Functionality: ★★★☆ The first day I tried the balm I put a little bit too much on my lips, which left them too heavy. The following days I tried putting less and it was much better. The mint gives a bit of a tingle to your lips, nothing drastic, it doesn’t hurt. Since winter is ending here in Chicago, my lips were in dire need of a lip repair. My dried, chapped lips were significantly moisturized and back to life in about three days of constant use.
Smell: ★★☆☆ The balms smells as if it was mint infused Vaseline. It is not my favorite smell, but it isn’t the worst smell out there. Looking at the back of the tin, the main ingredients are petrolatum, peppermint oil, cottonseed oil, and trade secret perfume premix (say what?). There are is a Rosebud Salve from the same brand that I will have to try out.
Packaging: ★★☆☆ I personally don’t love the tin packaging it has. It is not very sanitary, as you have to use your fingers. I suppose you can use a lip brush but that would be kind of inconvenient for the everyday use. I would love to see this same formula repackaged into a tube.
Price: ★★★☆ $7 at Sephora, not the most expensive lip balm but it is not at a Carmex price.
Extras: ★★★☆ Gluten Free and Cruelty Free but no SPF.
Final Thoughts: ★★★☆ Although the smell and packaging are not up to par, I would still buy it again as it was inexpensive and got the job done. Sephora’s website says to “dab it on chapped lips, elbows, or knees to condition and relieve dryness.” I have personally not tried using it that way.