09/04/2012

Kiehl's LIP BALM #1: everything you need to know


My fellow lip balms lovers, this post is dedicated to you!
Ever wondered if the oh-so-famous Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is actually worth the hype? Well, you can stop wondering because I'm here to give you the ultimate 101 guide on one of the world's most popular lip balms ever made!

Hmmm, that came out too cheesy...
Take 2:

Because the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is so hyped among beauty bloggers, it's only natural to expect nothing but grandeur and perfection once you try it out, and in concequence be easily disappointed by the product. That's why I've collected all the facts and trivia about this lip balm, so you know what to expect beforehand.

Here we go:


1. The Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 has been around since 1969- keep that date in mind.

2. Without doubt, it's one of the brand's best-sellers; I've read claims of one lip balm sold every minute- or every 15 seconds, even one in 9 seconds! Whatever the case, this baby is selling like hot cakes for sure.

3. The 15ml tube packaging is the most popular format, but it comes in a 17gr jar as well. According to the website, we also have the option of the Scented Lip Balm #1 with fragrances like Coconut, Vanilla, Mango and Mint.


4. The packaging: it's a sqeezy tube with a screw-on cap. Some people are disappointed because there's no slanted applicator in the opening, which means that you have to sqeeze some product on your finger and rub it on your lips. To me, that's not all bad; I think it adds to the whole "retro" feel of owning and wearing this particular lip balm, so I don't mind.

5. The formula: the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is based on petroleum jelly; this is where the "glorified Vaseline" attributes begin. I personally find that statement quite harsh, and here's why: first of all, this lip balm doesn't pretend to be anything else- it reads "Petrolatum Skin Protectant" on the front. Secondly- remember the date when it was first produced? You can't expect a modern day formula from an old-fashioned lip balm. Lastly, the petroleum jelly enables the product to stick on the lips for the rest of the ingredients to act upon- namely Squalane, Lanolin, Almond Oil and Vitamins A and E.


6. Consistency: it's a transparent jelly with a yellow tint that melts on body temperature. I imagine that during summer heat, it's going to turn to liquid. It's also odourless and has no taste.

7. On the lips: it doesn't penetrate the lips (is there a lip balm that really does so?), it rather sits on top as a protective film. It offers a pretty shiny finish- not as glossy as a clear lip gloss, but a more muted shine that looks appropriate for that "no makeup" makeup look.

8. Much like the Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream, the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 can also be used to heal cracked skin, treat dry cuticles, etc.


9. Now for the most important part of this post: some reviewers have mentioned that their lips got chapped after using this lip balm. I'm here to tell you that my lips got chapped, too. Does this mean that the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is a bad/faulty product? Absolutely not! You see, what happens is that it takes some time for your lips to get accustomed to petroleum jelly lip balms, if you've been using wax-based lip balms for a long time. Once your lips "acknowledge" the new protectant, the petroleum jelly lip balm will keep your lips healthy and moisturised. So if you experience some chapping, don't let it discourage you because it's only the transitional stage!

10. What you also need to know is that Kiehl's in Greece has lowered the prices for many of their products, including this lip balm! I got mine for around €10, which isn't as scary as I thought it would be.

     [Not to mention the loads of samples you're given at Kiehl's! It's their policy to be generous with samples in every single purchase,
     be it big or small like mine.]

To conclude, this is my verdict:

If you love collecting lip balms like me, the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is a must-have. The "cult" value of this product is hard to pass by! Simply put, you just have to be aware of its formulation and take it for what it is.

And kudos to YOU if you've made it this far ;)
Have you tried this lip balm by Kiehl's?

Evi   xx

24 comments:

  1. Αχ...μικρο γλυκο μου αγαπημενο!! Το εχω εκθειασει ηδη στο blog μου οπως ισως εχεις δει..το λατρευω! Το εχω σε βαζακι, σε σωληναριο σε μεντα και προσφατα και σε mango! Το λατρευω!!! Αυτο και η Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream(με την απαισιοτατη μυρωδια της) ειναι τα αγαπημενα μου με διαφορα..

    Παρα πολυ ωραιο ποστ!!Πληρες και κατατοπιστικοτατο! Well done..as always;-)

    http://beautyincrisis.blogspot.com/

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    1. Αμέ αμέ, το θυμάμαι που το είχες στο blog σου από τα πρώτα posts κιόλας! Άρα υπάρχουν όλες οι εκδόσεις του Lip Balm #1 στην Ελλάδα, πολύ χαίρομαι ;) Θέλω να το πάρω και στο βαζάκι- αλλά βρε Σοφία, αντέχεις τη μυρωδιά από την 8-hour cream? Εγώ με τίποτα!

