Sunday, 16 September 2012

Balmi SPF 15 Lip Balms in Mint and Strawberry: Review

I got these a couple of weeks ago and was so excited to try them after seeing them hyped online. Like everyone, I went through the stage of desperately wishing we had the EOS round lipbalms in the UK because they looked so amazing when I saw them on American YouTube channels. However now I'm glad I never gave in and had one shipped over to the UK on eBay because recently they've been popping up in many peoples' 'Products I Regret Buying' or 'Don't Believe The Hype' videos and posts.

The Balmi brand lip balms have the round shape that is similar to the EOS balms, which is great because you don't have to touch the product to apply it and it applies quickly. I'm not a fan of lip products that require finger dipping as I find they get grubby, my fingers get sticky and most of the product ends up under my nails - not fun. They also come with a keyring attachment but I haven't found a relevant use for that yet.

"The Balmi Lip Balm is a perfect blend of ingredients to give your lips long lasting daily care and protection. Perfect for even sensitive skin. 
Our special blend of Balmi moisturising goodness containing antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, soothing Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil to help leave your lips moisturized, soft and super smooth. 
Our Balmi spherical mould enables users superb ease of application when you are on the move. 
Saving you faffing and fiddling to dip in your finger and contaminating you Lip Balm pot or tin."

Mint Flavour

Apologies for my hideous nails. I just chopped them off and painted them a sheer pink out of laziness.

Neither of the flavours I have, have any colour or pigmentation to them. Hopefully in the future Balmi may decide to release a natural, rosy coloured balm but hopefully without a rose taste/smell - yuck. The mint Balmi is refreshingly minty but not too strong. It's sweet like Softmints or Kendall Mint Cake and has a cooling effect when it's on your lips. I haven't had any problems so far with the tingly sensation irritating my skin or lips, just maybe avoid applying it onto sensitive or broken lips/surrounding skin. 

Strawberry Flavour

Mmm, the taste of this one is like strawberry milkshake or ice cream, it's delicious. However after the initial taste wears off you do get a slight soapy taste, which is probably just the natural ingredients. This one doesn't have an added cooling effect, unlike the Mint variety.

For the last few weeks these have been my favourite lip balms and possibly some of the best ones I've tried for my dry lips. The consistency of the balm is smooth and silky with a glossy finish so it will leave lips shiny. I love it as well because I can wear it under or over lipstick to stop my lips drying out, especially when I'm at work and the air conditioning makes my lips feel crispy. If I apply it just before I start my shift, it'll stay on my lips for a good amount of time instead of just sinking straight into the lips.

I haven't used any other lip balm or moisturising product and my lips and my lips overall feel in a similar condition to when I use other lip balms. They're not a wonder product and maybe not the best for people who like their lip balms to sink in immediately and be gone but I love wearing them. The only feature I haven't put to the test in the SPF 15 in all of the flavours because of the awful British weather but it's nice to have SPF included for all year round and everyday use.

At £4.99 each they're more expensive than your basic pharmacy chapstick but to me they've definitely been worth it so far. I've seen that Boots stock a coconut version so I'd been interested to try it and see if it tastes like Malibu!

Balmi SPF 15 Mint Lip Balm - Boots - £4.99*
Balmi SPF 15 Strawberry Lip Balm - Boots - £4.99*

Love Georgia xxx 

*DISCLAIMER*: I received these products as I am part of the Boots product testing panel. Some products are sent for me to try as they fit the profile I have given, and others I can apply to try. Boots receive these products from brands that are available or about to be available in Boots stores so that the panel will try them out and review them on Panel members don't receive financial compensation or incentives for reviewing the products online. I have chosen to share these products on my blog as I feel the reviews I post for Boots would be relevant for readers of this blog. I started product testing for Boots before I started my blog. Being sent a product for free doesn't change my opinion of it or of the brand.I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on


  1. I bought some of these a few weeks ago but I haven't tried them out yet, I bought a coconut one and it does smell reeally nice :)
    Eleanor x

    1. Oh no that means I need the coconut one too. I seriously thought they'd be a rubbish product but they're really good xxx

  2. These look so nice! I like my EOS lip balm but it's not the most moisturizing I've ever tried. Do you know if these are available overseas? I'd love to try them!

    New follower, by the way :)

    1. I've had a look on their website and online and I can only find places that ship to the UK or some EU countries. The Balmi site does say there's an online shop coming soon so hopefully they'll offer worldwide shipping -

      Thanks for following. I've followed back and I'm looking forward to reading more posts :) xxx