Monday, June 15, 2009
Beauty Review: Biotherm Aquasource Levres
Moisturizing balm protective lip care shiny effect
Product Tag Line:
Genuine lip care with a glossy finish for more supple, softer lips that are fresh, smooth and slightly shiny.
Softens, nourishes, moisturizes, protects from UV rays
- Trace elements – typical ingredients found in spa water
- natural moisturizing agent
- oil of Macadamia
Close-up on active ingredients:
Disostearyl Malate – skin conditioning and emollient
Polyglyceryl-2 – skin conditioning, emollient, emulsifier
Triisostearate – emollient, emulsifier
Octyldodecanol – skin-conditioning, emollient, fragrance ingredient
Silica Dimethyl Silylate - slip modifier, suspending agent, emollient
Glycerin - humectant
Cera Alba/ Beeswax - occlusive
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate - UV FILTER
Sqalane – very effective emollient (softens, conditions the skin)
Pentaerythrityl - emulsifier
C18-36 Acid Triglyceride
Macadamia Ternifolia/ Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil
I looked up the first 10 ingredients as they are most important. I like what I see! There is a high concentration of emollients which not only help to moisturize skin (attract water to it) but help to keep the moisture in. What I don’t like is that many similar lip products have very high concentration of occlusives. The only thing occlusives do is keep the moisture in… that is if there is any moisture to keep in. So Biotherm Balm is different in this respect! As you see from the list there is only one occlusive – beeswax. In addition there is Glycerin - effective humectant that attracts water to skin.
Texture: transparent medium thick gloss, not sticky
Smell: very light scent
What I like most about Biotherm Aquasource Levres is the texture. I love that it is not at all sticky, it doesn’t feel too thick, occluisve or too rich on the lips. In addition Biotherm balm does leave a nice veil of gloss. I use it before applying a lipstick to moisturize my lips. However recently even more often I apply it on top of a lipstick when I want to add more gloss. Biotherm balm does protect lips when the weather is cold or windy. So you won’t get uncomfortably dry burning lips. However, in spite of all the emollients on ingredient list, it did nothing for me in terms of nourishing (as promised in product description) or solving my problem of flaky lips.
Maybe one more big plus for some people would be that it has a sweet taste. I know there are gals who like their lips to have a flavor as well as guys who like their girlfriends’ lips to taste of something :-)
Another good feature is that it has SPF 8 which is of course not high enough to provide adequate protection but better something than nothing!
If you are looking for a solution for chapped flaky lips, I cannot recommend Biotherm Aquasource Levres as it did not help me. But if you are looking for a quality balm to moisturize your lips and protect against wind and cold, you can definitely give Biotherm balm a try.
Price Time: $15-19