Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pangea Organics Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom Lip Balm

Repurchase: Yes
Price: $12 (0.25 oz) (Buy it for $6 here)
Product: 22.5/25
Packaging: 4.5/5
Value: 7.5/10
Overall Grade: B+
I'd been wanting to try one of the Pangea Organics lip balms for awhile but I kept feeling that the $12 price tag was too steep. So of course when Sephora had it as a sweet steal for only $6, I of course jumped at the chance!
The Packaging: I really like the packaging of this lip balm. I like the clean, no-fuss look. Also, unlike other lip balms that twist from the bottom, this actually twists from the top. See the ring at the top (right under the cap?)

Don't try this at home!
I twisted the balm all the way up to ya'll how much there is. Big mistake! I couldn't get it back down for the longest time. I had to take the "stick" of balm out and shove it back in the tube.
Finally got it back in!
But it looks ugly. =(
The Product: I feel that $12 is super expensive for any lip balm -but I rated the "value" a 7.5 because I feel the price is "average" when it comes to high-end brands. However, I do find it overpriced as you can get the same amount of ounces in my Jack Black balm for $7.
I've been using this every day for a month now (I use my Jack Black balm if I spend the day outdoors) and so far, it's been very kind to my lips. It keeps my lips soft and smooth and gets rid of minor to average dryness -everything a good lip balm should do. However, do not expect this to be a lip treatment. It helps but doesn't totally get rid of majorly cracked lips -the only thing that seems to heal that is time.  (Also, I think this would be a good option for those who are allergic to SPF on their lips since my other favorite lip balm, Jack Black, contains SPF 25.)
If I skip more than 2 days of using any lip balm, my lips become really dry. I just naturally have very dry skin and lips. I've tried so many lips balms and treatments and I rarely find one that actually works. They always either don't do anything at all, make my lips dryer or help the dryness -but then have a reverse effect and make them even dryer than before. This is honestly the 2nd lip balm I've ever used that really works for me.
Overall: I gave this lip balm an extra "+" because I felt it deserved it. If it weren't for the price, this definitely would be an A- in my book. I haven't yet been able to find a lip balm/lip treatment that permanently "cures" my dry lips but this is a great substitution -even if I have to use it daily. After a month of use, I'm happy to say that this has made it to my HG list. (P.S. I didn't rate this a full 25/25 in the "product grade" because I'm still looking for something that can cure my dry lips.)


  1. I do agree- $12 is a bit much for lip balm but then again if it's really good and organic- it may just be worth the money :)

    I will have to try it!

  2. I got a free full-size a long time ago in the red mandarin with rose scent, and I initially really liked it as well. The scent took some getting used to, but it goes on so smoothly and it's a pretty generous size. But unfortunately I suspect that it still dries out my lips because they get extra peel-y after I've been using this balm. If it weren't for that, I'd say this is worth it and I'm glad it's working so well for you.

  3. @ Really Petite.. Definitely. Shelling out $12 can only be worth it if you get results! If you decide to get it, I really hope it works for you.

    @ PetiteXXS.. I'm so sorry it didn't work for you! That's actually what happened with Rosebud Salve for me. It worked great and then after several weeks, my lips got really dried out (but I know it works great for others.) I think lip balms are just one of those things that work really great for some and not for others -you just have to try it out. =\

  4. Wow sounds good. Thanks for the review Kali. I hate spending $45 on the Chanel lip balm so I'm still on the lookout for a more affordable option.

  5. $45?! Omgosh that's really expensive. I know the Jack Black didn't work for you so I really hope this does. Make sure to get it online if you can since Sephora has a $6 Sweet Steal price for the Lavender flavor.

  6. yeah, $12 is quite expensive for lip balms, my $4 burts bees work just fine for me! and haha I havent' seen avatar, I'm prob the only person around who hasn't seen it! I dunno it just doesn't really interest me...

  7. I like Burt's Bees too but it doesn't totally work for me -wish it did because it's a lot more affordable. =\ LOL I wasn't that interested in Avatar either but watched it since we had it at home.. it was just really, really long but pretty good (not something I could watch again.)

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