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A Winter Diversion: The ChapStick Challenge - Week 3

My ChapStick Challenge continues!  This week:  The Cool Kids!

(And don't forget . . . leave a comment to be entered in my ChapStick Challenge Sweepstakes!)

So, based on the feedback I'm getting so far (comments, email, people stopping me on the streets of Kalamazoo to "talk chapstick"), I'd guess that Burt's Bees has a LOT of fans out there!

Burt and his Bees. . .


are definitely GROOVY these days!

Before I started my ChapStick Challenge, I was already a fan of Burt's Bees -- it has been my favorite, Go-To, daily lip balm for a couple of years now.  I especially like the just, plain Burt's (the original Beeswax Lip Balm; slightly waxy/sort of mint-y) and the Nourishing Burt's Bees with Mango Butter (VERY nice; not at all waxy; long-lasting). 


Lately, my Burt's-of-Choice has been the Tinted Lip Balm (I like Hibiscus).  It goes on smooth, feels nice and light on the lips, AND provides just a hint of color. 


(NOTE:  I don't wear lipstick except on VERY rare - and special - occasions.  Tom HATES lipstick.  HATES.  I think he was scarred as a very young child by too many forced-kisses by various lipstick-wearing females.  So.  No lipstick.  He doesn't seem to mind the tinted Burt's, however.

For this week's challenge, I decided to try to new Burt's Bees products:  Refreshing Burt's Bees with Grapefruit (it's okay; didn't seem to last as long as the Mango variety), and this one. . .


Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter (whatever THAT is).  It's supposed to provide 4-hour moisturization.


LIES!  4 hours?  More like . . . 4 minutes!  It does feel very nice when you first put it on.  But.  It doesn't last at all!  This is really the first Burt's product that was a dud for me.

Burt and his Bees have a huge Facebook following.  (1,375,555 "Likes" at the time of writing this post.)  They even promote their Facebook presence right on their tiny tubes!


That's pretty dang groovy.

The other Cool Kid product I tried was. . .


eos (short for Evolution of Smooth).  This one?   Definitely groovy!  Bright colors.  Appealing flavors.  Unique, spherical shape!


eos' tagline is "lip balm that makes you smile."  And. . . it does!  It's fun to use -- and it gets noticed.  Whenever I got out my "sphere" of eos this week, people around me would want to see it.  They'd ask, "Is that lip gloss?"  I could tell they were just dying to ask if they could try it!  (And I would've let them . . . if we were BFFs in middle school.)

eos is trendy enough that it's hard to keep in stock at most stores in my area - especially the sweet mint flavor (easily the most popular).  (I finally nabbed a sweet mint last week at Walgreens.  DEFINTELY the best.)

The eos works well -- I'd say it's comparable to Burt's Bees.  It's smooth, feels good, lasts quite a while.  And. . . it does make you smile!  (For those of you paying attention to ingredients, eos is gluten-free, paraben-free, and petrolatum-free.  It contains jojoba oil, olive oil, shea butter, and coconut oil.)

The drawback of eos, for me, is the size/shape.  Fun, sure.  But a bit bulky for most of my usual lip balm storage spots (mostly pockets).  It is great in a desk drawer, though.  Which is where my eos is hanging out now!

Next week, I'll be looking at some of the heavy-hitters in the lip balm world:  Nivea, Aveeno, Aquaphor and Neosporin . . . with a little Vaseline thrown in for good measure.

Don't forget . . . leave a comment to be entered in the ChapStick Challenge Sweepstakes!