Sunday, October 15, 2006

BuddhaBalm: Peppermint Lemongrass

Part of me wishes that Buddha Balm were one in a series of deity-based lip balms. How about Zeuss Balm? Jah Balm? Jesus balm? That would be divine.

But instead BuddhaBalm is a cute little tinned balm with a cute (if slightly Flash-tastic and un-clickable) little website and a cute little Buddha as its mascot. And what of the product?

Price: $5.00 on KissFix.

Glide: This balm has a nice, light feel to it once it's on your lips, but getting it there is a bit of a challenge. When you swipe it with your finger, not much balm gets transferred, so it takes about five swipes to get a satisfactory amount onto dry lips. Much effort.

Appearance: Adorable, round-edged tin that sits comfortably in the palm or pocket. However, pulling the top off is an unpredictable endeavor: either it comes off without a problem or you end up flinging it halfway down a flight of stairs. Additionally, the tin has some seriously sharp edges, and I wouldn't recommend using it around kids- the edge may slice a finger if mishandled.

Flavor/Smell: BuddhaBalm has seven flavors including Mango, Lychee, Cherry Ginger and Chai. I tried the Peppermint Lemongrass (having recently been enamored of the Crazy Rumors flavor of the same name) and found it to be very refreshing. There's no sweetness to the flavor, but it has a great scent.

Lasting Power: Pretty decent, especially if you're not doing any eating or heavy making out (note to self: find best "make out" lip balm). The balm absorbs and moisturizes well and its effects last for at least a couple of hours.

Product Plusses: Enlightenment? BuddhaBalm is all natural (soybean oil, cocoa butter, aloe, etc.) and vegan-friendly.

Slightly dangerous but charming package. 4 out of 5.


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