      xx xx

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    2. :-D:-D χαχαχα Οντως δεν αντεχεται αλλα κανει δουλεια!! Και οχι απλα και μονο για ενυδατωση..Μια φιλη μου ειχε χτυπησει και τα χειλη της ειχα χαλια πληγη και εκανε θαυματα η 8 hour cream!Ειχε βαλει οτι lip balm κλπ μπορεις να φανταστεις αλλα μ'αυτο σε 1 μερα ειχε μεγαλη βελτιωση και σε 3 μερες ηταν τελεια! Αυτο το ειδα με τα ματια μου!
      Οποτε...δεν την αντεχω...απλα τη συνηθισα:-Ρ

      Το Kiehls στο Κολωνακι στο Hondos το βρηκα σε ολες τις γευσεις. Για το mango τρελαινομαι, δοκιμασε το;-)

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    3. Έτσι, ε; Ενδιαφέρον μου ακούγεται! Ναι βρε παιδί μου, τείνω κι εγώ να πιστέψω ότι το "glorified Vaseline" δεν ισχύει ούτε για την 8-hour cream! Αφού μέρα παρά μέρα κάνω μια μάσκα βαζελίνης επειδή το πρόσωπό μου σαν να ξεράθηκε φέτος, και δε μου προσφέρει κάτι ιδιαίτερο- ενώ με την 8-hour cream της αδερφής μου, τη βάζεις μια φορά και βλέπεις διαφορά! Άρα...
      xx

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  2. πωπω με ξεσήκωσες τώρα... κρίμα που δεν έχουμε kiehl's εδώ Θεσσαλονίκη, ελπίζω να φέρουν στο Attica κάποια στιγμή

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    1. Σίγουρα θα τα φέρουν και στη Θεσσαλονίκη κάποια στιγμή, δεν πιστεύω να συνεχίσουν να τα διαθέτουν αποκλειστικά στην Αθήνα για πολύ καιρό!
      xx

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  3. I actually was wondering whether it was worth the hype! haha. Thanks for the review! Sounds pretty good! :)

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    1. Hehe me too, that's why I bought it in the first place!
      xx

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  4. Anupomonw na feroun k stn thessaloniki ta Kiehl's! fenete polu kalo k me vazeis st peirasmo etsi opws t perigrafeis! :))

    kisses doll
    fashionsugarbubbles.blogspot.com

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    1. Εγώ ανυπομονώ να κατέβουν τα Inglot προς τα δω κάτω! Έχετε και τα τυχερά σας εκεί στη Θεσσαλονίκη ;)
      xx xx

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  5. Μου αρέσει πολύ που τελικά σου προέκυψε μεγάλη η ανάρτηση!!!
    Τα λες ωραία!!!:Ρ

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    1. Χαχα, ε είπα να καλύψω όλα τα θέματα και κοίτα τι κατεβατό βγήκε! Χαίρομαι που σου άρεσε ;)
      xx xx

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  6. Πόσο informative+professional είναι όλα τα post σου! Thanks for the review :)

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    1. Aww thank you darling! xx

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  7. από τα καλύτερα lip balm που κυκλοφορούν όντως! απλώς δε το αγόρασα ποτέ δεύτερη φορά, γιατί υπάρχουν τόσα πολλά πλέον εξίσου καλής ποιότητας και θέλω συνέχεια να δοκιμάζω καινούρια!

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    1. Άσε Στέλλα, κι εγώ δεν την γλιτώνω τη συλλογή με lip balm! Είναι τόσα που θέλω να δοκιμάσω που θα καταλήξω με μια σακούλα μισοτελειωμένα lip balm!
      xx

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  8. I was set on getting the Nuxe one (as soon as I finish my current stash) but now I'm in a dilemma! Desicions, desicions...

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    1. Haha, I have my eye on the Nuxe lip balm as well! But I'm torn between this one and the Kiehl's #1 in the little jar, I have to own that too!!!
      xx

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  9. I haven't ever tried it but know some people who LOVE it! Thanks for the review :)

    heatherhoneyblog.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, hun!

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  10. I thought i did comment on this post :SSS
    Anyway hunnie, thanks for making this post, I'm sure going to order it, as we dont have Kiehls in Thessaloniki. My super dry lips need it! I love these kind of informative reviews! :) xx

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    1. Oh I'm glad you fond it helpful, it was a mofo to put together and it turned out quite lenghty and verging to boring! hehe
      xx

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  11. ειχα παει κ δοκιμασα πολλα στα Kiehl's κ εμεινα παρα πολυ ευχαριστημενη κ ειδικα απο το lip balm ειναι φοβερο εχω γραψει κ σχετικo review απο τα καλυτερα που εχω δοκιμασει επισης εχουν τελεια κρεμα χεριων.

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    1. Κι εγώ το ίδιο, όσα δειγματάκια Kiehl's έχω δοκιμάσει μέχρι τώρα με έχουν αφήσει ευχαριστημένη! Ειδικά η Ultra facial cream ;)
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