I’ve had a bit of a rough relationship with Aēsop in the past, not because their products didn’t work for me, but because I’m an idealist and am always on the search for something ‘better’.
Last month I accepted that the KORA Organics Foaming Cleanser was just not the one, so once that was done I ran back to the Aēsop counter to repurchase the Parsley Seed Cleanser as well as this Aēsop Protective Lip Balm.
I’ve never been a fan of lip balms with SPF because it always tastes, well.. like sunscreen. I was pleasantly surprised by this Aēsop Protective Lip Balm because it barely tastes like sunscreen, in fact, I actually enjoy its natural floral and citrus aroma.
The only issue (albeit a minor one) I have is that it’s a more solid lip balm than most so there is a bit of tugging during application. This also means that it’s slightly heavy and a little tacky on the lips but I find this formula is perfect as a lip primer.
I haven’t seen many SPF30 lip balms around either, most that I’ve seen have an SPF of 15 and those already tasted too much like sunscreen. I would say the trade off between the tackiness of the formula for the higher sun protection is a fair one.
It doesn’t disappoint in terms of hydration and nourishment either, but that also came down to the thickness of the formula. One or two swipes at your lips is enough to act as a barrier against the elements for about 3-4 hours.
Aēsop Protective Lip Balm – SPF 30
Generous nourishment for the lips, with UVA and UVB filters to shield fragile skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Formulated without silicone, paraffin, beeswax or other animal-derived ingredients, this protective balm relieves and softens dry lips.
AU$19.00 seems to be a bit steep for 5.5g of lip balm and there are many other options on the market which perform just as well but this one’s vegan and is cruelty-free. Dermalogica’s Climate Control lip balm has a very similar formula but that one lacks the SPF and now uses formulas which are tested on animals since Dermalogica was acquired by Unilever (eww).
If you’re fussy about skin care then pop in store first to try this Aēsop Protective Lip Balm in person before making the purchase, a list of store and counter locations can be found on the Aēsop website.