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Sebamed Lip Defense

Guys, hands down this is one of the best conventional lip balms I have come across. Sadly it is not organic or entirely natural but if you are looking for a conventional, easily accessible (in the middle east), everyday lip balm then surely this is your go to option, no doubts!

OVERVIEW:-

Nothing else has worked for me before

Before I start raving about why I love this lip balm so much, let me bring your attention to the fact that I have used many lip balms in the past and none of them ever worked for me; as in, all the lip balms I have used leave my lips dry and chapped after a few hours after application.

Trust me guys I have tried all those “favorites” people usually rave about like Labello, Nivea, Himalaya, etc. It may have worked for others but sadly not for me! Whats worse is, if I have applied lip balm the previous day, the skin on my lips keeps peeling off the whole of the next day making it  impossible for me to use lip balm on a regular basis.  That even made me stop using lip balms for a while. Ugh! that’s sad.

Well my prayer has been answered. I have never before come across a lip balm that’s mild yet very effective for the skin on my lips.

Why I love it

I love the fact that the consistency and texture of the balm upon application is not too thick and too sticky making you feel like as if something heavy is on your lips. It is light and sits really well on the lips.

However note that there is no tint of color to it since its your basic non-tinted lip balm, however, it leaves a nice slight sheen on your lips and leaves it well moisturized. So,  no colour, no drama, no jazz. Just plain and simple yet gives you a wonderful effect and can be used daily.

I love the fact that it is really simple and does a great job for what it is made to do i.e moisturizing the lips leaving it soft and supple. Just what I want!

Extra Advantages:

This is also a great option when it comes to applying a subtle base moisturizer for your lips before lipstick application.

And also it comes with an added advantage of SPF 30. Kind of like the cream on the cake. Since it has SPF hence this is a perfect to be used as day wear lip balm everyday thereby not only moisturizing but also protecting your lips from the harshness of the sun.

I sometimes use it in the night before sleeping as well for night moisturization. Though SPF is not necessary in the night however I end up using it in the night as well, like I said before, I am yet to come across a lip balm that does not chap my lips the next day. Even when left on entirely in the night this balm really sat well on my lips.

Moisturizing your lips at night goes a long way in providing supple and fresh looking lips the next day without even makeup and I highly recommend using a lip balm the night before if you haven’t already been doing it. If you find a real good non SPF one then great go ahead and use it at night and also leave it in the comments so I can try it too.

 

To sum it all up, here are the specifications of this product :

SPECIFICATIONS:

Color:

Chapstick looks off white. On application adds no colour/ tint to the lips.

 

 

Texture:

  • Balm like texture.
  • Glides smoothly over lips. 
  • The lip balm stick does not turn smooshy and does not melt even after repeated usage for long time.

Consistency:

  • Not too thick or too sticky upon application.
  • Sits very well over lips.

Smell:

Very mild hardly there kinda scent. If you have used Seba med products you would know they all carry a very similar kinda scent. Its very very mild, yet I cant describe what exactly it smells like, nothing you will dislike though.

Packaging:

The lip balm comes in a white simple plastic packaging with clip on lid and a bonus the lid does not go loose like most balms do making it difficult to search for the lid/ cap when it gets lost in the handbag. (Ladies you know what I am talking about!)

Price:

A little pricier than normal conventional lip balms however its worth the price and it has SPF, not something you usually have in a lip balm, so yeah I’m willing to pay.

How to use:

  • Apply one or two (you wont need more) rounds of application over lips in the morning.
  • Can also be applied as base before applying lipstick.
  • I use it in the night as well!

Result:

  • Leaves the lips well moisturized, soft and supple and even lasts for a very long time without reapplication.
  • Can be used as a base moisturizer for the lips before applying lipstick. The balm doesnot make the lipstick slip or slide however keeps the lips refreshed.

INGREDIENT STUDY:

The table below shows the ingredients present in the cream as mentioned on its cover.  Along with it, I have mentioned the rating provided by Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, EWG and rating by Paula’s Choice.

(Disclosure: All information found in the table below is directly taken from the mentioned two websites)

According to the EWG Cosmetics database, the rating is as follows:

1-2 : Low Hazard

3-6 : Moderate Hazard

7-10: High Hazard

According to Paula’s choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, the rating is as follows:

  1. Best
  2. Good
  3. Average
  4. Poor

In the table shown below, for those ingredients with either a moderate hazard rating by EWG or an average rating by Paula’s Choice has been highlighted yellow and for those ingredients with either a high hazard rating by EWG or a poor rating by Paula’s Choice has been highlighted with red for your easy reference.

