Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Biggs & Featherbell: Soul Kiss & Eskimo Kiss

Is Biggs & Featherbelle not simply adorable? I'll give you a second to check out the website...

Am I right? B&F was started by two artsy sisters (neither named Biggs or Featherbelle) and has garnered a lot of press- Lucky magazine and Daily Candy, just to name a couple. Their products, which include soaps, body butter bars, and scrubs addition to two kinds of lip balm, are cruelty-free, vegetarian or vegan, and made from gentle, natural ingredients. You can find the balms online, at Whole Foods, and in many health food stores.

Price: $3.49 online.

Appearance: It's hard to see the balms in the photo above, but if you check out the site you'll get a better view. The tubes are standard size with black caps and the labels are brown, red and pink with cute font.

Glide: I had a hard time with them at first. It took more than a few uses to soften them up and get them to glide instead of rub. My Eskimo Kiss glides better than my Soul Kiss (why does that sound like a line from a bad R&B song?). At room temperature or warmer it takes a few swipes to get a thin yet functional layer. Neither is useful in cold weather unless you keep them right up on you in your pants pocket.

Flavor/Smell: Eskimo Kiss ("Minty Moisture") is quite minty whereas Soul Kiss ("Mega Moisture") has more of a tangy herbal scent close to the smell of tea tree oil. Neither is sweet, both are nice.

Lasting Power: A couple of hours, at least. I think these are definitely a spring/summer kind of balm because of their lightness. That said, they do soothe and soften lips wonderfully once you break in the glide.

Product Pluses: Few ingredients, and gentle ones at that. These might be ideal balms for those of you with very sensitive lips.

4.0 out of 5 tubes. Solid effort from Biggs & Featherbelle. Certainly makes me want to try all of their other products. I mean, come on- Heidi Klum uses their belly balm!


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