Wednesday, January 1, 2014

So Gross! (And Ineffective!) Lotta Luv Cheese Puff Lip Balm!

The Good: Momentarily tastes like cheese puffs
The Bad: Offers no real protection, Potential to melt, Relatively pricey, Waxy feel from residue, Tastes disgusting, Cheap applicator
The Basics: Lotta Luv mass produced a terrible flavor of lip balm with its Cheese Puff Lip Balm . . . a cheaply produced balm that does almost nothing for consumers!

When it comes to protecting my lips, my wife has a vested interest in making sure my lips are soft and unbroken. To that end, and to satisfy me as a reviewer, she tries to pick up many different types of lip balms for me. This season, the first one she brought was, unfortunately, the worst one I have yet tried. The first complete dud was Lotta Luv’s Cheese Puff lip balm . . . and I write that as a huge fan of cheese and cheese puffs! At this point, though, Lotta Luv seems to be going the exceptionally cheap route and the lip balm is bad and its applicator is uncommonly bad; I was barely able to get any out of the tube before it stopped pushing the waxy lip balm up!

Cheese Puff flavor lip balm comes in the standard .12 oz. tube. It is a discreet plastic tube measuring two and a half inches long by 3/8" in diameter. The lip balm it dispensed by removing the neon yellow cap (it pulls off easily enough) and twisting a dial on the bottom to push the remaining product up. The lip balm itself is a waxy muted orange colored tube that is rubbed onto the lips and it offers a physical barrier to water and other damaging elements that could crack lips in winter and sunlight which could damage lips in the winter. The product does not leave any coloring on one's lips, which is a plus. However, it does leave the sensation of the barrier that it is and the waxy feel is a definite downside.

As well, one twist of the bottom dial and the wax tube stopped moving up. It became impossible to dispense the product.

The sunscreen properties of this Cheese Puff lip balm are more alleged than actual; I found no SPF rating on the container. Still, the lip balm actually adhered well to my lips, which cannot be said for all lip balms. Sadly, it wears off incredibly easily; within five minutes of applying this lip balm, my lips feel unprotected again.

On the flip side, this product is remarkably easy to apply. It glides on easy and creates a barrier needed to resist some of the elements. Unfortunately, in this regard comes one of the other biggest drawbacks to the product. This lip balm has a very waxy feel to it. When it is on my lips, I am very aware of its presence. Of all of the lip balms for lips that I have tried since I started kissing anyone again, this is the most waxy feeling, even more so than other Lotta Luv lip balms. It goes on feeling waxy and it feels waxy when it is on. As a result, it is easy to feel when this product has been wiped or worn thoroughly off one's lips as well. Sadly, because of that, I know how quickly it dissipates from the lips.

Cheese Puff leaves no significant color on the lips when it is applied. It may feel omnipresent and thick when it is on, but it does not look orange on one's lips (fortunately!).

On the taste front, this is incredibly problematic. The lip balm goes on feeling textured and when one runs their tongue over their lips, the flavor of the aftertaste of cheese puffs is present for one pass of the tongue. The flavor is very faint and lasts an exceptionally short amount of time on the lips. The flavor might be accurate, but it is more accurate as the aftertaste of Cheese Puffs and the flavor disappears quickly.

The Cheese Puff lip balm has ingredients on the tube, so be sure to check the package before purchasing for any allergies you might have. But the primary ingredients are: mineral oil, polybutene, and petrolatum. This is not at all more tasty than it sounds! It is noted that it is not intended for human consumption, so don't look to this for nutrition!

It is also worth noting that this cheap (in every sense of the word) little lip balm is not designed for moisturizing, only protecting. As a result, while it might prevent lips from drying out or cracking a little bit in winter and summer, it will not repair damaged, cracked skin on the lips. This is a stopgap product; it prevents some damage, but will not moisturize already dried lips or heal damaged, cracked lips.

For me, the lack of enduring flavor, the lack of real protective properties, the cheap dispenser and the lack of restorative properties made it impossible to recommend the Cheese Puff lip balm!

For other lip care products, please check out my reviews of:
Lotta Luv Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Lip Balm
Lotta Luv Extreme Pink Lemonade Blowpop Lip Balm
Burt's Bees Revitalizing Blueberry & Dark Chocolate Lip Balm


For other health and beauty product reviews, please visit my Health And Beauty Review Index Page for an organized listing!

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