Also, kindly note, just because it is highlighted doesn’t mean you need to steer completely clear of the ingredient or the product; it is just so it helps you assess whether you approve of that particular ingredient personally in your skincare product. (for instance, I have discovered that the ingredient Dimethicone found in most creams doesn’t suit my skin as it tends to breakout and hence I have to avoid products that contain this ingredient)

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Ingredients Skin Deep Cosmetics Database EWG Rating Paula’s Choice Rating
Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride 1

Best

(Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, it’s considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient. It’s included in cosmetics due to its mix of fatty acids that skin can use to replenish its surface and resist moisture loss. It’s value for skin is made greater by the fact that it’s considered gentle.)

Cera Alba 1

Good

(Natural substance made by bees to build the walls of their honeycomb. It is a thickening agent that has some emollient properties, and is often used in lip balms.)
Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate 1 N/A
Ricinus Communis Oil  2

Good

(It is used in cosmetics as an emollient, though its unique property is that when dry it forms a solid film that can have water-binding properties. Castor oil can also enhance the absorption of other cosmetic ingredients. It is rarely associated with skin sensitivity, but can have a slightly sticky feel on skin.)

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride 1  Best
Ethylhexyl Salicylate
4

(Octisalate is a sunscreen ingredient with a generally good safety profile. It can stabilize avobenzone and result in longer-lasting sun protection.)

Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Ecotoxicology

 Best

(It’s used to protect skin primarily from UVB rays.)

Tocopheryl Acetate

3

(Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns)

Best

(Vitamin E is one of the most well-known and researched antioxidants for the body and for skin.)
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate 1  Good
Oryza Sativa Bran Wax

 3

(Other HIGH concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sourcesContamination concerns)

 Best

(A natural, non-fragrant wax obtained from rice bran. It functions as a skin-softening agent, especially for dry skin.)

Simmondsia Chinensis Oil  1

 Best

(Emollient, non-fragrant oil shown to enhance skin’s restorative properties. Provides topical skin-soothing benefits. Its texture is similar to the oil (sebum) human skin produces, one more reason it’s a brilliant ingredient for dry skin—and potentially problematic for those with oily skin prone to clogged pores and breakouts. Jojoba oil has the distinction of feeling lighter and less greasy than many other oils, particularly highly saturated oils such as coconut. Jojoba oil is also one of the more stable plant oils in use today.)
Glyceryl Ricinoleate  1  Good
Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane

2

(Shows low risk of cancer)

Best

(This is one of the most widely used UVA filters in the world and has been rigorously tested for safety and efficacy.)

Bisabolol  1

 Best

(Soothing agent typically extracted from chamomile, but also derived synthetically. It is a commonly used ingredient in many products, including moisturizers, cleansers, and makeup. Research also shows it might have some skin-brightening properties.)

Parfum

8

(Other HIGH concerns: MiscellaneousOther MODERATE concerns:Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology)

Poor

(These are often skin sensitizers because they are composed of hundreds of individual chemical components. Fragrance is a leading source of sensitivity to cosmetics.)

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CHARACTERESTICS:

Paraben free  
Sulphate free
Triclosan free
Silicone free
Alcohol free
EU allergen free

 

Observation:

As I did my research on the ingredients present in this product I was really impressed. They have added very thoughtful, effective and careful ingredients in this product.

From a small study about Sebamed website I understand they are not an organic brand, however they are all about using gentle, safe-for-the-skin, effective ingredients only in all their products. Their ingredients seem carefully picked and taken care that they do not sensitize the skin.

Sebamed products are a good blend of both natural and synthetic ingredients working together to form an effective product that rightfully adds up to their packaging claims. Both the natural and synthetic ingredients were chosen such that they cause no harm to the skin whatsoever and also ensuring the ingredients chosen were effective for said purpose.

According to what is said in their website the ingredients present as fragrance (parfum) are mild and nothing that harms the skin.

I really am impressed!!  

OVERALL REMARK:-

Do I recommend

Definitely. You guys should definitely try it. I highly approve this brand and completely recommend this lip balm.

Would I buy again

No doubt I will be going for this again and again. However I have kept eyes wide open for organic or natural options that have SPF and are effective. If you know of any please leave in the comments section so I can try it too.

Love,

Twinkle  

 

 

 

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