20 December 2014

FAVORITE LIP BALMS



Alverde Lippenbalsam Calendula moj je dugodišnji miljenik i bilo bi nepravedno da ga ne spomenem u postu posvećenome omiljenim balzamima za usne. Iako su novootkriveni balzami nadmašili njegovu učinkovitost i srušili njegov dugogodišnji status moga omiljenog balzama, uvijek će mi biti drag. Volim ga zbog njegove hranjivosti i hidratantnosti, što nije iznenađenje s obzirom na balzamov sastav. Bogat je jojobinim, kokosovim i uljem ricinusa, dok u nešto manjim količinama sadrži pčelinji i vosak kandelile te ulje pšeničnih klica, a ekstrat cvijeta nevena, parfemi i vitamin E prisutni su u najnižim koncentracijama. (Ne znam zašto je nazvan balzamom s nevenom jer sadrži tek ekstrakt te biljke i to u vrlo niskoj koncentraciji.) Ne sadrži mineralna ulja, naftne derivate ni druge bisere kao uobičajeni drogerijski balzami za usne, stoga omjer cijene i sadržaja proizvoda smatram izvrsnim. S obzirom na to da su iritansi (u ovome slučaju parfemi) pristuni u niskim koncentracijama, mislim da bi balzam trebao biti siguran i za najosjetljivije usne. S druge strane, presporo se upija i ostavlja suviše osjetan trag da bi bio dobra podloga dekorativnim proizvodima za usne (ponajprije olovkama i mat ruževima). Štoviše, ponaša se kao bezbojno sjajilo, ali manje je ljepljivo i manje se razvlijeva od sjajila. Budući da sam u fazi mat ruževa za usne, neću ponoviti kupnju, ali zaželim li se ikada sjajnih usana, znam za čime ću posegnuti. Proizvod nije pogodan za vegane jer sadrži pčelinji vosak.

ZEMLJA PORIJEKLA: Njemačka | DOSTUPNOST: isključivo dm | CIJENA: ~15 kn


Alverde Lippenbalsam Calendula is one of my longest lasting lip balm favorites and it would be unfair and rude of me not to mention it in a post as this one. Although its efficiency and all time favorite status have been surpassed by recently discovered lip balms, I'll always keep a special place for it in my heart. I'm most fond of the lip balm's hydration and nourishment capabilities which don't really come as a surprise if one takes into account the balm's substantial ingredient list. The balm is abundant with jojoba, coconut and castor oil. Candelila wax, beeswax, carnauba wax and wheat germ oil are in the middle of the ingredient list whereas pot marigold (calendula) flower extract and fragrances are at the bottom. (I've got no idea why the balm is named after pot marigold (calendula) because it contains only an extract of the plant and it's almost at the bottom of the ingredient list.) The lip balm is free of mineral derivatives and other obscure ingredient mumbo jumbos which can usually be found in drugstore lip balms. With this in mind, I find the ratio between the balm's price and what one gets for it more than fair. Irritants (in this case fragrances) are at the bottom of the ingredient list which means that the lip balm should suit sensitive lips. On the other hand, I dislike how long it takes for the lip balm to sink in nor do I care for the glossy finish. I find it unsuitable for a decent lipliner and lipstick base. In fact, it could almost get by as a lip gloss without as much tackiness and a bit more resistant to bleeding. I'm currently mad about matte lipsticks so I'll probably skip this one for a while. However, if I ever get a craving for glossy lips, I'm safe knowing what to turn to. The product is not suitable for vegans because it contains beeswax.

MADE IN: Germany | AVAILABLE AT: exclusively dm | PRICE: ~2,5 USD 


INCI: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cera Alba (Beeswax) Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Aroma (Flavor), Linalool**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Tocopherol.

*ingredients from certified organic agriculture
**from natural essential oils




Lavera Basis Sensitiv Lippenbalsam u mojoj je knjizi korak ispred Alverdeova balzama jer pruža jednako dobru hidrataciju i hranjivost, ali laganiji je, brže se upija i manje je sjajan od Alverdeova. Iako ostavlja laganiji i manje sjajan trag od Alverdeova balzama, nije mat što znači da ne predstavlja savršenu podlogu za olovke za usne i mat ruževe, ali par minuta nakon nanošenja na usne se može lagano prisloniti ubrus ili maramica kako bi se nježno odstranio višak proizvoda i tada već predstavlja solidnu podlogu. Ipak, najčešće ga nosim samostalno, odnosno kada se ne šminkam. Bogat je ricinusovim i maslinovim uljem te pčelinjim voskom i shea maslacem. Tu su potom vosak kandelile, jojobino i bademovo ulje, steroli iz sjemenki grožđa, mango maslac, ekstrat cvijeta nevena, vitamin E i lecitin, a u najnižim koncentracijama sadrži antioksidanse, bojila, ekstrakt korijena mrkve, suncokretovo ulje i vitamin c (askorbinsku kiselinu). Kao i Alverdeov balzam, ni Laverin ne sadrži mineralna ulja, naftne derivate itsl. te bi trebao biti pogodan osjetljivim usnama. Toplo ga preporučam ako tražite lagan, nježan i djelotvoran svakodnevni balzam za usne. Proizvod nije pogodan za vegane jer sadrži pčelinji vosak.

