Monday, December 15, 2008

Product Review: The Body Shop Cranberry Shimmer Lip Balm

At a Glance:
Price: RM19.50 / US$8 (Price in RM should be higher now)
Weight: 10ml / 0.3 Oz (9ml)
Made in: USA
Likes: Lovely festive scent, gives a beautiful rosy tint to your lips
Gripes: Not exactly moisturizing, unhygenic pot, limited edition!
Repurchase: No
Jenn's Rating: 2.5 Stars - Pass but "skippable" if you get what i mean!

Ricinus Communis, Lanolin, Polygryceryl-3 Beeswax, Aroma, Cera Alba, Hydronated Castor Oil, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon, Mica, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Linalool, CI19140, CI77891, CI77499, CI15850

Product Description:

New! Best if you want to: Get mistletoe-ready using a moisturizing, glossy lip balm that leaves your lips soft and shimmering with a festive and fruity cranberry scent.
Best for: all skin types
How it works:
  • Cranberry seed oil moisturizes skin.
  • Community Trade organic beeswax conditions skin and helps to lock in moisture.
  • Antioxidant vitamin E nourishes and protects the delicate skin on the lips.

Actual Product Pic:

Texture & Taste:
This balm spreads on smoothly without feeling heavy on the lips. This smells really really nice and yummy (it reminds me a little of Bubbleyum! hehe!), which is the main reason why i bought this! Be warned though - this balm has the tendency to sink into the fine lines of your lips, so do exfoliate and apply a separate balm prior to applying this!

Pigmentation & Color (Plus Swatches! :D):

This lip balm looks scarily red in the pot, but it does give a lovely sheer rosy tint to the lips! There're gold shimmers in the pot, but they're almost invisible on the lips!

On my lips:

This balm is applied onto my bare lips - as you can see, it really settles into the fine lines of my lips, making them look rather dry! :(


This lipbalm comes in a plastic pot that's slightly larger than a 50 sen coin with a screw off lid. I really dislike balms that come in a pot because it's such a pain having to carry a separate lipbrush around. Don't even mention about sticking your fingers into the pot... that's just so GROSS!!

Time Test:
This lipbalm barely lasted about 3 hours on my lips, which is slightly shorter that what i'd like!

Price & Availability:
This balm is priced at RM19.50 when i bought it in 2005. It should be selling for more than RM20 now (it's US$8 on the website now). It's available at all TBS brick and mortar stores as well as through the TBS website! It's LE though, so stock up if you like it! :)

I use this more as a lip tint than a balm, since it doesn't moisturize!!

My $0.02:

This LE balm is one of the most DELICIOUS smelling ones i've ever used! It's a real pity that while it did not dry out my lips, its not very moisturizing either! I have to wear a separate lipbalm under this, which totally defeats its purpose as a balm! Also, i HATED the pot it came in because 1, it is rather bulky and 2, it's not very hygenic!! If they'd change the formula and repackage this into a tube, i'd surely repurchase. For now, i'm off to find my HG lipbalm!!

Credits: Product photo from


  1. I agree with you. Great smell, but the thought of sticking my finger into the pot is just nasty. I hardly used mine because of this. 'Tis such a pity too. Tsk tsk.

  2. Yeah... especially when you get some of it under your fingernail... YUK!! >.<


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