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Review: Bee Good Lip Balm Trio

Last month, my husband took my Burt’s Bees lip balm that I had bought a long while before (and wanted to review but never did) home with him. I make my own lip balms, but there wasn’t one he liked. Quite honestly, most that I make are way too hard for my liking too. That being the case, I needed, or at least wanted, some new lip balm. I checked, because I’d bought my Burt’s Bees lip balm there. However, even though I loved it, I didn’t want the same balm again. That’s me being adventurous.

Bee Good Lip Balm Trio

I don’t remember whether I found the Bee Good lip balm trio in the Christmas selection or in the general gift finder. The packaging looks pretty appropriate for the holidays or so I’m told. I loved the shape of the packaging, though the lip balms didn’t seem to fit into it neatly side by side. The biggest drawback of the packaging was that it was hard to open without tearing it up, at least with my poor fine motor skills. The packaging should be reuseable, but I preferred to just let the lip balms sit beside my sink.

There are three lip balms in this set, of course: vanilla & honey, lime blossom & honey and raspberry & white chocolate. Each is supposed to intensely repair dry, chapped lips. They are enriched with British beeswax. That’s not surprising, as I also always use beeswax in my lip balms and haven’t seen any recipes that don’t use it. However, I tend to think it’s the beeswax that makes my lip balms so hard. These Bee Good lip basm are surprisingly soft.

Each tube has what is called a tapered delivery tip. I don’t know what that means, but it’s supposed to make application easier. Indeed, it’s pretty easy to apply just the right amount of lip balm, at least once I figured out how the tip works. Also, the tip looks like it’s quite hygienic.

Bee Good Raspberry & White Chocolate Lip Balm

I started out by trying the raspberry & white chocolate lip balm. I loved its scent. I was a little surprised to find what felt like exfoliant on my lips. That I think just meant I applied a little too much.

Bee Good Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm

I later tried the vanilla & honey lip balm. This lip balm’s scent was even better. I love vanilla and honey and both could be easily smelled.

Bee Good Lime Blossom & Honey Lip Balm

Lastly, I tried the lime blossom & honey balm. That one’s scent was just too citrus-y for my liking and I didn’t smell the honey. Now I hadn’t expected to like that one, so it wasn’t too big of a disappointment.

I have this weird experience where, though my lips could sure be repaired by lip balms, they feel worse after the lip balm wears off. That is no different with this trio, but at least it isn’t worse. Overall, I like this set.

Grace Cole Fruit Works Peach and Pear Products

Review: Grace Cole Fruit Works Peach and Pear Shower Gel, Body Scrub and Body Butter

As most of you know, I know very little about the traditional blog topics, like fashion and beauty. Nonetheless, I have been perseverating on body care products lately. I have an insane collection of shower gels and have started to collect various other products. I like to write about them on my Dutch blog. Thankfully, the activity staff help me take pictures, because I know that product reviews don’t do well without a picture.

Today, I have my first beauty product review for this blog. I review three products fro the Grace Cole Fruit Works collection: the peach and pear shower gel, body scrub and body butter. I bought them at a Dutch store. I originally intended on buying the pineapple and passion fruit products, but one of them was sold out. I didn’t want to pay the shipping cost to get the products directly out of the UK.

Grace Cole Fruit Works Peach and Pear Products

First, my general impression. I hadn’t expected the body scrub to come in a tube. As a result of this, the shower gel and body scrub packaging feels exactly alike. I labeled the tubes and the body butter pot, but Braille labeling tape is not great for sticking when it gets wet. As a result, the body scrub label came off when I first used it. I put on a new sticker and – knock on wood – it’s still on.

When I opened each product to smell it, a very strong, fruity scent flew into my nostrils. It was great, but maybe a little too strong. The scent is the same for each of these three products. Both the peach and pear scents are recognizable, although upon first opening the products, I mostly smelled pear.

Grace Cole Peach and Pear Shower Gel

The shower gel is pretty thin. That’s a drawback, because too much easily comes out of the tube. Since my natural instinct is to hold the tube in its standing poisiton, which is with the lid facing down, I easily made a mess. However, once I got used to how thin this shower gel is, I no longer made as much of a mess. I apply the shower gel with a sponge. A washcloth might work better because of how much the sponge absorbs, but I like the feel of a sponge better.

Grace Cole Peach and Pear Body Scrub

The body scrub is a tiny bit thicker than the shower gel. At first, I didn’t like it that it’s in a tube, but now I prefer a tube to a pot, because it’s easier to spread the product over a sponge without getting a huge amount on one end and nothing on the other. I have only ever usedtwo other body scrubs, so I can hardly compare the feel of the exfoliating grains. They feel relatively large though. My skin feels a lot softer after applying this body scrub.

Grace Cole Peach and Pear Body Butter

The body butter, like the shower gel, is pretty thin. It’s more like a thick cream than a butter if you ask me, and I prefer body butters to body creams. At first, it also took ages for the body butter to be absorbed by my skin. That was probably because, thinking it would be thicker, I’d applied too much. The second time I used the body butter, it was absorbed pretty quickly. This body butter does leave a bit of a greasy layer on your skin, but it’s not too bad.

When applying each of these three products, the scent is less strong than it seems when smelling the products out of the tubes or pot. I like that. It’s still strong enough to last for a while but not overwhelming.

To conclude, I am not over the moon about these products, as I thought I’d be, but they are still pretty good. The Dutch store where I bought them carries many of Grace Cole’s bath and body products. I am still curious to get more of them. When looking at the official Grace Cole site in the UK, I discovered they also sell lip care products. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find them in the Netherlands, so I guess I’m at some point going to pay the shipping cost to get them.