Ling Laments: African Red Tea Lip Exfoliant

I’m a sucker for free shipping. If I only need like $10 for free shipping, I will totally buy something else to get it. Considering shipping is nearly $9 for some of these things, I totally think it’s worth it. So on one of my online shopping trips, I decided to try this lip balm exfoliant.

I generally don’t like sticking my finger into anything to apply onto my lips. I had used the rosebud salve once and it had made my lips all bumpy and rough. A search on the internet revealed that bacteria was growing in the tin and I had to discard it. (This was before I cared about having petroleum products in my beauty products. I wouldn’t suggest the rosebud salve on that one ingredient alone these days.) But since I had intended on using this at night and since it was considered an exfoliant, I thought I’d be ok with dipping my finger into the container. I was already my hands at night to remove my contacts along with washing my face. So I thought that my fingers would be clean enough. And they were.

What’s I didn’t love about this product was the consistency. I think since it calls itself an exfoliating lip salvation,it has this slightly gritty texture. I suppose the company expects you to put it on and then rub your lips together throughout the day and reapply as needed. But I didn’t plan on wearing this during the day. I’d feel like I’d need to wash my hands first every time I used it and that wouldn’t be convenient. I suppose you could put it on after you go to the bathroom since your washing your hands anyway, but I usually put on lip balm whenever I think about it.

I didn’t find it particularly exfoliating at all, but then I did only wear it at night and I don’t tend to rub my lips together in my sleep. So maybe that’s where I’m using it wrong. 

It does have a nice reddish tint to it so it will give you a nice glow.

What I do know is that when I did wake up in the morning, hubs noticed that my lips were a little puffier than normal. So it could be that I’m allergic to one of the ingredients. As much as I love having big ole bee stung lips, I don’t love knowing that it may be an allergic reaction. 

Even removing that as a factor for disliking the product, I didn’t find it any more moisturizing than a Burt’s bee lip balm. So I’d say save your money and buy something else.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea exfoliating lip salvation Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuba) Wax, Limonene, Mangifera Indicum (Mango) Seed Butter, Luinum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil and Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Propylene Carbonate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamont) Fruit Oil, and Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, and Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Carmine, Aspathalus Linearis Leaf Extract, Linalool

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