arrived in a large box (to accommodate the shoe box) and this Lip & Cheek Balm was placed in a ziplock bag and protected by air cushions. The balm itself was safety-sealed.

The Erbaviva Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm retails for €11.95 on the website but it was (and still is) on discount. The marked-down price is €8.95.

Dit product heb ik besteld met een voucher, die ik gekregen heb van Zalando Nederland. Bekijk het Erbaviva assortiment op de website.

About Erbaviva
Erbaviva was begun in 1996 by husband-and-wife team, Robin Brown and Anna Cirronis. Their mission is to offer mommies-to-be and babies upscale products completely free from all harsh detergents, chemical fragrances, and other unhealthy additives. Their first product was a soap-less Baby Washbag which was an unbleached cotton sachet, filled with organic oatmeal, organic milk and organic lavender flowers. Other baby care products (many of which are organic) followed soon after.

About the Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm
For chapped lips, cheeks, and hands, our new organic baby balm helps moisturize and heal dry skin while creating a barrier between baby's skin and dry or cold weather. Rosemary extract gives the balm natural antioxidants, while chamomile comforts baby.

Please see right.

My Thoughts
Most lipbalms I've seen and tried look translucent. This one from Erbaviva is opaque and almost yellow in colour. The balm was quite dry and hard the first couple of times I used it - had to rub on it a few times to melt the balm - but it became sufficiently soft and nice after that.

It has a distinct, funny smell, in my opinion. There's the scent of lavender but it's much more than that which escapes description. Sometimes, I think it's ever so slightly sour (no, it's not rancid).

I've used and finished many natural lipbalms in the past year or so and I can totally see myself finishing this Erbaviva one too. Looking at the list of ingredients, you can't doubt its efficacy as a moisturising balm.

It works great on the lips, lasts for hours and I sometimes use it on my hands too. I had a dry, scabby spot on my knuckle the other day (from slacking on using my hand moisturisers). I applied this Lip & Cheek Balm on it intensively and the skin healed. The dry spot disappeared within five days. However, I haven't tried it on my cheeks and I don't intend to. I'm not too keen on having too much beeswax on my face.

So, I may not be a mommy-to-be or a baby, but my lips and hands really like this balm. I think yours would too once you get used to the funny scent.

More information:
Erbaviva website


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great product. I agree with you on the size though, but for home use it doesn't matter. ;D

Anyways great post!

Witoxicity said...

I'm guessing you're Nicole. :) Thanks for the kind words, my dear. I have indeed only been using it at home, so never mind if I look unsophisticated applying this big balm stick that was meant for babies. ;D

Anonymous said...

I agree it sounds great, pity the twist mechanism is malfunctioning. Hope you can still finish it despite of that. :)

"KTee" xx

Witoxicity said...

Oops, sorry for late response, KTee! Well, the only problem I have is not being able to twist it back down. It's a good thing that it can still twist up, so it's overall a small issue. I use it regularly, so I'm sure I'll finish this one. :)