ZEMLJA PORIJEKLA: Njemačka | DOSTUPNOST: Müller, iHerb, Naturisimo | Cijena: ~15 kn (Müller)


Lavera Basis Sensitiv Lippenbalsam is at an advantage in comparison to Alverde lip balm because it's equally hydrating and nourishing, but it sinks in more quickly and is not as glossy. Though it sinks in more quickly and is not as glossy, Lavera lip balm doesn't have a matte finish therefore it doesn't neatly fit into my idea of an ideal lipliner and lipstick base. One can always wait for a few moments to take off the excess product with a handkerchief or paper towel in order to make it work as a decent base. Still, I mostly apply it when I'm not wearing makeup. The balm contains castor and olive oil, beeswax and shea butter in high concentration. Candelila wax, jojoba and sweet almond oil, grape seed sterols, mango butter, pot marigold (calendula) flower extract, vitamin E and lecithin follow the ingredient list. Antioxidants, colors, carrot root extract, sunflower oil and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) are at the bottom of the list. The lip balm is also free of mineral derivatives as well as other pesky ingredients and should be suitable for sensitive lips. I highly recommend it to those who are on the lookout for a lightweight, gentle and efficient everyday lip balm. The product is not suitable for vegans because it contains beeswax.

MADE IN: Germany | AVAILABLE AT: Müller, iHerb, Naturisimo | PRICE: ~2,5 USD (at Müller)


INCI: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Brassica Campestris (Grapeseed) Sterols, Magnifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Oryzanol, Annatto (Cl 75120), Tocopherol, Daucus Caroty Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Halianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

*ingredients from certified organic agriculture


op. a. Sastav proizvoda na službenoj stranici ne odgovara sastavu na pakiranju proizvoda. U Mülleru su bila dva različita pakiranja Laverina balzama, a izabrala sam ono koje je izgledalo ljepše i suvremenije (but of course ^^), stoga pretpostavljam da su mijenjali ne samo formulu nego i ambalažu, a pritom su zaboravili ažurirati službenu stranicu jer sastav na iHerbu i Naturisimu odgovara sastavu na pakiranju koje sam kupila.

A/N The ingredient list of the product doesn't match the product's ingredient list on Lavera's official webpage. I bought the lip balm at Müller and saw there two different kinds of package - but of course, I chose the one that looked nicer and more contemporary. The ingredient list on iHerb and Naturisimo match the ingredients listed here. I suppose that the manufacturer changed the formula as well as the package, but forgot to update the official webpage. 



Weleda Everon Lippenpflege moj je favorit među balzamima za usne! Jedini je balzam za usne koji ostavlja mat trag, a dovoljno je hidratantan i hranjiv da bude skoro savršena podloga za olovke za usne i mat ruževe. Malo više hidratacije i hranjivosti učinili bi ga savršenim, ali razumijem zašto je to teško postići s obzirom na mat formulu. Za razliku od Alverdeova i Laverina balzama za usne koji mirišu neutralno, Weledin balzam za usne miriši poput ruža, a to ipak neće svima odgovarati. Ne krasi ga najljepši miris na svijetu, ali u usporedbi s, primjerice, Dr. Hauschkinom kremastom umivalicom, miriši kao proljetni lahor s tek rascvjetale livade. U najvišim koncentracijama sadrži ulje jojobe te pčelinji vosak i shea maslac. Slijede vosak kandelile, vosak damaske ruže, vosak karnaube i ekstrakt vanilije, dok su ekstrakt damaske ruže i parfemi u najnižim koncentracijama. Iako su u niskim koncentracijama, Weledin balzam sadrži najveći broj iritansa (u ovome slučaju parfema), stoga ga oni s posebno osjetljivim usnama trebaju oprezno koristiti. Nemam što više komentirati osim da ga srdačno preporučam obožavateljicama mat ruževa koje nemaju izrazito osjetljive usne! Proizvod nije pogodan za vegane jer sadrži pčelinji vosak.

ZEMLJA PORIJEKLA: Njemačka | DOSTUPNOST: Müller, Terra Organica, iHerb, Vitacost, Feelunique, Lookfantastic | CIJENA: ~35 kn (Műller)


Weleda Everon Lippenpflege is my ultimate lip balm favorite! What makes it my favorite is the fact that it's the only lip balm that I had ever tried that has a matte finish. It would be perfect if it were a bit more hydrating and nourishing, but it's hydrating and nourishing enough not to count this as a downside. Unlike Alverde and Lavera lip balms that have a neutral scent, Weleda lip balm smells of roses and I'm well aware that not everyone will find the scent pleasant. Not to worry, the balm doesn't reek. In fact, in comparison to, for example, Dr. Hauschka cleansing cream, the lip balm smells as a soft breeze over a blossoming meadow of roses in spring. In good part it contains jojoba oil, beeswax and shea butter. In the middle of the ingredient list are candelila wax, damask rose wax, carnauba wax and vanilla extract. Damask rose extract and a medley of fragrances are at the bottom of the list. Although irritants (in this case fragrances) are at the bottom of the ingredient list, there is still a lot of them so those who have sensitive lips should use the lip balm with caution. I have nothing else to add except to very much recommend the balm to matte lipstick aficionados who don't have sensitive lips. The product is not suitable for vegans because it contains beeswax.

MADE IN: Germany | AVAILABLE AT: Müller, Terra Organica, iHerb, Vitacost, Feelunique, Lookfantastic | PRICE: ~5,5 USD (at Müller)


INCI: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Extract, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.

*from natural essential oils

2 comments :

  1. divne su ti fotke, baš nekako posebne :)
    za Lavera balzam si me najviše zainteresirala :) ovaj Weleda istu djeluje primamljivo, ali moje usne su čudne, moguće da bi ih nairitirao :)

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    1. Hvala, draga! Radosna sam što ti se sviđaju :)
      Lavera je za mene ono što mi je plavi Labello bio prije 15ak godina - klasika. Što se Welede tiče, mislim da nema razloga za brigu, osim ako imaš baš ful osjetljive usne ;)

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